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How To Apply For A US Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019

How To Apply For A US Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport

Dan Travels How To Apply For A US Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019

By DAN FORTEZA

Get your US Tourist B1/B2 Visa ready because you’re going to see what the United States has to offer! Though I understand US visa is probably one of the hardest visas in the world to get but it is all worth it. In this post, I’ll be giving you a step-by-step guide, a list of the requirements, my experience throughout the whole application process, interview questions, and other tips to help you get your US tourist visa!

Dan Travels How To Apply For A US Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019
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But again, just like in other visa application blogs I’ve written, no one can give you the guarantee of your US tourist visa’s approval – not me, not even a lawyer or a travel agent. If anyone does, is most likely a scammer!

I know you must have heard tons of horror stories from people regarding their denied US visa applications. Because of the huge number of Filipino illegal immigrants, the US Government is very strict about its immigration laws.

It’s alright to feel nervous. I was nervous, too! But for now, let’s set aside those negative thoughts. Let’s be positive so that that positive energy will radiate to the people around you.. even to the interviewer! =)

Anyway, enough of that and let’s get started!

US VISA B1/B2 FOR TOURISTS

The B1/B2 visitors visa is for people traveling to the United States temporarily for business (B1) or for pleasure or medical treatment (B2)

    • B1 visa is for attending business conventions and educational conferences
    • B2 visa is for tourism, visiting friends or relatives, medical treatment

To be granted a US tourist visa, you must be able to prove that:

    • your visit is only temporary
    • you have enough money to cover all your expenses during your stay
    • you have binding ties that ensure your return to your country

WHEN AND WHERE TO APPLY

WHEN: Application shall be made  at least 2 months prior to your intended departure. But since I was on a hurry, I did it all in a month! =) Here is my application timeline:

    • Day 1: Read Blogs
    • Day 5: Book Hostel Accommodations (I need this information prior to submitting the Application form online).
    • Day 6: Get myself an ID picture both digital and hardcopy
    • Day 8: Pay for the Visa Fee
    • Day 9: Submit Application Form Online (I am rushing, I know!)
    • Day 9: Schedule Interview Appointment. Note that I chose the earliest available date which is 21 days away!
    • Day 30: Day of Interview. On this day, you’ll immediately know whether you’re approved or not.

WHERE: Application and personal appearance interview will take place at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines at 1201 Roxas Boulevard Manila, Philippines 1000. Please be at the Embassy gate 30 minutes prior to your interview

STEP 1: PAY THE VISA FEE

There are 2 ways to pay US Visa Application Fee:

    • Online via BPI website or Bancnet website
    • Directly at the BPI Bank Branches

In my case, I chose to pay it directly to the BPI Bank Branches.

    • Go to the visa info page of the US  Embassy website. As of April 2019, the visa fee is USD160. This is the costliest visa fee I’ve ever paid!
    • Then go to this page. Download and print your $160-deposit slip. Or click HERE to download directly the slip.
Dan Travels How To Apply For A US Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019
US Tourist Visa Cash at Bank Payment Option | Dantravels.org

NOTE: There is an expiration date on the deposit slip. Ensure that you pay it before it expires!

Dan Travels How To Apply For A US Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019
US Tourist Visa Bank Deposit Slip | Dantravels.org

NOTE: Visa Fee are non-refundable & non-transferable.

    • After you have paid the visa application fee, keep the BANK receipt for your records. It cannot be replaced if it is lost. You will not be able to schedule an appointment without your receipt number.

STEP 2: FILL UP THE VISA APPLICATION (DS-160) FORM

If you are a solo backpacker like me, you need to book first your room accommodation. You will need this information to answer the form of where you’ll be staying.

TIP: I usually book my hostel accommodation at booking.com. Thus, I recommend you guys trying it as well.  Room accommodation ranges from cheap hostels to luxury hotels.

Book hostels through booking.com as they have free cancellation or pay-at-the-hotel option. 

Use my link to book your hostel and you’ll get 10% of your booking back after your stay. Click this link to get that discount.

Or try Airbnb in finding comfy and cozy rooms! I have used Airbnb on some of my other trips and I loved it!

Have you tried Airbnb? Sign up with my link and you will get up to 42 USD (2,200 Php) off your first stay. Click this link to get that discount.

To start filling up your own form, click this link (DS-160 Form).

You can access a DS-160 form sample in this link as your reference.

NOTE: Prepare also your 2″x2″ digital photo. This will be uploaded on your application form.

Dan Travels How To Apply For A US Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019
US Tourist Visa DS-160 Form | Dantravels.org

TIP: Be brutally honest when filling up the application form.  The interviewer will base his/her questions on your filled up form. So when he/she caught you lying from something that you wrote in the form, you’re dead! =(

The confirmation number generated after filling up the form is needed to set up appointment. Shown below is my confirmation page, please print this as you’ll be needing this during the day of your appointment.

