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How to Get a US Tourist Visa for Filipinos? (2017 Edition)


They said at least 80% of US visa application gets approve every day in the US Embassy Manila. Last month, I applied for the first time and was granted a 10-year multiple-entry visa to the United States. I’m single, I haven’t traveled outside Asia, and I don’t have millions of dollars in my bank account—yet.

I wanna share my experience with the interview process and some helpful tips on how to get a chance on getting your tourist visa approved. You need to obtain a B1/B2 visitor visa if you’re a Filipino and wants to travel the US for business, pleasure or medical treatment.

At the time of this writing, President Trump issued a travel ban for a few countries. The Philippines is not included, but it left an impression for some Filipinos that it’s going to be difficult to score a visa because of the current situation in the US. They said it’s not a good timing to apply. When is the right time anyways? Well, I tell you what. If you really want it, you will get it. And I’m here to help you to get one.

How to apply for a US tourist Visa?

  1. Sign up for an account at the Consular Affairs Website.
  2. Select New Application/Schedule Appointment >> Nonimmigrant Visa >> Business/Tourism >> B1/B2: Visitor for Business and Pleasure >> then fill out your personal data.
  3.  Complete the DS-160 form
  4. Print the confirmation page
  5. Pay the visa application fee at any BPI bank or do it online if you have BPI or Bancnet.
  6. Verify your payment at this link.
  7. Schedule your interview.

What are the requirements in getting a US tourist visa?

  1. DS-160 form -this is a visa electronic application form that you need to fill out online.
  2. Passport – make sure it’s valid for at least six months or beyond your planned length of stay.
  3. 2″x 2″ photo – The minimum dimension is at least 600 pixels x 600 pixels. Maximum dimension is at least 1200 pixels x 1200 pixels.
  4. Receipt of visa application fee – The current fee is 160USD or 8048Php, non-refundable.

You can bring additional documents that you think would help in your application but they seldom check it. Documents such as income tax return, land titles, business permit, bank statement and certificate of employment.


1. How much show money should I have in my bank account?

This is probably the most common question you will hear. Some would say at least $100 per day then multiply it by the number days of your intended stay in the US. That’s actually not true. Even if you have millions of pesos in your bank account, that doesn’t count. I read some horrible stories online, there’s this guy who sold their farm animals just to have that “show money” and then he got rejected anyways. Don’t let that happen to you. I mean, I admire his guts and stuff. But according to a US Consular officer interview on youtube, they seldom check financial documents during the interview. Just be prepared to have a printed copy of your bank statement with you, just in case.

2. I have relatives in the US but we’re not really close, should I mention them during the interview? 

Yes. They screen your online application before your interview. There’s no reason to lie about your relatives. And also, consular officers are trained to detect if you’re lying.

3.  I’m jobless, is there a chance that my visa will be approved?

One major factor that consular officer checks are your strong ties to your country. This could be;

financial ties (real estate, investment, or business)

family/social ties (relationship with your spouse, children, community)

and economic ties (student, professional job, caring for a parent, community leader, etc.)

4. How long can I stay in the United States?

For tourists, up to 6 months only. I suggest that you stay only for 5 months so you won’t have an issue with overstaying.

5. Should I buy my plane ticket before getting a visa?

No. I would recommend that you wait until your visa gets approved and your passport returned to you.

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(Related Post: 30 Common Interview Questions for US Visitor Visa)

Common interview questions for US visa

1. Why are you going to the US?

2. Where exactly in the US are you going?

3. How long are you gonna stay in the US?

4. How many countries have you visited?

5. What do you do for a living?

6. How much money are you making annually?

7. Who will pay for your trip?

8. Do you have any relatives in the US?

9. What is the exact address of your friend/family in the US?

10. What’s your itinerary in the US?

The Interview Day

I left all my electronics in my cousin’s condo since it is prohibited inside the embassy. There are some individuals outside the embassy that would offer to hold your stuff for you for a certain fee but if I were you, I wouldn’t trust them.

I scheduled my interview on the 10th of January 2017 at 10:15 AM, I arrived at the embassy at exactly 10 AM. When I got there, there’s a queue outside and staff members were checking our DS-160 form and passport. After that, they will give you a pink or green card for tracking purposes then you will go through security.

You will be asked to stand in line for the “Pre-screening“. The officer will check your passport and will attach your 2×2 photo. He asked about my purpose in going to the US and the exact city or state I will be staying in.

