Applying for a Visa

Procedure to Apply for Visa

Please confirm whether or not you need to apply for a visa. If you are a citizen of any Visa Waiver Program participating country, or already hold a valid U.S. visa, you may not need to apply for a new U.S. visa.

If you do need to apply for a nonimmigrant visa, please follow the steps below.

How to Apply for a Nonimmigrant Visa

Step 1: Pay the MRV application fee. (Payment help and fee information.)

Step 2: Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.

Step 3: Return to this website after you pay your MRV application fee and schedule your Consular interview. You will need to provide three pieces of information in order to schedule your appointment:

  • Your passport number
  • The date you paid your fee (either online or at a bank branch)
  • The 10 digit barcode number from the DS-160 confirmation page

Note: Applicants under the age of 20 must attend their visa interview with at least one parent. If the child is an orphan, or both parents are outside the Philippines, a legal guardian must accompany the child.

Step 4: Visit the U.S. Embassy, Manila on the date and time of your visa interview. You will need to bring your printed appointment letter, DS-160 confirmation page, one recent photograph, current and all old passports, and the original fee receipt. Applications without all of the above will NOT be accepted.

Step 5: Your passport and visa are returned to you by courier. (Track my passport.)