I read the AUS/NZ permanent residence is infinite. Other countries require perm to be renewed after 5 years or so.

1) Is it same for AUS/NZ?

2) Is it same for minors too ?

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    Do you have an example of a country that requires permanent residence to be renewed? Such a requirement seems antithetical to the nature of permanence.
    – phoog
    Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 3:31
  • @phoog Czech Republic requires its permanent residencies to be renewed once every 10 years, although the documentation required to do so is minimal. Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 6:49
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    @JonathanReez what happens if the permanent resident fails to renew? Does the person lose the right to remain in the country?
    – phoog
    Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 7:01
  • @phoog you're right. I've double checked the law and non-extension of the residency card does not lead to losing the permanent residency. Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 7:07

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Australian permanent visas do not need to be renewed, as long as you remain in Australia and do not travel overseas.

However, if you do travel overseas, there is a limit in terms of a "travel facility". From the Department's web site:

When you are granted a permanent visa, you are usually permitted a 5-year travel facility. This means you can leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you like in the 5 years from the date your permanent visa was granted, as long as your visa remains valid.

After 5 years, your travel facility expires and you will need to apply for, and be granted:

  • a Resident Return visa - if you wish to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident or
  • Australian citizenship - if you wish to travel as an Australian citizen.

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