New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China
New Zealand Citizenship
How Do I Become a New Zealand Citizen?
- Through birth in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau or the Ross Dependency (Antarctica);
- By grant, with the approval of the Minister of Internal Affairs. Please see the Department of Internal Affairs website for further information;
- By descent, which covers children born outside New Zealand to a parent who is a New Zealand citizen by birth or through a grant of citizenship.
The NZ Immigration Service website provides further information on migrating to New Zealand.
Chinese law does not permit nationals of the People's Republic of China to hold dual nationality. Before applying for New Zealand citizenship, Chinese nationals should be aware of their obligations under the Nationality Law of China.
I'm a NZ Citizen, But is My Child?
Children born outside New Zealand to a parent who is a New Zealand citizen by birth or through a grant of citizenship, can register for New Zealand Citizenship by Descent. This carries the right to live in New Zealand and hold a New Zealand passport. Applicants must register with the Citizenship Office of the Department of Internal Affairs. Please contact the the Embassy or Consulate General for an application form. All applications are processed by the Citizenship Office in Wellington, New Zealand. Please contact that office if you require further information about registration of citizenship by descent:
Telephone: 0064 4 474 8118 or 474 8122
Facsimile: 0064 4 474 8006
Email: Citizenship Office