USA Visa tips for Filipinos

USA Visa Application Tips for Filipinos

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If you’re a Filipino who wants to travel to United States for pleasure, you certainly need to acquire a Visa first before you book your trip.

USA Visa tips for Filipinos

USA Visa Application Tips for Filipinos

It was April 2013 when I applied for my US Tourist Visa (B-2) at the US Embassy, Manila.

We all know one, two or so people who applied for their US Tourist VISA and maybe not only one of them were refused. Hence the notion of Filipinos that it’s very difficult to score one, but in reality, it is not as tough as we think it is. (Related Article: Around the World Trip: Filipina Backpacker’s Visa Experiences)

USA Visa tips for Filipinos

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Understanding the process on how to start your application is winning almost half the battle! And that’s exactly why I’m writing this article – to help my fellow Filipinos not only understand how it’s done, but ultimately, to give tips on how to score your dream US Tourist Visa!

So Let’s begin! Here are some US Visa Application tips for Filipinos.

There are different kinds of US Non-Immigrant Visas and this article is focused on giving tips on one single type which is the B-2 Visa.

“B-2 visas are issued for general pleasure/tourist travel, such as touring, visits to friends and relatives, visits for rest or medical treatment, social or fraternal conventions and conferences, and amateur/unpaid participants in cultural or sports events.”

USA Visa tips for Filipinos

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The Basics

1. Make sure you have a valid passport for more than six months from the time of your desired travel to the US and prepare (1) 2×2 photo with white background (must have been taken in the last six months).

2. Begin your application by logging in to US Embassy Manila website. Complete your DS-160 online non-immigrant visa electronic application. Chances are, most questions from your interview will be based on what you have answered in your application so make sure to review all of them.

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3. Pay for the VISA application fee (USD 160) or Php 6,150 (Please refer to the US Embassy website). Before going to the bank,  print the applicable US Visa application payment slip and take it to the bank to pay the fee.

 “There is an expiration date on the payment slip. Bank agents will NOT accept payments based on expired slips. Each slip has a unique number. Applicants will not be able to schedule an appointment without the receipt number”

4. Set your interview appointment

When you book online, you will be able to see all the dates and times available at the Embassy. Choose one that’s convenient for you to be interviewed. Also consider the amount of time you need to complete all the necessary documents. (Related Article: List of Cheap Hostels in Metro Manila)

Excerpt from the US Embassy Website:

“Book an appointment by calling (02) 976-8500 to 02 for calls within the Philippines and other countries aside from mainland United States or (703) 520-2235 for calls from mainland United States. The call center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, Manila time, except on . Appointments can also be booked online through 

Prepare your documents

It’s not all the time that a Consulate officer will ask for your documents, nevertheless, make sure you have everything ready. These documents will serve as evidence of ties and your financial capability to support your trip to the US. Note that everything should be original.

*Passport

*Family photographs

*Property documents and photos

*Income tax records

*3-month salary pay slips (if you’re an employee)

*Employment certificate

*Financial / Bank Statements

*Insurance (if you have any)

Get ready for your Interview

The interview usually only takes a few minutes. It’s the make or break! Promptly after that, you will be told whether or not you are granted a VISA.

Remember that there are hundreds of applications that the US Embassy Manila processes daily so the challenge is for you to convince the Consulate officer (within a few minutes of the interview) that you have enough ties in your home country and reasons to go to back promptly after your proposed trip to the US.

My interview took about 3-4 minutes. Know that the consulate officers are trained to ask the right questions as a major part of what they do everyday. They can tell whether you are telling the truth or simply lying. So if you have intentions other than spending a vacation in the US, be warned.

Here are some tips to remember during your interview:

  1. English is the main language in the US so be ready to communicate in the same language throughout the interview.
  2. Be honest. And give direct responses as much as possible. When asked on the purpose of your stay and how long you intend to visit – respond appropriately; do not unnecessarily elaborate your answers.
  3. Be confident and polite in your response. Do not argue with the consulate officer. If you do not understand the question, ask for clarification rather than pretending you understood and give an improper response.
  4. Dress appropriately. (This is very important) We make first impressions based on how a person look, so dress your best for your interview. If you’re an employee, wear your company uniform; or your school uniform if you’re a student.I wore my company uniform (skirt, blazer and closed black shoes) when I was interviewed. The first question I was asked was why I was going to the US. I was confident when I said that I was going to visit my then boyfriend. How long? I responded with “Hopefully three weeks but it would depend on how long my employer’s going to allow me” The follow up questions were based on my response so the consulate officer further asked where I was working, what do I do and how long have I been employed. I wasn’t asked to present any of my documents.

Each situation is unique and whether or not you will be granted a VISA will always vary from one person to another. It will depend on the information you have submitted online and how you present yourself during the interview.

In the end, the Consul smiled at me and said that my VISA was approved!

I got my passport back with the US VISA valid for 10 years delivered after about five days.

So, needless to say, I pushed for my trip to the US, meet my then-boyfriend (now my husband) and we traveled together! (Related Article: Truth and Lies about Filipinas with Foreigners)

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NOTE: This is based on my personal experience. Always refer to the US Embassy website for more updated information.

About the Writer:

USA Visa tips for FilipinosAnne Bonghanoy – Alms  is a Tourism Management graduate with extensive Travel Trade and Corporate Sales experience in the Hospitality Industry. Interested in fashion, wellness and language, she also loves going places, discovering the world’s greatest wonders, exploring different cultures and sharing it to other people through her writing. Anne was born and raised in the City of Manila, Philippines now living in Iowa, USA.

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  1. I am planning to visit my boyfriend in the US, this would be our first time to meet. I do have a stable job here in the Philippines, and I can support myself traveling to US. What is my chance to have an approved visa?

  2. Hi there Ms.Anne,

    Hope all is well!

    Just want to ask, I and my bf are planning to get US Visa here in PH Embassy, my Q is can we go together and get interviewed at the same time? FYI..I have a few travel abroad history (studied in China)My bf had been issued US Visa by his company before but never used it and about to expire soon. (Business Visa). Your response will be highly appreciated. Thank you.

  3. Do you think I’ll pass?
    Hi! Thank you for this blog. I already booked an appointment and from Iloilo. 25 years old, female and single.
    I’ve got an invitation from my client and they invite me to go to US for a team building and a speaker for a seminar and business proposal. Will stay there for 1 week.
    I am a self employed individual working at home (online job) as a market researcher (job title) in this company based in the US for 1 year and half right now. I don’t have travel records outside of the country but has savings account and investments in the bank and stock market. Will be getting a certificate of business registration from BIR soon and professional tax receipt from LGU. For the expense of the trip, my client will pay and book the accommodation for me and for the ticket I will be the one to purchase it and will be reimbursed later.

