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New Zealand Nationals Eligible for E-1 and E-2 Nonimmigrant Classifications

  1. Date Announced

    June 10, 2019

    Eligible New Zealand nationals may now apply for E-1 or E-2 (treaty trader or treater investor) status. Those already in the United States in a lawful nonimmigrant status can change status using Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. [ID #579]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    June 10, 2019
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Prior Policies

  • Prior to passage of Publc Law 115-226 to include New Zealand in the list of foreign states whose nationals are eligible for admission into the United States as E–1 and E–2 nonimmigrants, New Zealand nationals already in the United States in a lawful nonimmigrant status could not file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, to request a change of status to E-1 or E-2 classification.

    Public Law 115-226

Commentary

National Law Review: E-1/E-2 Treaty Visas Option for New Zealanders

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