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March 14, 1949 (T. I. A. 8. 1940)

Agreement between the United States of America and New Zealand respecting passport visa fees. Effected by exchange of notes signed at Wellington March 14, 1949; entered into force March 14, 1949, operative April 1, 1949.

The American Ambassador to the New Zealand Minister of

External Affairs

New Zealand citizons traveling to U.S. and its possessions.

59 Stat. 672.
8 U.S. C. $ 203.

SIR,

With reference to recent conversations between representatives of this Embassy and the Ministry of External Affairs regarding arrangements to facilitate non-immigrant travel, I have the honor to inform you that the Government of the United States is prepared to conclude with the Government of New Zealand an agreement by an exchange of notes in the following terms (1) New Zealand citizens in possession of valid passports issued by

the Government of New Zealand and endorsed "New Zealand Citizen” traveling to the United States and its possessions who are bona fide non-immigrants within the meaning of the immigration laws of the United States and who are eligible to receive visas, will be granted non-immigrant passport visas at a reduced fee of 2 dollars or the equivalent in foreign currency; no fee is to be collected for execution of applications therefor. Diplomatic visas and official visas, as well as visas issued under the provisions of Section 3(7) of the Immigration Act of 1924, as amended, will, however, continue to be granted without fee to qualified applicants who are traveling to the United

States and its possessions. (2) United States citizens in possession of valid passports issued by

the Government of the United States of America proceeding to New Zealand, New Zealand Island Territories and the Trust Territory of Western Samoa, will be granted passport visas (other than single-entry transit visas) at a fee of 2 dollars or the equivalent in foreign currency. Diplomatic visas and official visas, as well as visas issued to officers and employees of organizations declared by the Governor-General to be organizations within the meaning of Section 3(1) of the Diplomatic Privileges Extension Act 1947, however, will be granted without fee to qualified applicants who are in possession of valid passports issued by the Government of the United States of America and who are traveling to New Zealand, New Zealand

Island Territories and the Trust Territory of Western Samoa. (3) A visa for a single journey in transit through New Zealand,

New Zealand Island Territories and the Trust Territory of
Western Samoa, will be granted without fee.

U. S. citizens procoeding to New Zealand, etc.

Single-journey visa granted without fee.

States.

43 Stat. 154.
8 U. S. C. $ 203.

(4) A transit certificate valid for a single application for admission

in transit on a continuous journey through the United States
and its possessions and a limited entry certificate valid for the
duration of a vessel's stay in a United States port will be

granted without fee. (5) Non-immigrant passport visas granted to New Zealand citizens Validity of non-im

migrant passport visas in possession of valid passports issued by the Government of for entry into United New Zealand and endorsed “New Zealand Citizen" who qualify as temporary visitors under the provisions of Section 3(2) of the Immigration Act of 1924, as amended, will be valid for any number of applications for admission into the United States and its possessions during the period of 24 months from date of issuance provided that the passports of the bearers remain valid for that period of time or should they expire are revalidated prior to the expiration date of the visa. All other nonimmigrant passport visas granted to qualified New Zealand citizens in possession of valid passports will be valid under the same condition for a period of time not to exceed 12 months from date of issuance. The period of validity of a visa relates only to the period within which it may be used in connection with an application for admission at a port of entry into the United States and its possessions, and not to the length of stay in the United States which may be permitted the bearer after he is admitted. The period of time an alien may be permitted to stay in the United States is determined by the immigration

authorities at the time the alien is admitted. (6) Passport visas other than multiple-entry transit visas granted Validity of U. S.

to United States citizens in possession of valid passports issued New Zealand.
by the Government of the United States of America will be valid
for any number of applications for admission into New Zea-
land, New Zealand Island Territories and the Trust Territory
of Western Samoa during a period of 24 months from date of
issuance provided that the passports of the bearers remain valid
for that period of time or should they expire are revalidated
prior to the expiration date of the visa. Multiple-entry transit

visas will be valid for 12 months on the same terms. 2. The foregoing arrangements will not apply in respect of the Inapplicability grant of visas to aliens applying for admission into the United States and its possessions, with the privilege of residing permanently therein. The fee for such visa and application therefor is 10 dollars or the equivalent in foreign currency as prescribed by the Immigration Act of 1924. Furthermore, it is understood that this agreement will not exempt United States citizens traveling to New Zealand, New Zealand Supp. II, 34 204-220. Island Territories and the Trust Territory of Western Samoa, and those New Zealand citizens covered by the agreement traveling to the United States and its possessions from the necessity of complying with the respective New Zealand and United States laws and regulations concerning the entry, residence (temporary or permanent) and employment or occupation of foreigners and that travelers who are unable

visas for entry into

in

certain cases.

43 Stat. 153
8 U.S. C. 8201 note;

to satisfy the Immigration Authorities that they comply with these laws and regulations are liable to be refused leave to enter or land.

3. If the New Zealand Government are prepared to accept the foregoing provisions the present note and your reply in similar terms should be regarded as placing on record the agreement between the two Governments which will take effect on April 1, 1949.