    Questions
    Is getting a BIR certificate of registration and Professional tax receipt justify my strong ties in the country (for the interview)?
    Is travel records is a big factor?

  4. Just would like to inquire about US Visa unintentionally got stamped (departure stamped) by immigration officer in the Philippines. Would there be any problem when entering the US?

  5. Tanung ko lng po. Applicable paba para satin filipinos ang invitation letter of support galing sa american citizen? Wla kc akung income. Do u think it would help? I can prove to them I’ll go home after vacation. Its just bka kc ndi na applicable and invitation letter

    1. My husband plan to bring me in his home country which is USA we are married 3 years ago but i never been there in his country since he decided to stay with me here , so now he want me to bring there and visit for 1 month , what are the documents we need to secure aside from passport i have a passport already but i didnt change my maiden name to his name…. thank you and Im waiting for your reply as advice…..

    2. No, it will not help. I’ve already proven. The consul will not even ask for it. The applicant has to prove his capability to support himself financially for the trip.

    3. Hello Anne,

      Thank you for your tips.

      I plan to reapply and was denied once. Will it help if i have an invitation from my brother, who’s a U.S. citizen?

      Thank you.

    4. Yes, letter of invitation is still necessary.but it also depends from the sponsor if they will provide the rest of the needed documents as the Sponsor

      1. Good evening thanks for the info my husband is a U.S marine and want us to visit him there me and our daughter but how can we approve if you need to prove them that u can support your self financially what if my husband is gonna shoulder everything is it possible to approve or get our visa? Hope you reply thanks

  6. Hi,
    I happened to stumbled on your blog as i was researching about getting a visa to us. My husband and I were denied of visa way back 2015 we are applying before to attend an annual summit for an organization we are both officers of that organization but we are still denied due to lack of significant ties. We are applying again this month to try our luck to celebrate our anniversary and work promotion. we have 2 sons (4 and 6 yrs old) both studying and we owned a small business. our passport is recently renewed and the only travel history we had are malaysia and brunei . do you think this might increase our chances of getting a visa?

  7. Hi miss Anne
    I’m single Mom and ofw but I hve Boyfriend stay and do work in Hawaii now his invited me to visit him I just want to ask it’s better I do by myself to process my documents than ask a travel agency to help me to process all my documents..tnx a lot

      1. hi! I am a registered nurse here in the Philippines and my family and I are planning to spend the christmas holidays in the US. I’ve been to 6 countries with 5 years multiple entry visa in Japan. Do you think I will get approve? what do I need to do to convince the consul I’m just going there to have a vacation with my family 🙁

  8. HI po Ms Anne,

    Upon searching for US visa application tips, I stumbled on your site 🙂 I have several questions po, hope you can advise me.

    My & hubbys info:
    Both working in UAE for 9 yrs
    Me working for 5 yrs in my present company.
    Hubby is an IT guy but just recently transferred to another company from Jan 2017 but he’s been working for 9 yrs straight and 8 yrs to his previous company.
    Will his stay at his current company (which is only less than 6 months) will be a factor for denial?

    I have completed the form and we have already scheduled on interview.

    Thanks!
    Tinker

  9. Such a nice information on USA Immigration Services step by step procedures. Thanks for sharing you knowledge with us………………

  10. I wish to ask anybody from this forum:
    – were going to florida, which airport is better ( JFK or LAX )
    – what’s the best mode of transportation around

    Thank you

    1. FLORIDA is very far from JFK (NEW YORK) and also waaaaaay far from LAX. You need to choose a flight to MIAMI or ORLANDO.

      Best mode of transportation? Renting your own car or flying (taking flights!)

    2. Which part of Florida are you headed? You should consider a flight directly – ORL, MIA, FLL, JAX, etc. etc.
      JFK is in the East Coast, LAX is in the West Coast — far from Florida.
      Best mode of transportation once you’re in FL, either rent a car or take a cab or bus.

  11. hi there! if you actually submitted an online US visa application in September 2016 and have not scheduled an interview yet until April 2017, do you need to do another online application?

  12. Excellent and simple, I always thought applying for US visa is not that easy because people always say it’s a big deal, thanks to make things clear and easy, it really gives me confidence to go ahead.

  13. My uncle a U.S citizen who had a stroke and wheel chair bound, requested me to accompany him for medical appointment. The question is their possibility to passed the interview even though I’m single, 27 years old but i have a permanent job. My intended leave of absence is only for two to three weeks. My intention is to accompany him not to have a vacation in the U.S.

  14. Hi im going to apply a tourist visa my question is how long it will takes to buy ticket once visa is approved? Thanks wait for your reply

    1. You can buy your ticket as soon as you have the confirmation that your visa application is approve. Just consider the date when you can get your passport back nefore your travel date 😊

  15. Hello, I’m planning to get a visa. My bf is inviting me to visit him,he wrote a letter inviting me and my brother for a 3 months stay with him, he was here last month with us. My question is, will there be a problem if I am still married with my ex but separated for 10 years now? But in my application still it appears married for we are not yet legally separated. Will there be no question about that? Another is I am not employed, but my bf will shoulder all the expenses, and lastly, my old passport was lost my last travel was September 2016 , thanks in advance hope you can answer my queries.

    1. I have the same situation…i’m married but separated for 4yrs now. My bf inviting me to visit at houston texas. Not yet annuled so my question is, will it be a big problem to approve my visa? Pls help me with this. Thanks.

  16. i dont have a travel history this will be my first (if given the chance) . will that be a reason for denial with no travel history?

    1. Applicant’s travel history is one of the things the interviewer will ask and it will be a big advantage if you have previous travels but its not all that. You just need to convince them and prove to them that you have the intention to go back to your home country and will leave US as soon as your permitted stay expires.

  17. Hi. Is it really necessary that my passport need to be active for atleast 6 months ?. I just got it last December and im planning to travel this april, will I be denied coz of that ?

      1. It was indicated on one of the websites I read “Q.1 How long does my passport have to be valid in order to apply for a U. S. visa?
        You must possess a passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States”

        So, another thing pla is that your passport is active for the past 6 months. Meaning you won’t be allowed to get visa or travel internationally if it’s less than 6 months?

        1. Yep and anywhere in the world – always required to have a passport with 6 months validity before you can enter/ travel.

          1. Report ko lang po 🙂

            HI po Ms Anne,

            Upon searching for US visa application tips, I stumbled on your site 🙂 I have several questions po, hope you can advise me.

            My & hubbys info:
            Both working in UAE for 9 yrs
            Me working for 5 yrs in my present company.
            Hubby is an IT guy but just recently transferred to another company from Jan 2017 but he’s been working for 9 yrs straight and 8 yrs to his previous company.
            Will his stay at his current company (which is only less than 6 months) will be a factor for denial?

            I have completed the form and we have already scheduled on interview.

