Can New Zealanders have three different countries' citizenship at the same time?

Question Details: I am a Chilean living as a permanent resident in New Zealand and will soon be eligible to apply for citizenship. My spouse is Italian and I believe I am entitled to apply for Italian citizenship on that basis. If I do so, will that mean I cannot become a New Zealand citizen, or vice versa? Am I allowed to have all three at once or do I need to choose?

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Whether you can be a citizen of three different countries at the same time depends on the laws of each of those three countries.

New Zealand citizens are generally allowed to hold multiple citizenships. Your right to apply to become a New Zealand citizen is not affected by you applying for or holding any other citizenship, including Chilean and/or Italian citizenship. For more information, click here: www.immigration.govt.nz.

However, some countries restrict the number of citizenships their citizens can hold. For example, whether you can hold Chilean or Italian citizenship as well as New Zealand citizenship will depend on the laws of Chile and Italy. We are not able to advise on Chilean or Italian law.

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