The latest immigration and visa news for the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and select European countries - straight from the leading immigrant advocates in the Philippines.
= U.S EMBASSY UPDATES,JUNE 7, 2016 =
DO NOT BE ON TIME: BE 15 MINUTES EARLY - STARTING FEB. 1, 2016!
A new appointment system is now in place by the Embassy’s Immigrant Visa Unit to “ensure the highest level of customer service.” . The “staggered appointment system is “designed to minimize applicant wait time.”
“Effective February 01, 2016, Immigrant Visa interviews will be scheduled at 6:45 am, 7:30 am, 8:15 am and 9:00 am. Embassy personnel will facilitate entry of immigrant visa applicants 15 minutes prior to their respective interview time slot.”
The U.S. Embassy emphasizes in its announcement that “All applicants who arrive earlier than 15 minutes before their interview time will be asked to wait outside the Embassy premises.
Increased Medical Examination Fees since November 1, 2015
Starting November 01, 2015, St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLEC), the Embassy's accredited medical facility, will charge Php 11,300 for adults and Php 8,600 for children 14 years of age or younger. The fees must be paid in Philippine pesos.
Delivery Address Registration
After the interview and as the next step after visa approval, applicants must register the address where they want the visa packet (passport and visa) to be delivered. Registration is intended to “facilitate a timely processing of immigrant visa applications.” Registration or change of existing delivery address can be made online by clicking the “Select Document Delivery Address” link under the Immigrant Visas section of the U.S. Embassy website (http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph/).
REVISED, UPDATED PROCEDURES
How to Set Appointments
The U.S. Embassy interviews more than a thousand nonimmigrant visa applicants every day. Each minute you have not set an appointment, somebody would have taken an available slot. How would that happen?
You may get an interview date on your own or by calling the Embassy Call Center but you need to complete the following procedures first.
Authors & Contributors
Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.
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