            Thanks!
            Tinker

    1. Active as in you have used it? NO. That doesnt matter when you apply for US visa.

      Your passport needs to be VALID for at least 6months from the time of tour intended travel.

    2. Hello Rachelle,

      No, your passport doesn’t need to be active. What you should be wary about is its expiration because the immigration officers in any country will not allow you to depart when your passport will expire below 6 months.

      Hope this helps.

  18. please help me po I am 22 years old and I have bf for 5 years and he already visited me here for 4 times already 3 consecutive years and next year we decided for me to visit there and see his world but the thing is I dont have bank account but he will be the one to support everything financially. What can you suggest? do you think I can be approved?

    1. by the way he’s in Canada, please I really need help coz I heard agencies will just make money still got chance to be denied

    1. Its not big factor but it is a factor. Having a travel history is an advantage when you apply for US visa but its not all that.

  19. hi, i have a problem in uploading photo, my photo passed the quality standards but when i continue uploading the photo, lagi nageerror “an error occurred while processing your photo, pls try again later” what dhould i do? thanks.

  20. Hello Miss Anne,bank statement means international account?how about Phil accounts not acceptable and there’s a specific account on it?my friend will do an invitation letter for me there,,is it needful for me?im applying a job there,,

  21. Thank you, Ms. May Anne! Had my interview last friday and just received my passport with multiple entry(10 years)

    ✓Single
    ✓21 y/o
    ✓Unemployed
    ✓Registered Nurse
    ✓Freelance tutor
    ✓Sponsored by mom

    Questions asked:
    1.Purpose? – To have a tour and visit relatives
    2. Work? – Freelance tutor
    3. How long? – 6 months
    4. Salary? – *****
    5. Travel History? – been to 4 countries

    ** type lang ng type yung consul habang kinakabahan ako kakahintay kung anong sasabihin niya.

    Consul: Congratulations! You will receive your passport after 5 working days. Don’t work there(while pointer her finger on me while smiling).
    Me: Thank you, Happy thanksgiving! 🙂
    Consul: Happy thanksgiving

    Scary lang while waiting kasi you can hear a lot of people getting denied even they are qualified enough, Pray lang kay Lord pinganglaban ko 🙂

    Reply

    1. Congratulations on your visa approval.

      May I ask though if you can specify the four countries you’ve visited in the past?

      Thank you 🙂

  22. Hi Anne! Im going to visit my bf in northeast india for 6 months.. I’m already stressed everyday how I will pass the visa interview. I don’t know whether I will tell them the truth or not. I’m worried I might not get lucky to pass it and the last thing I want to happen is to be denied. Do u have any great tips for me? Do u recommend me telling them the truth or should I just tell them I will do touring and visit my friends? Pls kindly reply to me. I need badly an advice from u. Thank you and God bless ! You’re so lucky to be granted! 😊

  23. Hi maam. I badly needed your advice. Im currently here in US. Im filipino married last july 2016 to a us citizen. We already apply for greencard and it was recieved in uscis last october 5th 2016. So im still waiting for it. But due to some circumtances in my family, im planning to go back home this december in Philippines. My question is, am I allow to return here US? Without my greencard yet? Pls advice me. Thank you so much

  24. Hi,
    I like reading your blog about this US tourist visa for filipino. It gives me hope, really! Because I’m planning to apply for tourist visa by next year to visit my Boyfriend in connecticut. I’m just wondering, based on your blog, when the consul ask you “why are u going to the US” then you confidently answered that you are going to visit your boyfriend. And yes during that time you are still working in the philippines.
    This exactly my situation! 🙂 Which it gives me hope because the consul grant you a multiple visa right after that short interview, just wow! Now, my question.
    1. Do you think the consul that will have me interview for my tourist visa will give me approval as i will answered him/her the same way as you did?because i have reason to come back here, i have work for years already.
    2. Do you think if i’m going to tell them that i’m going to the US for vacation and visit my BOYFRIEND will not lead them to think that maybe i will just have to get married there and not to comeback in the philippines. (which i would never do that though, going there for visit only)
    3. Is it okay to put in the application online that my boyfriend will be the one to shoulder all the expense of the airfare and so as his US home address where i will be staying during my stay?

    I’m so nervous when that time come for my interview, hard to imagine if i will get a denial of my visa and wasting 7thousand of peso, haha!. i’ll be broke.

    I’m looking forward for your response.

    Thank you,
    Jie About

    1. FF question, nameet mo na ba si boyfriend? I am planning to visit him in the US, this would be the first time na magkikita kami…what would be the pros and cons? TIA

  25. It gives me idea already. I was planning too to visit my boyfriend in USA after we meet here in philippines. Now i know what I’m going to do. Thanks so much for sharing us your exprience, it’ll help a lot to those first timer like me.

    1. It depends on how soon you can schedule your consul interview! Once you got the interview, that’s the time you’ll know when your visa is approved or not.

  26. Hi! I’m currently studying in Australia and I have a student visa in Australia. My partner is American and we are planning to visit USA during Christmas so I can meet his family, Do you have any idea how do I lodge a visitor visa for USA if I am currently living in Oz? Thank you so much!

  27. could you help me im a B1-B2 visa holder at asa guam po ako right now for business assistance pinadala po kasi ako ng boss ko dito and where hoping na mka acquire po ako ng 10 years multiple visa my mga tips po ba kayo?? kasi first application was 2 months lng single entry pa tpus pina re new nila ako sa majuro sa Marshall islands and nka renew nga po ako bale multiple entry na sya kaso two months ulit after 2 months nag renew po ulit ako sa palau nabgyan pa rin ako ng multiple visa pero good for 6 months lng panu po mka 10 years?? kompleto nmn ako sa documents tulad ng letter of invitation sa guam for business assistance at approval letter from pinas….same company po yung sa guam at pinas na pinag tratrabahuan ko… kailangan ko lng po ng 10 years multiple pra any time na kailanganin ako sa guam d na ako apply ng apply i hope someone could help me

  28. Is there another to approved your visa without haven’t met with your fiance? Because he decided to get me here, Hope you reply to my comment 🙂

  29. Hi poh! Ano po ba dapat ilagay ko dun Sa online form question n who pay my trip? Kasama ko kc bf ko mg travelled so name ko ba or name Nya? Thanks

  30. good morning, my one and only sister I have, will be celebrating her birthday on Nov. 23 this year in Florida together with her 2 children,wife and grand children,too.She wants me to be there. NOW i do not have work .only savings account in bdo but no big amount .but I have my house and lot title on my hand. This can be possible can be presented for my documents? thank you very much for your responds

  31. Hi, I just want to ask if it is possible to travel two weeks after the interview (if granted visa approval). Interview date is 5 Dec 2016 and travel date is 15Dec2016?

