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Old Apr 14th 2010, 4:50 am
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After just over 3 years in New Zealand (we got PR 5 years ago)the boss & I have decided to apply to become a couple of Kiwis. Keeping that "the powers that be" grant us citizenship.

I'm guessing it will take a number of months before we'll hear anything (unless it's a very quick 'bugger off') & can crack open the bubbly.

Although I'm proud to be born & bred in England, I can't imagine ever going back there to live. Yes, there are aspects of British life I miss but I'm more content living here. We have been lucky enough to make some great friends & get involved in stuff eg. the theatre, kayaking etc. that we wouldn't have done in the UK.

So it's NZ for us
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Old Apr 14th 2010, 4:58 am
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Well done Annie.
Let us know when your ceremony is and MrsL and myself will swing by or at least heckle from a distance
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Old Apr 14th 2010, 5:02 am
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Well done Annie.
Let us know when your ceremony is and MrsL and myself will swing by or at least heckle from a distance
Thanks Ian. We may have to bribe some officials first though!
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Well done Annie.
Let us know when your ceremony is and MrsL and myself will swing by or at least heckle from a distance
dagnammit… we'll be missing that then, or we'd have joined in the heckling whether invited or not!!! Well done you two - dead chuffed for you
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I'm jealous! I have to wait another 2 years! Good on ya, remember National dress of knotted hanky on head and shell suits.
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Old Apr 14th 2010, 9:23 pm
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Congrats!

I handed in my citizenship application on Monday and was told standard wait is 7 months (excluding the ceremony), and there had been an increase in applicants because those who were under the 3 year rule have to apply before 21 April this year

I've been in NZ for just over 4 years, got PR in May 2005 but application got accepted at the beginning of April 2005.

Originally Posted by Vitalstatistix View Post
After just over 3 years in New Zealand (we got PR 5 years ago)the boss & I have decided to apply to become a couple of Kiwis. Keeping that "the powers that be" grant us citizenship.

I'm guessing it will take a number of months before we'll hear anything (unless it's a very quick 'bugger off') & can crack open the bubbly.

Although I'm proud to be born & bred in England, I can't imagine ever going back there to live. Yes, there are aspects of British life I miss but I'm more content living here. We have been lucky enough to make some great friends & get involved in stuff eg. the theatre, kayaking etc. that we wouldn't have done in the UK.

So it's NZ for us
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Old Apr 15th 2010, 6:50 am
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Yay!
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Originally Posted by Am Loolah View Post
I'm jealous! I have to wait another 2 years! Good on ya, remember National dress of knotted hanky on head and shell suits.
We are very shortly going to apply. Apart from the pride bit can you remind us why we are going to part with hard earned to do this for our 3 kids and Kate and I??? Cheers.
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We are very shortly going to apply. Apart from the pride bit can you remind us why we are going to part with hard earned to do this for our 3 kids and Kate and I??? Cheers.
Because if a war comes your family won't have to fight .

Also they let you leave for more than a few months, not that you have the money to do that afterwards .
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What happens to your UK passport if you become an NZ citizen?
Do you keep it and have dual nationality or do you have to surrender it
and be a full on kiwi?
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What happens to your UK passport if you become an NZ citizen?
Do you keep it and have dual nationality or do you have to surrender it
and be a full on kiwi?
That's just the dutch I think..Dutch born in Holland cannot keep their Dutch passports if they go for sovreingnty elsewhere. However Dutch people born out of Holland (ie mum and Dad are Dutch CAN have dual passports..some dutch bloke told me last week).
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Originally Posted by Vitalstatistix View Post
After just over 3 years in New Zealand (we got PR 5 years ago)the boss & I have decided to apply to become a couple of Kiwis. Keeping that "the powers that be" grant us citizenship.

I'm guessing it will take a number of months before we'll hear anything (unless it's a very quick 'bugger off') & can crack open the bubbly.

Although I'm proud to be born & bred in England, I can't imagine ever going back there to live. Yes, there are aspects of British life I miss but I'm more content living here. We have been lucky enough to make some great friends & get involved in stuff eg. the theatre, kayaking etc. that we wouldn't have done in the UK.

So it's NZ for us
Brilliant!!Look forward to seeing the pics!!
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Old Apr 17th 2010, 2:42 pm
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Originally Posted by colandros View Post
What happens to your UK passport if you become an NZ citizen?
Do you keep it and have dual nationality or do you have to surrender it
and be a full on kiwi?

You can keep it.
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Old Apr 17th 2010, 2:46 pm
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Originally Posted by Genesis View Post
That's just the dutch I think..Dutch born in Holland cannot keep their Dutch passports if they go for sovreingnty elsewhere. However Dutch people born out of Holland (ie mum and Dad are Dutch CAN have dual passports..some dutch bloke told me last week).
This is what Dutch law says:
http://www.minbuza.nl/en/Services/Co...nt_nationality

also:
http://www.minbuza.nl/en/Services/Co...al_nationality
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What difference does citizenship make? I'm not being sarcastic...just don't know the advantages and would love to know the difference.

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