Visa Validity and Reciprocity
The applicant’s country of citizenship determines the visa’s validity period. In most cases, visa validity is determined bythe applicant’s purpose of travel and by the Reciprocity schedule. The latter term means that if country “A” issues a 5-year valid visa to an American citizen, the same length of validity will be given to the citizens of country “A” when they apply for a U.S. visa.
The longest validity is up to 10 years with multiple entries, including for Philippine nationals. This is an effort to provide reciprocity to the Philippines that do not require visas from American citizens.
Some Philippine residents, however, hold Taiwanese passports. Taiwanese nationals, meaning those with an unrestricted right to enter Taiwan, are given a 5-year valid visa if their passport meets the requirement of INA 101(a)(30). Generally, Taiwanese passports meet that standard as long as they contain a national identification number on the biographic page. Taiwanese passport holders without unrestricted re-entry permits may still be eligible for visas,. They will, however, be limited to a single entry within three months. Refer here for the full information.
Knowing your visa validity is important. Remember that validity does not dictate how long you may stay in the U.S. See our previous post, Visa Validity and Length of Stay in the United States for more on how long you can stay on a B1/B2 visa and share your thoughts on visa reciprocity below!