      1. hi ate katc medina its me jane 1stym q po mgaply xa n0n imigrant visa.ilang days po bgo mlaman ung result for interview at the embasy.worid po ako anu po ung mga tip ng c0nsul na questi0n pa help naman po thanky0u

    1. Hi, kelan po ung travel plan nyo?
      Coz im solo travel po aq this coming january 2017 to new york or anyone solo travellers want to join me.

        1. Hi…I want to apply..Please help me what shoukd I do???thanks my dream since I’m a kid..till now I want to vis it us..

  32. Hi, this is very helpful. If ever me and my girlfriend appy for a visa, do we need to fill out the application separately and sked the interview as one?

  33. HI! IM WONDERING IF I CAN DO THE APPLICATION FORM ONLINE FOR MY GRANDPARENTS? ME AND MY MOM ARE STAYING HERE IN THE USA. THANK YOU!

    1. yes you can do it online for the application but she needs to attend the interview at the Embassy or check the rules for Senior Citizen! =)

    2. They do allow help… I just did it for my girl friend, there is a section at the end of the online DS-160 where it asks if anyone helped prepare the application… You would just enter the helpers name there

  34. Hi,

    Me and my friends are planning to visit Portland. My one friend has boyfriend there. So, we as friends would want to come as well. Since we are here in Qatar, may I ask of how much should we prepare minimum amount of money to prepare as I guess, it is one of the requirements in obtaining visa.

    If you have any ideas to help us for our plan to visit the country, really glad to hear it.

    Thank you so much.

  35. Hello Ms. Anne

    I am planning to visit my boyfriend in North Carolina on November and he wants me to get Tourist Visa and he will be the one who will pay for everything. He said that I don’t need to open a saving account coz he will be the sponsor. Do you have any idea if what are the requirents and documents that I need to prepare. And about my job as of now it is already end of contract. Please help me on this.

  36. My pinay girlfriend of 2 1/2 years is still married in the Philippines. She is working in Taiwan now . I’ve traveled to Phil and Taiwan three times and stayed with her three months each visit . we are working on getting her anullment in Phil . I would like for her to come to the u.s. to meet my family on her vacation from her job . My question is , can she get a tourist visa to come meet my family if she is still married in the Philippines ..any advise will be appreciated thank you

  37. Hello there! Can you help me with some clarifications. I am a holder of tourist visa b1/b2 with Multiple entry valid for 1yr. I am traveling from Manila to Hawaii for 8 days then fly to Hawaii to New York for 2 weeks then back from New York to Manila. Is it okey to have a flight like this? Aren’t the immigration will question me? I hope you can me with this. Thanks a lot

  38. is this all the requirements are required? what if kulang ka po nun.. possible din po ba na di ka ma approve?
    sana po masagot niyo mga tanong ko. salamat

    1. Yung ate ko nag kulang ng isang document pero naka pass Lang sya galingan Lang talaga sa pagsagot and be honest

    2. HI anne,

      i need some advice lang po.im working as OFW in abu dhabi united arab as HR COODINATOR one year of this December po nag pa appointment po sa january 4 2018 po interview sa Us ambassy of the phillipines ,meron po ako relatives Us sa new jersey po,and i talk with my uncle already that he will provide the imvitation with Red ribbon na mangagaling sa US,sa company ko po ba sa abu dhabi need po ng NOC AT Salary Certificate of the company,and i need some advice po kung ano dapat gawin..meron din po ko properties sa Pinas at bank stantement and also Uae

  39. And we would also need to have pictures and documentation of our conversation as proof that we are in a relationship. There are so much stuffs to be done but I know we can make it 🙂

  40. I see that there are lots of requirements. As per the blog I read, it would be best if all requirements are all being settled out before setting up an appointment in the embassy. I will be getting may passport on the 15th of Sept. As for the bank account I do not have any since may salary is only low. I think I need to open a savings account for this? What do you think?

  41. Hi Ms. Anne

    I am planning to go to NY next yearto visit my boyfriend. He’s a Military and its so hard for him to visit the Philippines. He wants me to apply for a tourist visa but I don’t have that big amount of money in my account. Pls help me.

        1. hi were you able to get your visa when your bf was the one shoulders everything? coz I dont have work and and no bank account but my bf will shoulder everything and we are already 5 years and he came 4 times already here in Philippines and we decided for me to visit there this time. Do you think I will be approved?

  42. Hi, Anne! I would just like to say, thank you!!! Reading this blog helped me be more comfortable and confident during my visa interview this morning.. I got approved and I am now waiting for my passport to be delivered! 😊😊😊

    1. Hi Ms. Jhoanna,
      May I asked po if what particular docs you prepared for the interview and what did the consul asked you? Thanks po..

  43. Hello po..Dito po ako Dubai ngayon work,di po ako legally separated,may boyfriend po ako sa Florida and he want me to come to visit on him.Unfortunately,wala po ako bank accounts and property ow.ned for supporting documents…Possible po ba ako makaaply ng tourist visa?Anu po dapat kong gawin?Thanks po.

    1. Hi Marycile, Dito din ako dubai now. 9months palang ako dito and still very young, 21 yrs old. May boyfriend ako sa Kentucky and he want me to apply for Tourist Visa. Tanong ko lang if kumusta yung application mo? Na approve ka ba?

  44. Hello, my boyfriend is trying to come over here from Cebu. He is lost on what kind of details to put for the application. Would it be smart to put down my address or should he use a relatives address? And he’s a little choked up on what to say for the interview, I know you said to be honest. Would it be good to say that he wants to spend the holidays and his birthday with me? And that he also wants to experience winter? Haha, any of your feedback would be nice!

  45. Hello! I would like to ask regarding the status we have. I’m here in abroad In Dubai and and my boyfriend is inChicago, we never yet met in person since we started chatting. Everyday we skype and exchange messages . His planning me to go Chicago onDecember but we don’t know what are the requirements needed in US embassy in order I can travel to him. Thus he can petition for me as a fiancé?

    1. hello there! I’m not sure if this reply is still useful as the year is not mentioned on the date of your post.
      US Visa application for filipino (UAE resident) is quite easy. All you need to do is make an appointment online . The Consulate is located at the Corner of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road and Al Seef Road, Bur Dubai Dubai, UAE. Provide all the informations required on the form and make sure you get your credit card ready for the payment.

      Your passport and UAE residence should be valid at least 6 months prior to your travel. Less than that, there will be a huge possibility that your application will be denied.

      As you have mentioned, you haven’t personally met your boyfriend yet although you are regularly in online. I personally advise that he should visit you first in the UAE and get to know each other before taking a big step of seeing him in the US. I am not saying that he is a dangerous guy but please consider your safety first before travelling.

    2. Hi Kent, I work and live here in Dubai too, Same situation tayo, never pa nameet yung BF. By the way, Kumusta application mo? Approved ka ba?

