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NZ US Council welcomes KIWI Act passage in Congress

24 July 2018


The New Zealand-United States Council Chairman Leon Grice said today the passage through Congress of the KIWI Act is a great achievement and it gives New Zealand businesses and entrepreneurs crucial access to US E1 and E2 Visas.

"New Zealand exporters and entrepreneurs have been calling for better visa access to the United States for many years.  The NZ US Council has been supporting the lobbying effort by providing case studies and by riting letters to the Senate and Congress," Mr Grice said.

"The Council has been supporting the New Zealand Embassy in Washington DC and its long-standing lobbying effort and the team in DC deserve a lot of credit for their patient work.

"Likewise, US Ambassador Scott Brown in Wellington has used his extensive political connections in DC to support the campaign. It is a good day for the NZ US bilateral relationship."

New Zealand exporters and entrepreneurs have incurred significant immigration legal costs in the past building their business in the US and this act lowers the barriers to their success in the US market. 

Mr Grice said the Council members look forward to the Act being signed into law by President Donald Trump.

 

The New Zealand-United States Council is a not-for-profit dedicated to supporting and strengthening the bilateral relationship. Its members include businesspeople and academics committed to investing in the NZ-US relationship.

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