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    Default Is permanent residence forever?

    Now that we've been granted permanent residence, could we leave NZ for a number of years and still have our permanent residence valid?

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    PR can be forever as long as you play by the rules. Along with your residency visa in your passport you should have a Returning Resident's Visa. This means that you can come and go as you please BUT for the first 2 years you need to show commitment to NZ by remaining in the country for at least 6 months of each of those 2 years. Once you've done that, you will get an Indefinite RRV and you are free to do what you want then . If you leave NZ before getting your IRRV and don't return at all for 2 years, you'll run the risk of having your PR cancelled. If you can't manage to stay in NZ for 6 months out of each of the first 2 years, you will have to apply for a new RRV until you have completed the requirements to qualify for your IRRV. That's not as straight forward as it seems because it's at INZ's discretion as to how long an RRV they will give you next time. It can sometimes be valid for only 2 weeks if they don't think you have a good reason for staying out of the country.

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    Ok, we have an RRV and have been here for close to a year (from getting residence), so so far so good.

    Thanks!

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