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Nonimmigrant Visas

Welcome to the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit Homepage!


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.

Applicant Reminder


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The Nonimmigrant Visa Unit aims to provide a comfortable application process for visa applicants. Part of this effort is requiring applicants to arrive at the US Embassy applicant's entrance ONLY 15 MINUTES before their interview appointment. Strict enforcement of this rule allows applicants to avoid waiting and lining up unnecessarily outside the Embassy for long periods of time. There is also no advantage given to an applicant who arrives hours before the interview appointment.


There has been no change in US visa policy for Philippine citizens wishing to travel to the United States. The Philippines has not been added to the list of countries eligible for participation in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). If there are any changes regarding VWP-participant countries, the information will be reflected on this website. 




Call Center Hours And Contact Information

The Embassy’s call center numbers for information and appointment scheduling are: (02) 976-8500 to 02.  For calls from mainland or continental United States, dial (703) 520-2235.  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

Last update: October 10, 2014

Electronic Devices Not Permitted on Embassy Grounds

For the safety and security of all applicants and employees, visa applicants are NOT PERMITTED to bring the following into the Embassy:

  • any kind of electronic and battery-operated devices (mobile phone, digital camera, laptop, music player, portable game consoles such as PSP, USB thumb drive, mobile tablet, etc.)
  • lighter and any flame-generating device
  • sharp objects
  • any device with an On/Off switch

Applicants who bring such devices will be denied entry and will be requested to book a new interview appointment.

 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.

Legal Rights For Workers in the United States

  • The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (WWTVPA) came into effect in December 2008.  The Act requires that an individual applying for an employment-based nonimmigrant visa 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 the pamphlet in English or in Tagalog 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

Beware of Visa Scams!

  • Beware of Visa Scams

    Visa applicants should get all information about visa processing only from the official US Embassy website. Beware of fake websites and "US Embassy" messages from generic e-mail providers (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, and the like). Do not deal with people claiming they are officers of the US Embassy and offering advice or assistance with the visa process and those who guarantee visa issuance in exchange for money. Aside from the visa fee (which varies based on the kind of visa you are applying for), there is no extra processing fee to obtain a visa. An applicant's visa eligibility can only be determined at the time of the visa interview inside the U.S. Embassy. 

    If you suspect that someone may be scamming you, please report them to the Embassy by sending us an e-mail

Applying for a US Nonimmigrant Visa

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  • Visa Waiver Program
    The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of 36 participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.  To know more about VWP and to know which countries participate in this program, click here
  • Thread 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.

  • Thread 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.