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    Hi there,
    Does anyone know what are the new rules for changing from PR to citizenship? One of my friends told me the rules are changed and if you are eligible you can be citizen in just 46 weeks (instead of 5 years).
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    Although I haven't head anything to about it. I extremely doubt that it is true.
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    Thank you. I think so.
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    It still seems to talk about 'after holding PR for 5 years' here.

    Requirements for a Grant of New Zealand Citizenship

    Important Notice! Citizenship requirements changed on 21 April 2010. You may be eligible for a grant of New Zealand citizenship if you:
    intend, if granted citizenship, to continue to reside in New Zealand;
    are able to understand and speak English;
    are of good character;
    understand the responsibilities and privileges of New Zealand citizenship;
    are a permanent resident of New Zealand; and
    were physically present in New Zealand, and have had your New Zealand permanent residence for the last five years before applying for citizenship.


    It says the requirements changed in April of this year but I haven't found yet how they have changed.
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    I think there was no actual change, but that was the deadline until you still apply under the 3 year rule in case you got your PR before 21 April 2005.
    See also here.
    04/11/09 - EOI selected (125 points, no job offer)
    30/11/09 - Decision successful
    09/12/09 - ITA received
    23/12/09 - Application submitted
    03/03/10 - Case officer assigned (requested more documents)
    05/03/10 - Job offer secured (IT)
    12/03/10 - Work permits issued (1 year ISSL, 1 year partnership)
    13/04/10 - INZ Interview (re relationship)
    22/05/10 - Approved in Principle
    04/06/10 - Residence Permits issued

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    Come on people, you need to apply some common sense. Citizenship after less than a year, You are dreaming. new zealand would be flooded by everyone wanting a second passport and it doesn't benefit the country at all by doing that. Get real.
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