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I applied for a USA visitor visa back in 2018 but was refused. I lost the refusal letter but didn't read it thoroughly and now I don't remember the reason of the refusal.

Now I am planning for a vacation in New Zealand for 7 days in winter 2022, and Question F4 of the New Zealand Visitor Visa application reads:

"Have you, or has anyone included in this application, ever been refused a visa/permit to visit, work, study or reside in any country? [] Yes [] No

And then:

If you have answered yes to any of the questions above give full details. This includes full details of any charges, convictions and the sentence or penalty imposed. Continue on a separate piece of paper if necessary."

What should I do or what can I disclose in response to the question above? I don't want to get into trouble and possibly be banned on deception. I will gladly inquire to the US embassy if they can provide me another copy of the letter I lost.

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    NZ might be different but for an Australian working visa I just wrote down the country, visa type, and year I was refused a visa.
    – jcm
    Aug 15, 2021 at 6:56
  • The rejection letter from the US has always been distressingly generic, citing a very broad section of laws that really give no insight into the actual reason for rejection; to get the details you had to have asked the interviewing officer. Aug 17, 2021 at 13:41
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    Just FYI, I wouldn’t expect to travel to NZ as a tourist sooner than 2024 due to their zero Covid policies. 2022 is definitely too optimistic.
    – JonathanReez
    Aug 17, 2021 at 20:58
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    @JonathanReez the NZ government is proposing to open to visitors from Christmas '21, based on the assumption they will have good vaccination coverage by then. This may of course change, but for now it is the government position.
    – CMaster
    Aug 18, 2021 at 10:53
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    @CMaster they're still planning to lockdown for even 1 local case. I have no idea how their border plan might work given this condition. They don't have a solid plan on how to move on from "zero covid" to "we accept some covid deaths as fact of life".
    – JonathanReez
    Aug 18, 2021 at 10:59

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