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Will I lose my New Zealand residence status if I travel abroad?

As long as you have a Resident Visa with valid travel conditions or a Permanent Resident Visa (PRV) in your valid passport when you return to New Zealand, your residence status will not be affected if you travel overseas.

A valid Returning Residents Visa with valid travel conditions (granted prior to 29 November 2010) will also allow you to return to New Zealand as a resident.

If you have a Permanent Resident Visa (PRV) in your passport, you may return to New Zealand at any time and continue your residence here.

If your Resident Visa has travel conditions on it, you must return to New Zealand before the expiry date of those travel conditions in order to resume your residence in New Zealand.

Your eligibility for further travel conditions or a PRV may be affected by the time you have spent outside of New Zealand. For more information on this, refer to the article below.

When and how can I apply for a Permanent Resident Visa