  46. Hi! Ms. Ann,
    My husband and I applied for a US visa about 4 years ago and we were denied but we dont know the reason behind the refusal, we were only told by the consul that he thinks we dont have enough reason to go back to the phils and returned our passports to us without giving us the chance to explain or even for us to ask him a question why he thinks that we dont have enough reasons to go back and we were so confused about such outright refusal that left us not wanting to try applying for a visa again, but as i was thinking bout the interview, i can recall that my husband was asked by the consul about where are we going to stay in the US and my husband confidently answered “In hotels” and then the consul asked again bout the names of the hotels and my husband confidently answered “any hotels” and my heart sank coz in our application,we stated that were going to stay in my aunts house but i couldnt butt in coz i was advised that if the consul is not asking me i shouldnt answer or volunter information, I really would like to know if you think that was the one that caused the refusal,and if so,what can we do to correct it the next time we decide to take our chance for an interview again? and should we bring our two young children ages 5 and 2 with us during our interview or we should apply by ourselves first before we’ll apply for their visas?? thanks!!

    1. Hello Ms. Recalynn!
      I was also a visitor of this website and I was able to read your comment. I applied for my US Visa last year and fortunately I got approved. I am no in any way related to any US embassy but based on your story, I think that the answer of your husband may be a factor on why you were denied because it is not patterned with your us visa application form. Based from my experience, her questions were mostly based from my application form and i just answered her exactly how i answered my form. Example if i wrote in my form that my salary is 12345 and then they asked me about that i should also reply with the exact number of 12345 and not approximately 12000. So i think the best advice i could give you is to review carefully your application form and answer the consuls honestly and confidently (just do not be over confident hehe).
      I hope that my comment helped you and good luck on your application.. hoping for positive results 🙂

  47. Hi ,thanks fir given a an idea how to apply us visa actually am working abroad i have only one month holday my problem is within the month i can get my visa ,i have a bf and what am saying wants to visit him for a month and go back where i work how am going to get documents like the income tax since i dint have

  48. Hi Ms. Ann,

    I read ur blog and i think its a big help for each of us who have questions regarding visa application.

    I want to state my case and hoping u can give me a good advice.

    Im 35 yrs. Old i have a 13 yr. Old son im separated from my husband for 4 yrs. Now but not legally separated and currently i have a foreign bf whos from the u.s. he was here last oct. Thats the first time we met in real and he went back to the u.s after 2 weeks and now he is here again in the phils. For 4 months now.
    He asked me to process my visa, knowing that im still married we cant apply for a fiance visa. So thats y he asked me to file for a visit visa.
    U think my chance b n ma grant ung visa ko? I have a small business here kaya lng due to my situation its not under my name. And how much money do i need to have in my bank.?
    Hoping for ur response..

    1. Hello miss grace,I’m rea I’m 39 yrs old I’m married but separated for 5yrs I have 14 yrs old son and I have fireigner bf too his from us…I apply tourist visa and I have my schedule interview on July…I write a comment here coz it’s like we have same situation and wanted to ask how r u now and ur bf..and did u apply already for a tourist visa…hoping for ur reply…thank u n God bless…

  49. hi miss anne. i am a student, currently i am in my last year this coming school year. i’ll graduate in 10 months. My bf wanted me to get a visa after my graduation. i am just kind of worried if what shall i do if i am still unemployed. my intention to fly in the us is spend a vacation (graduation gift) so what shall i do?? should i apply for visa while i am still a student or after i graduate?

    1. Hi, lovely…
      This is Petra, so I want to ask did you get your visa to visit your bf?? I just finished my interview today and I got denied. So I hope you can share me a bit if you got approved, hope to hear back from you. Thanks 🙂

      1. Hi, Petra!

        What is your case? Are you a fresh graduate too? I am applying for a tourist visa soon but I am a bit worried because I am a fresh graduate. This is a graduation gift though. Hope you can share your experience with me.

        Thanks,
        Kim

  50. Hi Anne, I came across ur blog while searching about the US visa application. I actually looking for an answer to my one lingering question before I apply for the visa and from reading ur article I feel u have an answer. I also hope u are still updating ur blog. My question is about the person part of the application because I dont have close relatives but I have a friend who invited me to go visit her. I will shoulder all my expenses. We are not lovers but just friends (close friend in high school). I is it ok make her my person or is it safer to use relatives as the person?

  51. HI there! I have the same reason as what you put on your blog. To meet my boyfriend. But unlike you, unfortunately I don’t have any bank statements and some properties to show as supporting docs. Even a job. Coz my boyfie doesn’t want me to work. Anyway, the only assurance that I will be back in PH is my son. Pls enlighten me. I wanna try. I wanna meet him in person and also his family first before we get married. Do you think it’s possible? Thank you for sharing your story btw.

    Erika

  52. hi Ms. Anne,

    Thanks for your blog… I was also planning to apply for a tourist visa this coming June, I wanted to visit my family there, but mostly I want to meet up with my boyfriend. problem is, we haven’t meet in person, and we just started communicating last year December. would it give me more chance to say that I’m visiting him? If so, does he need to submit any kind of documents? By I’m working in Thailand and I only have cousins here, my family is in the Philippines, so the only strong ties here I have here is my job, and I dont have any properties, but I do have savings in the bank. Do you think I have a chance. Do you have any suggestions for me? Thank you so much for your help. May you have more blessings.

  53. Hi,good day to you!I also want to visit my boyfriend who lives in florid,I’m currently working here in Hong Kong, do you think I need to accomplish those bank statements, too,what if I don’t have big money on my account?I hope you can help me,thank you!
    More power.

  54. Hi anne,
    Thank you for your blog.. I’ve learned alot of tips. My husband and i were invited by my sister in-law in US ( my husband sister). We are intended to go on march 2017. My appointment date for interview will be May 4 2016.. All my documents are ready. My husband and i worked in same govt hospital. My question is do i prepare so early or my appointment date is so early for my intended date for visit? Do they asked about intended date of visit?

    Hope to hear your response.

    Thank you.

  55. hello Anne. Im a physician planning to visit my two siblings in Tennessee and New York respectively. i have strong ties to the philippines and income is enough, i think. my current passport contains my trip to Hongkong and Seoul. but i seem to have misplaced my past 2 passports containing my trips to thailand and singapore. can i present an affidavit of loss and police report for the previous 2 passports lost and bring some pictures from those trips to support my case? thanks mucho.

  56. Hi! I have read your tips and liked it as these tips are clearing all my doubts about US visa. This is my first trip to US so there are much more queries and I would like to go for a trip to China. I am travelling alone and I just want to travel for 1 month, is it possible to get visa?

  57. Hi, Anne! I am planning to apply for a tourist visa to meet my fiancè’s family. We already started the application for k1 visa and it’s already in USCIS. But I think it will take us at least 6 months before it’s approved. Hence, we dont want to wait that long to be with each other. Actually, he visits in the Philippines, but it’s another thing to be able to visit him too in his own place.

