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Non-Immigrant Visa Fees

  • The U.S. Consulate General does not accept U.S. cash; all fees must be paid in New Zealand dollars.
  • All applicants for a non immigrant visa must pay the appropriate non-refundable, Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee, as in table below. 
  • All fees may be subject to change without notice and are non-refundable.
  • Kiwibanks in New Zealand Post Shops accept cash, or EFTPOS.
  • K visas are only payable at the Consulate.

As of June 4, 2010 the following fee schedule will apply:







New MRV Fee (NZD)


Visa Type



Payable at Kiwibanks in NZ Post Shops  (NZD)


Payable at   Consular Cashier  (NZD)
























(Crew - Airline/Ship)









(Treaty trader/Investor)










(Specialty work visa for Australians)









(Academic students)






H1B/H2A/ H2B/H3/H4


(Temporary Employment)

















(Exchange visitors)









(Fiancé(e) visa)









(Intra-company transferee)







(Vocational student)









(Person of extraordinary ability)








(Performance visa)









(Cultural exchange visitors)








(Religious workers)








Additional fees: If you are not travelling on a passport from New Zealand, Samoa, Great Britain, or Korea, you may have to pay an additional reciprocity fee. Please contact the U.S. Visa Information Service on +64 9 887 5999 for further information.


Immigrant Visa Fees

Fee Type* $NZ
IV Petition I-130 Filing $546
IV Application $299
Returning Resident $357.50
DV Lottery $429
USCIS I-601 Waiver $760.50
Transportation Letter (Lost Green Card)

*  Fees for all Immigrant Visa services must be paid in person at the interview. The U.S. Consulate General does not accept U.S. dollars;  all fees must be paid in New Zealand dollars.

SEVIS fees for student and exchange visitors

What is SEVIS?

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program is designed to help the Department of Homeland Security and State Department better monitor student and exchange visitors. The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) maintains accurate and current information on nonimmigrant students (F and M visa), exchange visitors (J visa), and their dependents (F-2, M-2, and J-2). SEVIS enables schools and program sponsors to transmit mandatory information and event notifications to the Department of Homeland Security and State Department during the visitor's stay in the United States.

Who pays the fee?

Those who wish to enter the United States either as a student or as an exchange visitor must complete Form I-20 or DS-2019, depending on the nature of the visit, and pay the fee.

How much is the fee?

Students (USD)

  • F-1, F-3, M-1, or M-3 visa class - $200

Exchange visitors (USD)

  • For exchange visitors (J-1) except those listed separately below - $180
  • Federally sponsored exchange visitor program (program codes start with G-1, G-2, or G-3) - None
  • Summer work/travel program - $35
  • Au Pair program - $35
  • Camp counselor program - $35

When do prospective students or exchange visitors pay the SEVIS fee?

Applicants who require a visa to enter the United States must pay the SEVIS fee before going to the consulate for their visa interviews.

How is the SEVIS fee paid?

The SEVIS fee is paid online at the Student and Exchange Visitor Program website at  Applicants will be required to complete the online Form I-901.  Applicants must have their DS-2019 or I-20 in order to pay their SEVIS fee.