US TOURIST VISA for Filipinos

Updated 4 August 2019 – HEYJAEY is now bringing to the table your ultimate US TOURIST VISA GUIDE to help you achieve your American Dreams. May it be getting a bite of the Big Apple, or sightseeing in the City of Angels, we will debunk US VISA Application myths, get over the common refusal horror stories, I will try my best to get you there in the most calming *lol* and convenient way.

(In a hurry? Check out the newest infographic uploaded somewhere in the middle below)



But! I want to let you know that applying for a US Tourist Visa was not as bad as what I have mostly read on the internet. 

*Php8,160, 2 Requirements, 45 minutes and 4 working days

are all what it took me to get my 10 year Multiple Entry Tourist Visa

I can only say 3 words that may define my whole application experience: EASIEST YET TRICKIEST – so we would need to do our best to get you prepared starting from your DS-160 down to your interview. I will include all the helpful links and will even include a guide sheet and checklist towards the end. It will all be worth it! Now are you with me?


What you would need:

  • Visa Fee *Php8,160
  • DS-160 and appointment confirmation (accomplished online)
  • Passport with at least 6 months of validity from the intended date of travel
  • 2×2 Picture
  • Honesty
  • Additional Requirements (optional)

Sounds easy? Very well then, let’s get you started and have it all crossed out:

  • Visa Fee *Php8,160  Pay this through BPI by printing the Deposit Slip that you can find here
  • DS-160 and appointment confirmation  Do not lose your verified Deposit Slip from BPI/Bancnet. Wait 24 hours before setting an appointment, while waiting, fill out your DS-160 (for the benefit of first time applicants, DS-160 is the most important part of your application. This is the main application form to be filled out online) as much as possible you may want to have all your information 100% accurate, as your interview will be based on your DS-160.

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The Appointment Confirmation will be generated once you have submitted your DS 160 and have scheduled your appointment. PRINT THIS and DO NOT FORGET TO BRING IT.

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Also your DS-160 barcode, you should print it and bring it

  • Passport with at least 6 months of validity from the intended date of travel if you also have your old passports with you, bring them along during your interview
  • 2×2 Picture they are quite strict with their photo requirements. If the scanned copy is not accepted during your online DS 160 application, do not worry. They accept hard copy. Use this guide for your photo.
  • Honesty This is needed as you fill out your DS-160 and in your interview. This means that your purpose of travel is really for tour and sight seeing, they need to prove strong ties such as employment, your relatives in the United States, monthly salary, itinerary. More on this as you scroll on. Or you can read more about strong ties here.
  • Additional Requirements (optional) You can view the list in my free downloadable guide but to be honest, I was not able to use them during the application process. These can just be supporting documents that you might want to prepare in case the need arises


  • I have found this very helpful DS-160 guide. It almost answered most of my DS-160 questions plus its very specific!
  • Before filling out your DS-160 you can prepare your passport, birth, marriage certificates, linkedin profile as these will be your references and make your online application more convenient.
  • Gather all your requirements into one waterproof envelope. Yes waterproof. My appointment happened during a typhoon, it was business as usual and I used my little brother’s Sesame Street attache case which was very helpful in protecting my documents.
  • Be there at least 30mins before your appointment, so you can have the time to set yourself in plus they call you 15 mins before your actual appointment
  • DO NOT BRING ANYTHING THAT HAS AN ON/OFF SWITCH or BATTERY (leave all your gadgets including bluetooth watch with someone who is not going in, or at home or at your car)
  • Bring extras: Like other 2×2 ID options (if the machine of the screening officer doesn’t approve your 2×2 ID, he / she will let you take another pic at the Kodak located at the entrance of the Embassy and you would have to line up again)

Steps in applying for TOURIST US VISA for Filipinos


The preparation process took a toll on me since USA is included in one of my 2 items on my bucket list. There was even a time when I was not able to sleep properly and felt nauseous as my appointment came nearer. My boyfriend was laughing at me and you probably did too! So what I did was, I kept myself busy with work until I realized there are only a few days left before the big day! Everyday, my boyfriend and I practiced the Consul interview. This Pinoy Exchange Support Forum was a huge help for interview practices. The questions I have read there are what have actually popped during the application process!


Based on my observation, the interview is to help the Consul profile you and prove strong ties. Once you are able to convince and pass this then there is a huge chance they would grant you a visa. I listened closely to the interviews ahead of me and they were all similar questions:

  • What are you doing in the United States?
  • When are you going?
  • For how long?
  • What do you do? (Job)
  • Do you have relatives in the United States?
  • What other countries have you visited?

