B1/B2 US visa – helpful tips from my experience


You must have stumbled upon my page because you were looking for some tips on how to get a US tourist visa. I’m going to share simple and helpful tips based on my experience. As you can see, I am a OFW working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, obviously, my B1/B2 US visa was granted in this oil rich country.

There are a lot of hearsay and misconceptions about acquiring a US tourist visa. They say that it’s hard to get a US visa in the Philippines but easier when applied in another country. WRONG. I have a handful of friends who tried their luck for the US visa but ended up DENIED even if they have all the necessary requirements, documents and mind you, with fat bank accounts.

I was afraid to apply for a US tourist visa when I was in the Philippines because the thought of getting denied is emotionally draining not to mention the financial side of the story. Manila is an hour flight from Cebu and that means I need a place to stay during the interview, meaning, aside from the application and visa fees, I have to spend for my plane tickets, food and accommodation in Manila. As I am not familiar with Manila, I need to bring somebody with me to help me around and that would mean added expenses. In short, US tourist Visa is just a dream.

All I had during my interview were handwritten letters from my daughter which she gave me before I left for Saudi Arabia, pictures of me, my daughter and mom, malnourished bank account from the Philippines (print out), ATM card and Credit card (just in case of emergency), print out of the last billing of my credit card, an invitation letter from my aunt in Las Vegas sent thru email (as they say I need an invitation letter as one of the supporting documents) my passport, passport size pictures ( 4 copies) and the very most important thing, certificate of employment from my employer (or a company employment certificate from where you are working). I have no land title/s, house or car under my name or fat bank account. I don’t even have the statement of account of my aunt to support my stay in the US as it will take 3 weeks for them to get a copy of the document from their bank. In short, I am taking a big risk.

So you want to visit the US for tourism, right? Foreign nationals who want to enter the US temporarily for business or tourism purposes must apply for Non-immigrant visa with a valid passport.

What is a B1/B2 Visa?

B1 Visa is for business purposes, meaning, you can go to the US for the purpose of business. When you say business, it’s not that you are already allowed to open your own business in the US but only transact business, procurement of materials, attend trade shows, etc.

B2 Visa is for tourism, travel for leisure and medical treatment in the US.

What is a Visa?

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States (U.S.) generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship. Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the U.S. without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the U.S – (from travel.state.gov)

Here is a sample of a B1/B2 US Visa.  (pic from travel.state.gov)

How to apply for B1/B2 Visa.

First, you have to apply online and fill up the application form before you can make an appointment through their website. Detailed application if you are in Saudi Arabia in this site. http://riyadh.usembassy.gov/visas/b1b2.html.

If you are in the Philippines, one has to make an appointment thru call center. Please click the link for details, http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3024.htmlhttp://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3024.html.

Now, you have already filled up and submitted your online application form, paid the corresponding visa fee and is waiting for the schedule of your appointment. Waiting time is the hardest time because of so many negative thoughts coming in to your mind like what if I get denied, what shall I do? Can I still apply again? Or, you are already very excited of the trip and plotting out your itinerary. Planning for a trip is stressful, isn’t it?

When filling up the application form online, keep in mind to be always honest with your answers because this will be asked to you again by the Consul, randomly. If you lie in your application, one lie will give you a big trouble if discovered, worse, you might get banned from entering the US because of fraud. The Consuls are trained to read facial expressions and mannerisms of a person that is why, your fate and hopes lie with these people.

I was doing my research to get tips on how to better answer the Consul during my interview and what should I bring to get the Visa. I read blogs and tips that sometimes I get discouraged because I don’t have some of the most required documents like financial capacity (enough money in my name) to support the travel, land titles etc. Then I told myself, even if I don’t have all these documents, all I will do is just be honest with myself and to the Consul, do the best that I can do during the interview and leave everything to God, at least I tried.

