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Visit this link for updates on visa operations and processes at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines.
The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines provides all routine visa services. For some classes of visas, wait times are substantial. The Embassy continues to prioritize travelers with urgent needs and certain critical categories of visas.
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.
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program, which is administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The Visa section of this website is about U.S. visas for foreign citizens and nationals to travel to the United States.
Visit Travel.State.gov for additional information.
Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States. 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.
For short-term visits to the United States (for tourism, business, education, and more), you can go directly to the online application (form DS-160). For immigrant visas, which are issued to foreign nationals who intend to live and work permanently in the United States, you can visit the U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services site for the relevant forms. If you are unsure what type of visa you need, please use the Visa Wizard below.
Visa Information and Appointment Service Center Visit this link to contact our service center regarding immigrant and nonimmigrant visas.
Consular Communications Group Visit this link to contact the U.S. Embassy directly regarding case-specific visa inquiries.
Consular Communications Group Visit this link to contact the U.S. Embassy directly regarding other consular-related inquiries.
Please follow these instructions before your immigrant visa interview at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines
Learn how to transfer your immigrant visas case to or from the Embassy and Consulate.
If you are a permanent or conditional resident who has remained outside of the United States for longer than one year, or beyond the validity period of a Re-entry Permit, due to circumstances beyond your control, you will require a new immigrant visa to re-enter to the United States to resume permanent residence.
The U.S. visa application process is the same whether you are applying for the first time or renewing your visa. However, if you have previously been issued a U.S. visa that you would like to renew, you may not be required to personally appear for an interview.
The Priority Interview Program (PIP) is designed to promote and facilitate legitimate business travel between the United States and the Philippines. It allows qualifying businesses access to expedited visa appointment, and priority processing of visas and deliveries.
The Nonimmigrant Visa Unit has an Airline Crew Visa Reissuance Program (AIRVRP) which allocates expedited appointments and the possibility of a waived interview for C1/D applicants who meet certain conditions.
The Nonimmigrant Visa Unit has a Seafarer Reissuance Program (SeaVRP) which allocates expedited appointments and the possibility of a waived interview for C1/D applicants who meet certain conditions.
Individuals traveling to the United States on official business for a foreign government or for an international organization or mission may apply for a diplomatic or official visa (A, G, or C-3 visa). Holders of nonimmigrant A, G, or C-3 visas are eligible to be accompanied by personal employees during their stay in the United States, subject to certain conditions.
The exchange visitor program’s J visa is designed to promote the interchange of persons, knowledge, and skills in the fields of education, arts, and sciences. Before applying for a visa, all exchange visitor applicants are required to be accepted and approved by an authorized program sponsor. When accepted, the applicant will receive from the educational institution or program sponsors the necessary approval documentation to be submitted when applying for a visa.
The Summer Work Travel program provides foreign students with an opportunity to live and work in the United States during their summer vacation from college or university to experience and to be exposed to the people and way of life in the United States.
This pamphlet informs you of your legal rights in the United States as a nonimmigrant visa holder in certain employment- and education-based categories.
This pamphlet informs applicants applying for K-1 visas, K-3, IR-1/CR-1 immigrant visas, and F2A immigrant visas of their legal rights in the United States relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.
On July 5, 2019, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field office in Manila permanently closed. Individuals who were previously assisted by USCIS Manila must follow the new filing instructions listed on the USCIS website. All public inquiries should be directed to the USCIS contact center.
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The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion unit of the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. In the United States, the USCS operates an extensive network of Export Assistance Centers that offer companies easy access and efficient response to exporting and international trade inquiries. Overseas, the Commercial Service represents more than 95 percent of the world market for U.S. exports. The U.S. Commercial Service Philippines staff provides a combination of cost-effective basic and customized services to help you obtain market information, participate in trade events, and identify potential partners.
The Philippines is the fastest growing economy in Southeast Asia, and it offers a broad range of opportunities for U.S. businesses. American companies work across a wide spectrum of sectors and industries, including information technology, financial services, electronics, automotives, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, educational services, retail, franchising, and energy. U.S. business engagement in the Philippines is longstanding, positive, and growing, and American firms play a major role in the economy. American products and services are well-known and trusted, owing to the close historical partnership between the U.S. and the Philippines over the past 100 years. The Philippines has much to offer to U.S. businesses: a strong economy with opportunities in many promising sectors; a geographic advantage within four hours of major Asian capitals; the fifth largest English-speaking population in the world; and warm, friendly people who hold American products and services in high regard. Learn more about the Philippines’ economy here.
The 2013 Philippine Country Commercial Guide (PDF 855KB) lists the leading sectors for U.S. exports and investment in the Philippines. Chapter 1: Doing Business in the Philippines provides a brief synopsis of the information contained in this comprehensive report. Aside from the best prospect sectors U.S. firms should also be aware of opportunities in other sectors of the Philippine economy. Contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information on the market of opportunities for your particular product or service.
The U.S. Commercial Service in the Philippines provides many services to help U.S. companies identify potential Philippine partners. Their business matchmaking services are designed to help you locate, screen, and meet with potential buyers, representatives, distributors, and joint venture partners. The Commercial Service can also help you launch your product through the “Single Company Promotion” program, through which CS Philippines organizes promotional events for U.S. companies.
Participating in local trade shows is an excellent way to contact potential buyers and to gain market exposure. Every year U.S. Commercial Service Philippines supports a number of trade shows and events carefully selected by its team of country experts. Contact us if you want to learn more about our trade shows.
You will find information about “Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards-FAIRS” in the Foreign Agricultural Service home page. If you need additional information or assistance, please click here to contact USDA Philippines.
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