Everyone who is applying for a visa, regardless of age (excluding those applying for diplomatic visas), has to appear at the Embassy. If you qualify for the VRP, you may not need an interview, but will still need to come for prescreening and fingerscanning. We ask that you arrive at the Embassy no earlier than one hour, but no less than 15 minutes before your appointment time. For customer service and security reasons, we may not be able to admit you early.
When you come to the Embassy, make sure you bring all the basic application requirements: your interview appointment letter, DS-160 confirmation page, valid passport, one 2” x 2” photo, and all prior passports and U.S. visas, if available.
Don’t worry about getting lost! We have Embassy personnel available to provide assistance at each stage. If you need an interpreter, we have staff who speak Tagalog, Ilocano, Cebuano, and other dialects from the Philippines, as well as many other languages. There is no need to bring a relative or a friend to act as an interpreter!
When you get to the Embassy, you will not be allowed to bring in any electronic devices (including your cell phone). Please leave these at home.
After the interview:
If the consular officer tells you that you qualify for a visa, congratulations! It will take us about a week to get your visa processed and on its way to you through our courier service, 2Go. If you need your visa faster, you can pick up your passport from 2Go’s location at Mall of Asia. Ask the interviewing officer for details on how to do this, or check with the call center. You do NOT need to pay any more fees. The cost of the courier delivery is included in the MRV fee you pay at the bank.
If the consular officer tells you that your visa has been refused under 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, don’t panic. You will be given instructions on what to do next. Sometimes we need more information from you, and sometimes we need to hold your application for administrative processing. You can check the status of your application online at http://manila.usembassy.gov/adminprocessing2.html.
If the consular officer tells you that you do not qualify for a visa, you can reapply at any time. Before you do so, please read the blue letter you were given at the end of your interview, and check out our post on ties to the Philippines: Social, Family and Economic Ties (NIV).