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New Zealand Flag  New Zealand

As a New Zealander Citizen, there are several ways in which to claim British Nationality. These are: 

For British Nationality purposes, the Republic of Ireland was considered part of the United Kingdom up until 31.03.1922. For these and other forms of British Nationality available to New Zealanders, click on British Citizenship for New Zealanders.

British Nationality Assessment To discover whether you are entitled to a British Passport based on your birth in (or family links to) New Zealand, then take 2 minutes to complete our FREE Nationality Search...

STATUS OF NEW ZEALAND

Up until 31.12.1948, New Zealand (and all its islands, dependencies, mandated and trust territories) were within the British Crown Dominions.

From 01.01.1949, New Zealand was an independent Commonwealth country. Click here for more information about the consequences of being born in a Commonwealth country.

The Cook Islands and Niue were associated states from 1965 and 1974 respectively.

Samoa

From 17.12.1920 until 12.12.1945, Western Samoa (as it was then know) was a New Zealand Mandated Territory in which the Crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction.

From 13.12.1946 until 31.12.1961, it was a New Zealand Trust Territory in which the Crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction.

Between 01.01.1962 and 30.01.1980, it was a foreign country.

From 01.01.1983 until the present day, it is an independent Commonwealth country. Click here for more information on Samoa.

Cook Islands and Niue

While largely self-governing, the Cook Islands and Niue remain part of New Zealand.

New Zealanders aged between 18-30 qualify for a Working Holiday Visa for the following countries:

British Nationality Assessment To discover whether you are entitled to a British Passport based on your birth in (or family links to) New Zealand, then take 2 minutes to complete our FREE Nationality Search...



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