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Visa Update: Cancelation of Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments Through January 29
December 18, 2020

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) visa interview appointments scheduled through January 29, 2021 in response to the continued significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Department of State suspended routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In July 2020, U.S. Embassies and Consulates began a phased resumption of routine visa services.

The resumption of routine visa services is on a post-by-post basis, in coordination with the Department’s framework for safely returning our workforce to Department facilities.  U.S. Embassies and Consulates have continued to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services since March and will continue to do so as they are able.  As post-specific conditions improve, our missions have begun providing additional services, culminating eventually in a complete resumption of routine visa services.

Once routine visa services resume, applicants should reschedule their visa interviews through the Embassy call center by phone at (+632) 7792-8988 and (+632) 8548-8223, or through the online appointment system at ustraveldocs.com/ph.  There is no fee to change an appointment, and the validity of the visa fee payment (known as the MRV fee) is extended until December 31, 2021 to allow applicants who are unable to schedule a visa appointment because of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa interview appointment with the already paid fee.

For the latest information on visa operations, please visit the U.S. Embassy website at https://ph.usembassy.gov/visas/visa-updates/.