Spouse Visa Interview Experience US Embassy Manila
Spouse Visa Interview Experience
US Embassy Manila
Spouse Visa Interview Experience US Embassy Manila Summary
Today, our post is about the Spouse Visa interview experience US Embassy Manila.
Congratulations, you made it to the embassy interview. In fact, this is your final step before getting your spouse visa.
We want you to feel comfortable going to your Spouse Visa interview at US Embassy Manila. Therefore, we provide this post about the Spouse Visa interview experience US Embassy Manila to give you the knowledge and understanding of what happens inside.
For most people, it is more relaxing if they understand before hand how things work.
For our guide on the Spouse Visa interview experience US Embassy Manila, we provide the following:
- Schedule Embassy Interview
- Courier Selection
- U.S. Embassy Manila Location
- Hotels Near US Embassy Manila
- What Not to Bring to the Interview
- What to Bring to the Interview
- Spouse Attendance
- Spouse Visa Interview Steps and Procedures.
Schedule Embassy Interview
Who Schedules Embassy Interview
If you went through normal stateside processing including National Visa Center (NVC), NVC schedules your Spouse Visa embassy interview for you.
However, if you had an NVC expidite, then you schedule your own Spouse Visa embassy interview with the US Embassy Manila.
In addition, if live in the Philippines and doing a Direct Consular Filing (DCF), then you also schedule your own Spouse Visa embassy interview with US embassy Manila.
Other instances of scheduling your own Spouse Visa embassy interview include if you had to postpone your original interview due to a medical exam complication, document requirements not ready yet, or any other reason that may cause you to postpone your original embassy interview.
How to Schedule Embassy Interview
You can also get information and book an appointment online at: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph.
To schedule a Spouse Visa interview appointment by telephone, contact the Manila Visa Information and Appointment Service Center. The center is specifically open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Manila time). However, the center is typically not open on Philippine and U.S. holidays.
From the Philippines, call any of these number including (632) 976-8500, (632) 976-8501 or (632) 976-8502 during opening hours.
On the other hand, callers from the U.S call (703) 520-2235. Likewise, call during the center’s open hours on Manila time.
When calling, have the case number, passport number, and passport expiry date for each applicant ready.
U.S. Embassy Manila Location
The U.S. Embassy Manila’s address is 1201 Roxas Blvd, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines.
See below for a map showing the location of the embassy in Manila.
Hotels Near U.S. Embassy Manila
By the way, remember to visit our previous blog post on, “Top 3 Hotels Near US Embassy Manila“.
It is important to stay at a hotel near the embassy. This is specifically because of hte early appointment times and the traffic in Manila.
Staying at a hotel nearby really helps you have a better spouse visa interview experience US Embassy Manila.
Also, remember, that for the U.S. Embassy appointments and other places you need a hotel, that we are now a Travelbook.ph official blogger.
Travelbook.ph is a great site for both Filipinos and foreigners to use because of:
- Pay at hotel feature. Thus, no requirement for credit card.
- Best price guarantee. Therefore, they always have the lowest price in the Philippines.
- Pay over the counter at a bank or mall. In fact, this is a big feature in the Philippines.
Conversely, also on the blog post, “Top 3 Hotels Near US Embassy Manila” there is the ability to book through Expedia. Expedia is a great hotel booking site for those from the USA or those with a credit or debit card.
What to NOT Bring to Interview
In order to help you with a better spouse visa interview experience US Embassy Manila, we give you a list of what not to bring.
Don’t bring any of the following things to the embassy interview:
- Cell phones or any other electronic devices
The best thing to do with your electronics is to leave them in your hotel safe. On the other hand, there are several other alternatives including:
- Have a friend or relative hold on to for you while they wait outside for you.
- Leave at home.
- Leave with a person outside that accepts them. They usually charge about 200 php to hold onto your phone.
What to Bring to Interview
Also, in order to help you with a better spouse visa interview experience US Embassy Manila, we give you a list of what to bring.
Here is a list of things to bring to the interview:
- Your embassy appointment confirmation sheet.
- Bar code DS-260 confirmation page.
- Filipino passport.
- Three 2″ x 2″ passport type photographs
- Sealed SLEC medical report, if you were given at SLEC to and carry. Otherwise, SLEC normally delivers the medical report directly to the embassy. Remember, the SLEC medical evaluation must be done prior to your spouse visa embassy interview. See our previous posts, “US Visa Medical Exam Registration SLEC Manila” and “SLEC Medical Exam Experience US Visa“.
- Copies of everything you sent to USCIS.
- For stateside filers, a copy of everything you sent to NVC.
- Marriage certificate original
- Cemar original
- NBI original
- Other country police report originals
- Photo album of great photos of you and your spouse together.
Expedite and DCF Applicants
For those who expedited past NVC and those filing DCF Philippines, also bring the following:
- Affidavit of Support (I-864EZ, I-864, I-864W, and/or I-864A). See the Department of State web site on Step 4: Collect Financial Documents and open “Complete and Affidavit of Support Form” to see a table on which affidavit of support form applies to your situation.
- Financial documents. Also, see the Department of State web site on Step 4: Collect Financial Documents and open “Obtain Financial Evidence” to see what financial documents you need for your situation.
- Supporting Documents. See the Department of State web site on Step 5: Collect Supporting Documents to see which supporting documents apply to your situation.
