On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” This proclamation ends the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen. Click here for additional information.


Effective Effective January 26, 2021 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test (a viral detection test for SARS-CoV- 2 approved or authorized by the relevant national authority), taken within 72 hours of departure. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers if they do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. This requirement is separate from the visa application process. All Presidential Proclamations restricting travel due to COVID-19 remain in place, and continue to apply to subject potential travelers regardless of their test results or vaccination status. Travelers holding a National Interest Exception also remain subject to all applicable pre-departure testing requirements.


Effective January 14, 2021, the document delivery process for the return of passport/documents has changed. For details on changes, please click here.


Effective December 4, 2020, the U.S. Consular Exchange Rate in New Zealand for visa application processing fee has changed from 1.60 to 1.50. Please click here for revised fees.


With effect from October 15, 2020, online payment of U.S. visa processing fee via credit card will be unavailable temporarily. To pay the U.S. visa processing fee, you can pay your fee with cash, or debit card at a New Zealand Post shop offering payment services. Before going to a New Zealand Post shop offering payment services, you must print and carry the applicable U.S. visa fee deposit slip available after logging into your profile, or you may access the deposit slip here (we recommend that you access this link via Explorer).

For receipt activation timeline when you pay at a New Zealand Post shop offering payment services, please refer to the table here for receipt activation timeline to schedule your appointment.


The U.S. Mission to New Zealand understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We have worked diligently and restored all routine visa operations as of July 30, 2020. For receipts valid on or after March 20, 2020 or purchased between March 20, 2020 and July 29, 2020 the U.S. Mission extended the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until December 31, 2021, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Fees paid on or after July 30, 2020 are valid for one year from their date of purchase.


As of July 15, the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland has resumed certain nonimmigrant services, including F, M, certain J categories (alien physician, government visitor, international visitor professor, research scholar, short-term research scholar, specialist, secondary school student and college/university student), B1/B2, C1/D, E, I, O and P visas and certain immigrant visas including IR1, IR2, CR1 and CR2. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/nz/nz-niv-expeditedappointment.asp to request an emergency appointment.

 


On December 31, 2020, the President signed a Presidential Proclamation on Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Who Continue to Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market. This proclamation extends Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 10014 and 10052 through March 31, 2021. P.P. 10014 suspends the entry to the United States of certain immigrant visa applicants, while P.P. 10052 suspends the entry to the United States of certain nonimmigrant visa applicants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the novel coronavirus outbreak. Specifically, the suspension of P.P. 10052 applies to applicants for H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 visas; J-1 visa applicants participating in the intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel programs; and any spouses or children of covered applicants applying for H-4, L-2, or J-2 visas. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and aliens who are or were inside the United States or those holding valid nonimmigrant or immigrant visas on the effective date are not subject to the Proclamation.


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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for New Zealand. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Consulate in Auckland.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in New Zealand.