[US Visa] Part 3 – Requirements Checklist

To get this visa on your passport, make sure you also bring the following documents in this post

In case you haven’t heard from those who have applied previously, there is only a tiny chance that the Visa Adjuticator (VA) will take a look at any one of your requirements, and that chance arises when he or she isn’t satisfied with your answers, meaning you haven’t proven that you have strong economic and family ties to the Philippines and will return eventually. This is because as I have said, any document can be forged, but it is unlikely that your body language during the interview can be.

One lady was asked for her bank passbook. I assumed the VA did not believe her bank certificate could have such a sizable amount of money. The applicant didn’t have a passbook and kept insisting that the account was ATM only. She took out her ATM card and insisted the VA take it. What was the VA supposed to do with it? Swipe it down her crack? SMH. Common sense apparently isn’t so common. If that had happened to me, I would have easily given my PHP and USD passbooks as well as the old ones with holes punched through them. Needless to say, the applicant heard the usual “We are sorry but your application is not qualified for a visa at this time” (to that effect) and that was P7200 down the drain.

You know that you’re supposed to bring the usual bank certificate, employment certificate, income tax return, other BIR forms, business permits, land titles, LTO car registration – but again, all these can be forged and are hence presumed to be fake, and that’s why the officer rarely takes a look at them. Remember that with the thousands they interview everyday, the embassy won’t make an effort to call your bank/company/LTO/mayor’s office to verify your bank account/tenure/car registration/land title. Nevertheless, you should still bring them.

Here are some documents I brought (in addition to the above) that are highly unlikely to be forged:

– Current and old bank passbooks, under personal or business accounts (all currencies, if applicable). Definitely bring this. This is more useful than a bank certificate, which can easily be forged. As in the tragic example abovea passbook would have shown all the transaction history of the account. Naturally, the longer you have had that bank account with currently a huge amount, the better.

Note: My bank provided an official receipt to go with the bank certificate. Apparently, this is a US Embassy requirement (perhaps to lessen the chances of a forged certificate.)– Credit cards and statements. Again, the longer you’ve had it, the better. Gold and Platinum cards would also make more of an impact. Note: having a couple of credit cards will also be quite helpful at immigration (both at a Philippine airport and your destination airport) in proving you’re a tourist, if you get questioned.

Who will be paying for my trip? My cards and I will.

– Photos of you traveling abroad In case you don’t have your old passport and need proof of previous travels

– (If applicable) published work. A book or magazine article, to prove you’re an author or full-time writer. This is very difficult to forge and can prove that you are really of the profession you say you are.

I also brought the following items which I had on hand, just in case:
NSO birth certificate (in case they doubted my identity) 
– An old NBI clearance (in case I’m mistaken for a criminal or terrorist.)
– A sample Official Receipt recently issued by my business

I suppose the VA was completely satisfied with my answers that she didn’t ask to view even one of the documents I brought, which I’m hoping the same would happen during your interview too.

Good luck with your application!

      Do you have any other tips you would like to share with other readers? Comment below!

NOTE: This guide was created based on a B1/B2 (business/tourist) visa application. Some information may not be applicable for other visa types.

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