Embassy Interview Instructions
In addition, the US Embassy in Manila provides applicant interview instructions with a listing of things to bring to the interview. For example, find these instructions below in both English and Tagalog:
- US Embassy Manila Applicant Interview Instructions in English
- US Embassy Manila Applicant Interview Instructions in Tagalog
For the US Embassy in Manila specifically, your U.S. citizen spouse may accompany you in the embassy interview. In fact, for a Spouse Visa interview, you U.S. citizen spouse may go with you to all the windows even the interview itself. However, it is NOT a requirement that your spouse be in attendance.
Many applicants feel that their spouse visa interview experience US Embassy Manila is a good one if their spouse is in attendance.
Spousal Visa Interview Step By Step Procedure
Step 1- Early Waiting Line
Firstly, try to get to the U.S, embassy about 1 hour before your interview time. Outside the embassy there are posters with appointment times written on them. Then, stand in line behind the poster with your appointment time.
Locals come by to see if you want to buy or rent an umbrella for the heat or rain. Also, there are others asking if they can hod personal items like cell phones and other things not allowed in the embassy. Typically, the cost for this service is about 200 php.
People come by and check your appointment letter.
Step 2- Embassy Grounds Waiting Line
When the embassy personnel are ready, your line then moves forward inside the embassy grounds. Here. there is an outdoor tent if it is raining.
The group is then separated into different lines for U.S. citizen, immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants. Afterwards, they check through your documents to see if you have your appointment letter and DS-260 bar code confirmation page.
Step 3- First Security Check
Next, you walk through the first security building. Here, you go through a metal detector and have your belongings scanned. This is similar to an airport screening.
Afterwards, you walk out of the back of the security building and into a courtyard.
Step 4- Get Priority Number
Then, signs and embassy employees direct you to an exterior window. Here, you give the person at the window your DS-260 confirmation page. The person then staples a priority number on your confirmation page. Afterwards, you are sent on your way into the embassy main visa processing building.
Step 5- Second Security Bag and Body Check
As you enter the main embassy building, you go through a second security check. For this security check, they wave a metal detecting wand across you body. In addition they check any bags that you may have.
Step 6- Finger Printing Counter
Next, embassy employees direct you to a line for finger print scanning. The embassy employee verifies that you are you. Then, they take your fingerprints on an electronic pad. Done. That easy.
Afterwards, you go to the line for the preliminary interview and document collection by Filipino Consul.
Step 7- Preliminary Interview and Document Collection by Filipino Consul
In fact, this window is your longest step. When you get to the window, you are met with a Filipino employee of the embassy.
Firstly, the Filipino Consul collects all of your documents that you brought. Then, the consult prepares them to be ready for the American consul window. In addition, they retrieve all of your documents already on file in the embassy and compiles everything together. Then, the Filipino consul looks through everything to make sure that you have everything for the American council interview.
In addition, while gathering and preparing all of your documents, the Filipino council asks you interview questions.
Prepare for these interview questions by reading our previous blog post, “Spouse Visa Interview Questions at US Embassy Interview“.
Afterwards, the council sends you to the cashier line, if you owe any money. On the other hand, you go to the oath taking line, if you do not owe any money.
Step 8- Cashier, if Applicable
Typically, only those that expedite past NVC or are DCF Philippine applicants owe money at the embassy.
For example, regular Stateside filers pay their Affidavit of Support and visa fees through NVC.
For those filing an affidavit of support directly at the embassy instead of through NVC, then you DO NOT owe the affidavit of support fee of $120.
However, everyone owes the Immigrant Visa fee of $120.
Immigrant visa application fees may be paid in cash, traveler’s check, U.S. Postal Money Order, or major credit cards at the Embassy’s consular cashier. However, like we said before, you do not pay again if this was already paid to the National Visa Center (NVC).
Payments at the Embassy may be in Philippine pesos at the prevailing Embassy exchange rate. Each applicant, regardless of age, needs a separate fee payment. Fees are non-refundable.
Step 9- Oath Taking
At this window, you raise your right hand and take an oath that everything you submit and anything you say is truthful.
Above all, always tell the truth at the embassy interview.
Step 10- Interview by American Consul
Finally, you are at the interview window by American council.
The American council asks you several questions while they are also looking through all of your documents and entering things into their computer.
Prepare for these interview questions by reading our previous blog post, “Spouse Visa Interview Questions at US Embassy Interview“.
It is also a good idea to read our previous blog post, “Using Social Media During U.S. Visa Application Process“.
In addition, the American council also looks through your photo album, if you brought one.
Afterward, the American council tells you if you are approved, denied, or have a 221g needing more documents.
If you are approved, the council gives you some papers and has a discussion with you on what to do in case of spouse abuse in the United States.
Next, you go to the releasing area.
Step 11- Releasing area
If you passed the interview, they provide you with some papers and set you on your way.
One paper contains your A-number and directions on how to pay your immigrant fee online. You specifically need your A number and MNL number in order to pay the immigrant fee online.
In addition, if you passed the interview, you are informed that your Visa will be ready in 5 – 7 days. Your Visa is delivered to where you chose in the courier selection options.
Refusal under Section 221(g) means that essential information is missing from an application or that an application has been placed on administrative hold. The consular officer who interviews you tells you at the end of your interview if action on your case is being refused under 221(g) pending further information. The officer tells you that the case has to undergo administrative processing, or asks you to submit additional information.
If further information is required, the officer tells you how to submit that information. As part of this process, you will be given a written letter and will have 12 months from the date of your application to submit the requested documents without having to pay a new visa application fee. After one year, an application refused under Section 221(g) is terminated per Section 203(e).
If denied a visa, in most cases the applicant is notified of the section of law which applies. Visa applicants are also advised by the consular officer if they may apply for a waiver of their ineligibility.
We hope by reading this that your spouse visa interview experience US Embassy Manila is a good one.