New Zealand Embassy The Hague, The Netherlands
Registering for New Zealand citizenship by descent
Every person born outside New Zealand on or after 1 January 1978 is able to apply to be registered as a New Zealand Citizen by Descent if, at the time of the birth, the mother or father was a New Zealand citizen other than by descent. This generally means that one of the child's parents must have been born in New Zealand or have acquired New Zealand citizenship by grant.
A child born outside New Zealand must be registered as a New Zealand Citizen by Descent before they can be issued with a New Zealand Passport. In practice it is possible to apply for a New Zealand passport at the same time as applying for Citizenship by Descent. In this case you should post the application forms together to the Citizenship Office.
Further information about applying for Citizenship by Descent, including the application form, details of documentation required, applicable fees, and where to send the application form are available on the Department of Internal Affairs website.
It takes twenty working days for the application to be processed.
If you have any questions, please email the Department of Internal Affairs or contact the Department of Internal Affairs office in London:
Department of Internal Affairs (Citizenship Office)
New Zealand High Commission
New Zealand House
London SW1Y 4TQ
Tel: +44 20 7930 8422
A person who receives New Zealand Citizenship by Descent through his or her New Zealand parent will not be able to pass the New Zealand Citizenship on to any of their own children born outside New Zealand.
There are no restrictions on New Zealand citizens also holding the citizenship of another country (ie. to be dual nationals or citizens). Some countries, however, do not allow their citizens to hold the citizenship of another country (ie. to be dual nationals or citizens). The New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs does not advise foreign governments about citizenship applications it receives. New Zealanders wishing to acquire the citizenship of another country need to investigate whether dual citizenship is an option with the government of the country in which they wish to gain citizenship.