Next was fingerprint scanning or the Biometrics. The lady asked my full name and date of birth and began giving instructions on how to place my fingers on the machine.

After that, I was ushered to the line of people waiting to be interviewed. There were chairs but we were asked to stand in line and wait to be called by another staff who will direct us in which window you will be interviewed.

Having powerful ears, I listened to the interviews of other applicants.


Applicant 1 (Physical Therapist)

Consular Officer: What is the purpose of your travel in the US?

Applicant 1: For pleasure. I wanna travel around the US.

Consular Officer: What do you do for a living?

Applicant 1: I’m a Physical Therapist.

Consular Officer: How much are you earning?

Applicant 1: Around 12,000 pesos.

Consular Officer: Why so low? How long have you been working there?

Applicant 1: Uh- my company is really small. It’s a small company. I’m working with them for 2 years now.

Then after that, all I hear from her was uh, um… She was really nervous. Then the officer asked, do you want me to get a translator for you? She nodded. She was given a translator then I didn’t hear the whole convo coz the person behind me accidentally hit my folder so I lost my focus. The translator said, “I’m sorry but we cannot process your application today. Thanks for your time.” Then the sad applicant walked away.

Applicant 2 (Housewife)

Consular Officer: I see that you’ve been to the US before?

Applicant 2: Yes, long time ago. I wanna visit again.

Consular Officer: Where do you wanna go this time?

Applicant 2: Seattle, Washington to visit my aunt.

Consular Officer: How long do you plan to stay in the US?

Applicant 2: 2-3 weeks.

Consular Officer: What do you do for a living? 

Applicant 2: I’m a housewife

Blah blah blah then the officer said her visa is approved. She gave a thumbs up to the person behind me and smiled.

Applicant 3 (Nervous guy)

Consular Officer: Hi, good morning!
Applicant 3: Good morning! (stuttering voice)

Consular Officer: Where in the US do you wanna visit?
Applicant 3: New York (still stuttering)

Consular Officer: What are you going to do in New York?
Applicant 3: To visit my friends (stuttering and shaking his hands)

Consular Officer: I see, where exactly in New York? 
Applicant 3: New York City

Blah blah blah I stopped listening, then the officer said he can try to re-apply after 3 months.

Applicant 4 (Indian National)

Consular Officer: Hi Goodmorning! It says here in your passport that you’re from India
Applicant 4: Yes sir. Pero Pilipino nako. (I’m already a Filipino)

Consular Officer: How long have you been staying here?
Applicant 4: 15 years

Consular Officer: Where do you wanna go in US?
Applicant 4: California

Consular Officer: Where in California?
Applicant 4: Duon sa may San Francisco, magpasyal ako dun sa Golden Gate Bridge. (In San Francisco. I will visit the Golden Gate Bridge)

Consular Officer: Do you speak English?
Applicant 4: Yes sir pero konti lang. (Just a little)

Consular Officer: Try to speak to me again in English.
Applicant 4: Okay sir.

Consular Officer: What do you do for a living?
Applicant 4: I’m sorry sir, I don’t understand. 

Consular Officer: Okay I will get an interpreter for you.
Applicant 4: Thank you sir.

Interpreter: Ano daw po ang trabaho nyo? (What do you do for a living?)

Applicant 4: Buy and sell.

Interpreter: Anong klase daw po? (What kind)
Applicant 4: Nagbebenta ako ng electronics, mga TV, gadgets, kung anu ano. ( I’m selling electronics like TV, gadgets, etc.)

Interpreter: Magkano daw po yung kinikita nyo kada buwan? (how much is your monthly income?)
Applicant 4: Mga 100 -200 thousand. Mga ganun. ( Around 100-200K)

Interpreter: May asawa na daw po ba kayo? Mga anak? ( Do you have a spouse? How about children? )
Applicant 4: Meron nasa India yung asawa ko. Meron ako 2 anak. ( My wife is in India. I have 2 children)

Interpreter: Magbi-business daw po ba kayo sa US? (Are you planning to do business in the US?)
Applicant 4: Hinde. Papasyal lang ako duon sa Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, tapos sa Union Square and mga museums. (No. I will just visit Golden Gate Bridge, Alcaraz Island, Union Square and some museums.)

Interpreter: Congrats po approved na po ang visa nyo. (Congratulation! Your visa is approved.)
Applicant 4: Talaga? San ko makukuha. (Really? Where can I get it?)

