Filing a Petition in New Zealand – Exceptional Circumstances

  1. Filing a Petition in New Zealand – Exceptional Circumstances
  2. The Interview
  3. Case Status
  4. After the Interview

Petitioners residing in New Zealand must file a Form I-130, Petition for an Alien Relative, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) lockbox facility in Chicago.

USCIS may authorize the Department of State to adjudicate their case in certain emergency situations:

  • A U.S. service member stationed overseas becomes aware of a new deployment or transfer with very little notice.
  • A petitioner or beneficiary is facing an urgent medical emergency that requires immediate travel.
  • A petitioner or beneficiary is facing an imminent threat to personal safety.
  • A beneficiary is within a few months of aging out of eligibility.
  • The petitioner and family have traveled for the immigrant visa interview, but the petitioner has naturalized and the family member(s) require a new, stand-alone petition.
  • The petitioner adopted a child and there is an imminent need to leave the country.
  • A U.S. citizen petitioner, living and working abroad, receives a job relocation offer within the same company or subsidiary to the United States, or an offer of a new job in the United States with very little notice.

Petitioners residing in New Zealand who believe that their situation qualifies as an emergency, may request an exception to allow the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland to accept the filing.  Each request will be evaluated individually by USCIS. The petitioner is required to follow the steps below:

  • Provide a detailed explanation of why their case merits an exception and include any paperwork in support of this.
  • Provide a copy of the signed I-130.
  • Each request will be evaluated individually.
  • The petitioner should email: AucklandIV@state.gov

If your exemption request is approved by USCIS, you will need to attend an interview with a Consular Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland to personally submit the I-130, supporting documents and pay the fee. If approved, the applicant will then be required to apply and qualify for the immigrant visa at the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland.  This process could take an additional two to four months from the date of your appointment