The day of my interview came. I chose the 8:30 am schedule so I was already at the US Embassy in Riyadh by 7:30 am. As the sun was getting hotter, the people queuing were increasing too. My heart was pounding fast and had butterflies in my stomach. I did not have enough sleep and was praying all night for guidance from God. If it is His will that I shall travel to the US, thank you, if not, then so be it.

The guy in the window asked for my appointment paper and bank receipt. My mobile phone, perfume and hand sanitizer, all metal things were left at the counter. I passed by the scanner and so my bag too. After all the security check, I headed to the office. While waiting, I tried to comfort myself, kept my composure because this will affect my interview if the Consul will see me shaking and nervous, I might get denied without any word at all.

My number was called. A friendly woman asked me few questions like what are you going to do in the US? She took some of my documents then advised me to have a seat and wait again for my number to be called.

A voice from the loud-speaker announced – Number so and so, English speaking please proceed to window 13. Nervous as I am, before I headed to the cubicle, I prayed, Lord God please be with me, Thy will be done. I approached the guard and asked again if what window shall I proceed to because I did not hear the voice clearly. The guard said, just go to either window 12 or 13. I went inside the 1st cubicle. The guy had a mean face that I started to tremble but still I wore my smile and said, Good morning Sir. The Consul, a bit chubby with a beard and without a trace of smile on his face responded, I did not call, you go to the next window. Whew! Thank God he’s not the one. I went to the next window and saw an approachable, small framed American guy. Again, I flashed a smile and greeted the Consul. He then asked me to pick up the phone so that we can talk properly. He opened the computer and was accessing my online application then started throwing questions at me.

Consul: What is your purpose of travel to the US?

Me: For tourism and I want to spend my Christmas and New Year in the US and hopefully to experience white Christmas.

Consul: So you’re going to Las Vegas, I heard there’s a lot of Filipinos there; do you have a relative in Vegas?

(My mind was having 2nd thoughts of the question because they said, don’t ever tell the interviewer that you have relatives in the US because chances are you will get denied as they will think you will not go back to your country again. Thing is, I am honest remember? I have written in my application that I have an aunt in Vegas and the address)

Me: Yes, I have an aunt, she is a nurse and I haven’t seen her for almost 15 years.

Consul: Do you have kids?

Me: Yes, I have a daughter; she’s in the Philippines now. (I took the pictures and her handwritten letters from my folder and handed it to the Consul as a support to my claim)

Consul: It’s ok, thank you. (He declined and did not took the papers and photos from me)

Consul: So, what is your work here?

Me: I work as personal secretary of a Princess.

Consul: That’s great. As her secretary, what is your scope of work?

Me: The usual clerical work, paper work that is, scout for manufacturers of furniture online, negotiate prices, buy items for her, make appointments, etc.

Consul: What is the business of your employer?

Me: She has a company that caters to the needs of women and children like spa, swimming area, gym, beauty parlor, furniture and home deco. She’s into interior designs now.

Consul: Do you have the financial capacity to sustain your travel?

Me: (Hmmmm tough question. Confident as I am I replied) Yes, I have cash on hand.

Consul: Why cash on hand? Why not put it in the bank? Don’t you have a bank account?

Me: Yes, I have but it’s a Philippine account, not in a Saudi bank. (Took my passbook and bank statement, handed it to him, but the Consul did not even bother to check my documents, again.)

Consul: Why not open one here?

Me: If I open an account in Saudi, it will be cumbersome on my part as I have to go to the bank, withdraw, and then go to remittance centers to transfer or send money to my family in the Philippines. For me, it’s better have my cash on hand. Anytime I need to send money, I can do so and straight to my account too.

Consul: Do you have a credit card?

Me: Yes, I have sir.

(Took me sometime to find my credit card inside the folder, the Consul then said, just give me your folder. When he opened the folder, the first page was the Certificate of employment from my employer. After reading the certification, he said, ok, you go to FedEx, pay and wait for your visa; you will have it in few days.)