Dan Travels How To Apply For A US Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019
Confirmation Page | Dantravels.org

STEP 3. SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT

After making payment (step 1) and completing the DS-160 Form (step 2), you can now schedule your appointment.

    • Prepare these 3 info:
      • Passport Number
      • Paid Receipt Number
      • Confirmation Number
    • Go to this SITE to schedule your appointment.
Dan Travels How To Apply For A US Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019
US Visa Appointment Site | Dantravels.org
    • Once done, save and print you appointment letter. The appointment letter should look like this – see below.
Dan Travels How To Apply For A US Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019

STEP 4. PREPARE OTHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Once you’re done setting up your appointment online and while waiting for your appointment day, you need to prepare supporting documents. You may ask why? Because in order to support your answer during the interview, the interviewer will most likely ask for proof of documents.

Here are the set of documents I’ve prepared:

    • Old Passport – Not only you need to bring your new passport but also the old one with stamps as this shall prove your travel history. Your travel history will most likely be asked during your interview like ‘Have you traveled before?, Where and When?’.
    • Hostel Booking – I usually book my hostel accommodation at booking.com.

Book hostels through booking.com as they have free cancellation or pay-at-the-hotel option. 

Use my link to book your hostel and you’ll get 10% of your booking back after your stay. Click this link to get that discount.

Or try Airbnb in finding comfy and cozy rooms! I have used Airbnb on some of my other trips and I love it!

Have you tried Airbnb? Sign up with my link and you will get up to 42 USD (2,200 PHP) off your first stay. Click this link to get that discount.

    • Itinerary of planned tourism activities

I can provide you a copy of mine if you like. Just leave a reply on the comment section below.

    • Latest Income Tax Return (ITR)
    • Certificate of Employment
    • Payslips
    • Bank Passbook / Bank Certificate
    • Travel Insurance – Just to be insured while traveling, I highly recommend you guys to get travel insurance. I bought one from the World Nomads where most travelers get their travel insurances.

Go to this link to get to your World Nomads travel insurance.

STEP 5: GO TO THE EMBASSY AND KILL THE INTERVIEW!

Visit the U.S. Embassy on the date and time of your interview. You will need to bring a printed copy of the following:

    • Appointment confirmation
    • DS-160 confirmation page
    • One recent 2″x2″ photo ID (in white background)
    • Current passport and all old passports

NOTE: Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.

    • Bring also your supporting documents

There are also things NOT allowed inside the Embassy such as mobile phones, devices with on/off, etc. These pieces of information are stated on your Appointment Confirmation letter, so please read that document thoroughly. 

Interview proper is next. I created a separated blog post from experience during the interview. Click HERE to read. By reading, you’ll know the questions thrown at me during the interview and how I answered them. =)

Believe me, I was nervous during the interview! But I tried to keep my cool and composure. You can do it, too!

After the interview, you’ll know immediately if your visa is approved or denied. If approved, your passport will be delivered in the address specified in your Appointment Confirmation.

By the way, after the interview – I was approved and got my 10-year multiple entry US visa after 3 days!

So I wish you all the best in your US tourist visa application! =)

Dan Travels How To Apply For A US Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport 2019
My US Visa | Dantravels.org

SUMMARY:

    • Visa Type: B1/B2 (Business/Tourism)
    • Visa Validity: 10 Years
    • Entry type: Multiple Entry
    • Visa Fee: USD160.00

BOOKING ESSENTIALS

  • Hotel / Hostel
    • Booking.com. I usually book my hostel accommodation at booking.com. Thus, I recommend you guys trying it as well.  Room accommodation ranges from cheap hostels to luxury hotels. Book hostels through booking.com as they have free cancellation or pay-at-the-hotel option.

Use my link to book your hostel and you’ll get 10% of your booking back after your stay. Click this link to get that discount.

    • Airbnb. Try Airbnb in finding comfy and cozy rooms! I have used Airbnb on some of my other trips and I loved it!

Have you tried Airbnb? Sign up with my link and you will get up to 42 USD (2,200 Php) off your first stay. Click this link to get that discount.

  • Flights
    • KAYAK. All of my flight bookings are all from KAYAK. Kayak is one of the world’s leading travel search engines and searches hundreds of travel sites.

I suggest you check Kayak (click HERE) as they usually offer cheap fare rates compared to other booking sites.

  •  Travel Insurance
    • World Nomads. If you don’t have travel insurance when times get tough, basically you are screwed. Traveling always comes with inherent risks attached. Whether you are trekking in the Nepalese mountains or wandering the streets of New York, unforeseen events can suddenly upend your world. Generally speaking, travel insurance covers you for the following: Medical Costs – hospital visits, emergencies, evacuations; Property Loss – luggage and their contents; Travel Issues – accommodation and transportation expenses. Thus, I highly recommend you guys getting a travel insurance. I bought one from the World Nomads (available in 130+ countries) where most travelers get their travel insurances.

Go to this link to get to your World Nomads travel insurance.

