New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam

New Zealand Citizenship

New Zealand citizenship carries the right to live permanently in New Zealand and hold a New Zealand passport.  New Zealand citizenship can be obtained in three ways:

  • Through birth in New Zealand, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau and the Ross Dependency (Antartica)
  • By grant, with the approval of the Minister of Internal Affairs.  (Someone who holds New Zealand residency and has lived in New Zealand for more than five years is eligible to apply for citizenship).
  • By descent, which covers children born outside New Zealand to a parent who is a New Zealand citizen by birth or through grant.


Children born in Viet Nam who qualify for New Zealand citizenship through one or both of their parents need to have citizenship finalised before a New Zealand passport can be issued.

It takes approximately six to eight weeks for the citzenship certificate and passport to be processed and returned.  As these documents are valuable we recommend use of the diplomatic bag.  The citizenship fee can be paid at the New Zealand Embassy in Ha Noi or Consulate-General offices in Ho Chi Minh City.

Please note: Any person born with a least one parent who is a Vietnamese citizen is generally considered to be a Vietnamese citizen.  Currently the Vietnamese Government does not recognise dual citizenship, therefore if an application for New Zealand Citizenship is accepted or granted, the Vietnamese citizenship will need to be formally relinquished.

An application form for New Zealand citizenship is available from the Citizenship section of the Department of Internal Affairs website.  The Citizenship office in Wellington processes all applications.  Further information can be obtained from the Embassy or from the Citizenship office:

Tel: (64 4) 474 8118 or 474 8122
Fax: (64 4) 474 8006


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