Interpreter: Ipapadala po sa inyo sir sa loob ng 5 araw. (We will send it to you in 5 days)
Applicant 4: Thank you sir! (then he salute to the consular officer and walked away happy.)

I heard their full convo because I’m standing next to him. Just 2-3 feet apart.

Obtaining a United States tourist visa for philippine passport holder

My interview

Consular Officer: Good morning!
KT: Hello, good morning!

Consular Officer: Where exactly in the US do you want to visit?
KT: San Diego, California.

Consular Officer: Who’s in San Diego?
KT: My dad.

Consular Officer: Is he an immigrant? How long has he been staying there?
KT: Yes. 3 years now.

Consular Officer: Is he going to petition you?
KT: No. I’m too old for that. I heard you only accept 21 years old and below.

Consular Officer: (he look at the paper on his wall for a minute) Actually you’re not. You are still qualified.
KT: Oh ya? But the cost of living in the US is kinda expensive.

Consular Officer: (he squinted and nodded like he’s agreeing) So, what do you do for a living?
KT: (they said to keep your answer short and simple but I can’t help it but talk a lot.) I’m an entrepreneur where I sell jewelry in Bluewave Mall in Marikina. It’s been operating for over 3 years now. I’m also an online marketer where I do Virtual assistant and aside from that, I’m a licensed financial consultant at Prulife UK.

Consular Officer: Wow! What is it that you don’t do?
KT: Oh, I’m also a dog walker. I have 4 dogs and 1 cat. (It just naturally came out of my mouth. Then we both laughed)

Consular Officer: Wow! Like a superwoman! How much are you earning?
KT: Depends on the season. On a good month like last December, around XXX pesos. Holiday season is always the best. But I also have a bad month. Average income is like XXX pesos.

Consular Officer: I see. Do you have other relatives in the US?
KT: Yes I do. I have an aunt and uncle in South Carolina. They also have a daughter, my cousin.

Consular Officer: Are you planning to visit them when you go to US?
KT: Not at this time because I have to fly from California in order to get there.

Consular Officer: Yeah. Anyways, there’s a lot to see in San Diego. I’m from there. You will like it there. Congratulations, your visa is approved!
KT: OMG! Thank you so much!

There was a big smile on my face as I walk out the building. I can’t wait to go back to my cousin’s condo and tell her the good news. I wanna call my boyfriend and yell, “I’m going to Hollywood!!!” That’s what they say in American Idol right? Corny. All the preparations I did pay off. The process was so quick and easy. in just under 30 minutes, I got approved for a US tourist visa.

3 business days later, I got my visa delivered to my house. My older sister received the package for me and texted me while I was at the mall. She congratulated me for getting a 10-year multiple-entry visa. I just wanna do the happy dance when I read her text message.

Fast forward today, I’m sitting here at my desk in Marriott hotel where my dad works. It’s 14 degrees Celsius here in San Diego. It’s cold outside, but it’s okay because I have a cup of black coffee in my hand and a good reliable blanket to keep me warm. Tomorrow I will go back to LA to meet my boyfriend and explore more destinations like Las Vegas and San Francisco. 🙂

via GIPHY (PS. I’m not into politics, I just find this avatar funny)

Do you have any questions about getting a US visa? I’m not an expert but I will try my best to help you. Feel free to contact me using the form below.

Ciao! :)

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About Author

KT Mina

KT is a digital nomad who quit her job, bought a ticket somewhere, got a tan, fell in love with mother nature and she would never return to the normal life that society dictates. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @pinaynomad


    • Pinay Nomad

      Yes. I didn’t mention him coz based on my research, 9 out of 10 ladies who mention about visiting their bf in the US gets their visa rejected. Why? Majority of the single ladies who are in their 20’s are most likely to get married when they arrive in the US to acquire a green card. This is real, especially if the woman is from a 3rd world country. (I’m not trying to degrade the economic status of my country, I’m just stating facts) Like I said in my article, I’m not a Visa expert. I’m just sharing my US visa experience. 🙂

  1. Hi! nice story 🙂 I was just wondering, I am planning for my husband and two children (age 7 & 12) to apply for a US tourist visa. I already have one, just last year I applied and went there for 3 weeks to visit my father who is an American citizen. Would you know if I can go with them inside during their interview? Thank you 🙂

