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Old Dec 3rd 2020, 11:49 pm
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Hey guys was wondering if anyone else has applied for NZ citizenship and if so how long did it take? I have a few friends who applied around may and they got it within 6-8 weeks while I applied 5 months ago and when I called up today they said that they are working on it, there's no case officer yet assigned but apparently they are working on it whatever that means lol. Anyone else experience this?
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Old Dec 4th 2020, 8:04 am
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It'll be Covid, they no doubt will have loads to catch up on - they haven't had any ceremonies since March.
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We applied June 2019, had the ceremony in August 2019, had passports 2/3 weeks after that. Huge backlog at immigration at the moment, big delays with any applications.
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Originally Posted by Bo-Jangles View Post
It'll be Covid, they no doubt will have loads to catch up on - they haven't had any ceremonies since March.
Yes they have
A friend of mine received his a few weeks ago in Dunedin
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Huge backlog at immigration at the moment, big delays with any applications.
Point of note: It is the Dept of Internal Affairs that processes citizenship applications and time slots, not NZ Immy.
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The reason why i'm confused is because i know three people who applied around the lock-down or just after, a few weeks before me and they got theirs within a few months, no ceremony, just a certificate yet after 5 months i don't even have a case officer. I'd love to know how they prioritize applications
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Originally Posted by paddy234 View Post
The reason why i'm confused is because i know three people who applied around the lock-down or just after, a few weeks before me and they got theirs within a few months, no ceremony, just a certificate yet after 5 months i don't even have a case officer. I'd love to know how they prioritize applications
I believe the policy is, the shady, dodgy characters are made to wait
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I believe the policy is, the shady, dodgy characters are made to wait
So i a five year wait then 😆
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Originally Posted by BEVS View Post
Point of note: It is the Dept of Internal Affairs that processes citizenship applications and time slots, not NZ Immy.
Good point! Just checked my email and indeed it is from Dept of Internal Affairs 😊
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We applied in June 2020 and only in the last week or so have heard back from the case officer checking the details are correct to be recorded on the official documents. No ceremonies at the moment. They were stopped because of Covid19. Assuming it wont be long now till the certificates come in the post.
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We applied in June 2020 and only in the last week or so have heard back from the case officer checking the details are correct to be recorded on the official documents. No ceremonies at the moment. They were stopped because of Covid19. Assuming it wont be long now till the certificates come in the post.
Nice, good to know I'm not the only one. Hope you don't have to wait another 5 or 6 months for the certificate
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Ah, doesn't really matter if it takes a week, a month or a year or two. I ain't going anywhere!
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Ah, doesn't really matter if it takes a week, a month or a year or two. I ain't going anywhere!
But you might out on all the wonderful benefits it brings
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But you might out on all the wonderful benefits it brings


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But you might out on all the wonderful benefits it brings
You do get a free tree at least!
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