My U.S. Embassy Manila Tourist Visa Interview Experience 2016
I got an 8:15am schedule and my father accompanied me to the Embassy. We arrived at around 6:45am so we decided to kill time in Starbucks. I was seriously nervous and the iced green tea latte didn’t help either. Super glad my father had Diatabs with him because my stomach was churning. He said that he believes in me that I’ll get it and there’s no reason that I can’t because I’m not lying. Consuls deny applications mostly because they’re not convinced with the person’s purpose of travel. At around 8am, we went to the Embassy to check the line and I told him I got this. He wished me luck and then I decided to be Ms. Congeniality and talk to everyone, hahahaha!
Here are the people that I talked to:
- 3 ladies ages 20-27 years old that were applying for fiancée visa. They all have something in common! They found their fiancée through… *drumrolls* … WWW.FILIPINOCUPID.COM. I never thought that site actually has some success stories – if you may call it.
- A 20-year-old female who wants to visit her “aunt” but she told us that she’s just lying as she’s actually visiting her boyfriend
- Another 25-year-old female who wants to visit “aunt” but she told us that she’s lying too because she’s visiting her TNT parents
- A 27-year-old female who was inconsistent when I asked her if that was her first interview. She was so nervous even answering my casual question as a stranger. Why so kaba, teh?
See? THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS!
A lot of Pinoys are bunch of fucking liars that’s why Embassies around the world deny even those who are telling the truth. For the love of God, STOP BEING FUCKING SELFISH. If you want to work in another country, GET A FUCKING WORKING VISA! Want to visit your boyfriend? TELL THEM AND GET A FUCKING TOURIST VISA! Want to marry someone? GET A FUCKING FIANCEE VISA! I don’t care what you want but DO IT LEGALLY! Imagine how many honest Pinoys get rejected because you’re so lazy to do it legally?!
I’m sorry I got carried away.
US Tourist Visa Interview Process
Anyway, proceed… When you go to the US Embassy, you will be asked to fall in line based on your time. They will only accommodate you 15 minutes before your appointment so don’t be so early. After falling in line outside, you will be asked to:
1 – bring out your passport and DS-160 form
2 – bring out your appointment form, passport, and 2×2 picture, they will then put a sticker for tracking
3 – go inside the security and put your belongings in a conveyor belt for checking
4 – you might get asked to sit first in the shaded part (there are snacks available here) or go straight to the Embassy itself
5 – have your bags manually checked again by the security
6 – fall in line for the prescreening
There were about 10 windows where a Filipina will ask you your purpose of your trip (I said “tourist/vacation”), if it’s your first time applying (I said “Yes”), if you’re single, then state your name, and birthday
Step 7 – finger scanning
There were around 5 windows for finger scanning. The person inside the booth have microphones and you can hear them loudly across the room. There were maybe 3 foreigners and 2 Filipinas manning the booth and the Filipina in one booth kept on shouting and bullying the applicants that she was assisting. “Sabi ko diinan mo di’ba?!” (“I told you to press it harder, right?!”), “Ano ba’ng di mo maintindihan?!” (“What don’t you understand?!”)
I’m glad I wasn’t assigned in her booth. The American lady who assisted me was the sweetest! “Okay dear, place your left finger.” “Wonderful!” “Fantastic!” “Great!” And she also kept on saying sorry when my barcode won’t scan. “Sorry, dear! Don’t worry, I’ll do my best!” UGH SHE’S THE BEST!
STEP 8 – INTERVIEW
I have been reading blogs and forums about US Visa interview for months now and all of them said that the whole process lasts for at least 4 hours.
After finger scanning, I lined up where I was asked to line up. I thought it was just another pre-screening or security measure but the lady in front of me told me that after 3 applicant, it’s already her turn for interview. I said “Oh no. This is not yet the interview. We’ll wait for 2 hours at least.”
I looked at other applicant, too and they told me that it’s already interview time. Totoo ba, teh!!! I’m already the 4th in line and it suddenly sink in. I was called and I walked to an American man in his 30s. He was still interviewing someone so I waited for my turn. I looked around and I can see people carrying their passports and blue slip (rejection slip) with them.
My heart was pounding but I can’t be nervous because WHY! My purpose is to tour US, done. Approved or denied, it wouldn’t matter.
Then he called me up.
He wasn’t even looking at me.
I’m smiling but deep inside I’m dying.
Actual Interview in US Embassy Manila
Me: Hello, good morning!
Consul: *poker face* Good morning. Purpose of travel?
Me: I will spend my Christmas in Washington and fly to New York for the New Year’s Ball Drop with m—-
Consul: *he cuts me* Cool! That’s cool! *types* What’s your work?
Works at Krusty KrabI’m a Digital Marketing Specialist
Consul: What did you finish?
Me: Bachelor of Arts in Communication
Studied at Facebook UniversityAdamson University, just walking distance from here
Consul: Where else have you been?
Me: *lists European country* and just recently, Thailand
Consul: Okay, this has been approved.
Me: THANK YOU SO MUCH!
WOW. I spent 6 months preparing for my Schengen Visa but this one, I only brought my COE and ITR and they didn’t even ask for it. Beyoncé’s song is longer than the interview and I was taken aback. I am seriously thinking that they have already done background check for each candidate and the interview is just for formality.
So, don’t lie because they know you better than you know yourself. LOL.
Bragging aside, I’ve read forums and blog about US Visa Interview Experience and my interview experience is by far the quickest interview for a first timer and a young, single, Filipina that I’ve ever heard. No questions about my finances (which they always, always ask), no questions on what are the places I’ll visit in US, etc. I WAS SO SURPRISED.
I arrived at the Embassy at 8 in the morning then went out at 8:45 in the morning. Yes, 45 minutes for the whole process.
After the interview, I walked straight to the exit looking like a psycho with a smile on my face. I heard the people talking “Ay, approve ‘yan!” (I bet she’s approved!)
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