US consular officials in New Zealand have begun processing E-1 trader and E-2 treaty visa applications that are applied by New Zealand citizens. Now citizens of New Zealand and the United States can make a business investment with each other or other countries. New Zealanders are now eligible for new immigration benefits. The E-1 and E-2 visas are allowed under the Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors (KIWI) Act. These visas were signed as law in August 2018 by President Donald Trump.
The applicants, whose applications will be successfully processed, will be issued a multiple entry visa that will be valid for up to five years. During the time period, an applicant will be allowed an initial stay of up to two years with available extensions. The law has not set the limit on the total time spent on E-visa status. But at the end of the authorized stay, E-visa holders must prove their reason to depart the US. The law also enables the applicant’s spouse and unmarried children under 21 to apply for the same visa and period of stay.
KIWI Act is not providing a bilateral treaty with the same benefits to US citizens. Americans interested in visiting New Zealand should apply for New Zealand immigrants investor visa, New Zealand ETA, an entrepreneur visa or global impact visa. These visas offer broader benefits to citizens fo the US and other countries as well. To qualify for E-1 and E-2 visas, a New Zealand citizen must own 50% of US business. These visa benefits are welcome notice for trade between both countries.
Another Violent Weekend in Chicago, 5 Dead
In 37 separate shooting episodes in Chicago, an 8-year-old girl and 4 people died. This gunfire was not the only one this weekend. The incident left 5 dead and 47 people injured. Shooting took place between 6 pm to 11:59 pm on Friday.
Lori Lightfoot, the Mayor of Chicago, said- “We have way too many guns on the street. We have too many incidents that are petty disputes that are getting solved by somebody fighting and we still are vexed by these large crowds that gather between 11 and 4 am. Where people are outside enjoying the summer and unfortunately become the targets of the people who want to create havoc in communities by shooting into large crowds.”
Even though police took off 6954 illegal guns off the street, the shootings increased by 20% since last year. On Saturday, a 19 year old man was standing in the Humboldt Park at 3:15 am, which is on the west side of Chicago. He was standing with a group of men when the police received a round of bullets.
Just 15 hours after this incident, a 47 year old man was in his vehicle and got shot. He was in his car when an unknown offender approached him and fired shots. The victim died after a short while after being in the hospital.
Other than these two victims, there was a 16 year old male, 29 year old male and again a 39 year old male. There was also a drive-by shooting in Chicago‘s West side on Sunday which injured 6 people. Out of 6, one is in a critical condition.
This happened when 5 women and one man were in the Garfield Park, in Sunday, for a weekend party. It was then that a sedan drove over and open fired. A witness shared her experience with the police. She said- “They drove through the block three times, but the first time we thought it was ok because we know them. Then they pulled around a second and third time, laughed at us. And then I heard 6-10 gunshots.”
Lightfoot, the mayor wants to put an end to this violence in the Tier One neighbourhoods.
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