Will my New Zealand convictions prevent me from getting New Zealand citizenship?

Question Details: I have a court hearing for several drink driving charges next month. Next year, I will complete my five years' residence in New Zealand and will be eligible to apply for citizenship. Will the drink driving convictions affect my application for citizenship?

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If you are convicted of a drink driving offence, then your conviction is likely to stop you from getting New Zealand citizenship.

One of the requirements for getting New Zealand citizenship is to have “good character”. Criminal convictions are taken into account when deciding whether a candidate has good character.

You will not generally meet the "good character" requirement if you have any conviction within 3 years of applying for citizenship. Having charges pending can also prevent you from meeting the "good character" requirement.

For more information, call the Department of Internal Affairs or click here to see the information abotu this on their website:
www.dia.govt.nz.

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