How to Apply for Multiple-Entry US Visa for Filipinos

It has been a long time coming but I guess it's time.

I'm 32 years old and I have been traveling for almost two decades now and I haven't been to the United States of America. I guess I'm just not the type who's interested to experience that so called American dream.

So why apply now? Well, I really didn't have a choice. My husband's family finally decided to let go of their Permanent Residence Card (also known as the green card). I'm sure some of you might ask why? I too had questions. Having that card means they have an option. But I honestly can't blame them since they live a good life here. Kumbaga, the grass is greener here in the Philippines. Hehe. Moving on, we basically applied as a family this time around. Here's how we did it:

1. Sign up and start your application at the website. You will always need to state your location and enter the right captcha code for logging in. Afterwards you will be redirected to another page where you'll get your Application ID, please take note of that because you'll need that as secondary login detail.

Apart from the Application ID, take note as well of the names of your mother's mother. This one was a struggle for me since I was basically alone handling the application for the whole family. Get ready for some information overload.

2. Once you're in, just answer all the questions. The questionnaire contains basic questions so it's fairly easy to fill up. If you have a relative or friend in the US, you need to put their names there so give them a heads up if you'll use their information. Make sure that you answer correctly and most important of all, HONESTLY. You will also need a 2x2 photo which you'll upload by the end of the application form.

Once you're done, you'll need to print the confirmation form to be presented at the bank for payment of application.

3. The easiest way for me to pay is by going direct to the bank (Bank of the Philippine Islands) instead of transferring payment online. You must print the US visa application deposit slip available here, click on the Deposit Slip - $160 MRV link. If you're applying as family, you need to print one copy each (you'll notice that each deposit slip has a unique Receipt Number). So as of September 19, 2019, the tourist visa application fee costs ₱8,640 per pax.

4. There are two options for setting your scheduled interview. The fastest would be calling their hotline at (02)5488223 or (02)7928988. Calling is recommended for those applying solo only. If booking a schedule for the whole family, sign up here. They will ask for your passport number, the MRV fee payment receipt number, and the ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page. It's best to get the earliest schedule if possible. I remember that my husband got us the 9:45AM schedule and we were allowed to go in before 9:00AM.

So what do you expect on the day of the interview?

First of all, you need to prepare the documents needed to support your application. I won't be able to list all the docs here, they usually ask for the same stuff anyway, please refer to my previous posts about visa applications. All of our documents were placed inside a clear envelope.

Moving on, we were scheduled for the 9:45AM interview on a Monday. So by 8:00AM, our car was parked on the empty lot beside Emerald restaurant, which was across the US Embassy. By 8:30AM, we decided to go and luckily they were already accepting applicants for the 9:45AM schedule.

Technically, bags weren't allowed but the Embassy made an exception for those like us who have babies in tow. Speaking of babies, we were automatically lined up in the priority lane which didn't really take long. If I remember correctly, we were done by 11:00AM.

So what questions were asked during our interview?

My husband was asked where he works, what was his position in the company, and how much was his monthly salary.

I was asked too, and I humbly said the I was JUST a housewife. The interviewer corrected me and responded that "It's not JUST a job. It's one of the hardest jobs ever!" And I couldn't agree more! Haha. The guy also asked how old was my son.

And for his last question, it was about our previous travel. Lucky for us, my husband and I are obviously well-traveled so we were bragging so much that we've been to Europe last summer and even visited Japan and Australia in the past. LOL

So do you get an answer right then and there?

YES. But we didn't asked if we'll be given a multiple-entry that's valid for 10 years. The guy mentioned to expect the delivery of our passports in a week. Take note that our scheduled interview was last September 9 and our passports were delivered by September 11.

Sadly, I've seen some that got denied on the spot. It was kind of easy to see them 'coz they received letters that are printed in a light blue paper. If in case you get denied, don't lose hope. You can always apply again after 6 months if I remember correctly.

Tips in order to get an approved US tourist visa?

Well, I believe that you gotta be honest from the start 'til the finish. I do have a feeling that applicants are prescreened even before the actual interview. Presenting a hefty amount of cash honestly helps too, as proof that you can travel on your own. You must have a reason to come back to the Philippines as well. Like for example, you have a business or working for a company. You basically need to show them that you have no intentions of living the American dream.

That's all for now and good luck with your application! ;)