Potential citizens warned against scam and rogue website

Venkat Raman
Auckland, May 27, 2020

A rising scam aimed at fleecing people applying for Citizenship of New Zealand has prompted the Internal Affairs Department to issue a warning.

Jeff Montgomery, General Manager (Services and Access) at Internal Affairs said that applicants should ensure that they are applying on the official website, which is secure and the only official online application platform for the purpose.

The official website is www.govt.nz/apply-for-nz-citizenship

“When dealing with identity information, it is important that people are diligent and mindful of potential scams. Citizenship applications contain personal information so make sure that you are on the official website. As online services become increasingly popular, we work hard to make sure people have access to safe and secure services, whenever and wherever they want,” he said.

Mr Montgomery said that the ‘Secure Citizenship by Grant Service’ makes the process easier.

Contact for clarifications

“If you are using any of the Department’s online services, such as applying for Citizenship by grant, renewing or applying for a passport or ordering Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates, make sure that you are on a govt.nz website,” he said.

Those not clear of the authenticity of the website have been advised to contact the Department of Internal Affairs on
Freephone: 0800225151 (Within New Zealand); +64-4-4620651 (outside NZ)
Email: For Citizenship Applications: citizenship@dia.govt.nz; For questions about citizenship by descent or getting proof of citizenship status: staykiwi@dia.govt.nz
Passport Services: www.passports.govt.nz;
For Births, Deaths and Marriages, including Certificate Orders:
www.govt.nz/organisations/births-deaths-and-marriages

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