Scheduling (IV)

THE ADVENTURES OF BONG VOYAGE

Bong Voyage, our perpetual immigrant visa applicant, is at the Embassy to inquire about getting an interview appointment.  He approaches Consul Jimmy Murdochs at the window.

Bong Voyage:  Good morning.

Consul Jimmy Murdochs:  Good morning, sir.  How can I help you today?

Bong Voyage:  My priority date is current and I would like to schedule an interview appointment.

Consul:  Sir, I can give you several options to schedule your interview.  You may call our Visa Information and Appointment Service at (632) 982-5555 or (632) 902-8930.   It is open Mondays through Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Manila time), except on Philippine and U.S. holidays.

Bong Voyage:  Can my petitioner schedule an appointment for me instead?

Consul:  Of course.  Your petitioner may call (214) 571-1600, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time).  Please be sure that you or your petitioner has the case number, passport number, and passport expiry date of each applicant when requesting a visa appointment.

You can also get more information and book an appointment online at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph.

Bong Voyage:  Sir, if I already had a scheduled appointment and failed to show up for some reason, can I still go through the same process for rescheduling my visa interview?

Consul:  Yes, the same process should be used. 

Bong Voyage:  Well, thank you very much for this useful information.  I came to the Embassy thinking I could schedule an interview through you, but I see I need to call or go online.  Many thanks for your help.

Consul:  You’re welcome, sir.  You can always check the Embassy website for any updates.  Please also ensure that you have completed your documents and undergone the medical examination before your interview.

For information about scheduling a K nonimmigrant visa interview, please see our recent blog post.

59 thoughts on “Scheduling (IV)

  1. DAVID JR GO MONTENEGRO
    #8 NAUTILUS DRIVE, RAMONA VILLAGE
    SAN ISIDRO, TALISAY, CEBU
    6045
    PHILIPPINES

    Goodday! my petition is f2b. my priority date is March 18 2002. Last Sept. 15, 2010, i was skeduled for interview together with my brother, originally Sept. 15, 2010. But because of sputum exam, i was reskeduled on Dec. 14, 2010 for my interview after the released of my medical exam with St. Luke. During my interview last Dec. 14 on window 32, i was told that my petition was affected by retrogression, and she further added that there is no problem with my documents but i have to obtain new document just in case it will expire. My question is, just in case on May 2012 or June 2012 my priority date will become current, what are the steps i should have taken? Or will i go directly to US embassy in Manila? or ill wait notice from your good office? or I’ll be given consideration since I’m affected by retrogression…. Please…my contact number is 09194338402. Thank you very much. MORE Power America!

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      Unfortunately, we are unable to take action on the case at this time because Philippine F2B visa numbers had retrogressed. The retrogression is the result of extremely heavy demand for immigrant visa numbers in the F2B category, and it was necessary in order to keep visa issuance within the annual numerical limits allowed by law.

      Currently, Philippine F2B visa numbers are available only for applicants with priority dates before December 08, 2001.
      U.S. immigration law requires that immigrant visa numbers be made available strictly in order of priority date. There is no provision within the law that would allow the numerical limitation to be waived in any individual’s case, regardless of the circumstances.
      We will notify you and take further action on the case as soon as your priority date becomes current for processing.

      Meanwhile, you or the petitioner may visit the State Department’s website at http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html for information on the movement of priority dates and visa availability.

      We hope this information is helpful to you.

  2. Is there anyway we can report a certain person who will apply as a tourist in US without intention of returning back to the country of origin?where can i email the details,thanks

    • Hi Michelle. You can send an email to the Embassy’s Fraud Prevention Unit at fpmmanila@state.gov, if you wish to report a person who will apply for a visitor visa, but you believe will immigrate in the U.S. Thank you.

  3. Hi i just want to asked if how many days will i wait after my priority date is current for me to have my interview date? Coz my priority date was processed this april now may is coming and i have not yet receive any email and mail regarding. My interview date?

