TRAVEL HACK: How to Apply for a U.S. Tourist Visa

Perhaps not all of us, but mostly Filipinos wanted to visit United States of America even just for awhile. As we have seen the Hollywood on movies or television and the different landmarks abroad, we always have this excitement and fantasy hoping that one day we could also take a glimpse in that city.

Everything is possible. If you want to make your dreams come true, then work for it and strive for it.
Going abroad requires a lot of money. That’s why you also need to prepare your pocket.
When you already set your money going to America, then this article is what you’re looking for to help you on how to apply your tourist Visa.
Philippine citizens are required to apply first a tourist visa before they are permitted to enter the United States.
STEP 1: Pay the visa application fee.
  • The first thing to do is to pay the application fee by using a U.S. Visa application payment slip before going to the bank for payment. Use the slip before it will expire or else you have to get another one for the payment. The current application fee is 160 US dollars or 7,680 Philippine peso equivalent. There are still three options in paying for the fee: you can pay in cash through BPI, pay online provided by BPI for their customers or pay online through Bancnet.
  • Payment per visa class must be made if there is payment for more than one person. Visa applications are non-refundable and non-transferable and the interview must be done within one-year period from receipt of payment.
STEP 2: Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.

  • You need to prepare the required documents to show to the interviewee your papers. The mandatory required documents are DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application which you can access from the Consular Electronic Application Center. Please take note of your barcode number for usage.


STEP 3: Schedule your appointment. You will need three pieces of information in order to schedule your appointment:
      • Your passport number
      • Your MRV fee payment receipt number
      • The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page
  • You need to have a passport to present. The passport must be in good condition. All previous passports must also be shown. If loss, a notarized affidavit of loss is needed.
  • You also need to bring a colored 2 x 2 picture taken within 6 months before your scheduled interview. The background should be white, ears should be exposed, facing the camera with open eyes and with neutral facial expression in full view.
  • You may call (02) 976-8500 to 02 for calls within the Philippines to set an interview. You can also book online appointment through If you travel as a group, it is better to apply as a group for faster processing of visa.
STEP 4: Visit the U.S. Embassy/Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview.
  • Applicants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the time at the Embassy gate for convenience.
  • You will need to bring a printed copy of your appointment letter, your DS-160 confirmation page, one recent photograph, your current passport and all old passports. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.
  • If there is an extension of stay or change of status, please bring the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services form.
  • Additional requirements may be needed base on the visa class that you are applying.
  • If you need an interpreter for the interview, you can request for one before the interviewing officer.




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