Exceptions for NZ Citizenship
New Zealand has a lot to offer for any person wishing to stay, work, live, study or travel in New Zealand and one of this offer is Citizenship. Whilst it might not be a goal that everyone will aim for, it is an option open to you if one meets the criteria.
Gaining New Zealand passport has great benefits and advantages such as greater travel freedoms with a New Zealand passport, representing New Zealand in international stages, standing as a representative in Parliament and being able to apply for more scholarships to pursue further study in New Zealand.
You have these options available to you, provided the following criteria is met:
- The applicant must have held a New Zealand Permanent Residency visa for a period of 5 years or more with the required days to be spent in New Zealand
- Have a strong grasp of the English language and be able to hold a conversation confidently
- Meet the requirements of good health and good character
- Intend to live in New Zealand after being granted citizenship
It is key to note that applications for citizenship are assessed by the Department of Internal Affairs, who will also assess the character of the applicant whether they hold any convictions and whether there is any information of the applicant that is contrary to the public interest if citizenship was to be granted.