The Visa Reissuance Program (VRP) was launched in July 2011 to speed up the reissuance of visas for Philippine visa applicants who have previously been issued multiple-entry visitor (B-1/B-2) visas valid for five or ten years. If you are qualified for the VRP, you need only to pay the application fee of $140, fill out the DS-160 electronic nonimmigrant visa application form, and schedule your appointment. You will be given a priority appointment date when you can submit your valid passport and application confirmation page for screening and give 10-print fingerscans at the U.S. Embassy. In most cases, an interview with a consular officer is not needed. If an interview is required, you will be notified within two business days of your VRP appointment. If you are qualified, you will receive your passport with the U.S. visa within five business days.
To qualify for the VRP, you must be able to answer “yes” to all of the following:
1. I am a Philippines passport holder.
2. I have previously been issued, in Manila, a full-validity B1/B2 visa (a visa good for five or ten years).
3. 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, your visa appointment must be on or before September 19, 2011.)
4. 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.)
5. I have not been refused a U.S. visa in the last twelve months.
6. My visa is not annotated “clearance received”.
7. I have not ever stayed in the U.S. longer than 6 months (even if the Department of Homeland Security approved the extension of stay).
8. I have not ever been arrested or convicted for any offense or crime, even if subject of a pardon.
9. I can provide the visa control number from my visa (located in the upper right hand corner of the visa).
Applicants who are unable to meet all the VRP conditions must apply through the regular application process provided in the U.S. Embassy’s website: http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwhniv1.html. For information on VRP, visit http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3024.html#V1.