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New Zealand Citizenship.

Here we share some general information about New Zealand Citizenship.

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Qualifying for citizenship is controlled by the Citizenship Act 1977, and you have to meet the rules set out in law.

Special rules apply to children under 16, and in very special cases, citizenship may be granted by the Minister of Internal Affairs.

If you are a New Zealand citizen and your children are born overseas, they may qualify for citizenship. Take advice.

To qualify for New Zealand citizenship in most cases people need to:

  • Be a New Zealand resident (hold a Permanent Resident Visa).

  • Live in New Zealand as a resident for 5 years immediately before the application is lodged; spend 240 days in New Zealand in each of those 5 years, and the total number of days spent in New Zealand over the 5 years is 1,350 or more.

  • Speak English to a basic conversational level.

  • Be of good character.

  • Intend to live in New Zealand once citizenship is granted.

Useful Information

The Malcolm Pacific Immigration team of advisers and experts take away the stress and worry of navigating the complex world of understanding New Zealand Citizenship.

Migrant To Kiwi.

To complete your migration journey you might want to consider becoming a New Zealand citizen.

There are benefits to being a New Zealand citizen. The most obvious is that you get the freedom to travel on a New Zealand passport, which is highly regarded around the world and gets visa-free access to many countries.

Some of the benefits are not so obvious such as playing sports internationally for New Zealand, standing for parliament, access to education (some scholarships require you to be a New Zealand citizen) and access to certain jobs (mainly government) where being a citizen is a requirement.

General Comments.

A word of warning. New Zealand recognises dual nationality, so you can hold a New Zealand passport and keep your current passport. But there are some countries that do not allow their citizens to hold passports from other countries. Check first before you apply.

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The Green List

From September 2022 people holding job offers in a small number of occupations may apply for residence. Some occupations are a direct pathway to residence and others require a period of two years or longer before applying.

There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Establishing if an overseas qualification matches the NZ equivalent qualification before applying is paramount for success.

Read more here.

16 May 22

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
  • Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
  • Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
10 Feb 22

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21

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