Visa Update: Cancelation of Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments Through October 30

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines has canceled all nonimmigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist), R1 (Temporary Religious Worker), and certain J (Exchange Visitor) visa interview appointments scheduled through October 30 in response to continued significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  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 global conditions evolve, the Department of State is beginning a phased resumption of routine visa services.  As Philippine conditions improve, we will begin providing additional services, culminating eventually in a complete resumption of routine visa operations.

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 all 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.