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  • 5th Kapihan sa Embahada: Highlighting U.S.-Philippines Partnership on Environment and Climate Change

    5th Kapihan sa Embahada: Highlighting U.S.-Philippines Partnership on Environment and Climate Change

  • U.S. Embassy Manila Organizes 3rd Regional Media Seminar

    U.S. Embassy Manila Organizes 3rd Regional Media Seminar

  • US Ambassador Congratulates Filipino-Americans for Reenlisting

    US Ambassador Congratulates Filipino-Americans for Reenlisting

  • U.S. Embassy Manila Empowers Young Entrepreneurs

    U.S. Embassy Manila Empowers Young Entrepreneurs

  • U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg Visits Ilocos

    U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg Visits Ilocos


  • Newest Batch of Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn-in at U.S. Embassy

    Manila, September 18, 2014 – U.S. Embassy Manila Chargé d'Affaires Brian L. Goldbeck swore in 71 new American Peace Corps Volunteers at the United States Embassy in Manila on September 17, 2014. Representatives from the national and local governments, non-government agencies, and U.S. Embassy staff attended the ceremony.  Read more »

  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency Advances Aviation and Energy Infrastructure in the Philippines

    Manila, Philippines, September 18, 2014 – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) recently awarded two major grants in the Philippines, one to Aboitiz Power Corporation (AboitizPower) and the other to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), demonstrating the USTDA’s longstanding commitment to helping build sustainable infrastructure in the Philippines.  Read more »

  • Peace Corps Volunteers Implement Reading Program in Pambujan National High School

    Peace Corps volunteers in Northern Samar recently implemented introductory sessions for their after-school reading programs, Reading Buddy Program (RBP) and StoryTime, in Pambujan National High School, with the help of the school’s teachers, administration and students. The programs aim to focus on useful reading strategies and applications gathered from personal experiences and from the Bagong Kulturang Pinoy training the volunteers participated in last April. At the end of the programs, 31 pairs of students were enrolled in the 10-week Reading Buddy Program, which focused on one Grade 7 class. A handful of students also signed up for StoryTime.  Read more »

  • U.S. Department of State Supports Women Peacebuilders in Zamboanga del Sur

    On September 11, representatives of the U.S. State Department’s Secretary’s Office of Global Women Issues (S/GWI) and United States Embassy in Manila visited their local partner, Philippine Agrarian Reform for National Development (PARFUND) in Zamboanga del Sur. Under their small grants program, S/GWI funded a PARFUND project entitled “Capacity Building and Protection of Women Against Violence and Harassment in Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao.”  Read more »

  • US Ambassador Congratulates Filipino-Americans for Reenlisting

    Manila, September 12, 2014 -- Two Filipino-Americans serving with Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines requested their reenlistment ceremony be held at the U.S. Embassy on September 10 because of their close ties with the Philippines and the U.S. Utilitiesman First Class Jessica C. San Roque (Manila-born) and Navy Special Warfare Operator Hermelito U. Rafol (U.S.-born) accepted additional service time in the U.S. Navy, and repeated the Military Oath of Enlistment led by JSOTFP Commander Col. Erik M. Brown. U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg attended the ceremony to show support for the two service members, whom he called “an inspiration to others, role models for dedicated service, and a representation of the commitment that our two countries share for one another.”  Read more »

  • Secretary of State John Kerry's Remarks on the President's Speech on ISIL

    Tonight the President spoke directly to our country about what it will take to lead the world to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, and we are already well underway in the effort to assemble the coalition to get the job done. We are uniting the world against a unified threat, and the President's strategy will succeed because doing it with allies and partners isn't just smart, it's strong.  Read more »

  • Remarks of President Barack Obama Address to the Nation

    My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people. Over the last several years, we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists who threaten our country. We took out Osama bin Laden and much of al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We’ve targeted al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, and recently eliminated the top commander of its affiliate in Somalia. We’ve done so while bringing more than 140,000 American troops home from Iraq, and drawing down our forces in Afghanistan, where our combat mission will end later this year. Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, America is safer.  Read more »

  • U.S. Embassy Manila Empowers Young Entrepreneurs

    September 5-7, in partnership with the United States Embassy in Manila, the Alcantara Foundation sponsored a series of camps in General Santos city to provide young leaders with entrepreneurship skills to start small businesses and improve their communities. Over sixty youth leaders from the provinces of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Cotabato participated.  Read more »


Effective September 12, 2014, the Department of State will adjust processing fees for some consular services.  The fee for processing an application for Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship is increasing to reflect the true cost of providing this service.  The fees for most categories of immigrant visas will change, while fees for nonimmigrant visas largely remain the same.  

Documenting a U.S. citizen's renunciation of citizenship is extremely costly, requiring U.S. consular officers overseas to spend substantial amounts of time to accept, process, and adjudicate cases.  The fee for processing renunciation of citizenship, which had previously been subsidized, is now reflective of the true cost.

For immigrant visa processing, the fee for family-sponsored immigrant visas will increase, as will the fee for domestic review of an Affidavit of Support.  All other immigrant and special visa processing fees that are changing will decrease.

Although most categories of nonimmigrant visa processing fees will remain the same, the fee for E visas (treaty-traders and treaty-investors) will decrease and the fee for K visas (for fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens) will increase.

For more information about specific fee changes, please visit the American Citizen Services, Immigrant Visa, and Nonimmigrant Visa pages at the following links:

Additional information on changes on visa fees may be found on the Department of State’s website,



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