Once you have held a Residence Visa for some time, you may be looking at applying for a permanent resident visa.
To be eligible for a Permanent Resident Visa (PRV), you must demonstrate your commitment to living permanently in NZ, through one of five available categories.
Please assess yourself against our PRV policy requirements before applying for this visa.
You should note, however, that if you hold a resident visa, but you are a person who would otherwise be prohibited for entry (for instance, because you would be subject to travel sanctions), you may only be eligible for 14-day travel conditions on your resident visa.
If you think this might apply to you, you should contact your nearest branch of Immigration New Zealand to discuss your specific situation.
If you were a secondary applicant in the original residence application (meaning, you were the spouse/partner or child of the Principal applicant), you normally cannot apply for a permanent resident visa unless you apply at the same time as the principal applicant or later.
See our immigration instructions RV1.20 for exceptions to this requirement.
This answer was last updated on 29 November, 2013.
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