Weren’t able to go to America in 3D last March 1 and 2 at SM Mall of Asia? If so, you missed the premiere of our exciting new video which explains how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa.
However, there’s still good news! Even if you missed the premiere, you can still watch it! Just click the video below.
In the video, consular officers describe the four easy steps required to complete a nonimmigrant visa application and the step-by-step interview process. It also highlights the importance of the interview when determining an applicant’s eligibility for a nonimmigrant visa.
For more videos, please check the U.S. Embassy Manila YouTube channel
For more information, please check our blog posts:
Tips for Your Next Embassy Visit (NIV)
NIV Interviews: Step-by-Step Process (NIV)
New Nonimmigrant Visa Fees and Bank Payment Process
Yes! The long wait is over. Next stop… SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City!
This March 1 & 2, 2014 you are invited to join the U.S. Embassy and be a part of America in 3D: A Roadshow in Diplomacy, Development, and Defense at SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.
Every year, The U.S. Embassy invites the public for free food samplings, cooking demonstrations, musical performances, dance clinics, car shows, information sessions about U.S. services such as visas, and so much more.
Attending mall-goers and shoppers will have the chance to personally meet representatives from the Visa Section and various other U.S. Embassy sections and agencies. In addition to its booth which will regularly feature representatives from the Visa Unit for walk-in chats, the Consular Section will have live presentations about visas (Consular Corner: The Visa Process Demystified/Visa Hour) and the official video premiere of “Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa”!
If you can’t make it to the mall, the Consular Corner: The Visa Process Demystified/Visa Hour episode will also be livestreamed! So don’t forget to tune in LIVE via the U.S. Embassy Manila YouTube channel – Visa Hour on March 1 (Saturday) at 5:15PM – 6:15PM and March 2 (Sunday) at 12:00Noon-1:00PM (Philippine time). The Visa Hour is an online broadcast/event exclusively brought to you by U.S. Embassy Manila.
For the full schedule of America in 3D, visit http://www.americain3d.net/2014/02/full-schedule.html
For more information, visit the official blog for America in 3D – www.AmericaIn3D.net
See you March 1 and 2, 2014 at A3D SM Mall of Asia!
Planning to bring your kids to the US for a temporary visit to see their lolo and lola? Or perhaps to see Disneyland or one of America’s other great theme parks for kids?
If yes, here a few simple reminders to take note of when you come for the visa appointment with your kids:
1. The waiting time can sometimes be several hours, depending on the volume of applicants for that day. Given this lengthy period, children may become impatient and bored. Therefore, it is a good idea to bring items that may help pacify their restlessness:
* small toys (no sharp points, no loud or alarming sounds, no electronics)
2. For applicants below 18 years old, at least one parent should be present. Read more about this on “Who Can Come With You on Your Visa Appointment”
3. If your child is not applying for a visa, please do not bring him/her with you, since the Embassy does not allow access to non-applicants.
4. We all love happy and active children, but it is the responsibility of parents, to always keep track of their kids in the waiting room and ensure they are not interfering with other applicants. We will do our best to speed the process along for those applicants with very young children.
Let us know if you have concerns, feedbacks and/or suggestions with regards to this topic and feel free to post it in our comment box below.
I am an U.S. Citizen and my girlfriend is applying for a tourist visa. She asked me to deposit $5,000 to her bank account as requirement for her visa application. Is this amount sufficient for her to qualify for a tourist visa?
I am applying for a visitor visa. I have recently deposited P100,000 to my bank account to show I have adequate funds for my travel. Is this amount sufficient as show money to qualify for the visa? If not, how much money should I have in my bank account to prove that I have strong financial ties?
These are common questions regarding the financial requirements for in applying for a U.S. visa. Please be aware that “show money” is not a requirement for nonimmigrant visa applicants. In fact, bank statements are only occasionally requested by the consular officer and often not requested at all.
“Show money” is usually described as funds deposited into an applicant’s bank account just prior to a visa interview. Such deposits are generally not helpful to applicants since it creates the appearance that an applicant’s financial situation is being represented as better than it actually is. This can often times even have a negative impact as it can make an applicant appear not entirely honest. Applicants should only present their current and actual financial situation when they apply for the visa. Honesty is always the best policy.
To qualify for the visa, the consular officer needs to see that the applicant has strong ties to his or her home country. Ties are the various aspects of one’s life that bind an applicant to their place of residence, including (but not limited to) family relationships, employment, and properties. Information on how applicants can demonstrate their ties is provided at the Nonimmigrant Visa website.
Let us know if you have concerns and questions with regard to this topic. Feel free to post your comment below.
Congratulations, you have a visa!
Now, here’s how to use it!
Visitors to America officially come to the US through ports of Entry. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection(CBP) officers work at ports of entry. Their job is to clear travelers, collect duties, accept merchandise, and enforce U.S. laws and regulations.
Having a U.S. visa allows you to apply for entry to the United States. Please note that a visa does not guarantee your entry to the U.S. When you arrive at the port of entry, you will first speak to the Customs and Border Protection officer. The officer will determine if you can enter and the length of your stay.
You cannot use the visa expiration date as the length of time you can stay in the U.S.
