"Every alien shall be presumed to be animmigrant until he establishes to thesatisfaction of the officer, at the time of theapplication for a visa . . . that he is entitledto nonimmigrant status . . .”- Section 214(b) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)
How do you prove that you do not intend to stay permanently in the United States?Source: http://manila.usembassy.gov and http://travel.state.gov
Binding Ties shows compelling reasons to return to the Philippines It must be strong enough for the interviewing officer to conclude that one’s ties to the Philippines will bring him/her back at the end of a temporary stay in the United States.Source: http://manila.usembassy.gov and http://travel.state.gov
What do you mean by "ties to the Philippines?"Source: http://manila.usembassy.gov and http://travel.state.gov
"Ties" are the aspects of one’s life that bind him/her to his/her place of residence, including family relationships, employment and possessions. In the case of younger applicants, who may not have had an opportunity to establish such ties, interviewing officers may look at educational status, grades, the situation of parents, and an applicants long-range plans and prospects in the Philippines. As each persons situation is different, there is no set answer as to what constitutes adequate ties.Source: http://manila.usembassy.gov and http://travel.state.gov
Bank statements for the last three (3) months and both current and former bank account passbooks Employment certification including salary, tenure and position Form W-2Income tax return with Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) or bank stampAudited financial statement with BIR or bank stamp Pay slips for the last three (3) months Credit card statements for the prior three monthsSource: http://manila.usembassy.gov and http://travel.state.gov
Vehicle registration with official receipt Land titles (no certified copies please) Pictures of family, home or businessWedding photos Marriage certificate printed on the Philippine National Statistics Office security paper, if applicable Birth certificate printed on the Philippine National Statistics Officesecurity paper For students, certificate of school registration Certification of membership to legitimate organization(s)Source: http://manila.usembassy.gov and http://travel.state.gov
Due to the large volume of applications consular officers processed each day, may not always look at supporting documents, unless there are points in the application forms or in the interview that need clarification.Source: http://manila.usembassy.gov and http://travel.state.gov
Supporting documents may or may not be requested from the applicant and are only required at the discretion of the consular officer In certain cases, additional documents may be requested.Source: http://manila.usembassy.gov and http://travel.state.gov
All documents must be originals. Photocopies will not be accepted, unless specified. The applicant must submit these documents to the interviewing consular officer during the interview. The Nonimmigrant Visa Unit does not accept documents before the interview. Any documents received will not be returned and will be destroyed. Please note, however, that presentation of the documents will not guarantee visa issuance. Applicants must still qualify under INA Section 214(b).Source: http://manila.usembassy.gov and http://travel.state.gov
So you have your binding ties What else do you need?Source: http://manila.usembassy.gov and http://travel.state.gov
Allapplicants must fill out a DS160 electronically Available in https://ceac.state.gov/gennive Needs to be sign and submitted Confirmation page must be printed with barcode number
Must be valid at least six month from the date of departure from the U.S. Must be in good condition
Nonimmigrant visa applicants are required topresent a U.S. visa application payment slip topay the machine-readable visa (MRV)application fee. Before going to the bank,applicants must print the applicable U.S. visaapplication payment slip and take it to thebank to pay the fee.
There is an expiration date on the paymentslip. Bank agents will NOT accept paymentsbased on expired slips. Each slip has a uniquereceipt number. Applicants will not be ableto schedule an appointment without thereceipt number. If paying for more than oneapplicant, the payment slip cannot bereproduced nor used for lump sum payment
Go to ustraveldocs.com/ph Click Bank and Payment Options Click Deposit Slip - $160 MRV Fee Print the payment slip
Visa application fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Noexceptions will be made to this rule. It is validfor one year after the date of actual payment;the interview must fall within the one-yearvalidity.
Cash at Bank – Any BPI Branch Online Payment – BPI Online and BancnetOnce done with the payment, wait for thepayment to be activated.Payments made before 3pm – 4 hours PaymentProcessing Timelines otherwise it will beactivated one day after receipt purchase dateand after 11:00am
One 2" x 2" standard photo.The photo must be: In color Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (22 mm and 35 mm) or 50% and 69% of the images total height from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details. 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 or off-white background Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily. Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face. Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo. If you normally wear glasses (without tinted lenses), a hearing device, or similar articles, they may be worn in your photo. Dark glasses or glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable. Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.