    But I have a few questions for you:

    1. How long did it take you to have been approved of your tourist visa? I mean, starting from your application online, how long did you wait?

    2. My work is online, and I am not a typical employee. How will I vouch the embassy of my ties in my country?

    3. I wanted to ask how much is the minimum amount of your bank account to be able to cover your expenses during your stay in US when you’re going to stay at your fiance’s house? Lol.

    4. What property did you show the embassy? I really wanted to know because I really wanted to go and visit my fiance.

    5. Did you use fiancee visa when you moved there? I wanted to know I long it took you to have it approved by the embassy.

    Thank you so much for taking time to read my comment and answer my questions! Mwa!

  58. Hi anne.. I love ur blog and read most of it.. I am planning to visit states this september.. I am in a relationship with an american for almost 6 mos. we met last february and spent a 3 weeks with him. I just recently got back from sweden too visit a friend there. Would that help and give me a chance to get approve for another tourist visa in usa? I have relatives who are living in states too and im probably goin to pay them a visit, Do you think i stand a chance getting approve?

    Thanks and have a good day!
    KYLE

  59. Hi Ann,
    Help muna mn ako Sa tip 2x n ako n refuse visa ko Pero Di parin ako Susuko,ahn Punta kmi Ng bakasyon Kasma Ko. Boyfreind Ko Pero nilagay Ko Sa application I’m the paying my trip.its possible ba un?

  60. Hi Anne,
    My friend needs to travel to the US to take care of her deceased husbands estate. She doesn’t have much in the bank but her son is in the Philippines. I will help her with the travel expenses. She also has the option of applying for a resident visa because she was married to a US citizen. But she really needs to get the US faster to take care of the estate. I feel like if she shows the letter from the lawyer and a copy of the death certificate that she should have a good chance of getting a visa. What do you think?

  61. Hi Ms.Anne

    Ask ko lang po if maapproved po ba visa ko kahit ala akong mapakita na money on my bank account kase fiancee ko naman gagastos ng lahat? Plano ko po kase mag apply ng tourist visa and ndi po kasi namin mhintay yung fiancee visa at mashado po sya matagal maprocess kaya naisipan nalang po namin na tourist visa nalang ang kuhanin.Is it possible po ba na maapproved ung visa ko kht ala mapakita na money on my bank account? And nag apply dn po ba kayo ng fiancee visa or pwde po ba ikasal sa tourist visa? Thankyou po 🙂

  62. Hi Ms. Anne!

    i have something kind of personal to ask you about visas. Is it okay if i can you via email? Thanks!

  63. Hi Ms. Anne,

    I am planning to go inthe states to visit my friend whom I haven’t met personally, so basiclly it’s the first time that we’ll meet, is there a chance that my application might have more chance in getting denied if I told them that? Aside from visiting, I also want to tour around US.

    Hope you’ll get the chance to read this and answer as I am getting anxious if I would go for it or not. Thanks and God bless!

  64. Hi Miss Anne!!!
    Thanks for the reply… Last question is I have two kids so I need to go back here before June for their school enrolment. My first child is 8years old and second is 4 years old.
    Is that not enough proof for coming back here in Philippines?

    Hoping for your reply…

  65. Hi Ms.

    Im all set for my interview. Gather all of the required documents but I have some questions hope you can reply back. Im scheduled this 28th March for interview.

    1. Statements of Account- I have printed my statement of account from Samba website. Is it ok, or do I need to go to the branch and have it stamped by them?

    2. Credit Cards- I do have credit cards here in Samba. 2 of them wasn’t used and it has the full amount in them and the 3rd one is almost empty. Do I need to include all of them or it is safe to omit the 3rd one with less balance and show only the 2 credit cards with full amount still not use?

    3. Contract Copy. My company give me copy of my contract and there is no company on it. It is dated since 2011 and Im already on my 3rd contract with them. Do I need to sign my re-contract and have my company put stamped on it?

    I just want to clarify on the above things. Thank you in advance.

  66. Hello Anne,

    Me and my husband are planning to sponsor my Dad for visitor’s visa In the US, I read about having strong ties in the Philippines to be able to acquire a visa. My question is my dad doesn’t have a bank account or employment. He is 65 years old now and he have a house and a little piece of land under his name. Is this enough for him to qualify for the visa? All expenses will be paid by me and my husband before and after he gets here in the US. I will greatly appreciate any input about my case. Thank you

  67. Hi miss Anne. ..
    Good day. ..
    I’m hazel. Ofw of saudi… I’m planning to visit my boyfriend in US for two months.. he will shoulder my expenses during my stay in US including the plane ticket… it is possible for me to get a visa… of course I have my own money.. even my boyfriend will pay everything for my stay in US.

    1. Hi hazel! I’m Kristine from saudi arabia also how’s your plan in going to States please share it with me coz I’m planning to go there too tnx

  68. Hi Anne, the Phil. Passport has as issuing authority: DFA Ncr northeast. In the Ds 160, it’s asking for a city. What do we write? Quezon City or DFA NCR Northeast? Thank you. May I request if you send me an email response too. Thanks

  69. Hi Miss Anne;

    Is it allowed to US embassy to get my ticket in Philippines and the departure will start also from Philippines instead to the country that your are applying for US tourist visa.?

  70. Hi miss Anne!

    My boyfriend want me to visit him in Portland. I don’t have bank account, or any properties own nor job… He will pay all my expenses and my fare. Then im going to stay there with him for one month. Is it still possible to get tourist visa?

    1. HI Jovelyn,
      It would be tough for you to get a VISA (even though your bf will cover for all your expenses) as you have to prove that you have enough ties in the Philippines to go back to.
      Thanks,
      Anne

      1. Hi, Ms. Anne! 🙂 I’m just wondering if I do have a chance to get a US Visa?

        I’m an upcoming 4th year college student from Hospitality industry too and will be graduating on March 2017. I’m planning to apply for a US visa on June and if granted, would be departing here in PH on September and staying in US for 2 weeks only. I still have 2 semesters (bc my school is a tri-sem) by that time to finish my internship and my thesis and of course to grduate. My boyfriend’s dad will be sponsoring my whole trip as an early graduation gift since my parents can only afford my pocket money. And I have been in Singapore and Jakarta before (perks of being an HRM student). Thank you please reply. 🙂

  71. Hi!

    Good day Ms. Ann!Thanks for sharing your experience..My bf is also an American,we are planning to meet up on Oct.in Philippines after my contract here in Riyadh,Saudi Arabia…He is the one who file for my visit visa,is it possible I can go with him back to the US after he’s vacation?or how long it will takes for applying visit visa?

    More power..God bless!

