NEW YORK (AP) — New Zealand has become the first country to issue a visa bulletin for workers seeking to work in the U.S. amid heightened tensions between the two countries.
The bulletin comes a day after a Chinese student was deported to the United States after a dispute with New Zealand immigration officials.
China has threatened to cut off trade ties with New Britain if New Zealand does not agree to return her.
The Immigration Department says it will issue the bulletin online at 11 a.m.
It is available to U.N. employees and their dependents and to U-visa holders in New Zealand.
It says the bulletin is being issued by the New Zealand Immigration Authority.
The New Zealand Embassy in Washington declined to comment.
China has threatened the closure of the United Nations unless New Zealand returns a Chinese national who arrived in the United Kingdom with an invalid visa.
The United States is a signatory to the 1951 Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, which allows nations to negotiate disputes over visas, but it has no formal relationship with the New Kingdom.
New Zealand also is a member of the Commonwealth of Independent States.