Apply for a U.S. Visa
in New Zealand
Bank and Payment Options/Pay My Visa FeeOn this page:
- Instructions To Pay Your Visa Fee
- Payment in Person
- Scheduling Your Interview
- More Information
Important Notice! After paying a nonimmigrant visa application fee, you must wait to schedule your appointment.
When you make a payment in person at a New Zealand Post shop offering payment services, please refer to the table below for receipt activation timeline in order to schedule your interview.
Most applicants, including children, are required to pay a visa application fee, or machine readable visa (MRV) fee, to initiate their U.S. visa application. This US Government-mandated fee is a visa processing fee that is payable whether or not a visa is issued.
The MRV fee is valid for one year from the date of payment, and it is non-refundable and non-transferable. Applicants should first determine whether or not they require a visa to travel to the US before submitting their applications.
Examples of individuals that may not require a visa include, but are not limited to:
- If you already hold a valid visa for your intended purpose of travel
- If you are a citizen of Canada or Bermuda (but not applying for an A, E, G, K or V visa category)
Examples of individuals that may not be required to pay an MRV fee include:
- If you are applying for an A or G visa for official travel.
- J visa: US Government sponsored exchange visitor (J visa) applicants and their dependents are not required to pay the non-refundable MRV application processing fee. Special application procedures are applicable for those participating in federally-funded educational and cultural exchange programs (denoted by a program serial number beginning with G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-7 printed on Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status).
If you do need to apply for a visa, please follow the payment instructions below. Applicants must make a successful payment before they are permitted to schedule their interview appointment. Applicants who do not pay the correct fee for their visa type may be restricted from scheduling an interview.
Once the initial interview is scheduled, applicants are limited to the number of times they can reschedule their appointment (refer to this link for information). If you miss your scheduled appointment time, you may be required to pay the MRV fee again in order to schedule another interview. Please plan accordingly so that you are not required to pay an additional visa application fee. Visa application fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Instructions To Pay Your Visa Fee
You may pay for your MRV visa fee by Payment in Person at a New Zealand Post shop offering payment services. This payment option must be paid within our online applicant system. You must first register on the applicant site and choose the ‘schedule your appointment’ option to access the payment option. See below for the steps.
Log-in to our online applicant system and create a profile. This will ensure the proper amount is paid and activated in timely manner. This page has more information about the different visa application fees.
Click on Schedule My Appointment option on the left-hand side of your screen. Complete Steps for Visa Type, Post, Visa Category and Visa Class.
Once you are on the Payment screen, click on Payment Options. For additional information on payment, review the Payment in Person at a New Zealand Post shop offering payment services on this page.
The New Zealand Dollar amounts are based on the consular currency exchange rate determined by the U.S. Department of State. Applicants who do not pay the correct fee for their visa type may be restricted from scheduling an interview.
Pick your preferred method of payment and pay your visa fee. When you pay the visa fee, you acknowledge that this is a non-refundable visa application processing fee required as a prerequisite to the processing of an application. It does not indicate the existence of a contract with the applicant, nor does it guarantee a successful application. Furthermore, you explicitly that there is no refund possible regardless of the outcome of this application.
Save your receipt number after you have paid the visa application fee. It cannot be replaced if it is lost. You will not be able to schedule an appointment without your receipt number.
You have paid your visa fee and can schedule your interview once your receipt number is active. Please note that it can take up to two business days for your receipt number to be active and ready to schedule your appointment. Please consult the visa application fee payment processing timelines below.
Payment in Person
Any non-immigrant visa (NIV) applicant in New Zealand can pay their visa application 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 (use a computer and Explorer, Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser to access the deposit slip. Select the applicable deposit slip and then print the selected deposit slip immediately). Take the printed deposit slip with you to pay your fee (note: this deposit slip has an expiration date).
Save your receipt. It cannot be replaced if it is lost. You will not be able to schedule an appointment without your receipt number.
Scheduling Your Interview
See below the times that you are able to schedule an interview after your specific method of payment.
Payment in Person
If you pay at a New Zealand Post shop, use the "MRV ref" number to schedule your appointment as seen highlighted in yellow in the image below:
The table below shows the fee payment processing time and when you can schedule your interview after paying your application fee.
|Day of Payment||Interview Booking|
|Monday to Friday (excluding public holiday)||After 10.30 pm the same day during end of daylight saving.|
After 12.30 am the following day during daylight saving.
|Saturday, Sunday & public holidays||After 10.30 pm the following business day during end of daylight saving.|
After 12.30 am the second business day during daylight saving.
If you have any questions regarding the consular currency exchange rate, please click here.
Click here to create a profile and answer five short questions so that we can determine the correct amount you must pay.