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New Zealand Updates Its’ Rules On Being Stripped Of NZ Citizenship

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New Zealand

 

 

Being stripped of NZ citizenship

 

 

 

In rare circumstances, the Minister of Internal Affairs can take someone’s New Zealand citizenship off them.

They will no longer be able to use an NZ passport and may not be allowed to live here.

When you can have citizenship taken off you

It depends on how you gained your NZ citizenship.

If you’re a citizen by grant

The Minister can deprive you of your NZ citizenship if:

  • you were granted your citizenship because of:
    • fraud
    • false representation
    • information you deliberately concealed when you applied for citizenship
    • a mistake, or
  • you got citizenship of another country and acted against the interests of NZ.

Before your citizenship is taken off you:

  • the Citizenship Office will ask for your side of the story
  • you’ll be served a Notice by the Minister.

If you think there isn’t a good enough reason to take your citizenship away, you can apply to the High Court for a hearing within 28 days of receiving your Notice. A judge will make a decision on your behalf.

If you’re a citizen by descent

Your citizenship can be taken off you if you were registered as a citizen by descent because of:

  • fraud
  • false representation
  • information you deliberately concealed when you applied for citizenship, or
  • an administration error.

You’ll be sent a letter to let you know what happened and why.

If you’re a citizen by birth

The Minister can deprive you of your NZ citizenship if:

  • you got citizenship of another country, and
  • acted against the interests of NZ.

Once your citizenship has been taken off you

You:

  • can’t use your NZ passport anymore
  • may not be allowed to keep living here.

You’ll need to talk to Immigration NZ if you want to continue to live in NZ.

Immigration NZ

 

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