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      All case processing for Manila, including appointment scheduling, is generally done at the National Visa Center (NVC). Your place in the scheduling queue is determined by the date all the necessary fees and supporting documents are received at NVC and the case becomes documentarily qualified. NVC will send you and the petitioner appointment packets, and will subsequently forward the case to Embassy Manila once an interview slot becomes available for you. We will process the case once the visa petition is received from NVC.

      Written inquiries, changes of address or in the personal circumstances of the applicant/petitioner should be sent and reported to NVC at 31 Rochester Ave., Suite 200, Portsmouth, NH 03801-2915 (Attn: WC). Forms, documents, and photographs should be sent to: 31 Rochester Ave. Suite 100, Portsmouth, NH 03801-2914 (Attn: CMR). Public inquiries can also be sent by email at NVCInquiry@state.gov. NVC’s telephone number is (603) 334-0700.

  4. Hi! I just want to ask how long does it usually take to be given an interview schedule? Our priority date is October 27, 2006 and our case was completed at the NVC last April 9,2012. Thank you in advance.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      The State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC) will schedule you for an interview once your priority date is current for processing and your case becomes documentarily qualified. We believe the waiting time for an interview schedule is approximately 2 to 3 months.

      The NVC will send you and the petitioner an appointment letter and will subsequently forward the case to Embassy Manila once an interview slot becomes available for you.

      • What can we do if in case it has been 3 months since our case was completed and our priority date is current and still havent received any interview letter?

        • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

          You may wish to contact the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC) to ascertain the status of your case. The NVC can be reached by email at NVCInquiry@state.gov or by telephone at (603) 334-0700.

  5. Hi! Is there anything we can do if we still havent received any appointment letter after 3 months from our case being completed at NVC and priority is more than 1 year current? Thank you in advance.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      You may wish to contact the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC) to ascertain the status of your case. The NVC can be reached by email at NVCInquiry@state.gov or by telephone at (603) 334-0700.

  6. Hi! May i know how long does it take to be given an interview date at the us embassy manila after the case is completed at the NVC for F2A. Thanks!

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      If your priority date is current for processing and your case becomes documentarily qualified, we believe the waiting time for an
      interview schedule is approximately 2 to 3 months from the date the case is documentarily qualified. The NVC will send you and the petitioner an appointment letter and will subsequently forward the case to Embassy Manila once an interview slot becomes available for you.

  7. Hi, can i apply for a tourist visa even if i am already petitioned as f2b and my priority date is Apr 2005? Thank you.

    • Faith, having a pending IV petition is not grounds for an automatic refusal for an NIV. Anyone can apply for a tourist visa at any time.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      We understand that your priority date is now current and that the case is still with the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC). Your place in the interview scheduling queue is determined by the date all the necessary fees and supporting documents are received at NVC and the case becomes documentarily qualified.

      NVC will send you and the petitioner an appointment letter, and will subsequently forward the case to Embassy Manila once an interview slot becomes available for you. We will process the case once the visa petition is received from NVC.

      Written inquiries, changes of address or in the personal circumstances of the applicant/petitioner should be sent and reported to NVC at 31 Rochester Ave., Suite 200, Portsmouth, NH 03801-2915 (Attn: WC). Forms, documents, and photographs should be sent to: 31 Rochester Ave. Suite 100, Portsmouth, NH 03801-2914 (Attn: CMR). NVC’s telephone number is (603) 334-0700. Public inquiries can also be sent by email at NVCInquiry@state.gov.

  8. Hello! It has been 3 months since our case was completed/documentarily qualified at the NVC and our priority is earlier than the cut off date but we havent received any interview letter. What should we do? How long does it usually take for nvc to schedule our interview? Is it true that the us embassy manila usually sends out letter ob the first week of the month?

    • Thank you for your interest in VISAtisfied Voyager.

      All case processing for Manila – including appointment scheduling – is generally done at the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC). It normally takes NVC three to four months to schedule a visa interview appointment from the time that a case is documentarily complete and a visa number becomes available for use. NVC will schedule an appointment with a consular officer and send the appointment letter to every valid address associated with the case record before forwarding the case file to an overseas consular post.

      We will process the case once the visa petition is received here at U.S. Embassy Manila from NVC.

  9. My brother’s prority date was June 1995, documents completed and closed with the NVC office April 2012. I called them 2nd week of June, they said that there is a visa available for him but no interview date yet. How long do we have to wait for interview…17+ years waiting time is a long time, I hope the waiting for interview is not another year or so. What can I do to expedite the interview schedule, please advise. Thanks!

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      We understand that your brother’s priority date is now current and that the case is still with the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC). Your place in the interview scheduling queue is determined by the date all the necessary fees and supporting documents are received at NVC and the case becomes documentarily qualified.
      NVC will send your brother and the petitioner an appointment letter, and will subsequently forward the case to Embassy Manila once an interview slot becomes available for you. This process may take up to three months. We will process the case once the visa petition is received from NVC.
      Written inquiries, changes of address or in the personal circumstances of the applicant/petitioner should be sent and reported to NVC at 31 Rochester Ave., Suite 200, Portsmouth, NH 03801-2915 (Attn: WC). Forms, documents, and photographs should be sent to: 31 Rochester Ave. Suite 100, Portsmouth, NH 03801-2914 (Attn: CMR). NVC’s telephone number is (603) 334-0700. Public inquiries can also be sent by email at NVCInquiry@state.gov.

  10. Hi! Id like to ask if i should worry… Our f2a case has been completed for almost 4 months already but we have not yet received an interview date. Our case is not like the other cases coz when our priority became current last 2010, our case wasnt processed right away because of our attorney’s neglience. In short, our priority date became current when our case was not yet completed. It was just recently (April 2012) that our case was completed. Will that affect the duration of time we should wait? Or do we need to wait for our priority date to retrogress and be current again? Pls help!

    • Currently, Philippine F2A immigrant visa numbers are available only for applicants with priority dates before February 15, 2010.

      If the petition is presently with the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC), NVC will hold the petition until the cutoff date in the applicant’s F2A category has advanced to her or his priority date. We will process the case as soon as the visa petition is received from NVC. Written inquiries, changes of address or in the applicant’s and the petitioner’s personal circumstances should be sent and reported to NVC at 32 Rochester Avenue, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801-2909, telephone number (603) 334-0700. Public inquiries can also be sent by email at NVCInquiry@state.gov.

      • Our priority date is October 29, 2006 and it has been almost 4 months since our case was completed but we still havent received an interview date. Does that mean we need to wait for our priority date to be current again since now they are processing february 2010 priority dates?

        • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

          Once your priority date becomes current for processing and your case becomes documentarily qualified, NVC will send you and the petitioner appointment packets and will subsequently forward your case to Embassy Manila as soon as an interview slot becomes available for you. If your priority date is current for over three (3) months and you have not received an appointment letter, you may wish to contact NVC by telephone at (603) 334-0700 or by e-mail at NVCInquiry@state.gov to ascertain the status of the case.

  11. Hi! Our case has been completed for almost 4 months yet we havent received any interview letter yet. Our priority became current last 2010 but our case just got completed last April 2012. Unlike the usual process, we werent documentarily qualified yet when our PD became current because of our attorney’s negligence. Will this affect our status on the queue for the interview? Will we have to wait years again? Pls Help!

    • When the demand for immigrant visas exceeds the annual per-country limitation, the cutoff dates may advance slowly, remain at a standstill, regress or even become completely unavailable from month to month.

      If your case was affected by the retrogression, you will need to wait for your priority date to become current again and visa numbers become available for use before we can resume processing your visa application.

      Meanwhile, you may wish to visit the State Department’s website at http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html for information on the movement of priority dates and visa availability.

  12. Hi! It has been over 3 months since our case was completed but we haven’t received any interview letter yet. Our priority date became current last 2010 but during that time our case was not yet completed because it was just last year that we paid all the visa fees and submitted all the required documents due to our lawyer’s negligence. According to NVC, our case was completed on April 2012. My question is, will our case be affected because when our priority date became current, we weren’t documentary qualified yet unlike the usual process… Will this cause any delay in having an interview schedule? Would it also be possible to request for an expeditious processing for an interview? Thanks and hoping for your response…

    • When the demand for immigrant visas exceeds the annual per-country limitation, the cutoff dates may advance slowly, remain at a standstill, regress or even become completely unavailable from month to month.

      If your case was affected by the retrogression, you will need to wait for your F2A priority date to become current again and visa numbers become available for use before we can resume processing your visa application.

      Meanwhile, you may wish to visit the State Department’s website at http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html for information on the movement of priority dates and visa availability.

  13. Dear Sir/Madam:
    Both my parent’s case are completed in NVC this month. When is the expected interview date for both of them?

    • The case is presently with the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC) for documentary processing. All case processing for Manila, including appointment scheduling, is generally done at NVC. Your place in the scheduling queue is determined by the date all the necessary fees and supporting documents are received at NVC and the case becomes documentarily qualified.

      NVC will send you and the petitioner appointment packets and will subsequently forward the case to Embassy Manila as soon as an interview slot becomes available for the applicant. We will process the case as soon as the visa petition is received from NVC.

  14. Hello there. I’d like to ask if I can schedule my interview appointment months after my medical exam? or should it be really after one week of my medical exam?. I had my first med exam on feb 2012 and they found out I had cyst so we had to remove it first and cancelled my interview the first time. Now, I’m planning to go back to St. Luke’s to get cleared but I haven’t set my appointment yet for the 2nd time. I read some blogs, it should be one week but I wouldn’t be ready after one week so, I’d like to schedule it like on Nov. this year, can I?. I also would wanna know if I have to pay again for my medical exam. Please I need your answers and suggestions. I hope to hear from you soon! Thanks.

    • * I applied for K1 visa. Also, I received the letter of eligibility to schedule an interview last August 2011 but due to certain medical and other shortcomings I haven’t been able to reschedule the interview and get cleared from my medical but I’ll do it within this year actually I’ll do it this month and the interview a month after. I hope it’s not yet too late for me. We don’t want to do it all over again. Please I need suggestions. I hope you can help. Thank you.

      • The “packet’ is the package you have just received from the Embassy.
        Embassy Manila no longer sends appointment letters. You should visit this website: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph, or contact the Embassy’s Visa Information and Appointment Service at (632) 982-5555 or (632) 902-8930 to schedule a visa interview date. The Visa Information and Appointment Service is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, except on Philippine and U.S. holidays. Callers in the USA may contact the Appointment Service at (214) 571-1600 between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

    • Medical reports are generally valid for six (6) months unless otherwise limited by other restrictions. Because the validity of an immigrant or fiance(e) visa usually depends on the validity of the medical report, we advise applicants to complete the required medical examination a few days before the visa interview.
      Applicants who need to undergo a new medical examination must pay the applicable fee again.
      For more information about your visa case, you may wish to send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov with your complete name, 10-digit visa case number and current contact information, clearly indicated.

  15. HI! my case is almost 3 months documentary completed. NVC emailed us last June 26, 2012 stated my case is complete and put it in my case file and they will contact me if my case is sent to US consulate for further processing. I’m F2A category, PD Feb. 2011. How long, me will obtain my schedule for medical and interview.

    • Thank you for your interest in VISAtisfied Voyager.

      All case processing for Manila – including appointment scheduling – is generally done at the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC). It normally takes NVC three to four months to schedule a visa interview appointment from the time that a case is documentarily complete and a visa number becomes available for use. NVC will schedule an appointment with a consular officer and send the appointment letter to every valid address associated with the case record before forwarding the case file to an overseas consular post.

      Non-current petitions are stored with the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC) for safekeeping. NVC will hold the immigrant visa petition until the cutoff date has reached the applicant’s priority date. NVC will forward the case to Embassy Manila once an interview slot becomes available. We will begin processing the case as soon as the visa petition is received from NVC.

