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Application Process

Nonimmigrant Visa Application Procedures

ALL APPLICANTS, REGARDLESS OF AGE (excluding those applying for diplomatic visas), ARE REQUIRED TO APPEAR AT THE EMBASSY FOR AN INTERVIEW.

The application procedure for first time nonimmigrant visa applicants and applicants who were previously issued a nonimmigrant visa is the same.

If you are not a first time applicant, you may be eligible for an appointment through the Visa Reissuance Program (VRP).  Please read this information to know if you are qualified.

Minor (unmarried 17 years old and below) nonimmigrant visa applicants are required to appear with at least one parent for the interview. If the minor is an orphan or if both parents are outside of the Philippines, then a legal guardian must be present during the interview.

Application Process

  1. Payment of Application Fee
  2. Required Documents
  3. Schedule an interview
  4. Go for the Interview
  5. If Issued a Visa

Step 1: Payment of Application Fee

Nonimmigrant visa applicants are required to present a U.S. visa application payment slip to pay the machine-readable visa (MRV) application fee. Before going to the bank, applicants must print the applicable U.S. visa application payment slip and take it to the bank to pay the fee. 

There is an expiration date on the payment slip.  Bank agents will NOT accept payments based on expired slips.  Each slip has a unique receipt number.  Applicants will not be able to schedule an appointment without the receipt number.  If paying for more than one applicant, the payment slip cannot be reproduced nor used for lump sum payment.

Nonimmigrant visa applicants must pay the machine-readable visa application fee shown on the schedules below.  The fee is based on the purpose of the trip or visa category.

Visa Type

Purpose of Travel  

MRV Fee  

Non-Petition Based Nonimmigrant Visas (except E)  

B-1  

For general business purposes e.g. to participate in business meetings, negotiate a contract, to appear in a court trial    

   US $160     

B-1 

 

 

For personal/domestic employees of B, E, F, H, I, J, L, O, P, and Q visa holders and U.S. citizens temporarily assigned to the United States  

US $160 

B-2

 

 

For general pleasure, visit to friends and relatives, medical treatment, and amateur/unpaid participants in cultural or sports events.  

US $160  

 

 

C-1

People transiting through the U.S.  

US $160 

C-1/D

Crew members  

 US $160  

F

Students in Academic or Language Programs and Dependents  

  US $160   

I    

Journalists and Members of the Media  

  US $160   

J    

Exchange Visitors and Dependents    

  US $160   

M

Students in Vocational or other Non-Academic Programs and Dependents  

    US $160

TD

NAFTA Derivative  

    US $160 

Petition-Based Nonimmigrant Visas  

CW-1

Transitional Workers in the CNMI  

  US $190    

CW-2  

Dependents of Transitional Workers in the CNMI  

   US $190     

H-1B    

Temporary Workers in Specialty Occupation    

US $190

H-2A  

Temporary or Seasonal Agricultural Workers  

US $190

H-2B

Temporary or Seasonal Non-Agricultural Workers    

US $190

H-3  

Trainees other than medical or academic    

 US $190   

H-4  

Dependents of Temporary Workers    

    US $190

L

Intra-Company Transferees and Dependents  

    US $190

O   

Temporary workers with extraordinary ability    

    US $190

P  

Athletes and Entertainers  

    US $190

Q 

Cultural Exchange Visitors  

    US $190

  R   

Religious Workers and Dependents  

    US $190

Treaty Trader and Treaty Investor Nonimmigrant Visas  

E-1

Treaty Traders  

 US $205  

E-2  

Treaty Investors  

US $205

E-2C

Treaty Investors to the CNMI    

   US $270     

The payment will be activated four hours after the time the cash payment was made; 24 hours for on-line payment.    

There are three ways to pay the MRV fee:

  1. Pay in cash (prevailing Philippine peso equivalent of the machine-readable visa fee) at any branch of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
  2. Pay through online bill payment option provided by BPI for their customers
  3. Online payment through Bancnet

The following individuals and visa classifications are exempt from paying the machine-readable visa application fee:

A fee applies to only one visa classification/application. If an applicant wishes to apply for more than one visa simultaneously, corresponding payment per visa class must be made.

Visa application fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions will be made to this rule.  It is valid for one year after the date of actual payment; the interview must fall within the one-year validity.

Step 2: Required Documents

All basic documentary requirements must be ready BEFORE an appointment can be made. Additional documents may be required, so please read the information below carefully.

The Nonimmigrant Visa Unit does not accept documents BEFORE the interview except for Treaty Trader (E1) and Treaty Investor (E2) visa applications. Any documents received will not be returned and will be destroyed (except the passport).

Basic Requirements:

1.  DS-160 ONLINE NONIMMIGRANT VISA ELECTRONIC APPLICATION – All applicants must complete the DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application. Applicants can access the DS-160 from the Consular Electronic Application Center website.

