Dear all,

a couple of weeks ago I heard from friends that it was possible to apply for citizenship before the end of the standard 5 years of NZ residency.
Is this only true for exceptional cases?

I checked requirements on https://www.govt.nz/browse/passports...-requirements/

I am a bit confused by an example case scenario shown, which says:

"To meet the requirement, you need to have been in New Zealand for:

at least 240 days in each 12-month period, and
1,350 days across the 5 years."

I obtained a Resident Visa on the 21st of April 2016 and a Permanent Resident Visa on the 3rd of May 2018.

I have not completed the 5 years since obtaining my Resident Visa on 21/04/16, but I have definitely been living here well over the requirement of 1,350 days.

Can I then apply for citizenship only from the 20th of April 2021, or perhaps earlier, given that in total I have been out of NZ for less than 70 days since the September 2014 (on WTR visa until 21/04/16)?

Thank you!