U.S. Embassy Announces Visa Reissuance Program

As part of its continuing effort to improve customer service, the U.S. Embassy in Manila is pleased to announce its Visa Reissuance Program (VRP), to expedite visa renewals for Philippine visa applicants who have previously been issued multiple entry visas to the United States valid for five years or longer.

Under this new program, a Philippine citizen holding an eligible U.S. tourist visa (B1/B2) can apply for re-issuance of the visa within 12 months of its expiration date.  Visa reissuance applicants will be given a priority appointment date.  In most instances applicants will need only to appear at the Consular Section of the Embassy at the designated appointment time to submit a valid passport and application confirmation page, and to have their fingerprints digitally scanned.  No interview with a consular officer will normally be needed.  Visa reissuance applicants can usually expect to receive their passport containing a new U.S. visa within a week of successful application.  The cost of a U.S. visa remains $140, and there is no additional cost for VRP appointments.

This new procedure will dramatically reduce the time involved in processing applications for visa reissuance at the Embassy.

More complete details on the Visa Reissuance Program, including additional qualifying factors, are available on our website at http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3024.html or from our call center at (02) 982-5555, open from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday through Friday.#