WELLINGTON - New Zealand has hired a former campaign field director for US President Donald Trump to help its push for a long-sought visa that would give the Pacific nation's business employees easier access to the United States.
New Zealand's embassy in Washington hired boutique firm Sonoran Policy Group's Stuart Jolly to lobby the US administration for access to E1 and E2 business and investor visas, according to documents filed with a US government database last week.
Jolly acted as Trump's national campaign field director during the Republican primaries and joined the super PAC Great America, which backed Trump, as its national advisor in May.
"We are excited to help facilitate interactions with the US Congress and incoming administration in order to ensure increased investment and trade between our two nations," Sonoran Policy Group CEO Christian Bourge said in a letter to New Zealand's deputy ambassador sent on Jan. 11. The letter was included in the US government's Foreign Agents Registration Act database on Jan. 25.
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs was not immediately available for comment.