New Zealand is offering a new one-off residence visa pathway from December 2021 for some temporary work visa holders currently in New Zealand. People who are currently outside New Zealand, but who have applied and will be granted certain critical purpose visa and will arrive in New Zealand before July 31, 2022 on long-term visas of over six months duration may also be eligible.
Only people who were in New Zealand on Sept. 29, 2021, and meet other requirements can apply. Therefore, anyone outside of New Zealand cannot apply.
To qualify for this new category, you had to have been in New Zealand on Sept. 30 and have met the requirements at that moment, and be in New Zealand at the moment the application is lodged with Immigration New Zealand.