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Thread: Applying for citizenship from overseas (currently 3 months away from NZ)

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    Default Applying for citizenship from overseas (currently 3 months away from NZ)

    Hi folks,

    I came back to visit my country in April 22 (left NZ on 31 Mar 22) post-covid. Got married after 2 years of long distance relationship, visited my family, etc...

    I have spent slightly over 3 months away from NZ, since I haven't had a chance to visit the family for almost a decade.

    As it was a planned long visit, I had already ended my tenancy and had all my stuff stored in a private unit, hence I have no NZ residential address now, apart from a Private box.

    I wonder if applying for citizenship from overseas would be okay? I have checked the presence calculator and it says I am currently eligible to apply.

    Once I have applied, would it be okay for me to stay here for another month, i.e. longer than the 4 months absence requirement.

    My travel timeline is:

    16 May 2017: Resident Visa
    24 Feb 2020 - 28 Feb 2020: overseas (5 days)
    31 Mar 2022 - 5 Jul 22 (current) : overseas (97 days)
    Plan to submit application, online: 5 July 2022.

    TIA!

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    Below is what DIA responded to me when I asked if I could apply for citizenship while being overseas:

    "Citizenship applications cannot be lodged while you are overseas. You must submit your application when you are back in New Zealand."

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    Quote Originally Posted by HansNZ View Post
    Below is what DIA responded to me when I asked if I could apply for citizenship while being overseas:

    "Citizenship applications cannot be lodged while you are overseas. You must submit your application when you are back in New Zealand."
    Thank you so much! I have looked through their November 2021 Guidance but there's no mentioning of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alistar View Post
    Thank you so much! I have looked through their November 2021 Guidance but there's no mentioning of this.
    I would still recommend that you email them directly. It might take one week for them to respond but that would give you something official as a guidance.

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