Everything the Consul asked me were based on what I have written on my application form.

I couldn’t believe what I just heard. I passed the interview and will be heading to the US soon. I left the embassy with a smile. After 3 days, my passport arrived and guess what, I got 10 years multiple entry B1/B2 US visa.

Lessons from the interview:

1) Be transparent. As what I have said, the Consuls are individual who have years of experience and extensive trainings in their chosen field.

2) Be honest. As much as possible don’t lie. If you do so, tendency is you will forget what you have written on the application form and you may blow that chance of getting the visa. Whatever way the Consul will interrogate you, if you are honest with your answers, you will still give the same reply.

3) Be yourself.

4) Relax and be confident with all your answers. Never make unnecessary movements like twirling your hair or worse, biting your nails (as some unconsciously do) or make facial expressions that will distract the Consul.

5) Get as much information needed like the place you want to visit, jot down possible questions the Consul might ask you. If possible, practise in front of a mirror or with a friend.

6) One question, one answer. Don’t give too much information other than what is being asked. Keep the talkative side of you behind for a while as this may get you into trouble than good.

7) Have your presence of mind, stay focused and be attentive to the questions asked.

8) Have an eye contact.

9) Have faith in yourself.

10) Have faith in God.

11) As per my observation, the Consuls really don’t care of your financial status, what they care about is your strong ties to your country or work. That you have the intentions of going back to your country and NOT stay in the US as an illegal alien.

12) Being granted a visa is not because of the mood of the Consul during the interview as how we see it when things went wrong and denied of the opportunity. It is but by how you confidently answer and assures the Consul of your honest intentions as a tourist.

I was expecting a single entry but God gave me more than what I have asked for. Everything is according to His great plan and in His time, not ours.

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232 comments on “B1/B2 US visa – helpful tips from my experience

  1. Hello I’m Alvin working also here in KSA, I was inspired with your quest to go to US me also wants to tour there but not just me with my wife as well she was here also because of my status as family status.

    How can I arrange things, is there a problem if I include my wife to travel US? Is it specified in the application? She will be interviewed also like me?

    When did you apply? Regarding interview date did the embassy assigned it?

    When did you travel US? The itinerary how you arrange it, how much is the expenses in travelling to US?

    Hope you could give me your ample time on my queries. I will be keeping in touch to you and my wife too.

    Thank you and have a good day…

    • Hi Alvin,

      Kumusta?

      Thank you for dropping by. You and your wife will go to the embassy for personal appearance and interview. I applied last October 2010, got my visa after 3 working days. I went to the U.S. December 2010 – January 2011.

      You and your wife are going to fill up an online application form, choose the date and time you want to be interviewed after paying online fee using a credit card. Then, you have to pay the visa fee thru Samba bank.

      Before I planned my US vacation, I already have in mind which places to go, how much will I spending for pasalubongs and personal stuff. From there, I have my conservative budget. I wasn’t able to shell out much because my aunt sponsored for my hotel accomodation.

      I hope this helps. If you need more info, please leave your email address. Regards to your wife. God bless and merry Christmas.

  2. Hi, I just wanna express my sincerely thanks to you for the confidence your experience has made me regain. I am a Nigerian,married to an American.My first encounter with the consul at the Embassy here in Nigeria in 2010 for my immigrant Visa was an awful experience that added to the challenges me and My wife already had(distance). I am planning for a Visit to spend my vacation with my Wife and our Wedding anniversary together (April, 28). Your Post has gone a long way to give me hope and confidence that with God all things are possible. Thanks a lot for the tips. God bless you, Happy New Year.

  3. HI. I was looking through visa pages and glad I found your article. I am so inspired. I just want to ask if it’s possible for my best friend (a Filipina) to sponsor my tourist visa? I’ve read a couple of articles on immihelp.com which made us believe it’s possible. I’ll be waiting for your reply. Thanks. :)

  4. You got the visa partly because you are working in a country not of your citizenship/residence. Therefore being in a “3rd country” seems safer to them compared to your base country.

