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Visa Updates

Visit this link for updates on visa operations and processes at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines.


Routine visa services remain limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic; the Embassy continues to operate with reduced staffing.

As worldwide restrictions due to the pandemic begin to ease, and in line with the President’s proclamation regarding the safe resumption of international travel, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is focused on reducing wait times for visa services while also protecting the health and safety of our staff and applicants.  This will eventually culminate in a complete resumption of routine visa services when conditions and resources allow.  The Embassy cannot predict when full visa services will resume.

What is a Visa?

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship or nationality.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel under the Visa Waiver Program.  The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.  If you cannot find what you are looking for here, please visit Travel.State.gov for additional information.

Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States, but when planning travel abroad a U.S. citizen may need a visa issued by the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit.

Do You Already Know What Type of Visa You Need?

For nonimmigrant visas, you can go directly to the online application for the DS-160; or for immigrant visas, directly to the USCIS site for the relevant forms.  If you are unsure, please use the Visa Wizard below to help you determine your visa type.

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