Skip Global Navigation to Main Content
Skip Breadcrumb Navigation

Welcome to the Consular Section of the United States in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. We serve Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Visa Services

The following pages provide visa information for those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence. If you require further information, please contact the Embassy's Consular Section at +675 321-0832 or +675 321-0289 or visit our website.

What is a visa?

A visa is issued by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. A visa entitles the holder to travel to the United States and apply for admission; it does not guarantee entry. An immigration inspector at the port of entry determines the visa holder’s eligibility for admission into the United States.

Who needs a visa?

Anyone who is not eligible to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, or is not exempt from the visa requirement.

Note: Travelers born in the United States and those who hold dual citizenship with the United States must enter and depart the United States on US passports.

What types of visas are available?

Nonimmigrant Visas: A nonimmigrant visa is required by anyone seeking temporary admission into the United States who is not eligible to travel visa under the Visa Waiver Program, or is not exempt from visa requirements. Nonimmigrant visas cover visits for tourism, business, work or study.

Immigrant Visas: An immigrant visa is required by anyone seeking to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States. Upon entry into the United States, an immigrant visa holder is processed for a Permanent Resident Card, commonly known as a Green Card. The holder of a Green Card may reside and work in the United States. There is no requirement that the holder of a Green Card apply to become a naturalized US citizen; he or she may retain his or her citizenship and passport. However, those seeking to become naturalized US citizens may generally file an application after five years; if you are a spouse of a US citizen you may file an application after three years.

Visa Fraud: While most people have no problems applying for their visa at the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, there are a few applicants each year who fall victim to various schemes and fraudulent offers from scammers who will try to convince you that there is an "easier" way to obtain a visa. Don't listen to them! Each applicant is eligible to apply for a visa on their own, and there is no advantage to paying someone else to "assist" you in the process (usually for an expensive fee). Some of the fraud is quite sophisticated, and involves fake letters with U.S. government logos. If you are even unsure about something that you have received in the mail or by email, please check with the Consular section first! For more information about possible fraud, please check out the following website.