The E-2 Treaty Investor Visa Program is available to residents of New Zealand.

What are E-2 Visa Requirements for New Zealand?

E2 visa requirement – New Zealand

  • Be a citizen New Zealand. It has signed a treaty with USA.
  • Requires investor’s investment be typically over US $150K (Kiwi Dollar 209K) with minimum 50% ownership.
  • Move to US to establish and manage the business.
  • Generate significant returns for investors and economy – employing US workers.
  • Funds must be “at risk”

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The E-2 U.S. Immigrant Investor Visa Program is available to New Zealand citizens. There is growing demand for the E-2 Visa category among New Zealand nationals.

How long does it take to get an E-2 visa for Kiwi citizens?

E2 visa timeline – New Zealand

The processing time for an E-2 visa depends on Kiwi Investor. If present in the USA, the average time is 5 months. Premium processing time is 15 days for $2,500. For outside of the US, E2 visa processing time through a Consulate varies from 2 weeks to 4 months.

Details on USCIS E-2 processing times

How does this apply to your Situation?

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How much does E-2 Visa Cost for Kiwi citizens?

E2 visa cost – New Zealand

Minimum investment amount is typically over US $150K (New Zealand Dollar 209K). For investor present in USA – Form I-129 fee $460 (Form I-539 – $370 per dependent), 15 days premium processing at $2,500. Investor in Home-country – $205 fee per DS-160 form. Lawyer’s charges, Business entity formation costs.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act enables the Reserve Bank to intervene in the foreign exchange market It is the regulatory body that has the framework and monetary policy for moving assets and money outside of New Zealand.

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Is New Zealand an E-2 visa treaty country?

Yes, the United States maintains treaties of commerce and navigation with New Zealand. Nationals of treaty countries must be coming to the United States to engage in substantial trade, or develop and direct the operations of a business in which the investor has invested a substantial amount of capital.

See list of E-2 Treaty Countries

See list of E-2 Non-treaty Countries

E-2 businesses for Sale for Kiwi investor

Though it depends on each investor’s interest in terms of the type of business. An investor from New Zealand could opt for investing a substantial amount in Multinational corporations or buying Franchises, restaurants, consulting business or purchase an existing business.

As long as a substantial investment is made in the business by the investor it can qualify. As mentioned above some of the popular businesses are franchises/restaurants/consulting businesses which will help the US economy.

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How to convert an E-2 visa to a Green card for a citizen of New Zealand?

E2 visa to Green card – New Zealand

  1. EB-5 investor visa thru Direct or Regional Center Investment
  2. Green Card through your spouse’s Employer.
  3. EB1A immigrant visa for people with extraordinary abilities
  4. National interest waiver (under EB-2 visa for advanced degree professionals)
  5. E-2 Employee to green card through marriage.

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New Zealand, E2 Visa Consultant

EB5 BRICS can help you navigate the E-2 Visa Program through our presence in New Zealand in conjunction with our U.S. Legal Partner. Our team speaks English, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.

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E-2 Visa New Zealand FAQ

Is an Kiwi national eligible for an E-2 Visa?

Yes, As an Kiwi citizen, you are eligible for an E-2 Visa. New Zealand has signed the E-2 treaty with the US.

Can a spouse of a E-2 Visa holder from New Zealand work in the US?

Spouses of E-2 visa holders from New Zealand are able to work in the US only once they apply for work authorization by filling form I-765, if approved they are allowed to work in the US.

Can an Kiwi citizen work in the USA with an E-2 Visa in 2023?

Yes. As a New Zealand national, you are eligible to work in the US but only the business that you have invested or if you are an employee at the organisation which sponsored your E-2 visa.

For an Kiwi citizen, What businesses qualify for an E-2 Visa?

There is no specific list of businesses under the E-2 treaty. As long as the investor has made a significant investment in a business and is approved by the US citizenship and immigration services.

What happens when an Kiwi citizen's E-2 Visa for USA expires?

The E-2 visa holders from New Zealand are allowed to renew their visas. The extensions are granted for 2 years and there are no restrictions on the number of extensions available to the E-2 investors.