    Greetings from Malaysia.

    • I don’t think so. I have a couple of friends who tried to get a visa from here and they have all the papers to show their capacities to sustain travels with their families but were still denied.

  5. Hi. I’m planning to visit the embassy soon, but I do not have all those things! I’m a student at the university level and I will be taking a school letter,invitation letter and the person who is inviting me bank’s draft and such. I’m applying for a non immigrant visa, do u think I will get the visa? Being I have not much ties at home! After all its just school. Please reply!!

  6. Great experience. I really like your story, just like others who have read ur story i too was really inspired and motivated to file for a tourist visa. In your case you have relatives in U.S… but how about if i declare that i dont have relatives there? in all honesty, i have bunch of relatives there but im not so close to them…is there a big chance if no one can vouch for me in US for a tourist visa?

    • HI Tzarina,

      Just be honest during the interview. I was tempted to deny having relatives there but I took the chance of telling the Consul the truth and it paid off.

      Good luck to you.

  7. i’m inspire by your article too. It seems like really not that scary to apply for a US visa. I’m thinking of applying too. But can i ask if i plan to go on December 2012 when is the suitable date for me to start applying? and how long does the visa last (10 years??) ?

    thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

  8. Hi there!

    First of all, thanks a lot for an inspiring article!

    I am a nurse here in KSA, and the one who’s going to sponsor my visit in US is a nurse as well. Do you think it’s a disadvantage?

  9. Hello! I stumbled upon this blog because I am looking for information regarding US Visa. :) I was issued a B1/B2 Visa 10 years ago and now I’m about to renew it. The purpose of the travel is for tourism. I’m confused whether I will pick B1/B2 visa (just because that’s the visa they issued me years ago) or just choose B2 because that’s really the intended purpose of travel? Thanks in advance. :) Thank you also for sharing your experience :)

  10. Hello,

    your post is really inspiring. I am going to apply for US visitor vis soon. I dont own a credit card,is there any other way to purchase PIN to take appointments online.

  11. hello there,

    can you also tell us about your experience when you first left the plane in USA…I mean i heard that a B1-B2 visa is not a guarantee to enter USA, you will also be asked some questions at the airport there by an officer and he determines if you will enter USA or not…

    thanks
    Adam

  12. hello, good afternoon ,, balak ko kasi kumuha ng tourist visa… sabi kasi nila mahirap mag apply ng K1 visa.. plano namin pakasal ng nobyo ko.. kaya lang dahil sa medyo may edad na siya hindi na niya kaya mag byahe ng matagal .. papuntang pinas . katulong poh work ko dito .. wala ako bank account sa pinas or kahit anong tittle.. pero gusto ko pumunta ng USA. para ma meet ng personal future husband ko.. yon ksi kailangan para sa pag apply ng fiancee visa.. us citizen nobyo ko xa lahat ang sagot sa mga gastos ko .. hindi ko talaga alam pano mag apply ng tourist visa ,,, pls need ko advice u pauwi na kasi ako ng pinas this coming nov … lagi kamo nag tatalo dahil jan ayoko ko kasi umuwi eh gusto niya para ayosin documents ko…

    • Hi Rebecca,

      Just try lang mag apply. Visit the website po kung san ang location mo ngayon at apply ka online. If nasa Pinas ka visit http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3217.html.

      Advice ko lang sa you is just be yourself during the interview at kalma lang though madaling sabihin but mahirap gawin lalo na pag nininerbyos na tayo. Wag maraming sagot sa isang tanong. Rule is – isang tanong isang sagot unless mag follow up question ang Consul.

      Good luck. Keep me posted. TY

  13. i also have the same story like you do, im working as a nurse here in Riyadh and dreamed of going to USA, God is so good that he granted my request. I was given a multiple entry for one year only and i have used it properly, came back after 2 weeks vacation in USA, if i apply for renewal of visa, what is the chance that the consul will give me a multiple entry of 10 years? thanks

    • Hi Angeline,

      Sorry for the late reply ha. Granting multiple entry of 10 years visa is depende talaga sa Consul and during the interview. Like me, 1st try ko pa lang 10 yrs kaagad ang naibigay sa akin. I have friends na they have properties sa Pinas, stable jobs, fat bank accounts but still denied everytime they try their luck again. One friend 4 times syang nag try, still nothing happened. As for you, malaki ang chance mo kasi ilang beses ka na din nagbakasyon dun.

      Good luck and pls keep me posted. TY

  14. Hi…kumusta? i have read your experience and comments here and it helps a lot… I too is planning to apply for a visa but i was not confident to do so because, as i read some blog, visa experiences in different websites, that single is being denied… I am a single but i have a daughter, im employed for 9 years and have no land titles…do you think being a single will deny the visa? I will be applying together with my daughter, is it a big factor if we will both apply for visa? pls. enlighten…thanks…

    • Hi Madzky,

      Thank you for dropping by. I’m a single mother with a daughter too. What I did talaga dun sa embassy was answer all the questions honestly. Dala ko ang picture ng anak ko at yong mga hand written letters nya, d pa nga tiningnan, deadma hehehe. Wala akong land title, fat bank accounts but I have the guts to tell the Consul straight to his face when he asked me ano raw ang gagastusin ko sa US kung wala akong pera, i told him, I have my plastic and showed him my credit card. I have read instances na mom and daughter applied but the mother was denied for some reason at ang anak ang na approve. Again, the Consul can read the person kahit d pa nagsasalita and what is true and maybe not true during the question and answer portion or even approaching ka palang. Just be simple and just be you.

      Hope this help. Good luck and please keep me posted. TY

    • Hope the blog owner doesn’t mind me chiming in.

      I was approved for B1/B2 and I visas a few days ago. I was advised to apply for both visas by the consular officer, though initially it was only the B1/B2 visa that I applied for.

      I don’t think being single is a factor at all. I’m single and has no kid. I think it really depends on whether you can convince the officer you have plans to come back to the Philippines. Actually, even from my end, just observing those at the embassy, I could sense if the visa applicant will be denied or not.

      Here are my other observations from my two visits to the U.S. embassy:

      1. Those who applied as a whole family (not just a mother and her child, or a grandmother with her grandkid) and the family has children up to their early 20s, they were oftentimes approved, especially if the parents are business owners.

      2. Those who were denied previously of their tourist visa applications were likely to be denied again.

      3. The more questions they ask, the higher the likelihood you’d get denied.

      4. Those with legitimate letters of invitation to train or intern were mostly approved.

      5. Applications by government employees were mostly denied.

      6. Applications from senior citizens, well most of them, were denied.

      • hi EJ,

        not a problem po. This is good at least may makukuha na ideas ang ating mga kababayan who wanted to visit the US.

        As far as I know po, senior citizens specially if may may anak or immediate family sa US ay approved kc as what I have learned from a friend, the reason for approving these senior citizens is that they will not go on TNT sa US and most likely will just be there for few months at babalik talaga ng Pinas which is quite true specially if they have grandchildren in the Philippines, properties or a small business.

        I have a friend na ang family nag apply for a US tourist visa, thing is the daughter was approved but the mother was denied for some reasons.

        Another friend also wanted to attend the 50th wedding anniversary of his parents but was denied. May family business nga sya at may pera, properties at kotse denied pa din.

        End point, the consuls have their reasons to deny the applicants. We just don’t know what.

      • Hi EJ, hala medyo nawalan na naman ako ng confident nong nabasa ko ung No. 5 observations mo….truly po ba na government mployees were morstly denied?kinabahan ako sir……i’m planning kc to apply, atras abante ako kc natatakot ako baka madeny….whew!…

        Anyway, i hope that is just mainly an observations and not true hehehe…

      • Madzky,

        That’s why you are here sa site na to kc naghahanap ka ng tips and I’m glad you are here. Sana makakuha ka ng tips talaga to make it through sa application mo just in case matutuloy ka.

        Re number 5 sa post ni EJ, sabi nga nila pag gov’t employee ka, mahaba habang usapan yan kahit na sa Asian country ka lang pupunta. But still, depende yan sa Immigration officer din, kc d ba most of the Asian countries no need nga ang visa. My aunt is a gov’t employee and was able to travel to Asian countries d nga lang U.S pero naka travel sya d ba though she said may kaba talaga nung naka queue na sya sa airport kc baka ma offload but that did not happen.

        In your case, there is no harm in trying d ba? Just try and take the risk if you really want to visit the US. There is really no harm in trying pero yon nga sa katulad ko na medyo gipit sa budget, sayang ang mga fees pag na deny but so worth it pag na approve.

        Good luck!

  15. Hi there, i’m glad to read this. I am planning to apply for US visa but didn’t figured out yet what kind of visa to apply. I have a US citizen bf and the visa that i should apply would be K1 visa but it requires personal meeting but it will take time for that to happen because he is afraid to fly. So he wants me to visit him to the US instead of him visiting me here. My question is…is it possible to apply for tourist visa even if i don’t have a job since i already quit my call center job?. And don’t have properties too but he is willing to transfer his money to my bank account for the show money and that he will be my sponsor.

    Thanks!

    • Hi Rency,

      Kumusta ka? Honestly, I don’t have the authority to give you legal advice. My own personal advise lang po is that bec your bf can’t make it to see you in the Philippines bec of his fear to fly, try to apply for a tourist visa. SAbi nga nila mahirap kumuha nito but then again there is no harm in trying. Just be yourself and you have to convince the Consul na you are really going back to the PHilippines after the due date of your travel and will not go on TNT sa US po. Better still, try to call the US embassy for advice before you apply for the visa so that you will know which is which and para di sayang ang pera at effort mo.

      Hope this helps. All the best and good luck. Keep me posted po. TY

      • Hi po, thank you for the reply. Actually, I’m planning na nga po na kumuha ng immigration lawyer para matulongan ako about this matter. Kasi my bf is also asking me to bring my daughter with me when i visit the US. And medyo worried ako kasi naka apelyedo sya sa dad nya. I don’t have plans naman na mag TNT kasi gusto nya na sumama samin pagbalik but then yon nga po ang problema is how to convince the consul na uuwi ako.

        And yes! i will keep you posted whatever happens. TY

    • Hi! Rency, I just want to ask if there’s any progress about your application for visa? But I’m planning to get B2 visa. We have same situation. I have a US citizen bf and want me to visit his country. I have no job but he’s willing to transfer his money to my bank account. I hope you can help me about my concern.

  16. Hi Po! Salamat po sa pagshare ng experience mo Ate, actually natatakot ak uli mag-apply ng B2 visa ko Ate kasi nga nadeny nako minsan. At ang inaalala ko ai yung ties na sinabi sakin nung consul officer na wala daw ak.Ano dapat kong gawin Ate magtry lang ulit kahit wlang changes nangyari sakin?tapos wla na ak work now dahil sa pagpunta ko ng interview ko sa visa.Okay parin kaya yun kahit wala na ak work now Ate?
    Tapos wala din ak properties and bank accounts.Plz give me an advice Ate ano dapat kong gawin?

    • Hi Shierly,

      Thank you for dropping by po.

      Naku ate, parang malabo yata ang case mo considering wala kang work at kahit man lang konti sa account mo. Kc itatanong yan sa u if ever, anong gagamitin mong pera dun d ba? May friend ako, single sya, may stable na work, may fat bank account, may kotse sya pero 4 times na deny. Maybe you can try again pag may work ka na para may strong ties ka sa Pinas at babalik ka talaga sa Pinas. One thing also, ask for a company certification na after your vacation, you will go back to work, just like what I did po. I asked for a certification sa work ko, kung ilan taon na ako sa work ko and nag vouch sila na babalik ako and my purpose for travel is solely for vacation lang.

      I hope this helps.

      Weng

  17. You are very True I had this same experience last month on 29th and when i read your article every thing happened to you was so much like what i have experience. And yes one has to be transparent in every way. An be legal have faith on your self and have faith on God.

    Regards
    Richard Roberts
    (Lahore, Pakistan)

  18. Hi Mam,
    Please do advise me what to do to make the consul believe me. I was denied 2yrs ago and again trying my luck. I have no relatives in US but I have an Americn friend who is sponsoring me. He is giving all my iteneraries and documents that I will be attending workshops-such as learning new software. The iteneraries and documents listed all the Info of him and my round trip ticket which he will shoulder all. And will stay to his house in Las Vegas.
    My question now is…is all the documents that come from him would be a great vehicle for my visa?
    I work only in a university just for 5 yrs and have minimal salary. Do you think will thi help?
    By the way, I am single. I have travelled HK twice, Singapore, Malaysia. This happened after i was denied
    Pls do advise me as I am planning to get appointment this coming week.
    Thanks,
    N

  19. I had my first US tourist visa interview last Sept 5 at the US Embassy in Doha, Qatar. I took the 7:45am interview schedule and while everybody I saw was excessively dressed to killl for an interview, I just came in wearing my construction company uniform with the logo and name printed on my shirt. He asked me why I want to go to the US. I replied: I want to go and spend my vacation in NY to watch broadway musicals or go to Las Vegas and play slot machines but for sure I want to see Sleeping Beauty when she wakes up at Disneyland.

    He was laughing on my answer then took a glance at my shirt and asked if the name in my shirt is the company I am working in Qatar. I simply said yes. he then asked me about my work. I spoke about my purchaser work routine from meeting up construction suppliers and placing orders. Dealing on payment terms and making sure my company gets the full value on their money. I then finally ended my statement that in my stressful construction career wherein Qatar right now is on a construction upswing, I think I deserve to spend my hard earnings for a peaceful vacation. No work, no relatives, no friends, no deadlines and no pressures. Just me and my peaceful broadway musicals, me chilling with my slot machine and me with sleeping beauty in disneyland (which I actually meant to get a much needed beauty rest). So after my vacation in the United States, I can go back to my present work in Qatar, fully rested, vibrantly refreshed and ready to do my procurement work again!

    He then smiled at me and told me to come back the next day for my passport. When I got my passport the following day, I saw my first US visa with multiple entries and 10 years validity in it. I looked up in the sky, thank God and smiled: “Sleeping Beauty for the next 10 years… here I come! :-)

    My Tip:

    1. Be concise and honest on your answers. They dont have time to listen for your so called finance capabilities with supporting documents that you wish they would see. If you think your capable, it will show on how you answer his questions.

    2. Don’t dress to kill for the interview. It only shows your desperate to get one.

    3. Answer honestly. Consuls are bored on listening daily about Disneyland answers. A twist of laugh about Disneyland will make the consul more interested to listen about you.

    4. Speak with actions when you answer questions. It will be more convincing than your supporting documents. Remember that the consul does not only listen on what you say but also decide on how you convey your answers.

    5. Last, be positive about yourself. Be confident and have faith that you can.

    Good Luck! :-)

    • Hi Clyde,

      Thank you for dropping by and sharing your experience and tips as well. This will really help those who are trying for a US tourist visa. I agree with all what you just mentioned. Be yourself and be honest with all your answers, positive, confident and faith not only in yourself but in the Almight Father. Everything is according to HIS will and not ours. I was planning to visit again US this year but there was a change in plans. Hopefully and God willing, next year again or whenever ;-).

