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.

  • 2
    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
  • I have never applied for a NZ visa but I expect that if you do not lie there will be no deception refusal (but idk if they will refuse you for other reasons). If I was applying for any visa and I could not remember the answer to a question and could not find out, I would say so. However, you might consider whether the USA could tell you the reason you were refused.
    – user253751
    Mar 6 at 12:27


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