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How long does citizenship take?

Old Sep 3rd 2013, 1:50 am
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Just wondered how long the whole application to being granted citizensip process takes here? We have done the required 5 years since PR here, but when I rang to make an appointment they suggested 'up to 4 months for approval, then up to another 4 months for the ceremony'. 8 months???
Just wondered in reality if it does take that long, or if thats worse case scenario....
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From memory , it certainly took a good 6 months + from application to actual ceremony.
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6 months for me too.
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Default Re: How long does citizenship take?

I applied on 1st May this year via a face to face appointment (DIA Wellington) with my application form and paperwork. Background checks conducted and invited to Citizenship ceremony which took place on 14th August. So, in total 3 1/2 months for me (Lower Hutt).

Be mindful of the fact that if you miss the 'cut off' for the invite to the next ceremony in your location, you will have to wait for the next one which could indeed be another 3 to 4 months later!
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Took about 3 months all up, including ceremony....& it was done via snail mail...
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Took about 3 months all up, including ceremony....& it was done via snail mail...
Not sure I understand. How was the ceremony done?
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Not sure I understand. How was the ceremony done?
At the council offices, swear the oath, get citizenship certificate & get a cabbage tree, have a cuppa and sarni with the mayor.

Waiting for the ceremony date took the most time....
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Ah ! It read a bit differently.
You got a cabbage tree? Different at least. Most get a kowhai tree which grow like weeds.
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I lodged my application personally in Wellington, and had a decision in 2 1/2 weeks but I had to wait 3 months for the ceremony at my local council offices
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