Non-immigrants application visa process in Philippines

Non-immigrants visa application guide

Upon receiving your Notice of Approval (NOA2). Determine what visa type you need. Each visa type explains the qualifications and application items. Choose the visa type that applies to you.

If your country participates in the Visa Waiver Program, you do not need to apply for a visa if you are travelling for business or pleasure and will only be staying in the Unites States for 90 days or less.

Where to start:

  1. Ds-160 Online non-immigrant visa application form
  2. Online Registration for Medical exam on
  3. Payment of Visa thru BPI
  4. Register
  5. Schedule your appointment of interview
  6. CFO interview


DS-160 Application

This is a Non-immigrant Visa Application online. This is the First step on visa application process. Information on the form should be accurate and correct. If you need assistance, please consult an immigration lawyer or translator. The call center cannot help you complete your DS-160. You will need your DS-160 number to book your appointment.

Take note:

Submit the confirmation page with a clear and legible bar-code at the time of interview. You will be required to provide proof that you have paid the visa application fee and any other fees associated with your application.


Online Registration for Medical Exam:

Upon arrival at SLEC, applicants will be accommodated on first-come, first-serve basis. This online registration form aims to reduce registration time by having most of the applicant’s information ready upon arrival at the registration area. Pre-registered applicants should only need to have their biometrics captured upon arrival at the reception area.

medical fee increase is based on U.S. Public Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control (USPHS/CDC) guidelines and technical instructions to replace Tuberculin Skin Tests (TST) with Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA), a new and more reliable type of blood exam used to detect tuberculosis infection (TB).


Payment of Visa Fees


The visa application fee is determined by the type of visa the applicant is applying for. You will be required to pay a non-refundable or nontransferable Machine-Readable Visa (MRV) application fee , whether the visa is issued for all non-immigrants including children.

For fee payment options and information visit


Register online for Visa application

The visa application will be in this website ( ).

On this website, you can apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa. Filling out the application on our site is the first step in the process. Go to the next steps and sign up for an interview after submitting you visa application.

It is important that you get to register as you will need the confirmation on the visa application.

As you go through the process you will be able to select your visa type, enter personal data, add dependents, select your document delivery location, confirm visa payment, and schedule your appointment. Always, bring all documents that you will need on the interview.


 Scheduling your visa interview appointment at the Embassy or Consulate.

  • You will need three pieces of information to schedule your appointment:
  • Your passport numbers
  • The visa application fee receipt number.
  • The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page.

Setting your appointment for the embassy interview should be 7 days after your medical results.


Getting your CFO ( Commission on Filipino Overseas ) interview schedule

Filipino immigrants are required to register and attend the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) or Peer Counseling Session. Topics discussed include travel regulations, immigration procedures, cultural differences, settlement concerns, employment and social security concerns, and rights and obligations of Filipino migrants.

CFO Manila- Clients need to attend the Pre-Departure Orientation/Peer Counseling Program and are required to use the reservation and registration (R&R) Online System.

Attendance in the Pre-Departure Orientation/Peer Counseling Program at CFO Cebu is on a first-come, first-served, walk-in basis. The Commission will only accept immigrants with complete registration requirements.

  1. Original valid passport
  2. Original valid visa
  3. One (1) valid identification (ID) card with photograph (see list of valid IDs)
  4. Payment of PhP400.00 registration fee
  5. Attendance in the PDOS or Peer Counseling session
  6. Original documents of the specific country:
    • US-bound Immigrants (except for K visa holders): Immigrant Data Summary.
    • Canada-bound Immigrants: Confirmation of Permanent Residence
    • Italy-bound Immigrants: Nulla Osta
    • Japan-bound Immigrants: Certificate of Eligibility
    • Australia-bound Immigrants: Visa Grant Notification Letter
    • New Zealand-bound Immigrants: Letter of approval for Work to Residence visa


CFO will issue a immigrant registration sticker and certificate. It only takes one day to get the sticker in CFO office. You need to bring the  certificate as the Philippine immigration will check it with the CFO Immigrant registration sticker in the passport.