Welcome to the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit Homepage!
The Nonimmigrant Visa Unit will be temporarily closed for business on Monday, May 13, 2013. Applicants with appointments scheduled on that date will be contacted by the Embassy call center to reschedule their appointments. Alternatively, applicants may contact the Embassy call center at (02) 982-5555 or (02) 902-8930 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday), to reschedule their appointments.
Thank you for your interest in traveling to the United States. We hope that this website makes it easier for you to select and apply for the proper nonimmigrant visa.
The type of nonimmigrant visa you will need and the requirements to apply for that visa depend largely on your purpose of travel to the United States.
- Notice to Manning Agencies About Agency Accreditation
- Personal Appearance By Employers of B1 Domestic Visa Applicants
- NIV Case Status Check Using Your CEAC Barcode Number
- Printed Payment Slips Required To Pay Visa Application Fees
- Important Rescheduling Procedures For NIV Applicants
- Call Center Hours and Contact Information
- DS-160 Online Visa Application Form
- Legal Rights for Workers in the United States
- Electronic Devices Not Permitted on Embassy Grounds
- Average Visa Processing Time and Delivery
Beginning September 3, 2012, 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.
For complete instructions and to print the payment slip, please visit our online appointment website. To obtain more information about this requirement, please call the Embassy Call Center at 982-5555 and 902-8930, available from Monday to Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Last update: October 1, 2012
Please be reminded that even though nonimmigrant visa fees are valid for one calendar year, options to schedule an appointment are limited. The U.S. Embassy in Manila schedules hundreds of thousands of nonimmigrant visa appointments each year, and we must accommodate requests both for new appointments and for those applicants who need to reschedule their appointments for whatever reason. 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 days. Please plan your visa application accordingly to avoid problems securing an interview appointment.
Last update: March 12, 2012
The Embassy’s call center numbers for information and appointment scheduling are: (02) 902-8930 and (02) 982-5555. For calls from the continental United States, dial (214) 571-1600. The call center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Manila time, Monday through Friday.
Appointments can also be scheduled online at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph.
All nonimmigrant visa applicants are required to complete and submit an online visa application form known as the DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application. The DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application has replaced nonimmigrant visa paper application forms DS-156/157/158, and other related paper forms.
In order to avoid delays in processing visa applications, visa applicants or their representatives must ensure that the following information is correctly provided:
· Applicant’s complete name (required format is Surname, First name(s), Middle Name(s))
· Applicant’s passport information (the passport used in filling out the form must be the same passport presented on the day of interview)
· Other Name(s) (for married female applicants, type your complete maiden name)
· Purpose of Trip to the U.S. (if the answer falls under “Other,” it is a requirement to specify the purpose of travel in the blank provided)
· Primary Occupation (if the answer falls under “Other,” it is a requirement to specify the occupation in the blank provided)
· Contact Person and Contact Address in the United States
· Father’s Complete Name (required format is Surname, First name(s), Middle Name(s))
· Mother’s Complete Maiden Name (required format is Surname, First name(s), Middle Name(s))
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for instructions about the DS-160.
The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (WWTVPA) came into effect in December 2008. The Act requires that an individual applying for an A-3, G-5, B1 domestic employee, J1, or certain H1B and H2B visas is made aware of his or her legal rights under federal immigration, labor, and employment laws. This includes information on the illegality of slavery, peonage, trafficking in persons, sexual assault, extortion, blackmail, and worker exploitation in the United States. Please read this pamphlet prior to your visa interview. You will be asked if you have received, read, and understood its contents.
For inquiries related to this matter, please e-mail us at ConsManilaNIV@state.gov.
For the safety and security of all applicants and employees, visa applicants are NOT PERMITTED to bring any kind of electronic and battery-operated devices (cellular phone, digital camera, laptop, music player, portable game consoles such as PSP, etc.) into the U.S. Embassy. Applicants who bring such devices will be denied entry.
Please make arrangements to leave your electronic equipment in a safe location off Embassy grounds BEFORE your interview appointment. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation.
Depending on the volume of visa issuances of the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit, visa processing after the interview usually takes at least one week*.
After the one-week visa processing, the receipt of a passport with a visa may take longer, depending on the applicant’s delivery address.
* – Average Visa Processing Time: This means the number of working days it takes for an approved applicant to receive his/her passport back from the Embassy with the U.S. Visa at the address given to the courier company.
All applicants should be aware that the one week processing time is an AVERAGE, and that the processing time of a specific case can vary due to individual circumstances and other special requirements.
USEFUL TRAVEL INFORMATION
- A valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval is required for citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries to travel to the United States. ESTA is an automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the VWP. Click the image on the left or go here to complete and submit ESTA applications online.
APEC Meetings in the U.S.
- If you intend to travel to the United States as a participant in an APEC meeting, please visit this page for answers to frequently asked questions regarding this purpose of trip.