Most interview takes 3-5 minutes depending on the size of the group. They allow individual, duo and even large families in just one interview. It is just very quick. And they were surprisingly approachable! I even heard one Consul thanked the applicant because they serve in the Military. It was a very nice gesture. I felt much more at ease as I hear them speaking softly with a slight hint of authority. My tips on having a remarkable interview:

  • be honest and straight to the point
  • be confident but not overconfident
  • be specific and answer smartly
  • speak in modulated voice (the Consuls are behind a glass mirror, there would be a speaker so you can hear them clearly, so having a well modulated voice can help make the interview process easier)


On your appointment day, you will notice how organized they are. You’ll start with a simple screening with your passport and 2×2 ID Pictures, after which you will be in the same line for finger scanning. They are very gentle. Same line goes to the interview and thats it! It took me just 45mins. I think 30mins were spent on lining up and the 15 minutes for the actual process. Just be alert all the time and mind all the signage. There are staff available all the time to guide you. They also prioritize Senior Citizen, Pregnant Women, Parents with Infant and Disabled which is super awesome.

The decision will immediately be disclosed to you on the day. If approved, you will be receiving your passport within 7-10 working days on your declared mailing address. If refused, (which I hope is not the case for you) your passport will be returned along with a slip that contains the reason of refusal.


I trust that when you believe on something along with your good intentions placed on it, the universe will conspire and help you. From the very start of the year, I already claimed 2017 as my year since 7 is my lucky number. My appointment date was 27th of July, and surprisingly I was assigned to the consul on Window #17. Can you believe the coincidence? Good luck! And claim it! You’ll need it.

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This could be a lot to take in I know, but the whole application process is just very easy. No need to overthink it. As long as you prepare the right requirements and right mindset you’ll be OK! I will be happy to entertain your questions and stories.

Feel free to drop me a comment/message here or on Instagram @heyjaey and of course here’s your FREE GUIDE SHEET & CHECKLIST.

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All the best,

Jaey x

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Disclaimer: *Visa rates depends on the exchange rate, please check here for latest info. Details subject to change without prior notice. This post is not sponsored and is based on a hundred percent “heyjaey” hands on experience and personal views. We may or may not be always on the same page but hey thanks for dropping by anyway!

Published by HeyJaey

I have been blogging for 11 years and have seen the ups and downs of internet marketing. I love blogging about travel and comfort food while I work full time as a Digital Marketing Manager for an IT Company. On my free time I play the piano and love to do online window shopping. I am obsessed too with city lights at night.

16 thoughts on “US TOURIST VISA for Filipinos

  1. Hi, Cottoncandy! This is very timely. I just recently spoke to my grandmother about visiting my aunt in the US. Being able to travel to the US wont really be anytime soon, but this is going to be very helpful once I’m ready. I already have this bookmarked. Anyways, see you the soonest! xx Fen


  2. Hey. Thanks for the info.
    I found a rather strange reason for refusing to obtain a visa. That is why: “Lack of convincing evidence of the applicant’s intention to return to his homeland”.
    I read it here:
    It’s true? How often do people not receive a visa for this reason?


      1. Hello there, I cant really say in behalf of the reason of refusal. But from what I can see is that there is not much enough proven ties to return to home country which could mean a lot of things such as no permanent employer or you just started a new job, you have relatives in the USA, you could also be a student who just graduated. But there could also be a lot of other factors. Hope this helps.


  3. Pretty nice post. I just arrived after your blog and wished to admit My spouse and i have really enjoyed looking your blog posts. Following all I am subscribing to your rss feed and i also hope you write again soon!


  4. Hey Jaey, just wanna ask when you paid and scheduled your appointment, what’s the nearest date you can have your interview? I am worried since I’ll only be applying this third week of July andI have to leave by middle of August.

    Thank you.


  5. Hey Jaey,

    Just wanna ask when usually is the earest date to book an interview appointment. Im planning to leave on the second week of August but I can only apply on the third week of July. If ever, is the timeline plausible at least?


  6. Hi Jaey…

    Just want to ask…my visa got denied last year, I am rethinking of applying again..

    I am ofw working and living in Cambodia, first time I applied at the embassy here, now I am planning to apply in Philippines…
    My question do I need to log on the same profile page that I used before or should I create a new one? Is it advisable to hire a travel agent for the visa assistance…

    Thanks for reading..



  7. Hi Jaey…

    Just want to ask…my visa got denied last year, I am rethinking of applying again..

    I am ofw working and living in Cambodia, first time I applied at the embassy here, now I am planning to apply in Philippines…
    My question do I need to log on the same profile page that I used before or should I create a new one? Is it advisable to hire a travel agent for the visa assistance…

    Thanks for reading..



  8. hi jaey,

    I am marge i am a Filipino working and living in Cambodia. I applied my U.S. visa application here in Cambodia last year but got denied, now i am planning to in manila for my second attempt. My question is do I need to start a new application or just edit the profile from my previous application? Is it advisable to ask for the assistance of local travel agency?

    Up to know i still dont know why my visa got rejected, at the time of my interview my U.K. is still valid. Im having doubts also i have no properties or investment under my name.

    Thanks for reading.

    Appreciate your reply.



  9. I got my US visit visa last September 3, 2018 valid for 10 years and the proposed of my visa is to visit my cousin in California but now I got an invitation from my friend to visit in his place at New York. Do I have any problem in entering other state of US. This is my 1st time I will used my tourist visa to US.


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