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Immigrant Visas

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO IMMIGRANT VISA APPLICANTS

Visa Processing Fee Payment

 

Due to ongoing technical difficulties, the Immigrant Visa Unit is temporarily unable to accept credit card payments. Visa processing fees may be paid for in cash (U.S. dollar or Philippine pesos), traveler’s check or U.S. Postal Money Order.

The Department of State is aware of USCIS’s decision to begin expediting I-130 petitions filed by U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Upon receiving approved, expedited I-130 petitions for Filipino beneficiaries from USCIS, the Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) will schedule immigrant visa (IV) interviews for the U.S. Embassy in Manila as resources allow.

At this time, the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Manila is processing IV applications that were scheduled prior to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, in addition to an increasing number of expedited cases for applicants in regions affected by the typhoon.  Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, and applicants with a priority date that is before the cut-off date of their visa category, can still schedule an appointment in November and December as long as they are resident in any of the affected areas.  All other locally scheduled appointments will need to be scheduled in January and February.  

The State Department’s website (http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html) contains information on the movement of priority dates and visa availability.  

Welcome to the Immigrant Visa Unit Homepage

You should be able to find answers to many of your questions about the immigrant visa process on this website. If you are interested in filing a petition for a fiancé (e) or family member, please see the Who can apply for an Immigrant Visa and see what steps you need to take to begin this process. If you have already filed a petition or have had a petition filed for you, and your case is current, please see the Immigrant Visa Appointment section on the left side of this page. If you have questions about a specific case, or after reviewing this information have other questions, please contact the Immigrant Visa Unit by fax, e-mail, or mail

Notice to Immigrant Visa Applicants

Effective September 1, 2013, the DS-260, Online Immigrant Visa Application & Registration, and DS-261, Choice of Address and Agent will replace the paper-based DS-230, Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration (parts I and II) and the DS-3032, Choice of Address and Agent.  The DS-260 and DS-261 are fully integrated online electronic visa application forms used to collect the necessary application information from persons seeking immigrant visas. These online forms are completed and submitted online to the Department of State via the Internet through the Consular Electronic Applications Center (CEAC). The forms may be partially completed, saved online to finish, and submitted later; or the forms can be completed and submitted in a single session.

To determine if your petition began processing in time to join the program and to access Form DS-260, Online Immigrant Visa Application, and Form DS-261, Choice of Address and Agent, click Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) website. After logging in, follow the directions displayed noting the following:       

 

  • If CEAC provides you with the option of completing a DS-260 (note it may be grayed-out because you have not paid your Immigrant Visa Fee), you are required to complete the DS-260.
  • If CEAC provides you with online payment information only, you are NOT required to complete the DS-260.
  • If your petition did not go through the NVC process (for example, you filed your petition overseas), your invoice ID number will be the principal applicant’s date of birth (YYYYMMDD).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Review the DS-260 FAQs if you must complete the online DS-260 form.

If you have questions or need assistance, please click Online Immigrant Visa Forms or contact the NVC.

Notice to K Visa Applicants  

Effective October 7, 2013, the Immigrant Visa Unit will only accept K visa applicants (K1, K2, K3, and K4) who have completed Form DS-160 (Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application).  Application forms are available at http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3224.html and should be completed in advance of the appointment.  Any K applicant without completed application forms who appears for an interview will be referred to nearby internet cafés to complete the application forms.  Applicants who can complete the forms and return to the Embassy by 10:00 am will still be interviewed on the same day.  Applicants who cannot or choose not to return to the Embassy with the completed forms by 10:00 am will be advised to reschedule the interview by visiting the online appointment website at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph or by calling the Call Center at (632) 982-5555 or (632) 902-8930. 

Exempted from filing Form DS-160 are applicants whose cases have already been scheduled for an interview prior to October 7, or have been interviewed and are pending additional documentation or administrative processing, or whose cases have been received at Embassy Manila prior to the said date and submitted Forms DS-156, DS-156K and DS-230. 

Important Notice to Fiance(e) Derivative (K2) Applicants:

A fiance(e) derivative (K2) applicant must apply and be issued a visa (if qualified) within one year (1) from the date the fiance(e) (K1) visa was issued.  Because of the one-year window for visa issuance, we strongly encourage K2 applicants to apply for a visa as soon as possible, potentially as early as four months after K1 issuance, and note the following average timelines: 

 

     Process / Requirement:

 

Duration / Time of Completion:

 

 

Regular Medical Examination at St. Luke’s Extension Clinic. Applicant should complete the exam before the visa interview.

 

May take one (1) to two (2) business days to complete

 

 

 

Additional Medical Examination

(i.e., sputum test and culture for tuberculosis) if deemed necessary by St. Luke’s Extension Clinic. Applicant should complete the exam and obtain clearance from St. Luke’s before a visa interview can be scheduled.

 

 

 

 Three (3) days for sputum test;

 results released eight (8) weeks after sputum test is performed

 

 

 

Directly Observed Therapy (DOT)

if positive for tuberculosis by St. Luke’s Extension Clinic. Applicant should  complete the DOT and obtain clearance from St. Luke’s before a visa interview can be scheduled.     

 

 

 

 

 Minimum of six (6) months

 

Embassy Technical Requirements for Visa Issuance

 

May take one (1) to three (3) business days to complete.

 

 

Visa Packet Delivery by courier service to applicant’s designated address

 

 

Typically five to seven (5-7) business days (if no inclement weather)


 

The Immigrant Visa Unit will be closed on  the following days:

 

 

Monday, December 30, 2013 (Philippines’ Jose Rizal Day),

 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 (last day of the year) and,

 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 (New Year’s Day).  

 

 

Normal operations will resume on Thursday,  January 2, 2014.The Immigrant Visa Unit will be closed on  the following days:

 

Case Status Online Check

  • Immigrant and K Visa applicants/petitioners can now view the status of their cases by visiting the U.S. Department of State’s Consular Electronic Application Center website at https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC/.  For more information, please visit the Case Status Check page.

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NOTICE TO VISA APPLICANTS

  • Cell Phones Not Permitted on Embassy Grounds

    For the safety and security of all applicants and employees, visa applicants are not permitted to bring cell phones or other electronic  devices 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 during your interview appointment. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation.