Below are responses to common questions about nonimmigrant visas for children or minors:
Who are considered minors?
Applicants who are 17 years old and below.
Do children need a visa to travel to the United States?
All foreign nationals visiting the U.S., regardless of age, must obtain a visa or must qualify to travel without a visa through the Visa Waiver Program.
Do children need to schedule an interview appointment and pay the visa application fee?
Yes. Every applicant (except those applying for diplomatic visas) requires an interview appointment and needs to pay the machine-readable visa application fee.
Do children need to appear at the Embassy for the interview?
Yes. Minor applicants must appear at the Embassy with at least one parent for the interview. If the minor is an orphan or if both parents are outside of the Philippines, a legal guardian must be present during the interview.
What documents should parents bring to their children’s interviews?
In addition to other documents visa applicants may prepare, parents should always bring their own passports with valid U.S. visas and the children’s original birth certificates on National Statistics Office (NSO) security paper.
Do children need to give 10-print finger scans?
Applicants below 14 years old are exempt from the 10-print finger scan requirement.
How do consular officers evaluate the visa applications of children?
In adjudicating the applications of minors, the interviewing officer will look at their parents’ social, family, and economic ties and the applicants’ educational status, grades, and long-term plans and prospects in the Philippines.