Both of these visas allow you the same privilege of living permanently in New Zealand, but they provide you with different travel conditions.
Your resident visa will allow you to travel in and out of new Zealand (as a resident) for a specified period of time only – usually 24 months.
Once this time period concludes, your next step is to apply for a permanent resident visa (PRV), which will have no time limit on your travel conditions - meaning, you are able to travel in and out of New Zealand (as a resident) at any time, as long as you have the permanent resident visa in your valid passport.
To qualify for a PRV you must:
A full list of requirements is available on our website, so you should assess yourself before applying.
To learn more about applying for a permanent resident visa, you can also download our Resident Visa Guide.
This answer was last updated on 8 November, 2012.
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