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Bim! Congrats on your visa! I think you can go inside the embassy to accompany your kids. But since you husband will also apply for a visa, maybe he can just go with them without you. I’m not really sure to be honest, please call the US embassy just to be sure. Thank you! 🙂

  2. Will be going to US for a convention and I just got approved for a US Visa yesterday. Hopefully they’ll give me a 10 year multiple entry visa. 🙏🇵🇭🇺🇸

  3. Hi KT im planning to apply tourist visa’ it is not much problem there in US when im getting married to my bf?
    looking for your advice thank you

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Fely! I don’t think there will be any problem when you go there as a tourist and get married to your American bf. But I don’t think it’s okay to mention that marriage thingy to the consul. They will think you just want a green card that’s why you’re going there. I read many cases like this and they usually get denied. So my advice, don’t mention it to the consul and make sure you have strong family ties in the Ph, stable financial income and good economic ties to your country. Good luck! 🙂

  4. Hi . I’m going to apply for tourist visa to visit my Bf and friends and also go to san francisco to visit some places i’ve never been before and my BF is my sponsot. But I went in US twice already 2016 and last year a j1 visa. And i went to SF to see him last year. Is it possible i’ll get a tourist visa ?

    • Karla Thea

      Since you’ve been to US and didn’t overstay during your J1 visa, then I’m 100% sure you can get a tourist visa. 🙂

  5. Hi, can you share your profile to me po? like age, travel history etch. Iám also planning to apply pero nakaka intimidate in ways.


    • Karla Thea

      I traveled to other Asian countries before I applied for my US visa. Just be confident when the Consul interview you and you’ll be fine. 🙂

  6. Im planning to apply for tourist visa to attend my sisters graduation i am unemployed is there a chance for me to pass? My mother will be sponsoring my trip

    • Karla Thea

      One thing they look for is “strong economic ties to your country”. If you can show to the consul your mother’s documents and prove to them that you won’t overstay in the US, then I guess there’s no issue for them not to grant you a visa. Just be confident during your interview and you’ll be alright. 🙂

  7. Hi KT, Im planning to apply my US tourist visa to visit my Aunty in orange city she said she can give me a suporting papers for applying my visa. but im not employed here im just a housewife with two children. do you think i can apply .? what do i need to prepare? thank you.

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Ruth,
      You have strong familial ties since you have two children back home, that means you have a reason to go back to the Philippines. What is your aunt’s job in Orange City? If she earns more than the minimum income, then yes she can sponsor you. Just gotta prove to them that you can afford to live in the US to get approved. Goodluck! 🙂

    • Karla Thea

      Nope. But I prepared everything in one transparent folder just in case he asks for it. Some consuls ask for supporting docs during the interview. It pays to be prepared. 🙂

  8. Hello there, I recently won a contest by Google and as a prize, I am invited to attend a Google conference and an exclusive business mentoring session.My travel and accommodation will be shouldered by Google. I am single but I have a daughter, and my business is 3 years. I have been denied US visa 3 times in the past. The first was a J1 visa and the last two were B1/B2 visa. Do you have any tips for me? I am very nervous and my past denials are taking a toll on me. Thank you for your time.

    • Karla Thea

      Congrats on winning the contest Poleen! 🙂 Just bring the supporting documents from Google including the travel expenses and accommodation papers to show to the consul and you’ll be fine. The fact that you have your own business is an advantage too. May I know the reasons why were you denied for the b1/b2 visa? Cheers! KT

  9. Hi there. Thanks for the nice article. It was a good read! So I am planning to have my younger sister come over to the US as a tourist. She has a job in the Philippines. So if they ask who will be paying for her trip, do you think it would be okay for her to answer that her older sisters (2 living in the US/one is a US citizen) would be sponsoring her US trip financially? Or would it hurt her chances of getting approved? Thanks in advance for your input.

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Jenn,
      Sorry for the late response. I’ve been very busy here in Las Vegas. To answer your inquiry, I don’t think that it’s gonna be an issue if you can provide financial documents like 401K, bank statement or a good credit rating. How long has she been working in her job? 2-3 years is a good amount of time to tell if someone is financially stable. And also, strong familial ties is a big factor. If most of her family members are still in the Philippines, then she has a good reason to go back. I’m not a visa expert, but if she is confident in her interview and fills out her DS 160 form with all honesty, then there will be no reason for the consul to deny her visa. Just tell her to practice all the answers I provided in the sample questions in the article and she’ll be good to go. Goodluck! 🙂

  10. HI KT, very informative article! Just gives me hope for my planned US visa application. My concern is, I am invited by my Japanese boyfriend in Hawaii, he is having a business trip there and the only time he can travel with me but we don’t have photo together, when we met before, we didnt had a chance to have photo. Can he still be my sponsor? And what documents do I need to get from him to show that he’s my sponsor? Thank you for your response.

