Apply for a U.S. Visa
in New Zealand
ELECTRONIC VISA UPDATE SYSTEM - IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION
As of November 29, 2016, Chinese citizens with 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visas in Peoples’ Republic of China passports are required to update their biographical and other information from their visa application through the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) before travelling to the United States. This update must be done every two years, or upon getting a new passport or B1, B2, or B1/B2 visa, whichever occurs first.
EVUS enrollment is available at www.EVUS.gov. There is currently no fee for EVUS enrollment. Until a fee is implemented, travelers can enroll in EVUS without charge. The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will keep visa holders informed of new information at www.cbp.gov/EVUS.
PHOTO REQUIREMENT - IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION
Starting November 1, 2016, eye glasses will no longer be allowed in visa photos. For further details on photo requirements please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/photos.html
IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION WITH REGARDS TO ONLINE PAYMENT
If your online payment with credit card fails, please DO NOT ATTEMPT to use the same credit card again until lapse of 24 hours. You will not be able to use the same credit card to make an online payment until lapse of 24 hours from the time you had last used/attempted to use the same credit card online, to pay for a U.S. visa processing fee on this website.
CHANGES TO THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM
If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but have received notice that you are no longer eligible to travel to the United States under that program, you should apply for a nonimmigrant visa at least three months in advance of your desired travel. If you do not have imminent travel plans, you should pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form at www.ceac.state.gov/genniv/, and schedule a visa appointment. If your travel is imminent, you may request an expedited visa appointment. Please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel, as well as a copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you received regarding your ESTA status.
More information about restrictions to travel under the Visa Waiver Program, including the requirement for an electronic passport, is available at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html.
VISA PROCESSING TIME
Visa processing time typically may take at least 5 to 7 business days. However, processing time for specific cases may vary due to an individual’s circumstances and other special requirements, and this may take a longer time. Visa processing cannot be expedited.
Please do not pay for travel arrangements such as airfare without having a U.S. visa in your possession. The Embassy/Consulate bears no responsibility if you do so. The Embassy/Consulate is unable to guarantee the issuance of a visa before any fixed travel date.
Note: A business day is defined as a day between Monday and Friday (excluding U.S. and New Zealand public holidays observed in Auckland).
DS-160 & Supporting Documents
An applicant must print and bring a copy of the DS-160 confirmation page together with the supporting documents with him/her when attending the interview at the US Consulate General in Auckland.
If an applicant has opted for drop box, the applicant must include a printed copy of the DS-160 confirmation page together with the supporting documents in the package to be sent to the US Consulate General.
Please note that after an applicant has submitted the online DS-160, he/she will receive the DS-160 confirmation page. If an applicant does not have DS-160 confirmation page and the supporting documents with him/her during the interview, or in the drop box package, the visa application process will be delayed.
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.
Nonimmigrant Visa Information
- Visa Types
- Visa Fees
- Bank and Payment Options
- DS-160 Information
- Appointment Wait Times
- Photos and Fingerprints
- Visa Waiver Program
- Security Regulations
- Other Fees
Nonimmigrant Visa Application
- Apply for a Visa
- Pay My Visa Fee
- Complete My DS-160
- Schedule My Appointment
- Change Document Delivery Address
- Track & Retrieve My Passport/Visa
- Apply for an Expedited Appointment
- Renew My Visa
- Application Pending Further Action
Immigrant Visa Information
Local Visa Programs
- U.S. Consulate General
- Passport/Visa Collection Locations
- Document Drop-Off Locations
- Bank Locations