Please accept, Sir, the renewed assurances of my highest consideration.

R. M. SCOTTEN
WELLINGTON,

March 14, 1949.
The Right Honorable
PETER FRASER,
Prime Minister of the Dominion of New Zealand,

Wellington.

The New Zealand Minister of External Affairs to the American

Ambassador

MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

WELLINGTON, N. Z.

14 March 1949. SIR,

I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of 14 March, 1949, in which, with a view to facilitating non-immigrant travel between our two countries, you suggest that an Agreement be concluded in the following terms: (1) New Zealand citizens in possession of valid passports issued by

the Government of New Zealand and endorsed "New Zealand Citizen” travelling to the United States and its possessions who are bona fide nom-immigrants within the meaning of the immigration laws of the United States and who are eligible to receive visas will be granted non-immigrant passport visas at a reduced fee of two dollars or the equivalent in foreign currency; no fee is to be collected for execution of applications therefor. Diplomatic visas and official visas, as well as visas issued under the provisions of Section 3 (7) of the Immigration Act of 1924, as amended, will, however, continue to be granted without fee to qualified applicants who are travelling to the

United States and its possessions. (2) United States citizens in possession of valid passports issued

by the Government of the United States of America proceeding to New Zealand, New Zealand Island Territories and the Trust Territory of Western Samoa, will be granted passport visas (other than single-entry transit visas) at a fee of two dollars or the equivalent in foreign currency. Diplomatic visas and official visas, as well as visas issued to officers and employees of organizations declared by the Governor-General to be organi

59 Stat. 672.
8 U.S.C. $ 203.

43 Stat. 154.
8 U.S.C. $ 203.

zations within the meaning of Section 3 (1) of the Diplomatic Privileges Extension Act 1947, however, will be granted without fee to qualified applicants who are in possession of valid passports issued by the Government of the United States of America and who are travelling to New Zealand, New Zealand Island Territories and the Trust Territory of Western

Samoa. (3) A visa for a single journey in transit through New Zealand,

New Zealand Island Territories and the Trust Territory of

Western Samoa, will be granted without fee. (4) A transit certificate valid for a single application for admission

in transit on a continuous journey through the United States and its possessions and a limited entry certificate valid for the duration of a vessel's stay in a United States port will be

granted without fee. (5) Non-immigrant passport visas granted to New Zealand citizens

in possession of valid passports issued by the Government of New Zealand and endorsed “New Zealand Citizen" who qualify as temporary visitors under the provisions of Section 3 (2) of the Immigration Act of 1924, as amended, will be valid for any number of applications for admission into the United States and its possessions during the period of twenty-four months from date of issuance provided that the passports of the bearers remain valid for that period of time or should they expire are revalidated prior to the expiration date of the visa. All other non-immigrant passport visas granted to qualified New Zealand citizens in possession of valid passports will be valid under the same condition for a period of time not to exceed twelve months from date of issuance. The period of validity of a visa relates only to the period within which it may be used in connection with an application for admission at a port of entry into the United States and its possessions, and not to the length of stay in the United States which may be permitted the bearer after he is admitted. The period of time an alien may be permitted to stay in the United States is determined by the immi

gration authorities at the time the alien is admitted. (6) Passport visas other than multiple-entry transit visas granted

to United States citizens in possession of valid passports issued by the Government of the United States of America will be valid for any number of applications for admission into New Zealand, New Zealand Island Territories and the Trust Territory of Western Samoa during a period of twenty-four months from date of issuance provided that the passports of the bearers remain valid for that period of time or should they expire are revalidated prior to the expiration date of the visa. Multipleentry transit visas will be valid for twelve months on the same terms.

43 Stat. 153.

8 U.S. C. 8 201 note; Supp. II, 48 204-220.

2. The foregoing arrangements will not apply in respect of the grant
of visas to aliens applying for admission into the United States and its
possessions, with the privilege of residing permanently therein. The
fee for such visa and application therefor is ten dollars or the equiv-
alent in foreign currency as prescribed by the Immigration Act of
1924. Furthermore, it is understood that this agreement will not
exempt United States citizens travelling to New Zealand, New Zealand
Island Territories and the Trust Territory of Western Samoa, and
those New Zealand citizens covered by the agreement travelling to the
United States and its possessions from the necessity of complying
with the respective New Zealand and United States laws and regula-
tions concerning the entry, residence (temporary or permanent). and
employment or occupation of foreigners and that travellers who are
unable to satisfy the Immigration Authorities that they comply with
these laws and regulations are liable to be refused leave to enter or
land.
3. I have the honour to inform you that the New Zealand Government
are prepared to accept the foregoing provisions and they agree that
your note and my present reply should be regarded as placing on
. record an Agreement between the two Governments to come into force
on 1 April, 1949.
I have the honour to be, Sir,
Your obedient servant,

P. FRASER.

Minister of External Affairs.
THE UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR,
Embassy of the United States of America,

Wellington.

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