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So there are a number of options
Work to Residence
A Work to Residence visa is a temporary work visa that allows you to apply for a Residence from Work residence visa later. The advantage of Residence from Work is that you do not need to send us an expression of interest before applying for residence.
Are you joining your partner in New Zealand?
Our Family Stream is for people who want to work temporarily while joining their partner here. See the requirements.
Applying for a Permanent Resident visa
Resident visas granted under Skilled Migrant Category and most visas* granted under Residence from Work will allow you to travel outside New Zealand in the first two years of your residence. After this time you will need to apply for a Permanent Resident Visa. A Permanent Resident Visa allows unrestricted travel. This means that you can travel outside New Zealand with no limit on time spent out of New Zealand, and return as a resident.
*In some cases, a Work to Resident applicant may be granted a Permanent Resident Visastraight away through their residence application (if they work for an accredited employer and earn over NZ$90,000 per year).
If one of these applies to your situation you can apply.