Apply for a U.S. Visa
in the Philippines
Bank and Payment OptionsOverview
Each visa applicant, including children, is required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable Machine Readable Visa (MRV) application fee, whether a visa is issued or not. The visa application fee is determined by the type of visa for which you wish to apply.
If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program participating country, please first confirm whether you need to apply for a nonimmigrant visa or not. Certain individuals may not need a visa, for example:
- Individuals eligible under the Visa Waiver Program.
- Individuals exempt from paying application fees, such as applicants for A or G visas, or participants in U.S. Government-sponsored J programs.
- Individuals already holding valid visas for their intended purpose of travel.
- Citizens of Canada or Bermuda (except in A, E, G, K or V visa categories)
If you do need to apply for a visa, please follow the instructions below for paying your visa application fee. For more information about fee exemptions, please visit this page.
Note: It is important to know that visa application fees are nonrefundable.Fee Payment Options
Cash at Bank
Any nonimmigrant visa applicant can pay their visa application fee in cash at any Bank of the Philippine Islands branch. You must bring your passport or a copy of your passport's bio page to the bank when you pay the visa fee. At the bank, you must write your passport number, fee payment amount and your telephone number in the U. S. visa fee collection slip available at the bank. After receiving your payment, the bank will give you a receipt.Online Payment
If you have an account with the Bank of the Philippine Islands you may choose to pay your visa application fee online using the Bank of the Philippine Islands' online bill pay service.
Note: It is important that you correctly type your payment code (also called a UID) into the online payment form when you pay your fee online. The payment code is created after you create your online profile at the beginning of the online payment process. This code verifies your payment and allows you to schedule your visa interview.
After you have paid the visa application fee, please keep the Bank of the Philippine Islands fee receipt for your records.Scheduling Your Interview
You must wait for 4 hours from the time you paid your fee before you can schedule your interview. Whether you schedule your appointment online or contact our call center, you will need the payment code printed on your receipt. (This is the UID given to you at the Bank of the Philippine Islands or when you created your online profile.) You also need to have your passport number and your fee payment date in order to schedule your visa interview.
|Time of Payment through BPI branches & Online||**What will be your receipt purchase date while scheduling your appointment?||Appointment Booking|
|MRV Fee Payments made between 12:01 am and 3:00 pm||Same as actual receipt purchase date||Appointment can be booked within 4 hours of payment|
|MRV Fee Payments after 3:00 pm till 11:59 pm||Next banking day||Appointment can be booked on the following day from 11:00 am onwards|
|MRV Fee Payments made on weekends or holidays||Next banking day||Appointment can be booked on the following business day from 11:00 am onwards|
|Time of Payment through BancNet|
|Payments made between 12:01am to 11:59 pm||Next banking day||Appointment can be booked the following business day from 1:30 pm onwards|
|Payments made during weekends or holidays||Next banking day||Appointment can be booked the following business day from 1:30 pm onwards|
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