Does a Filipino need a visa to visit USA for Tourism?

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Citizens of the Philippines should apply for a tourist B2 visa before they are able to enter the US. This extends to any period of stay, as the Republic of the Philippines does not engage in the Visa Waiver Scheme of the United States. Applications for visas are checked in-depth detail, so apply far in advance of the expected date of departure to the USA. The US State Department is advising that not to finalize any travel arrangements or buy non-refundable air tickets until a visa is released. Those that are given a tourist B2 visa during the trip are not permitted to take up any kind of job in the United States.

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Does a Filipino need a visa to visit USA for Tourism?

Philippine people who wish to travel to the United States for tourist purposes must apply for a US Visa. As a Filipino, you are not excluded from visas or in the Visa Waiver scheme, so you need to apply for a visa to the USA.

What is a USA B2 Tourist Visa?

B-2 Visa is a US visa for non-immigrants. The visa grants individuals permission to enter the US either for travel, leisure, or family visits for a short period of time. The US B2 visa is suitable for non-business short-term travelers visiting the US. 

What are the activities a Filipino can perform under a USA B2 Tourist visa?

When in the US, B2-visa holders can engage in the following activities:

  • For purely Tourism purposes.
  • For a vacation in the USA.
  • Visit with family, friends, or relatives who are in the USA.
  • For medical treatment.
  • Take part in social gatherings coordinated by fraternal, religious, or community organizations.
  • Amateurs engage in musical, sport, or related activities or competitions unless they are paid for participating.
  • Registration in a short-term recreational learning course in the USA, not for degree credit 

How long is a US Tourist Visa (B2) valid for?

The US Tourist Visa (B-1 / B-2) is a US Visa for Non-Immigrants. Its validity ranges from 1 month to 10 years and allows single, double, or multiple entries into the United States. The Customs and Border Protection officer reports the time of stay, which is a maximum of 6 months. This is at the Visa holder’s Type I-94 port of entry. The period of validity defines the time span during which the visa may be used to arrive in the USA. The length of stay specifies the period after every single entry for which a person may remain in the US.

What amount of money does a Filipino need to prove for US Tourist Visa?

For US Tourist Visa, legally, there is no limitation to the money to be displayed. Any amount capable of validating the total expenses for your US trip must be appropriate. This includes air-tickets, medical care, boarding, housing, shopping, etc. It keeps the length and intent of the journey in mind. The higher number is always better. For example, the cost of a 15-day tour for one person can be estimated at around USD 5000 to 6000. Therefore, the equivalent amount of money must be in the bank of your or your sponsor.

Is a B-2 visa valid on an expired passport of a Filipino?

If your B-2 visa is valid, even though you have an expired passport, you can still use it. Don’t take this out of your passport. When you want to enter the United States, you can also use the visa in your expired passport for your new passport.

Which documents are required to obtain US Tourist Visa?

Gather and prepare the following documents needed prior to your visa interview:

  1. Passport – valid passport for travel to the United States-Your passport must be valid for at least the last six months after your stay in the USA.
  2. Photograph – It should meet the below requirements:
  • Taken over the last six months to show your current look and must be in color. The photograph size must be 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm).
  • Taken in front of a simple white or off-white background, and directly facing the camera in full view.
  • It must have a neutral facial expression, all eyes open and dressed, which you usually wear on a regular basis.
  • Headphones, portable hands-free devices, or similar things in your picture are not suitable. New visa images no longer permit eyeglasses except under exceptional cases where eyeglasses cannot be removed for medical reasons.
  • Copied or digitally scanned images from driver’s licenses or other official documents are inappropriate. Additionally, it is not appropriate to take snapshots, magazine images, low-quality vending machine or cell phone pictures, and full-length portraits.
  1. Non-immigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page.
  2. Receipt of the application fee, if you are required to pay before your interview.
  3. Evidence to show your purpose of the trip – Evidence of your job and/or family ties must be sufficient to show the purpose of your trip and your intention to return to your country of origin.
  4. Financial Status – Your capacity to cover for travel expenses. If you are unable to cover all of the costs of your trip, you will provide proof that someone else can pay some or all of the cost of your trip.
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How can a Filipino citizen apply for a USA B2 Tourist Visa?

It is quite simple to complete the request. Please follow the below steps carefully:

  1. Choose the departure and arrival country, select the required visa type, enter your name, and click ‘CLICK TO START.’
  2. Verify the visa fee and terms and conditions on the next page.
  3. On the third page, enter your basic details in the respective field and upload the necessary documents (you can upload the documents in a later stage also).
  4. After that, review and confirm the information of your form, then proceed with the payment. We support all types of cards for payment.
  5. You will receive the invoice and a confirmation mail with a link in your registered email id.
  6. Click the link and complete the remaining form (you can also upload the document in this stage) and submit it for processing.
  7. Once the visa process is completed, click2visas will send your visa related documents to your email.
  8. Based on your Consulate’s application procedure, you can submit and collect the visa application by visit or Mail. You will be notified by the Consulate about the decision made to your application.
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