    Maricel

    1. HI Maricel,
      I would say give your self a couple of weeks or a month to prepare all the necessary documents and for the interview. You will be the one to choose for your schedule so it really is up to you. Good luck on your application! 🙂
      Thanks,Anne

    1. Hi ann

      I was planning to visit my girlfriend in the US can you tell me what else did the officer asked you? And if possible can i know your answer on those question so i have an idea.. Im very grateful if you response to my post.. Thank you so much! Godblessed! 🙂

      1. HI Bon,
        Thanks for writing. I have responded to this via PM, but posting here as well for others who can relate:

        The consul will mostly like you basic questions such as, what are you going to do in the US, who are you visiting, how long, who’s going to finance for your trip, are you employed, what do you do, how long? The questions will definitely depend on how you’re going to respond. I hope you make it!!! Let me know if you have other questions

        Thanks!

    2. Hello Laira,
      I posted a list of requirements in the blog but please also check US Embassy website for more updated information.
      Thanks,Anne

  72. Thank you so much for this post. I’m getting married soon to my American fiance. I hope my visa application will be approved..

  73. Hi Anne,

    I sent you an email. From Joy. We are kinda same reason of applying the tourist visa. But I am applying here in Singapore as am working here. Hope to hear from you.

    Joy

  74. Hi Anne,
    Thanks a lot for your information. Like other Filipinos, I do have a plan to visit my friend in U.S. Whom I have not seen for such a long time. Our communication is just through Facebook. I am based in Thailand and I have been teaching here for 9 years already with the same school. I have a few questions regarding the visa thing.
    1). Is it necessary for my friend to send me an invitation letter even though I can be able to finance my trip to US?
    2). Would it be possible for me to get my visa approved if I would apply here in Thailand ( not in the Philippines)?
    3) about the bank statement, may I know what is the minimum of money in my account to prove to the officers that I can finance myself to travel to US?

    Thanks a lot Anne. I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    God bless you.

    Regards,
    Hilde

    1. HI Hilde,

      Thanks for the comment and sorry for the late reply.
      To answer your questions, please see below:

      1. An invitation letter from your friend who you’re visiting in the US is nice to have but not necessary. Please check the US Embassy Website for the complete list of requirements.
      2. YES. You can apply for your US Visa in Thailand and still get approved, it will all depend on the information you will provide and how your interview will go.
      3. There is really no specific amount of money that you need to have for you to get your VISA approved. But you need to have “enough” that can cover your fare, hotel, meals, activities, contingencies etc.

      Hope this helps! Good luck! 🙂

  75. HI Anne,

    🙂 I’m just wondering, how long have you been employed when you applied for your b2 visa?

    And how much salary/month do you think they’ll consider you for tourist visa?

    Looking forward for yourent reply 🙂 thank you

    1. HI Jicah,

      I think I have responded to this question via a personal email 🙂
      As I always say, there is really no specific amount of money that you need to have for you to get your VISA approved. But you need to have “enough” that can cover your fare, hotel, meals, activities, contingencies etc. I was employed for at least 3 years when I applied for mine, BTW.

      All the best! 🙂

      1. Hello, Ms. Anne! I’d also like to ask how much salary and money in the bank account do you think they’ll consider in order to approve a tourist visa? Thank you! 😀

  76. Hi Anne,

    I’m Filipino and French passport lives in the US for over 5 years, I would like to invite my brother and his 13 years old son to visit me here in the US, My brother used to work in Qatar for couple of years as driver and went back in the Philippines about a year ago, and now working as a private/part time driver in Manila ? My brother does not own any properties and he does not have any permanent work and big amount of money in his account as I guess it is useless to deposit money on his account where I’m capable to give my brother but all I want is to apply for a tourist visa for my brother so that he can visit me with his son to get some bond with him as over 30 years I was not in the Philippines anymore, do our financial status with my husband will satisfied consulate ? and we don;t have any intention to have my brother TNT here as I myself is only a green card holder .
    Please advice ….

  77. Hey there guys..I have an appointment for interview at US consular here in dhahran saudi arabia on the 28th of this month..I’m expatriate, 31 years old, male and single. I’m a nurse manager in one of the goverment hospital here in saudi and i’ve been in this hospital for 8 years..My annual income is $22,500..I have history of travel..i have been in Bahrain, SIngapore, UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Italy..What do u think guys is my chance of getting a tourist

  78. Hi! I just want to ask if travel history is a requirement if i want to appyy for u.s tourist visa. I am currently based in saudi, been here for a year only. Thanks.

  79. Hi, I’m getting ready to apply for a visitor visa to the US. I live here in Cebu the last 3+ years, after living in the UK for 2 years with my husband – My husband is British and has a British passport and so does our 3 year old daughter (as well as Filipino passport). My baby boy (14 months old) only has his Filipino passport so I will have to apply for his visitor visa too.

    Any advice or feedback would be very appreciated. I am a full time mother/house wife (not working) and my husband works online. My mother in law wants us all to visit them in the US to see the grand kids. They want to pay for our flights and have a big house so we will stay with them the whole trip. So basically the trip will cost us nothing.

    Anyone had a similar situation or advice on how to best approach this to make sure me and my baby boy get our visas? My husband and daughter can apply under the ESTA program as they both have British passports.

    We rent a house here, but do not own property or have any real ties here, except for my entire family live here and I love the kids being able to see my parents often. So how would I best show my intentions are to return back to Cebu where we have lived for over 3 years?

    As this is the whole reason for the interview right? To try and show our intent is too return, not stay!

  80. Anyone interested in applying for a visa visit the US Embassy’s website: . All the information will be there. The process usually starts with scheduling an appointment, then by the time you do show up for it you bring all the required documents and submit it to them. On the day of the interview they will ask basic questions such as what you do for a living, where you’ve traveled before, why you want to travel to the US etc. It pays to have traveled to other countries and to show you have strong ties to the PH that you wouldn’t want to go TNT on them. I think it also really pays to be honest, cause then you wouldn’t even have to make up stories and be nervous during the interview. Hope this helps!

  81. I was not even asked for a single document I brought during the 2 times I got my visa- first a single entry, hte 2nd one a 10-year ME. Pero you really do need to prove you have sufficient ties back to the Philippines. In addition, they check some of the information on your ds-160 form that’s why it’s advised not to bring/print the form. Lastly, I think having multiple travels outside the country helped a lot as during the latter part of those 2 interviews, the consul really opened that topic. Good luck!!!

  82. Hi Anne!

    Thanks for getting back at me. Last question, what kind of insurance did you show? It is life or medical?

    Thanks!

