Visa Reissuance Program
Visa Reissuance Program
As of July 25, 2011, some visa applicants may be eligible for an appointment through the U.S. Embassy in Manila's Visa Reissuance Program (VRP). If qualified for a VRP appointment, applicants need only to pay the fee, fill out the form, schedule an appointment, and appear at the Embassy at the appointed time, and then have the application screened and give 10-print finger scans.
To qualify for the VRP, you must be able to answer "yes" to ALL of the following:
- I am a Philippines passport holder.
- I have previously been issued, in Manila, a full-validity B1/B2 visa* (a visa good for five or ten years).
* The visa must be issued in a Philippine passport.
- My visa is still valid or it has expired within the last twelve months.
(If your answer is yes, your VRP appointment must fall within this twelve-month period of expiry. For example, if your visa expired on September 20, 2010, you visa appointment must be on or before September 19, 2011.)
- I have in my possession all of my passports covering the entire period of time since I received that full-validity visa. (If your answer is yes, you are required to bring these passports on the day of your VRP interview.)
- I have not been refused a U.S. visa in the last twelve months.
- My visa is not annotated "Clearance Received".
- I have not ever stayed in the U.S. longer than 6 months on a B1/B2 visa (even if the Department of Homeland Security approved the extension of stay).
- I have not ever been arrested or convicted for any offense or crime, even if subject of a pardon.
- I can provide the visa control number from my visa (located in the upper right hand corner of the visa).
1. Qualifying for VRP is based on individual merits. Minor children, parents, or any other family member who do not satisfy the VRP criteria will not be accommodated with a VRP applicant. Non-VRP applicants will be turned away and will be asked to book a regular appointment.
In cases where the family wants to be interviewed on the same day, they may book the VRP appointment (for those qualified) and regular appointment (for those who are not qualified) on the same day, although they will be on different timeslots. Alternatively, the family may choose to book together under a regular appointment.
2. The U.S. Embassy in Manila reserves the right to interview any applicant. If an interview is required, you will receive your passport with a 221(g) letter through our contracted courier, 2Go.
3. If you schedule a VRP appointment, but are not actually eligible for a VRP appointment, you will be turned away at the Embassy and asked to schedule a regular appointment. Please make sure you are eligible for a VRP appointment based on the above criteria.