Crew and Manning Program

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Representatives of major airlines and shipping/manning companies are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy/Consulate to discuss crew appointments. Representatives should be prepared to discuss the estimate number of crew and proposed interviews dates.

The Manning Agency Accreditation Policy (MAAP) is managed by the U.S. Embassy in Manila to facilitate visa services for manning agencies that lawfully operate within the Philippines.

All Manning Agencies must be accredited in order to schedule an interview appointment for sea farers. For detailed information on the Manning Agency Accreditation Policy, please visit the U.S. Embassy, Manila's website.

How to Apply

Step 1
The Group Coordinator will request a group appointment using the online appointment system. Once the request has been submitted, the Embassy or Consulate will respond via email.

Step 2
If the Embassy or Consulate approves the request then the Group Coordinator will receive an email alerting him/her to schedule appointments for each member of the crew. The center cannot schedule appointments but agents are able to assist if questions arise. Should the Embassy or Consulate deny the request for a group appointment, the Group Coordinator will be notified of the denial by email and each crew member must schedule individual appointments.

Note: The email confirming or denying the crew request will come from Some email applications have rules which filter unknown senders into a spam or junk mail folder. If the crew Coordinator has not received the email notification, look for the message in junk and spam email folders.

Step 3
Each crew member must pay the visa application fee.

Step 4
Each crew member must complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.

Step 5
Group Coordinator must schedule an appointment using the online appointment system. The GC will need the following information for each crew member in order to schedule an appointment:

  • Their passport number
  • The MRV fee bank receipt number
  • The ten (10) digit barcode number from their DS-160 confirmation page
  • Passport issuance date and Passport Expiration Date

Step 6
Each crew member must visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the date and time of their visa interview. He or she must bring:

  • A printed copy of their appointment letter
  • DS-160 confirmation page
  • One photograph taken within the last six months
  • A current passport and all old passports
  • The original visa fee payment receipt

Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.

Note: The group leader can perform steps 1-5 for crew members.