How to APPLY for a USA Nonimmigrant visa for Filipinos-Manila Philippines

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How to APPLY for a USA Nonimmigrant visa for Filipinos-Manila Philippines

So you are dreaming to have this American dream vacation?

Here’s my guide in applying for a USA VISA for Filipinos,

I will try my best to be as straightforward as possible here.

First, be sure you are patient to go through all the procedures of application

Second, there are no shortcuts as every process takes time and focus to comply.

Third,  have a very strong reason why they should grant you one.

HOW TO APPLY for a USA VISA (detailed)

  1. GET a passport! – get a passport first before you dare to apply online and submit your application form and pay your visa fees. They will need your passport in the day of your interview so do this first.

 

PASSPORT – The passport must be in good condition, i.e., photo lamination is undamaged, and all passport pages are intact.” Applicants must also present all previously issued passports or notarized affidavits of loss, if applicable.” – https://ph.usembassy.gov/visas/

 

  1. Take your photo (professional photos only- NO CAM photos please!)

 

PHOTO

 One 2″ x 2″ standard photo.  The photo must be:

In color

2″ x 2″ in size

Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance

The ears should be exposed, if local or religious custom does not prohibit.

Taken in front of a plain white background

Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera

With a neutral facial expressionand both eyes open

  1. Apply for a nonimmigrant visa ONLINE- yes you need computer for this! They don’t have walk-in applicants in the embassy every application should be done online and please answer everything in ENGLISH ( native language is NOT APPLICABLE)!

 

Go to this URL:

https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/

 

You need to know what kind of visa you want to apply

So please read this: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/all-visa-categories.html

 

STEP 1: click your location , enter the code shown and click test PHOTO

STEP 2: UPLOAD PHOTO

STEP 3 start an application

  1. answer security question
  2. answer personal info 1 click save
  3. answer personal info 2 click save then next
  4. answer address and phone info
  5. answer passport ( use regular)
  6. answer travel info purpose TEMP business pleasure visitor specify it to tourism/medical be honest about your intended arrival date and the length of stay.
    you need to have US address too and indicate who will pay for your trip you have 3 options self, other person (indicate all info or other company info) 
  7. answer travel companions
  8. answer previous US travel info
  9. answer us point of contact info
  10. answer family info /relatives 
    Important: Do you have any immediate relatives, not including parents, in the United States?
    please answer YES!! (you should have one or you’ll look a bit suspicious.)
  11. answer present work education training and organization
  12. Briefly describe your duties
    tip: Remember this answer (for your interview) 
  13. Answer Security background part 1-5
  14. Confirm photo
  15. Review all info you have input
  16. Sign and submit

then…

you will receive a confirmation EMAIL 😉

After this, you will need to pay the amount of US VISA type to be able to get a specific date of interview.

  • Tip:There’s a lot of individual application so if you plan to be in USA on JUL you should have applied and scheduled your interview already by APR-MAR to guarantee that you can fly by JUL.

I went to BPI and paid my non-immigrant visa fee and it’s easy as  you just have to make sure you have with you your printed US visa fee deposit slip

(http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph/pmisdepositslip.htm?amount=160&country=philippines)

Take the printed deposit slip with you to pay your fee and then you will receive an appointment email confirmation!

For brief payment details and updated us deposit slip click this link:

http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph/ph-niv-paymentinfo.asp

For any questions just feel free to write your comments in the comment box section below!

for my next blog entry…

I’ll be teaching you how to prepare for your VISA INTERVIEW to get a 10 yr multiple entry 😉

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Plan your first visit in EL NIDO PALAWAN

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Travelling to this special Island requires a lot of patience and research.

This is a step by step guide for my Palawan getaway I planned for me and my boyfriend.

Hope you find this helpful!

How to get there:

  1. Book your flight ahead of time (check promo flights in Cebu Pacific on Monday and Thursday as they put promos during these days.)

 

  • I got mine for 6k ( roundtrip for 2)
  • However, if something occurs and will make you need to change your flight then please instead of rebooking it just ignore your booked flight and book another one coz sometimes it’s way cheaper! ( always compare first before purchasing your ticket)

 

  1. Find a good place to check-in ( book your place in booking.com coz it’s easy and hassle free)

I suggest not blowing your money to a fancy hotel as you will go to tours the whole day and will just stay in your hotel at night when it is time to go to bed.

 

Good tip:

We stayed in Sei Nazioni Cottages and it’s only 1200k per night (with breakfast for two) It is a cottage but the bed is really comfortable and the bathroom is nice! If you want to save money, experience local living and stay into a cozy place then book your place in Sei Nazioni J

(Just don’t make loud noises as it is not soundproof…oops )

 

Check this link for more info:

http://www.booking.com/hotel/ph/sei-nazioni-cottages.html

 

  1. Book a tour ( if you want a hassle and worry free vacation this is a must)

Good tip:

  • Okay, this itinerary is not ideally for backpacker. In my case, I want to avoid any hassles as much as possible and just enjoy making a lot of memories with my significant other.
  • I personally like Northern Hope Tours ( I don’t know about the other tours but I have researched and experienced their service and it’s good)
  • I emailed them what kind of tours I prefer like for example me and my boyfriend will be celebrating our 11th months in one of the days we will be in Palawan and after one day they emailed me back with complete itinerary plus the quotation like this:

QUOTATION

 

1,200 Pesos – Van Transfer from PPS to El Nido [Sharing] (2 persons * 600 Pesos/person)

400 Pesos – EcoTourism Development Fee [ETDF] (2 persons * 200 Pesos/person)

2,800 Pesos – El Nido Island Hopping Tour C (2 persons * 1,400 Pesos/person)

1,500 Pesos – Tricycle Rental to Nacpan & Maremegmeg Beach (1 tricycle * 1,500 Pesos/tricycle)

2,400 Pesos – El Nido Island Hopping Tour A (2 persons * 1,200 Pesos/person)

1,200 Pesos – Van Transfer from El Nido to PPS [Sharing] (2 persons * 600 Pesos/person)

–1,200 Pesos – Discount

———————————————

8,300 Pesos – TOTAL

 

They offer waterproof camera and water shoes rentals there so yeah just prepare some cash with you.

Camera- 500-700

Water shoes-100

 

  1. Leave early to avoid missing your flight schedule.

Good tip: If you are planning to go back to PP port you need to talk with some tricycle drivers already in the morning because during midnight it’s so hard to find drivers that will take you to bus/ van terminal. I didn’t see this coming so I’ve decided to just get any drivers at 4am but no one is awake! Good thing our cottage caretaker has a motorcycle and so he initiated to just take both of me and my boyfriend to the terminal. Thank God!

  1. Have some snacks on your way back to Puerto Princesa terminal

Good tip:

The journey is really tiring as it would take you 5 hrs so it is smart to bring some snacks with you as there’s not so many food stopovers you can find along the way.

 

Hope you find this 5 tips helpful in planning your trip.

I’ll be continuing with more detailed trip on my next post so

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