FAQs: New Policy for Air Travel to the United States

The White House recently issued a Presidential Proclamation titled “Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” (released October 25, 2021) which rescinds the geographic travel restrictions affecting arrivals from 33 countries and installs new vaccination and testing policies for international travelers effective November 8, 2021.  As of that date, foreign nationals ...
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Visa Update: Consular Operations (Visas) as of October 2021

Routine visa services remain limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines continues to operate with reduced staffing. As conditions surrounding the COVID-19 situation improve, the Embassy will provide additional services, culminating eventually in a complete resumption of routine visa services. The Embassy cannot predict when the resumption of full visa ...
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FAQs: K Fiancé(e) Visa Processing

Q: Why haven’t I had my visa interview yet? A: Our number one priority is the safety of our applicants and our staff.  To allow for adequate social distancing, we have limited the number of visa applicants we can schedule for interview.  We are finally in a position to interview a very limited number of ...
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Visa Update: Expansion of Interview Waiver Eligibility for Certain Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) Applicants through December 2021

On March 11, 2021, the Department of State has temporarily extended the expiration period requirement for interview waiver to 48 months.  This policy is now in effect until December 31, 2021 and applicable for applicants renewing their nonimmigrant visa in the same classification.  The full text of the announcement is located on our website at ...
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Consular Update: Suspension of T & U Derivative Fingerprint Collections

T and U derivative fingerprint collections remain suspended due to precautions and limited resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is continually evaluating the conditions necessary to resume full services.  We will resume routine visa services, including T and U derivative fingerprint collections, as soon as possible but are unable ...
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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: 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: 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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