Work to Residence Visa – Work to Residence is a process that starts with a temporary work visa. Once you have successfully completed two years of work on a temporary work visa you might be able to apply for residence. It only applies in specific situations, however.
The most common of those situations is if you work for an accredited employer. These are employers that the immigration authorities in New Zealand deem to have skill shortages. Another situation were the work to residence process is often successful is where a person is talented in the arts, culture or sport. The level of talent has to be significant. Finally, applications from religious workers that have the support of a religious organisation are often viewed favourably.