  16. hello!!sir /maam! my husband called last month of october 2012 the nvc said my case is complete.and they send it to us embassy manila already when exsactly i would have an interview date?and what document do i need to bring w me on my interview aside from mc,bc,passpot,proof of relationships,pictures,card,email?plss reply thanks n advance

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager.
      The State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC) will schedule you for an interview once your priority date is current for processing and your case becomes documentarily qualified. We believe the waiting time for an interview schedule is approximately 2 to 3 months.

      The NVC will send you and the petitioner an appointment letter and will subsequently forward the case to Embassy Manila once an interview slot becomes available for you.

      We understand that you have submitted basic documentary requirements at the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC).
      When NVC forward an applicant’s case file to Embassy Manila, it would include all original documents submitted in support of the visa application, which will be reviewed at the time of the visa interview. The consular officer determines if any additional or updated documents are needed as the application is processed.

  17. Hi. Our priority date is current and we have received a letter from
    NVC and we are scheduled for an interview this coming December 26,2012.
    So, I would like to ask how long would it take for us to get our green card or citizenship in US.. We are planning to go to US this march or april 2013. My mom petitioned us. She is a lawful permanent resident and she already applied for Citizenship. Please reply back asap. Thanks! I just want to know how long the process of getting greencard or citizenship when i stay in america.. The reason is I still want to go back to Philippines and finish my nursing degree..

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager.
      The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has jurisdiction over issues concerning adjustment of status. You may wish to contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283 regarding this matter.

  18. Hi Sir/Madam, regarding my case in SLMC my MEDICAL exam was delayed due to my Menstruation and SLMC advice’d me to wait and call for 2 months and now i have called them and they told me that i was all negative and i was cleared and will go back their to be given my latest immunization.,So my question is how long it will take for me to wait for my U.S embassy interview cause it will be very difficult for me to go back and forth because i lived in the province..,hope you can help me with my situation….Good Day and GOD BLESS.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      Once your medical exam results are available St. Luke’s will advise you regarding interview scheduling.

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager.
      All case processing for Manila is generally done at the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC). The NVC is responsible for the collection of visa processing fees and documentation including interview scheduling.
      You should contact NVC to ascertain the status of the petition. NVC’s mailing address is 32 Rochester Avenue, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801-2909, telephone number (603) 334-0700. Public inquiries can also be sent by email atNVCInquiry@state.gov.
      Future written inquiries regarding immigrant visas may be sent by email atIVManilaReplies@state.gov.
      We hope this information is helpful to you.

  19. Good day!

    I just booked an appointment for interview at US embassy on the 27 of june, and it says i need book for biometric finger printing. i just dont know why i cant book online at the left side for booking appointment i see these.. Cancel Appointment
    Reschedule Appointment
    Emergency Request
    Group Scheduling Request
    Appointment History
    Provide Feedback
    Update Profile
    Logout

    how to book an appointment for finger printing.. i believe it is 1 or days before the interview date.. thank u if u can help me on this one.

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager. For specific information regarding your visa case, please send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov with your complete name, date and place of birth, and the 10-digit visa case number clearly indicated.

  20. Dear,Sir/Mam
    may i know the status of my mother approved petition (f4) last june,1990
    and she paid for visa fees i think 2 years ago her name is LILIAN L. DELA CRUZ….

    thank you.
    godbless.

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager. For specific information regarding your mother’s visa case, please send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov with the applicant’s complete name, date and place of birth, and the 10-digit visa case number clearly indicated.

  21. Good day…i supposed to have my interview last march 21 20014..but due to the delay of my ds2019 my schedule was moved…im trying to schedule again but until now i dont have my interview schedule please help me how can i get my chedule becouse my strat date is starting already

    • Hi Rozette. You can reschedule your interview through the call center by calling (02) 982-5555 or (02) 902-8930. The call center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, Manila time, except on U.S. and Philippine holidays. Appointments can also be rebooked online through http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph. Applicants are only allowed to reschedule their appointments twice (not including the initial appointment) without penalty. If the second rescheduled appointment is canceled, an applicant will only be allowed to reschedule after a waiting period of 90 days. Applicants are advised to plan their visa application accordingly to avoid problems securing an interview appointment. Thank you.

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