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How to Apply
 

Introduction

To better serve the needs of nonimmigrant visa applicants, we have instituted an online visa appointment service.

The embassy strongly encourages intending travelers to apply for visas well in advance of their proposed journey, and to always refrain from making irrevocable travel plans until the visa has been issued and they are in receipt of their passport and visa.

The Port Moresby Consular District includes the following: Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Visitor/Tourism/Transit Visas 

The United States welcomes millions of foreign visitors who come to the U.S. each year. Visitors add greatly to our nation's cultural, educational, and economic life. Before traveling to the U.S., a citizen of a foreign country must generally obtain a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. The type of visa you will need is based on the purpose of your travel.  

For specific information about visa classes, and preparing for your visit to the United States, please visit http://www.travel.state.gov and the U.S. Embassy website at http://portmoresby.usembassy.gov.

Visas are not automatic, and all applicants must demonstrate that they meet the requirements for their visa class.

How Do I Apply?

Step 1: Complete the web-based non-immigrant visa application DS-160. The application is located at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/. Once complete, please print out the confirmation page and bring it to your interview. The DS-160 confirmation page will have a barcode number.

Step 2: Make an appointment for a visa interview. You can only schedule an appointment after you have completed a DS-160 application. Please schedule only one appointment per person. You may schedule your appointment at http://evisaforms.state.gov/schedulingsystem.asp

Step 3: All applicants must present the following documents at their interview:

  • Passport. Your passport must be valid with at least 6 months remaining until it expires. There must be at least one empty page within the passport to adhere a visa if it is approved.
  • Application Form confirmation. This is DS-160 confirmation page with barcode described above.
  • One color photograph. The photograph must meet the following specifications:
    • 5 cm x 5 cm (2” by 2”)
    • white background
    • head centered in the frame with forehead and ears fully visible.
  • Supporting Documentation. Supporting documentation will differ from person to person, but supporting documents might include the following: a description of the purpose of your visit to the United States, information about your current employment, evidence of how you will finance your trip, information about your properties and your family.
  • Official Visa Office Hours. Visa Hours: 09:00a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (except PNG or U.S. Holidays)
  • Step 4: Visa Fee Payment: Pay the non-refundable application fee of USD 160.00 at the U.S. Embassy on the day of your interview. You may pay this fee in the PNG Kina equivalent or in U.S. Dollars. This fee is non-refundable. Some visa classes may require an additional fee. Papua New Guinea citizens who desire a multiple entry one-year visa will need to pay an additional USD 15.00 if their visa is approved.

Interview Waivers. We are required to interview and fingerprint all applicants from ages 14 to 79 years. Applicants below 14 years and above 80 years are generally exempted from the personal interview requirement.

Need Assistance? Please visit our website at http://portmoresby.usembassy.gov, write us at consularportmoresby@state.gov, or call us at +675 321-1455. The Consular Section has two computer terminals available in our lobby if you need to use them to complete and submit your visa application.