NZ passports and citizenship
You'll need a passport to travel overseas. Most people can complete their passport renewal online. If you're applying for your first NZ passport, complete and send a paper application.
You might be an NZ citizen if you were born here or in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau, granted citizenship, born overseas to an NZ citizen parent, adopted by a citizen, or you’re British and were here in 1948.
If you or your partner is a New Zealand citizen by birth or grant and you have a child under 16, you can apply to get them NZ citizenship by descent.
You can apply for NZ citizenship by grant if you're a permanent resident and you've been living here for at least the last 5 years.
New Zealand doesn’t have any special rules for foreigners marrying New Zealanders — you have to go through the same citizenship process as everyone else.
If you're a citizen of Samoa, you can become an NZ citizen if you were in NZ on 14 September 1982, or come here after that date and have the right to be here indefinitely.
Most people born in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau before 2006 are an NZ citizen. Children born after 2005 are citizens if one of their parents is an NZ citizen or permanent resident.
You can use your NZ passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate, or get a confirmation of birth in New Zealand certificate.
New Zealand allows dual citizenship — but some other countries don’t.
If you’re becoming a citizen of a country that doesn’t allow dual citizenship, you might have to give up your NZ citizenship.
In rare circumstances, the Minister of Internal Affairs can take someone’s New Zealand citizenship off them. They will no longer be able to use an NZ passport and may not be allowed to live here.
Sometimes the government from another country will ask you to prove you’re not a New Zealand citizen. This is usually because they don’t allow dual citizenship.
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