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Why not become a citizen?

You have lived here for five years – at least eight months in each of those years. Your accent mightn’t be pure “Nu Zilind mate”, but your conversational English is good enough to talk with Kiwi friends and people at work. If that sounds like you, you may be eligible to become a New Zealand citizen.

31/05/20191 min read
Why not become a citizen?

You have lived here for five years – at least eight months in each of those years. Your accent mightn’t be pure “Nu Zilind mate”, but your conversational English is good enough to talk with Kiwi friends and people at work.

If that sounds like you, you may be eligible to become a New Zealand citizen. Many migrants can retain citizenship in the country of birth and also become a “Kiwi”.

Why do it? Well for one, as well as pledging loyalty to the country you now call home, it means you get one of the best passports in the world, ranked globally in the Top 10 for visa free entry around the world.

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Update

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
Update

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
Update

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