How To Become a New Zealand Citizen

You can apply for citizenship in New Zealand by grant or descent.One of your parents is a New Zealand citizen.You need to have a series of visas and live in New Zealand before you can apply for citizenship.

Step 1: One parent is a New Zealand citizen.

You need to have a parent who was a New Zealand citizen to gain citizenship through this method.If one of your parents moved out of New Zealand and you were born in another country, you are eligible for this type of citizenship.

Step 2: If you were born in the country, you should check for citizenship.

If you were born in New Zealand but have lived elsewhere, you may be a citizen by birth.Contact the citizenship office to find out more about your citizenship status.

Step 3: Gain citizenship by adoption.

If you were adopted from another country by a New Zealand parent, you can become a citizen.You will need to provide more documentation with your application.

Step 4: Have a visa.

If you want to become a citizen, you must have a permanent residency visa.You must have lived in New Zealand for at least 5 years with some form of residency status.Do you think citizenship by grant is the right route for you?People who don’t have a parent who’s a New Zealand resident will need to gain citizenship by grant.You will need to meet certain requirements before you can become a New Zealand citizen.

Step 5: Have a good grasp of English.

If you want to write a novel in English, you need to have enough English to be able to make everyday transactions.You need to know enough to deal with the cashier at the grocery store.

Step 6: Continue to live in New Zealand.

You can’t apply for citizenship in New Zealand if you want to live elsewhere.You need to have a plan to stay and live in New Zealand.

Step 7: Show that you’re a good person.

Good character means not being involved in criminal activities.Most of the time, it means larger offenses, such as fraud or other convictions.

Step 8: The documents need to be ready.

You will need your birth certificate and passport.There is a chance that the passport can be expired.You need two passport photos of yourself.The photos have been taken recently.The application can be found on the internet.

Step 9: The application needs to be filled in.

Pick the application based on grant or descent.You will need to provide biographical information on yourself and your parents.You have to answer questions about where you live, your residency status, and your English language skills.There will be a section about any criminal charges you may have faced.The application for by descent is simpler than grant.

Step 10: Have you seen it?

An adult will be needed to witness your signature.A citizenship officer can testify for you.The witness must have a New Zealand passport.The person can’t be a relation or live at the same address.

Step 11: You have to pay the fee.

Fees are required to complete the application.The citizenship by grant application fees were about 500 New Zealand dollars as of 2016 but they are subject to change.The application fee is $200 for citizenship by descent.If your citizenship is denied, you have to pay a fee.

Step 12: Send or walk the application.

Once your application is complete, you can either mail it in or make an appointment to go to a citizenship office.There are five locations where you can walk the application in.The online application has addresses on it.You should use a “track and trace” bag if you mail it in.The application can be sent to the Department of Internal Affairs.

Step 13: Take the oath or affirm it.

To become a citizen, you must take an oath or affirm.At a ceremony, you will pledge your loyalty to New Zealand.The oath is religious, but the affirmation is not.A religious book is where you take the oath.

Step 14: Have a resident visa.

To get a resident visa, you have to fill out an application.You must have studied or worked in New Zealand on a different visa if you have already been a resident or former resident.

Step 15: You can live in New Zealand for 2 years.

You need to have lived in New Zealand for 2 years under a resident visa to get permanent residency.A resident visa gives you the right to live in New Zealand for a certain amount of time.To be considered a “commitment” to New Zealand, you must have been in the country for at least two years.If you’re coming from a different country, make sure to check the application for your country.

Step 16: Have a tax residence.

If you have tax residence status for at least 41 days in each year for the last two years, you can get a permanent resident visa.You must have held a job and paid taxes to the New Zealand government.

Step 17: New Zealand is a great place to start a business.

You can be eligible for permanent residency if your business is established in New Zealand.You need to have had this business open for at least a year to apply.

Step 18: You should keep an investment in New Zealand.

One way to get a permanent resident visa is to have an investment of $1 million in New Zealand for at least 2 years.You can’t withdraw the investment at any point, you have to have invested for all 24 months.

Step 19: There is a base in New Zealand.

Establishing a base in New Zealand is a way of meeting the commitment part of the permanent residency visa.That means that you have owned a house in New Zealand.

Step 20: The application needs to be filled out.

Once you have met one of the eligibility requirements, you need to apply for a permanent resident visa.It includes biographical information, data about your eligibility, a character section, and any information on other family members included in the application that will live with you, such as a spouse or child.The application can be found online.

Step 21: Pay the fee.

You have to pay a fee to complete the application.The fee depends on the type of visa you are applying for and the country you’re coming from.To figure out what you have to pay, you need to look it up.