President Trump Signs 'KIWI Act' With New Zealand on
Nonimmigrant Treaty Traders/Investors
The Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors (KIWI) Act was
signed into law on August 1, 2018. The KIWI Act will allow eligible
New Zealand nationals to enter the United States as nonimmigrant
traders and investors provided New Zealand grants reciprocal
treatment to U.S. nationals.
Scott Brown, the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, said,
“With this addition of New Zealand to our eligible Treaty
Traders and Investors visa program, we look forward to even greater
bilateral commerce and entrepreneurship. The KIWI Act received
overwhelming, bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress, showing the
broad and unshakable support for the U.S.-New Zealand partnership.
This legislation demonstrates the United States' continuing
recognition of the value of Kiwi investment and
Mr. Brown said he agrees with New Zealand's Minister of
Foreign Affairs Winston Peters that this action will “improve
access to the United States for New Zealand businesspeople and
investors, further developing our trading relationship to the
benefit of both countries.” He also agrees with the New
Zealand United States Council that the KIWI Act will “lower
the barriers to success” for New Zealand businesses to have
success in the growing United States economy.
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