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Angeline,

      Not having a photo together is kinda questionable in my opinion. If I were you, I won’t mention anything about your boyfriend. If you have the capability to support yourself in the US financially, and you have a reason to go back to the Philippines. Then no won’t have any problem in getting a US tourist visa. Just be confident in speaking and don’t stutter. Goodluck! 🙂

  11. Hi KT! Glad i found your article. I am planning to apply for US Tourist visa to visit my BF in Dec. My BF has visited here in the Philippines 4x already and the 5x will be next Month. Mag Travel din kami ng BF ko sa HongKong next month. Natatakot ako baka madeny lang ako kapag nag apply ako, I have funds naman po to cover all the expenses sa trip pero wala akong properties(house, car, business etc.) Meron ako cousin in Colorado. Mas may chance po ba kung sabihin ko lang na mag visit ako sa cousin ko or declare na lang po na visit ko BF ko?

    • Karla Thea

      If I were you I won’t tell them anything about your BF. They might think you will just go to US to get married then never go back to the Philippines. Having a cousin in the US is not a big factor to get approved. I think it’s not relevant to your visa application since she is a distant relative. If you have an immediate relative in the US, it’s probably easier. Like I said in the article, I’m not a visa expert but I will do my best to help you. Ask your BF to go back to the PH and get married there. That way, you could just get a spouse visa. Goodluck! 🙂

  12. Hi. Im jobless na kasi nagresign na ako para umuwi ng province at alagaan mom ko na maysakit. Since andito na kuya ko na kapalit ko mag alaga kay nanay ituloy ko na sana pagbisita ko sa mga pinsan ko sa US. Enough na kaya na sabihin ko babalik ako para alagaan ko mom ko?

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Neya,
      I think it’s better if you get a job first. Financial capability is a big factor in getting approved. I’m not a visa expert but you can try to apply if you’re confident that you can answer all the consul’s questions. Goodluck! 🙂

  13. Greetchen Anne Torino on

    Hi po. Mas mahirap b kumuha ng us tourist visa if medical related ang course? Like me. Im a nurse pero i dont have plans nman n mag work dun. Just want to visit my uncle and explore US. ? Can you give me advise po? Thanks.

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Chen,
      I don’t think that it’s gonna be hard for people with medical courses. It’s totally unrelated. What matters is your family ties, economic ties, and financial capacity. Just be confident during the interview and you’ll be fine. Goodluck! 🙂

  14. Hi Karla! I found this blog very informative It helps me a lot. I’m planning to try to get a US visitor VISA this june or July. I’m single 34 years old, 8 years working in an American known Hotel chain here in Makati. My Dad is a green card holder and my sister works in US as a Malware engineer for several years now. She holds a J1 visa I think. I just want to go on vacation for a month and stay at my dad’s apartment in California so he will tour me around. I earn average around 25k a month. What do you think are my chances of getting approved? Any advise would help.

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Ann,
      The fact that you’ve been in the same company for 7 years is a big factor for you to get approved. Having family in the US also helps. Just be confident during the interview and you’ll be fine. 🙂 Goodluck! 🙂

  15. Hi KT
    Did you travel to Europe countries too?
    Because I read in some blogs that is easy to get approved in B2 visa when you travelled Europe.
    I am applying for a B2 visa but I’m worried because I never travel Europe.

    Thank you

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Aileen,

      Nope I haven’t been to Europe. Just be confident during the interview and follow the tips I wrote on the article. Goodluck!

  16. SHEENA MAE vino domingo on

    Hi Ms. KT, mag-aaplly me ng B2 tourist visa. bibisitain ko bf ko..3 times na xa nagvisit dto philippines.and it’s my turn to visit him, his place and his family. nkpagtravel nko sa asian countires..mga ilan ba need stamps o need ba ng may visa countries? xa rin magssponsor sa akin. nung magandang advise mo sis? thank you so much. God bless.

