Two of my favorite visas - E-1 and E-2 - are now available to New Zealand nationals! The Embassy in New Zealand announced the availability of the E visa categories this week, following the enactment of the Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors (KIWI) Act, which was signed by President Trump on August 1, 2018.
E-1/E-2 status generally requires:
E-1 status requires that the majority of the trade of the company is between the US and New Zealand, and that the trade be substantial.
In contrast, E-2 status does not require any continuing business between the US company and the treaty country. E-2 status is available to nationals of treaty countries who enter the US as managers/executives, or with "essential skills" and will be employed by a US company that is at least 50% owned by treaty nationals. A common misconception is that the E-2 visa holder must herself be the investor. This is not the case. E-2 visa holders fall into two general categories:
1. Treaty nationals who are creating a new US business or buying an existing business.
2. Treaty nationals who are entering the US to work for a company that is owned by people of the same nationality. For example, a New Zealander coming to the US to work for a New Zealand-owned company could get E-2 status, assuming she met all other requirements.
For more information about E-2 visas, contact Elaine Martin, Immigration Lawyer. See also this link: http://www.martinvisalawyer.com/uploads/3/8/6/0/38600843/e-2_info_sheet.pdf
USCIS notice on New Zealand E-1 and E-2 here.
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.