What Are My Chances to Become a Citizen of New Zealand?
One of the many benefits of being granted a Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) Resident Visa to New Zealand is the option to apply for New Zealand citizenship in the future after meeting the criteria.
Applying for the SMC Resident Visa to New Zealand is much easier with the guidance of the Immigration Adviser who works with New Zealand Visa Expert.
The first step in the journey toward New Zealand citizenship is receiving residency status in New Zealand. The Immigration Adviser who collaborates with New Zealand Visa Expert can evaluate your eligibility for the SMC Resident Visa program and guide you in correctly submitting your Expression of Interest (EOI) to immigrate to New Zealand if you are assessed as likely to meet the criteria.
Once you are issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) by the New Zealand immigration authorities, the Immigration Adviser who works with New Zealand Visa Expert can also walk you step-by-step through the process to apply for the SMC Resident Visa to New Zealand.
After you live in New Zealand at least five years as a legal resident of New Zealand and meet all of the eligibility requirements, you may then have the option to apply for New Zealand citizenship. In addition to living in New Zealand with resident status at least five years, you must also have a genuine intention to live in New Zealand, possess English language skills adequate for everyday situations, have good character and pay the governmental fee(s) before you may be issued New Zealand citizenship by grant.
This is a brief overview, of course, but if you are issued the SMC Resident Visa to New Zealand, your chances to become a citizen of New Zealand are pretty good.
There are several benefits of being granted New Zealand citizenship. As a citizen of New Zealand, you can live in New Zealand long-term, get a New Zealand passport, hold dual-citizenship, receive complete access to education in New Zealand, possess complete economic rights enjoyed by New Zealand citizens, and even stand for New Zealand’s Parliament. Citizens of New Zealand also have certain obligations, such as obeying the law, paying taxes and registering to vote.
If you would like the opportunity to become a citizen of New Zealand and want to learn more about the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) Resident Visa Program, contact New Zealand Visa Expert for more information.