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US business, tourist visa interviews cancelled til July 30

June 21, 2021 Cristina Lee-Pisco 569 views

THE United States (U.S.) Embassy in the Philippines has canceled non-immigrant B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) visa interview appointments scheduled through July 30, 2021 due to the continued significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In March 2020, the Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Embassies and Consulates in July 2020 began a phased resumption of routine visa services.

The resumption of routine visa services is on a post-by-post basis, in coordination with the Department’s framework for safely returning our workforce to Department facilities.

U.S. Embassies and Consulates have continued to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services since March and will continue to do so as they are able.

As post-specific conditions improve, our missions have begun providing additional services, culminating eventually in a complete resumption of routine visa services.

Once routine visa services resume, applicants should reschedule their visa interviews through the Embassy call center by phone at (+632) 7792-8988 and (+632) 8548-8223, or through the online appointment system at

There is no fee to change an appointment, and the validity of the visa fee payment (known as the MRV fee) is extended until September 30, 2022 to allow applicants who are unable to schedule a visa appointment because of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa interview appointment with the already paid fee.

For questions and case-specific inquiries, you may contact the Embassy’s Consular Communications Group (for Nonimmigrant Visas) at