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marifel
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marifel

last question po, pag apply nyu po ng usa visa ila month bago ang interview?
in short for 1 month na tapos mo ang application and received the visa within 3 days?

Dawn
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Pwede po pahingi ng travel
Itinerary? Pls thanks. [email protected]

Hilda
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Hi Dan, I am also a digital nomad, working online anywhere. Can you please give me hint, how much money do I need in my bank account before I apply for US Visa? Btw, I have a Japan, Korean & Egyptian visa, is this an advantage for applying US Visa?

Maydee
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Maydee

Hi, may I request for a copy of your itineraries. I’m working on my ITR at the moment and establishing my savings account as I’m planning to apply for US visa. Would appreciate if you can help me with the travel itineraries. My email add is [email protected]. Thank you in advance..

Kristine
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Kristine

Hi Dan! May I ask for your sample itinerary please? Thanks!

Sheryl
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Sheryl

Dan Travels. How if unemployed po ako may posibilidad kayang maapprove ako?siusupportahan lang kasi ako ng asawa ko na nasa US

Jean
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Jean

What are the requirements for sponsired tourist visa?

anthony castro
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anthony castro

Hi Dan, can u help me for travel itenery plz?sent it to my yahoo [email protected] coz me and my wife plan to visit as a tourist in hawaii usa and plz give me an idea that our sponsor there in hawaii provide us a strong proof that they avail or support us for our vacation in hawaii ?and also one of our problem is my wife not much good enough to speak in english what is your advice tnx and gobless

Dulce
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Dulce

Hi! May i know what did you put in the point of contact in the US in your D160 form.

Ysa
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Ysa

Hi Dan! Could you please send me your itinerary? Thank you. Here’s my email : [email protected]

Marilyn
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Marilyn

Dan Travels. Thank you😊is their a chance po ba..kasi wala akong stable work nor gov.employee iam goin to apply want to visit my bf his american citizen..with his help financially also😊just reading here some experiences.(my previous question) thank you😊

Ps. My travel experience started 2004 southeast asia..china lang po ang my visa ko.

Rediza
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Rediza

Hello po, applicable po ba sa akin ang B1/B2 na visa type if papa puntahin ako ni client for training and also para daw ma observe ko ang daily operations dun.. Bookkeeper pala ako nang company..

Czarry
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Czarry

Hi, Dan! Can you send your itinerary to this email: [email protected]
thanks. It’ll help me complete my application faster.

Mae Tabinas
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Mae Tabinas

Hi sir good morning po… My fiance was petition sa kanyang father po… F11 po then meron na po siyang appointment and schedule for us visa interview po… Meron PO akung concern sir after fill up po sa ustraveldocs(dot)com meron pong sabi na nagamit na po Yung application nya po Kasi seaman Kasi siya sir … Hindi nami Alam Kung ano Ang dapat gawin.. please po sir I badly need your advice… Salamat po Godbless po

Jamaica
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Jamaica

Hello Po sir. Tanong ko Lang Po.
1. Need ko Po ba mag bayad muna before mag fill up Ng D160 form?
2. Okay Lang Po ba iba Ang mag bayad? Gawa nalang ako Ng authorization letter?

Tin
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Tin

Hi. Your blog is so informative, thanks for sharing it. My fiancée is in between jobs right now but we’re thinking of starting up a business. Will that be a flag for them when approving his visa, you think? Thanks for your time.

Ariane
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Ariane

Hello! Thank you for this well-written blog. Would it be okay to ask for a copy of your itinerary? Thank you in advance!

John Carlo Tolentino
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John Carlo Tolentino

Kindly share me your itinerary please.

Lexa
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Lexa

Can i have a copy of your travel itinerary po? 🙂

Jude
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Jude

Pwede po pahingi ng travel itinerary?ty.

Nikko
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Nikko

Hello sir, sir okay lang kaya na ang ibook ko lang is yung 1st 3 days ng stay ko sa US? Hindi ba magtataka ang consul?
Gusto ko lang din agad may ilagay akong pupuntahan sa ds160 ko, pero 1st 3 days lang muna para pwede ko pa ma experience ang ibang inns or hostels.

Monica
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Monica

Hi sir Kindly help me How to fill up the DS 160
I can proceed to my application bec i can not find the Location of Utah Usa from the List.

Neri
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Neri

Very informative. Thanks for sharing and I would appreciate if you can send me a copy of your travel itinerary. Thank you ☺️

Richard
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Richard

THANK YOU I GOT IT…. May i know also which hotel u stayed in LA? thank you

Sarah
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Sarah

Hello po sir. what if first timer lang po mag visit visa? Ganon parin ba ng requirements. Wlang old passport pwd Parin ba?

Ritchel
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Ritchel

Pahabol poh ilang months ba ung process?

Ritchel
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Ritchel

My bf want me to have my vacation in US. He will be paying for all the expenses its possible can i get a US tourist visa? Im working here at saudi if i will take my vacation i will apply for US tourist visa. Thanks

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