    1. HI Jewel!! I have my personal life insurance apart from the “coverage” I have from my previous employer. The consulate officer didn’t ask for any of my documents though 🙂

  83. Hi Anne, i am happy that you were given a 10 years visa 🙂 i got denied with my interview last November 30 🙁 My question is that, is it important that i have at least 1 travel abroad? I am planning to have my second interview on January, but i don’t know if i could make it 🙁 i just need some advice on how to make it 🙂 Thank you

    1. HI Kharen! Just getting back to blogging after the holiday festivities, hope you had nothing but a wonderful time! 🙂 While it might help that you have traveled outside your home country, the major deciding factor for the Consulate Officer to grant you a US Visa is still your “strong ties” to go back to in the Philippines. When I applied for my Visa, I have only been to HK, and my passport was really fresh and brand new! Hehe! When I got my US visa, then I started traveling all over the US and Japan. Good luck on your interview!!! Please comment back if you have questions 🙂

  84. Hi Anne,

    I would like to ask fe questions, since it’s not advised to book an air ticket and accomodation prior to the US visa application. In the DS-160 form I can indicate an estimated intended travel date as per Help tips at the right side corner of the form but I got confused what to write about the place to stay in the US, since I don’t have any accomodation arrangement yet. Is it possible to indicate undecided/any hotels or hostels that can fit my budget? Hopefully you could give me some advice about this.. You reply will be very much appreciated.

    Thanks a lot!

    Could

    Could you give me

    1. Hi Kat,

      Thank you for reaching out! Yes, it’s not advisable to book your tickets/hotel without having your VISA being approved yet. And Yes, when you fill out DS-160, I suggest that you put the hotel’s name and address where you intend to stay in the US.
      Good luck with your application! 🙂

  85. Hi,
    We want to pass the tourist visa to be able to visit my husbands sister and to have vacation. My husband had hes ‘s early retirement. And we don’t know what are the documents that we should prepare to pass the interview. Please help. Thanks.

    1. HI Raquel,
      Please read the article as I have indicated there the documents you need to prepare before your interview. You should also check US Embassy’s website for further information.

  86. Hi. If you just applied for a tourist visa, how come you got a 10 years visa with multiple entry, is it stated on your application? My boyfriend lives in VA and I’m hoping to meet him again when I get back. I’m wondering how? Thank you

    1. HI Mariko,
      They won’t tell you after the interview if you’re getting a 10 year-validity VISA but you shall be able to see it indicated on your passport when it’s delivered a few days after your interview. Good luck to you! 🙂

  87. Hello Anne,
    I have a 10 year multiple US visa issued in 2007 and will expire 2017, my last trip to the US was in 2007. Can I still travel to the US? And if yes, up to when would be the best time to travel before my visa expires?

    1. Hi Mon Tim,
      Wow! Good for you! If your VISA says its valid til 2017, then you should be able to use it from now til then 🙂 Start planning your trip, US is HUGE and there are a lot of things to do here!

    1. HI Richard,

      I am posting my reply here so other readers with possibly similar situation can see.
      When you begin to apply for your VISA and process the DS-160 online, you will be asked information about who you are going to visit in the US, where in particular you are staying, how long etc. You should also be able to have clear answers to these questions when you get interviewed by a consulate officer. The amount of money you need to bring with you depends on your duration of stay, the cost of your hotel/lodging etc. As first step, I suggest that you try to get more information about your father and start from thereon. Hope this helps. Good luck on your journey!

  88. I do have some questions. My father is in the us,for about 30 years up to now.. he left me since birth,im 30 y/o right now. And i’ve seen and talk to my father last 2006 in the phil when he came back for he’s mother burial or my lola’s burial. Then we talk about my visit in us,but after he live we never talk again,i dont know why. My mom and my father was not married,but i do have my father surname on my birth certificate,last month i have talk to my father’s brother or to my uncle,he said he’s gonna help me by go to us by talking to my father,but he dont have my father number. Until now nothings happen,and right now im in saudi arabia,working. My questions are,what am i going to do if i would like to go to us or to see my father?is that possible for me to go to us w/o my father’s number?if yes,how am i going to do that?do i need also a lot of money if im planning to go us?thanks a lot if anyone answered. 🙁

    1. If any of your parents is living in the US they will deny you immediately because of family ties even you are not petitioned. The consul will always presume that you are not coming back even your intentions are honest. No good to apply if they are judgemental all the time but for those people who most likely not returning more often they are given a visa so rediculous. Maybe it’s about time to change their policy. How about putting a bond like 1 million and withdawable in a certain period like 6 months for me that is a very appropriate move to insure equal assessment to people who wants to travel and if ever they will not return within that period the said bond will be forfeited. Does this sounds fair to everyone?

  89. Wow! Lucky you got approved with your reason of visiting your boyfriend. When I was interviewed, the lady next to me was also going to the US to visit her boyfriend and she got declined! I have already visited my boyfriend twice in the US but my reason is always to visit friends, which is also part of my vacation. If you dont mind, i have something kind of personal to ask you about visas. Is it okay if i can you via email? Thanks!

      1. Hi, i hope you are well. I was also planning to apply for a visa not until my parents applied me and my sister for petition. They said i now have lesser chances for being approved since an existing petition is already in process. Is that true? I just dont want to waste money in case i really have low chances. Thanks.

        1. HI Arnel,
          How long ago since your parents filed for you and your sister’s petition? I know someone with similar situation as yours who got his US Tourist Visa approved while the petition was ongoing. You may be right, it might be tough to get approved, but its definitely not an IMPOSSIBLE case. Good luck! Anne

      2. Hi, Ms. Anne! 🙂 I’m just wondering if I do have a chance to get a US Visa?

        I’m an upcoming 4th year college student from Hospitality industry too and will be graduating on March 2017. I’m planning to apply for a US visa on June and if granted, would be departing here in PH on September and staying in US for 2 weeks only. I still have 2 semesters (bc my school is a tri-sem) by that time to finish my internship and my thesis and of course to grduate. My boyfriend’s dad will be sponsoring my whole trip as an early graduation gift since my parents can only afford my pocket money. And I have been in Singapore and Jakarta before (perks of being an HRM student). Thank you please reply. 🙂

  90. I have some questions:

    1. On the 10 years validity of your visa, for how long can you only stay in the US?

    2. How much money do you need to prepare? Or better how much money per day do you need to have and what they can consider enough?

    3. Do you need to have flight and hotel reservations at hand prior to the application?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Jewel,

      (1) When you arrive at the First Port of Entry in the US, you will have to go through their Immigration and the Immigration officer will decide on how long you can stay via the passport admission stamp. I was given up to 6 months stay as a Tourist.
      (2) There is no standard on how much money you need to have for your VISA to be approved.
      And by experience, I didn’t have a fat bank account when I applied, but I think I was able to convince them that I have enough ties (family, property,insurance and employment) in the Philippines and I must go back promptly after my proposed trip.
      (3) No. Its not advisable to book your flights and hotel without your VISA being approved yet.

      Are you scheduled yet for your US VISA interview? Good luck and please update us!!! 🙂

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