Visa Update: Processing of Student Visa Applications

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and the entire Department of State team are taking this issue seriously and are seeking ways to ensure that our aspiring and returning students will receive priority attention once routine visa operations can resume. In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all U.S. Embassies and consulates canceled ...
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Visa Update: Visa Appointment Cancelation Through July 31

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa interviews scheduled through July 31 in response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of State has suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide mission ...
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Visa Update: Preparing For Your Immigrant Visa Interview

Immigrant visa applicants must ensure that visa application requirements are complete before their scheduled interview appointment: Valid passport/s + old passport with a U.S. visa (if applicable) Form DS-260 (Online Immigrant Visa Application found at http://ceac.state.gov/ceac/ ) and printout of the DS-260 confirmation page Original civil documents Medical examination results from St. Luke’s Extension Clinic (sealed ...
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Visa Update: Immigrant Visa Operations

Routine visa services have been suspended at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services (such as age-out cases) for applicants who are not subject to the following presidential proclamation. On April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the ...
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Visa Update: Interview Waiver Program for Nonimmigrant Visas

Apply for an interview waiver rather than scheduling a visa interview to renew your B1/B2 visa. Step 1: Pay the visa application fee at www.ustraveldocs.com Step 2: Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form. Step 3: Register an account at the Visa Information and Appointment Service Center and follow the instruction(s). Step 4: Deliver your documents for Interview Waiver service to ...
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Visa Update: Visa Appointment Cancelation Through July 3

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa interviews scheduled through July 3 due to the Philippine’s community quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. After the community ...
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Visa Update: New Bank and Payment Options for Applicants

Effective June 1, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines will change its banking partner to Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) from Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI).  Visa applicants should pay the non-refundable, non-transferable Machine Readable Visa (MRV) application fee at any RCBC branch.  To find an RCBC branch, please visit their website at ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches Campaign to Raise Public Awareness About Consular Work

Manila, March 3, 2020 — The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is launching this year its “Pros in Cons” (Professionals in Consular) information campaign, which will raise awareness about immigrant and non-immigrant visa services and operations, debunk myths and combat disinformation about consular services. The “Pros in Cons” campaign is a key component of the ...
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