E-2 Visas Extended for New Zealand Nationals

E-2 Visas Extended for New Zealand Nationals

On Wednesday August 1, 2018, President Trump signed into law S. 2245, the Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors Act (KIWI Act), thereby granting E-1 and E-2 visa status to certain New Zealand applicants and provides for reciprocal treatment of U.S. nationals. This will allow New Zealand nationals the opportunity to pursue E-1 trade and E-2 investment in the United States, a benefit long enjoyed by neighboring Australians.  The E-1 and E-2 visa will offer New Zealanders enhanced access to facilitate overseas business and investment in the United States which is believed will strongly benefit the economies of both countries.

Please note that the KIWI Act has not been implemented at the moment as of November 19, 2018. The Consulate in New Zealand states that they are currently working on implementing the act with the U.S. government and more information about the application process will be announced when it is fully implemented.

There are already many New Zealand companies in the U.S., just as there are many of U.S. companies in New Zealand. In 2016, the two countries engaged in approximately $12 billion of bilateral trade in goods and services; and the U.S. is already the second most popular destination for New Zealand foreign investment, accounting for 17% of all foreign investment by New Zealanders in 2016, for a total of $3.2 billion dollars. Bringing New Zealand into the E-1 and E-2 programs will increase trade and bilateral investment flows, helping both of countries accelerate economic growth and job creation. To learn more about the E-2 Treaty Trader Visa, please click here. To learn more about the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa, please click here.

To find out more about the new rules or other investor visas, contact Scott Legal, P.C.


Ian E. Scott, Esq. is the Founder of Scott Legal, P.C. He can be reached at 212-223-2964 or by email at info@legalservicesincorporated.com.

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August 13th, 2018|12 Comments


  1. Gaind March 19, 2019 at 12:29 am - Reply

    Do you have to be living in NZ when applying for this visa or you can submit application from Australia if you have NZ passport?

    • IanScott March 28, 2019 at 11:12 pm - Reply

      You can usually apply where you live.

  2. Janice McDonald January 23, 2019 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Has the E2 treaty with NZ been ratified yet please?

    • IanScott January 31, 2019 at 11:42 pm - Reply

      There is still some finalization that has to be done. You should continue to check the Consular website in NZ.

  3. Samir December 28, 2018 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    What the minimum investment require? Can buy any existing business in USA?

    • IanScott December 29, 2018 at 7:29 pm - Reply

      Usually around $100K but it can be less depending on the business and the facts.

  4. lucy November 11, 2018 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Nz still not showing on the list … can we apply now? tks

    • IanScott November 18, 2018 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      We believe the answer is yes but have not applied yet there so would need to investigate.

  5. joe chen September 18, 2018 at 2:42 pm - Reply


    New Zealand is not in the list of treaty country yet up to today : https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/fees/treaty.html.
    Did I or they miss something?


    • IanScott September 18, 2018 at 8:00 pm - Reply


      It has recently been added but they perhaps have not updated the website yet. It was recently added so the Government may still be sorting things out. Kind regards,

  6. RJ Mahajan August 14, 2018 at 11:53 pm - Reply


    E2 visa, is available to apply now for New Zealanders ?

    RJ Mahajan

    • IanScott August 15, 2018 at 4:54 am - Reply

      Yes. This is new and NZ is a Treaty Country.

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