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Sheena,
      How are you? It doesn’t count if you have lotsa stamps on your passport. What important is you can prove to the consular officer that you will go back to the Philippines. My suggestion is to get a fiance visa instead. It’s easier but more documents to process. 🙂 If you still want to get the tourist B2 visa, tell him to prepare his financial documents and he must have a good credit score in the US to sponsor you. Happy weekend! 🙂


  17. Hi KT
    Nag-apply po ako ng B2 visa kasi ivi-visit ko po yung gf ko sa Houston. And I’m a college student. Do you think may chance po na ma-approve po yung visa ko?. Can you give me some advise po?. Thanks.

    • Karla Thea

      Hi GG,
      “Who will be financing your trip?” That’s probably the first question you’re gonna get since you’re a student. If you tell the consul that your trip will be shouldered by your parents, they might ask about your parents’ financial status. Like I said, I’m not a visa expert but if I were you. I will provide solid financial documents in case they ask. 🙂


  18. Hi Karla! Thank you for this post – it’s very informative. I see you do a lot of things, good for you. If I may ask, what did you put on the Employer field while filling out the DS160 form? Thanks!

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Stanne! Thanks for your comment. Under employer field, I put the name of my business name that’s registered with DTI.

  19. Hi,

    I would like to ask what are my chances of being approved to a us visa? Both of my parents live in the US, as immigrants. I’m 30 years old married w/ 1 child. Working as a fraud analyst. Hndi po ba negative un na nandun parents ko and halos lahat na ng relatives ko? And should I get the visit visa po or pasponsor nlng po ako? Thanks po

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Dette, just get a tourist visa since you’re already over 21 years old. What you mean by pa-sponsor? As in mag-migrate ka din? Please pm me on Facebook.

  20. Hi Ms Karla.
    Nakaka good vibes ung mga tips mo. Ask ko lng kasi mag apply kasi ko ng US visa ngayong month.Nanalo kasi ako ng two round trip tickets pa San Francisco sa contest ng Goya sa FB. Wala accomodation talagang ticket lng. I want to know if sa question na ” person who will pay for your trip” dapat ba ilagay ung goya company dahil sagot nila ung ticket or myself na lang ang ilagay ko. Thanks in advance. Hope you reply me soon.

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Mildred,

      Congrats on winning a round trip tix to SF! San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the US, I’m currently in New York. Anyways, for the question: “who is person who will pay for your trip?” Just say Goya and yourself then bring a proof or document coming from Goya in case the consul ask you for it. The average daily allowance per day is $100 for food and $200-$250 for Airbnb or hotel. Uber is cheap. The duration of your stay multiply it by $300 -$400 should be enough for your travel expense. Let’s say you’re planning to stay in SF for 7 days, the calculation would be 7 * 300 = USD2100. Bring your bank certificate or transaction record in case the consular officer asks. Goodluck! 🙂

  21. Hi KT, I’ve read your story and it convince me to apply too. I am planning to apply this year but im worried on the “show money” thing. How much do i need to prepare for it? If im going to stay there for just a week?

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Joanne,

      Thanks for your comment. The consular officer won’t ask for “show money” unless they find your answers iffy. But just in case they as you for it, make sure that you can provide one. I brought my bank record but the officer didn’t even look at it. Which city or state are you planning to visit? You can Google the cost of trip in each city. For example, here in New York the average daily cost of a trip is around $500. Dinner at a restaurant is around $30-$50 per course and hotel accommodation is around $250-$350 per day. Airbnb is a great option too. If you have friends or family in the city you’re visiting, then better coz you will save more money during your trip. Lemme know if you have other questions! Cheers! 🙂

  22. Hi kT, need ko ng advise, gusto ko po sana mag apply ng tourist visa dhil gusto ko libutin bf ko he is willing to sponsor me, , I graduated 4-years course now still studying review class , no job , my mga cousin po ako sa america but di nmn kmi close, my chnce po kya na ma approve visa ko thnks po

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Cecille,

      I can’t answer your question but one thing I know for sure is that the consul will ask you about your Sponsor like his job, source of income, and your relationship to him. If you prove to them that you have strong familial ties and socio-economic ties to your country (Philippines) then you will be granted a visa. Goodluck on your application.

      Cheers! 🙂

  23. Hi KT, I am planning to get US Visa to visit my son and live-in partner who is in Seattle. Do you think papayagan ako ng consul if I will tell them na my partner was hospitalized and had a Tripple bypass and a valve replacement?

