Purpose of Visitor Visa
Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a non-immigrant visa for temporary stays, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. The "B" Visitor Visa is a non-immigrant visa for persons desiring to enter the United States temporarily for business (B-1), or temporarily for pleasure (B-2). Persons planning to travel to the U.S. for a different purpose such as students, temporary workers, crewmen, journalists, etc., must apply for a different visa in the appropriate category. For additional information, please contact the U.S. Embassy.
Qualifying for a Visa
Applicants for visitor visas must show that they qualify under provisions of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act. The presumption in the law is that every visa applicant is an intending immigrant. Therefore, applicants for visitor visas must overcome this presumption by demonstrating that:
The purpose of their trip is to enter the U.S. for business or pleasure;
They plan to remain for a specific, limited period;
That they have a residence outside the U.S. as well as other binding obligations which will ensure their return abroad at the conclusion of the visit, for example: ownership of property, details of immediate family, letters of employment, bank statement etc.
IMPT Visa/Passport Systems Notice
The systems issues that have affected the Department of State’s ability to issue visas have been resolved; all applicants can schedule appointments as normal. If you are in need of an emergency appointment please visit the webpage below for information about the process and also the criteria needed to request an emergency appointment ustraveldocs.com/nz.
The U.S. Consulate General in Auckland has printed all approved visas outstanding for individuals that have already attended their interview or applied by mail. We apologize for the inconveniences caused by the system outage. Moving forward we will make every effort to process all applications in a timely manner.
June 29, 2015 (more information at Travel.State.gov).