Under a new process that was fully implemented in May 2013, the Customs and Border Patrol officer will provide an admission stamp on the passport that records either an admitted-until date or D/S (duration of status). This notation is the official record of your authorized length of stay.
For more information about entering the United States, you may check our previous blog posts:
Visatisfied Voyager is happy to announce that it is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary online.
The Visatisfied Voyager blog was created to respond to the thousands of Visa applicants with timely, relevant and updated information direct from the Consular offices of the U.S. Embassy Manila.
In a span of two years, Visatisfied Voyager has posted 156 informative blog posts in efforts to reach out to the public and provide accurate information, demystify common beliefs about the visa process and provide the public with the latest announcements. The blog has received close to 5,000 comments which were regularly read and answered by Consular experts. Since its creation in August 18, 2011, Visatisfied Voyager has received over 220 thousands visits from over 1,000 cities spanning 191 countries.
Who’s behind Visatisfied Voyager? A team of dedicated Consular experts write blog posts, respond to questions posted, and forward comments to the Consular staff. In addition, the Embassy’s social media team helps in spreading the word out via the Embassy’s huge online communities.
Visatisfied Voyager is also responsible for introducing fun fictional characters like Vizard answering questions from the Vizard’s Corner and Bong Voyage, the blog’s perpetual immigrant visa applicant, who shares his continuing adventures in applying. It also featured write ups about different cities in the United States from foreign service officers through the My Hometown, Your Destination series.
Because of the success of Visatisfied Voyager, the blog has emerged to be the top blog among all U.S. Embassy blogs worldwide. This month alone, Visatisfied Voyager has received over 11 thousand visits, equivalent to 37% share of visitor traffic among all U.S. Embassy blogs.
We’d like to thank all our readers for making Visatisfied Voyager the top U.S. Embassy blog and continuing to visit Visatisfied Voyager. We’re looking forward to providing more blog posts in the future and reading your comments.
The Immigrant Visa Unit will be temporarily closed on Friday, September 20, 2013.
Normal operations will resume on Monday, September 23, 2013.
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.
Hi, my name is…
My hometown is known for…
The Bone Yard and Saguaro cactus. The Bone Yard is where thousands of aircraft are stored for reuse, recycling or destruction. Tucson was purposely selected as its dry climate as it helps protect the aircraft from rust and other destructive forces. Many historic aircraft have been sent here and then refurbished and placed in museums around the world.
Tucson and its surrounding areas are the only places in the U.S. to see wild Saguaro Cactus. As such, the cactus is protected by a state law, which forbids people from cutting down a Saguaro cactus. The Saguaro cactus can grow up to 70 feet tall and have long life spans and it can take up to 75 years for a cactus to grow and arm. The cactus also produces delicious fruit and beautiful flowers, which is also the state flower.
My favorite thing about my hometown is…
The nice winter weather and wide open spaces.
If you came to visit me, I’d take you…
To see historic downtown Tucson and its great restaurants. While not as old as Manila, Tucson was founded in 1775 when the Spanish founded and built a presidio in what is now downtown Tucson. Some of the original walls still exist, as do many of the foundations of the buildings. Today, downtown Tucson is home to many great coffee shops, restaurants and bars all within walking distance. Evening is the best time to go out as once the sunsets the city gets very cool and comfortable.
I would take you to El Charro, which claims to have invented the Chimichanga! The Chimichanga is a deep fried burrito and incredibly delicious with cheese and sour cream on top.
Things you have to try before you leave…
Visit Old Tucson Studios and the Desert Museum! Old Tucson Studios is an old film studio open to the public. Many famous westerns were filmed there and now you can see a live recreated Wild West gunfight with great stunts. The Desert Museum is next door and features only plants and animals who live in the surrounding desert. Come and see a Javalina, Coyote and a Roadrunner!
Immigrant and Fiance(e) Visa applicants whose appointment on Monday, August 19, 2013 was canceled may come to the Embassy on Friday, August 23, 2013 for the visa interview.
Applicants with appointments on Tuesday, August 20 or Thursday, August 22 can reschedule their visa interview between Monday, August 26 and Wednesday, August 28 by calling 02-982-5555 or 02-902-8930.
If you are unable to reschedule your appointment and/or arrive at the U.S. Embassy on any of the above dates, please contact our visa information service at 02-982-5555 or 02-902-8930 to schedule an appointment for a date that matches your availability.
Non Immigrant Visas
The Nonimmigrant Visa Unit will open for regular business on Friday, August 23, 2013. All applications will be processed as scheduled.
Applicants who were affected by the inclement weather condition on August 20 and August 22 will be rescheduled next week. Please wait for a call from the Visa Information Center for your new appointment. If you have not received a call by Tuesday, August 27, please contact (02) 982-5555 and (02) 902-8930 to determine your new appointment schedule.
Please visit http://manila.usembassy.gov/nonimmigrant-visa.html for more information.
American Citizen Services
Applicants who had appointments on Monday, August 19, Tuesday, August 20, or Thursday, August 22, can reschedule an appointment between Monday, August 26, and Friday, August 30, by calling the following numbers between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.: 02-301-2555 (passports), 02-301-2532 (consular reports of birth) or 02-301-2246 (notarial service). If you would like to rebook an appointment after August 30, please use our on-line system (www.usembassy.manila.gov).