US President Donald Trump has signed legislation that will make it easier for New Zealanders to trade or invest in the world’s biggest economy.
The so-called Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors Act – or Kiwi Act – allows New Zealanders to apply for E-1 and E-2 trade and investment visas. The act grants reciprocal treatment to US nationals.
“The Kiwi Act will increase trade and investment between the United States and New Zealand and will benefit both our countries,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement. She expects the legislation to be a “big boost” to New Zealand businesses.
The E-1 and E-2 visas will allow New Zealand nationals who qualify to enter the US multiple times over two years without having to apply for a new visa each time they enter the US (with an option to renew on a rolling basis).