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Thread: Citizenship presence requirement

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    Quote Originally Posted by manutd View Post
    To make it very simple...as per my understanding..If you don't travel during first 8 months after your first entry to NZ...you can apply citizenship after 4 years 8 M.
    It is not about whether you travel in the beggining or at the end but more to do with when you decide to apply. And at the date of that application looking back at a five year period (not withstanding any other condition), you have been present for 1350 days in total AND in each of those years you have been present for at least 240 days. it is that simple. Notice that the law is not stipulating absences but presence as the condition. It is that term "at least 240 days " that could make someone eligible by only serving 240 days in the 5th year in my view.

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    as the calculation is done backwards...not leaving NZ in first 8 months make your 240 days in that year..remaining 4 months are being counted before your entry....so yes you can apply after 4Y 8M, 4Y 9M or whatever time makes your 240 days counting backwards from the date of your application....

    so to make it apply exactly after 4y 8 M...you should not travel outside NZ in the first 8 months..

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    Ok so I talked to one of my friend yesterday who applied last year. He went overseas for holidays for about 2 month in his first year straight after he was granted residency visa. He has told me in this case you can apply after 4 years and 10 months instead of 4 years and 8 months. He did mention if you donít go for holidays in first year and 5th year then u can apply in 4 years and 8 months if you do go for holidays in the first and last year then you have to add those days in the 5th year. Correct me if I am wrong thanks

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    If you're in any doubt about when you can apply, you can contact the government https://www.govt.nz/browse/passports...z-citizenship/, and they will check your exact situation. (I doubt they're working on such things right now, however.)

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    If you did not travel in your first year of gaining residency and do not intend to travel in your fifth year then you may be eligible to apply once you have met the 240 days in that year

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    So would it be:

    Year 1: finished after 8 months in the country as resident

    Year 2: 12 months of which at least 8 in the country

    Same for year 3 and 4

    Year 5: apply after 8 months in the country

    Ie shortest possible is 4 years and 4 months - provided that you meet the 1350 days total requirement?
    Last edited by Nether111; 31st March 2020 at 11:07 PM.

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    Never mind clearly my thinking was off last night!

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