 It is important to take note of the CEAC Barcode number of the DS-160 confirmation page.  Applicants can track their case status after the interview using their barcode number. 
 

2.  PASSPORT – Signed passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of intended departure from the United States. The passport must be in good condition, i.e., photo lamination is undamaged, and all passport pages are intact.

Applicants must also present all previously issued passports or notarized affidavits of loss, if applicable.

Taiwanese passport holders who do not have Taiwan personal identification numbers listed above the date of birth on the biographic data page in their passports must present their original Philippine residency permit.

3.  PHOTO

 One 2" x 2" standard photo.  The photo must be:  

  • In color
  • 2" x 2" in size
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • The ears should be exposed, if local or religious custom does not prohibit. 
  • Taken in front of a plain white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open

Please click here for additional information on photo specifications.

Please ensure that your photo meets the requirements stated above.  Failure to provide the correct photo will delay your visa processing.

4.  EXTENSION OF STAY/CHANGE OF STATUS – Please bring copies of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approvals of extension of stay or change of status, if applicable.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Additional requirements are based on the visa class that a person is applying for. Please look at the Types of Visas page and view the details for each visa class.

Step 3 : Schedule an Interview

Book an appointment by calling (02) 982-5555 and (02) 902-8930 for calls within the Philippines and other countries aside from mainland United States or (703) 520-2235 for calls from mainland United States. The call center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, Manila time, except on U.S. and Philippine holidays. Appointments can also be booked online through http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph.

Five or more applicants applying for the same purpose of travel strictly under the B1/B2 classification, and will travel on the same date, are encouraged to apply together as a group.  To request a Group Appointment, follow the steps in our Group Appointment website.  Examples of groups include but are not limited to sports team, school groups, groups travelling for competitions, and service organizations.  Family members traveling together and groups traveling on group tour packages DO NOT qualify for group appointments.

Applicants who will book an interview online will be asked to create a profile which will be used to access their appointment record and edit applicant information before their interview date.

Please plan your visa application accordingly to avoid problems securing an interview appointment.  Even though nonimmigrant visa fees are valid for one calendar year, options to schedule an appointment are limited. Applicants are only allowed to reschedule twice (not including the initial appointment) without penalty. If the second rescheduling attempt is canceled, an applicant will only be allowed to reschedule a new date after a waiting period of 90 calendar days.

The call center and the online appointment website can also provide general information about visa application procedures and technical assistance related to scheduling an appointment.

Step 4: Go for the Interview

All applicants must appear at the Embassy for interview, except government officials traveling on official business and applying for A1, A2, G1, G2, or G4 visas. 

Applicants are requested to arrive at the Embassy gate 15 minutes before the time listed on the appointment letter. Please ensure that the biographic details on your appointment confirmation letter (name, date of birth, and passport number) match the information on your passport. If you booked your interview using an old passport number, you have to bring the old passport along with the basic documentary requirements. If the details on your passport and appointment confirmation letter do not match on the day of your appointment, you will not be allowed to proceed to your interview and will be asked to reschedule a new date. If you need assistance in correcting pertinent information on your appointment confirmation letter, please contact the call center for assistance no later than 48 hours before your interview date.

Applicants must bring all the basic application requirements including the interview appointment letter, DS-160 confirmation page, valid passport, one 2” x 2” photo, and all prior passports and U.S. visas, if available. It is helpful to bring a government-recognized photo ID (in addition to the passport) to present upon entry. All kinds of electronic devices are not allowed inside the US Embassy premises.

Embassy personnel are available to provide assistance at each stage.  Applicants who require interpreters must inform the interviewing officer on the day of their interview.  There is no need to bring a relative or a friend to act as an interpreter as the Embassy can provide language assistance when an applicant requests for it.

Important note: American citizens and US Legal Permanent Residents are not allowed to accompany nonimmigrant visa applicants to the interviewing area. 

Step 5: If Issued a visa

A consular officer will inform the applicant at the conclusion of the interview whether he/she qualifies for a U.S. visa.  If a visa is approved, the passport with U.S. visa will be delivered by the courier service at the address provided when the made the appointment.  Please note that the courier will deliver to Philippine addresses only.  If the applicant is not present at the time of the delivery of the passport, the applicant must leave an authorization letter to a representative and a government-recognized photo ID for both representative and applicant.  Both the applicant and the representative must sign the authorization letter.

To track the status of a nonimmigrant visa case, applicants can access the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) website, http://ceac.state.gov. Applicants will need to choose from the drop down menu their interview location (Philippines, Manila), and enter the CEAC Barcode (from the CEAC confirmation page submitted on the day of the interview) to view the current status of case.

For more information about visa processing, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.