Apply for a Visa

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On January 31, 2020, a new Presidential Proclamation (“Presidential Proclamation 9983”) was issued which added to the ongoing travel restrictions of P.P. 9645 by expanding them to the nationals of six additional countries.  The restrictions only apply to immigrant visas and/or diversity visas, not nonimmigrant visas.  More information is available at this link. Please read the information on the link before proceeding further.

Please confirm whether or not you need to apply for a visa. You may not need to apply for a new U.S. visa if you already hold a valid U.S. visa or are a national of a Visa Waiver Program participating country.

If you do need to apply for a nonimmigrant visa, please follow the steps below.

How to Apply


NOTE:  Applicants that have been arrested or convicted for a crime involving moral turpitude (regardless of how long ago or if the conviction was not recorded) must apply for a visa and are ineligible for the Visa Waiver Program. At the time of your interview, you will need to submit court records, not more than 3 months old, obtained from the Ministry of Justice | New Zealand Ministry of Justice, which show the details of the arrest or conviction, such as the court date, the type of offense, and the outcome.  If you were arrested or convicted outside of New Zealand, you must obtain the records from the relevant authority of that country.


Step 1

For Nonimmigrant Visa applicants:

Determine your visa type by reading Common Nonimmigrant Visas. Each visa type explains the qualifications and application items. Choose the visa type that applies to your situation.

Be sure to also review the Visa Waiver Program. If your country participates in the Visa Waiver Program, you do not need to apply for a visa if you are traveling for business or pleasure and will only be staying in the United States for 90 days or less.

Step 2

The next step is to complete the DS-160 form. Be sure to read the Guidelines for Completing the DS-160 Form carefully. All information must be correct and accurate. Once the form is submitted, you cannot make any changes. If you need assistance, please consult an immigration lawyer or translator. The call center cannot help you complete your DS-160. You will need your DS-160 number to book your appointment.

You must print and bring a copy of the DS-160 confirmation page together with the supporting documents with you when you attend your interview, or if you have opted for interview waiver, you must also include a printed copy of the DS-160 confirmation page in the package you send to the Consulate together with the supporting documents. If you do not have DS-160 confirmation page and the supporting documents with you during your interview, or in your interview waiver package, your visa application process will be delayed. Please note that after an applicant has submitted the online DS-160, he/she will receive the DS-160 confirmation page.

Step 3

Pay the correct visa fee for the type of visa you are applying for. The visa fee page lists the visa types and correlating visa fee in US dollars and native currency. To pay your visa fee, read the Bank and Payment Options page. This page explains how to make your visa fee payment. You will create a profile and must keep your receipt number to book your visa appointment.

Please note that the MRV fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Step 4

You are almost ready to schedule your visa appointment (note: if you have dependents who are less than 14 years old and applying for a visa together with you, please read the information on Visas for Children before proceeding to create your own profile and/or schedule your appointment).

Now you will need to log-in to the system. Once you are in the system, you will see your dashboard.

Click on Schedule Appointment on the left-hand side menu.

This will start the process for scheduling your appointment. You will need:

  • Your passport number
  • The receipt number from your MRV receipt. (Click here if you need help finding this number.)
  • The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page

As you go through the process you will be able to select your visa type, enter personal data, add dependents (for dependents less than 14 years old, please see Visas for Children), select your document delivery location, confirm visa payment and finally, schedule your appointment.

Step 5

Visit the U.S. Embassy on the date and time of your visa interview. Be sure to check the Schedule My Appointment page for the necessary documentation needed for your appointment.

Step 6

If your visa is approved, the visa will be sent to your designated location selected when you scheduled your appointment (note: your passport/document will only be delivered/returned to you to an address located within New Zealand by Courier Post. Please provide a correct and deliverable document delivery address located within New Zealand when completing your online profile. Please check your address on New Zealand Post).

Please note that 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).