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Services › Citizenship › General Requirements for a Grant of New Zealand Citizenship

Citizenship by grant

Becoming a New Zealand citizen by grant shows your commitment to New Zealand and gives you the same rights as citizens who were born here.

Apply for citizenship
by grant
Apply for citizenship by
grant if you are Samoan
Check if you meet the
grant requirements

What citizenship is

Being a New Zealand citizen means you can:
  • live in New Zealand forever
  • get a New Zealand passport
  • stand for parliament
  • have full access to education
  • have full economic rights
  • represent New Zealand in many international sports.
As a citizen you have to:
  • obey the laws
  • register to vote
  • pay tax
  • be a responsible New Zealander.

Dual citizenship

New Zealand allows dual citizenship — but some other countries don’t. For more information see our
dual citizenship page.

Will the grant of citizenship affect my New Zealand visa?

New Zealand citizens don’t need to have a visa to be in New Zealand, so if you get citizenship your visa will be cancelled. If you have dual (or more) citizenship and you want to travel overseas on a passport from another country you have to get a New Zealand citizen endorsement in your foreign passport. This will either be a label that is pasted in your passport or an electronic record. To find out more information go to the
Immigration New Zealand website and search for 'citizen endorsement'.

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