New Zealand Nationals Eligible for E-1 (Treaty Trader) and E-2 (Treaty Investor) Visas


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective June 10, 2019, certain New Zealand nationals are now eligible for E-1 treaty trader or E-2 treaty investor visas. This means that New Zealand nationals now have enhanced access to pursue trade and investment activities in the United States.

According to USCIS:

  • Eligible New Zealand nationals already in the United States in lawful visa status can file a petition to request a change of status to E-1 or E-2 visa classification, or a qualifying employer can file such a petition on their behalf.

  • Spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age of E-1 and E-2 visa holders, and employees who are already in the United States, may also seek to change status to E-1 or E-2 as dependents.

See USCIS announcement here.


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