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Sherrizah,

      I’m so sorry to hear that about your partner. I think you will have a great chance of approval depends on how you explain your story to them. They might ask for hospital documents or maybe not, I really have no idea. Just be confident and show them that you really wanna be there for your family.

  24. Hi ms. KT! First, thank you for the very informative blog…! May I just ask, about on the question Who will going to pay the trip. My monthly salary is php50,000, can I put SELF on in? Will that sound that I am capable of traveling US with that amount of salary? Or may i just select SPONSORED, then i will put my sister’s details who currently works at Singapore… I hope you could help me with this. Thank you!

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Karen,

      If you can provide payslip and bank certificate then that’s even better. Yeah, just put “myself” if you will pay for your own travel expense. If your sister in Singapore will sponsor your trip, then you can input her details and not yours. If you need additional help, please contact me on Facebook. Thanks!

  25. Hi ms KT!

    MY interview is on next Tuesday (july 24. ), during the online application I indicated only 1 business kasi po 1 lng nman pwde ilagay db.. But I have condo for rent but I didn’t mention it. Do u think it will take credit if I tell them about it? Or they will just base on the ds160?

    Sabi po kasi sa mga nababasa ko they already background check u before your interview. So formality nlang mga questions. But thanks for giving us hopes! Promise, confident po akong haharap sa knila.

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Nix,

      Yup sabi nga nila formality lang talaga yung interview. Usually talaga they do the background check after they receive the DS160 form that you submitted online. 🙂

      I’m sure you already passed the interview and got your visa. Congrats! 🙂

  26. Hi, I have my interview tomorrow tourist us visa my friend sponsor all expenses and he sent me an invitation letter and his photo copy of drivers licence my salary too small but i have savings almost 50k , my visa grant?

    • Karla Thea

      Hi Helen,

      Sorry for the late response. How was your interview? I hope you got your tourist visa. Good luck! 🙂

  27. Hi Kt,i have an interview tomorrow tourist us visa, my best friend invite me to visit his country he’s my sponsor and paying all expenses, I work as a baker but my salary too small.. Can you tell me if my visa approve?

  28. jessa mae lozano on

    hi, inteally wanted to visit my boyfriend abroad. but hea a filipino, and not a citizen nor a green card holder. just an exchanged teacher.. can i mention it to the consul?

  29. hi kt,

    I am marge i am a Filipino working and living in Cambodia. I applied my U.S. visa application here in Cambodia last year but got denied, now i am planning to in manila for my second attempt. My question is do I need to start a new application or just edit the profile from my previous application? Is it advisable to ask for the assistance of local travel agency?

    Up to know i still dont know why my visa got rejected, at the time of my interview my U.K. is still valid. Im having doubts also i have no properties or investment under my name.

    Thanks for reading.

    Appreciate your reply.


  30. Hi kt,

    My mother will going to apply for a US visa, the reason why she will going to US is because she needs to comply the requirements of the social securty in which she need to stay atleast 1 month in US to claim the said benefits from our deceased father. Do you think its reasonable to aswer this to the consul?
    Another thing she is not working, though she has a bank acct to provide because im gfunding her account Do you think it is best to tell the consul that she will support all the trips or should we say our relatives will do the sponsoring thing. Well she will be visiting and stay with them but i dont want to bother them to provide the supporting document for sponsoring her. What is better? If you will ask the ties, well i still have two siblings currently studying. Hope i could get a feedback from you. Thanks

    • KT Mina

      Hi Melody,

      Thanks for visiting my blog. I think her reason for visiting the US is valid especially if you can show supporting documents of your deceased father. I didn’t mean to be insensitive, I’m so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine losing a loved one. It probably hurts but life must go on and we need to keep moving forward.

      For her funds, I think it’s best if you submit your documents as the sponsor since you will be funding her trip to the US. She has very strong family ties here in PH since her kids are still studying. Good luck to her interview. Encourage her and practice the possible interview questions –>

  31. SHEENA MAE vino domingo on

    Hi KT..How are you? malapit na interview ko. complete nrn ko ng supporting douments pati sa bf ko. What is the good answer if they ask you what is your purpose of your travel in the USA? saka how will I know that you will come back in the Philippines? can you give mo more interview tips? thank you 🙂 God bless

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