    • Hi Clyde,

      Thanks for Sharing your experiences.

      I am staying in Qatar and I have applied for the B1/B2 visa. My interview is scheduled on 3rd Feb. at 8:30 AM. In this regard, I need to speak to you and take some interview tips and step by step process. I would appreciate if you could spare some time and contact me on irfan250@yahoo.com I need to speak to you.

  20. Very helpful,thanks a lot,so maybe you can advice me as well,if what shall i do?i’m working in saloon and my contract will be invalid in sept2013,while im waiting,i’d intent to apply k-1 visa as i know this is easiest visa apply.but i got doubt when i noticed that it needs lot of requirements nor even physically meet.yet im trying to loolking some good idea and easiest way and i found your blog and try to ask ur advice.im in reyadh now and my fiance said is easy to apply online for visit visa coz that’s easy,and fastest way to apply in reyadh and he adds also that he has guide here in saudi reyadh as he working here before being a soldier,but yet i still have doubt.whta shall i do then?pls i need ur advice and help thnaks.

  21. Hi good day, im romeo i have a scheduled interview on october 22, presently im working here in Jubail at Saudi Aramco Total Refing Petrochemicla Corp as Project Reporting Assistant, my requirements all completed cert. emplyment, bank statement and others, i just want to know if i have chance to recieve a visa, I knew its God’s will, can you give me tips in regards to the intervies, your blog is very helpful. Thank you God bless

    • Hi Romeo,

      I guess you have a good chance considering you have an employment certificate in your requirements. Is it also stated there when you intend to go to the US and for how many weeks or months, cause that is really helpful. The rest will depend on how you answer the questions of the consul, confidence and how true is your intention to come back to middle east after the said holiday. Good luck and hope you will get the 10 yrs multiple entry. God bless and have faith in the Almighty Father and in yourself.

      Weng

  22. Hi Cebuana with Love. TRUST in GOD & HONESTY matters most! The same thing i did during my interview @ the US Consular in Khobar last April. I got 10 years multi-entry visa. Went to the US last August 01 and went back here in the Kingdom 25 August.

    I’m just an ordinary Petrochemical employee and even not earning 5 or 6 digit income. and i only got less than 40 grand in my bank account – the consul never asked for it. He never asked if i have any property back home.

    Parang nakita ko sarili sa ‘yo during your interview. Praise God HE blessed me with a 10 year Multi-entry visa.

    Maayong Buntag!

    • Hi Gilbert,

      I’m happy you did it and had your great time in the US. God is good all the time. Pinakita nya na lahat ng pangarap ay di nadadaan sa pera lang. Dreams do come true in the right time.

      Maayong adlaw nimo!

  23. Hi Weng,

    Praise God, I finished my US Visa Interview… in Dhahran thanks God… I passed the interview this morning, i dont know how many days my passport will be delivered by fedex, and i dont know how many years entry visa given to me by the Consul, until I received my passport.
    Thanks for your blog, your right just answer honestly what is written in our DS-160 application, and to prepare the supporting documents.

  24. hi everyone,
    My name is victor and i am an international student in Canada, basically from India. I came here last year for my 4 semester studies. i have already finished my 2 semesters and currently is in 3rd semester and will finish this 3rd semester on 14th december,2012. I have already applied for US visa online application form and i have mentioned there that i dont have any relative there, just a family friend but honestly speaking he is my mother’s real brother. i dont have any relative here in Canada and i am staying with my friends here. now the problem is as everybody is saying be honest there in front of visa officer, please tell me what should i do now? i am sure they will ask me ” is there any relative of mine there in US or not?”, i will say just a family friend. few days back someone in my class got rejection because she said she does not have anyone here in Canada as well as in US also and Visa officer said she does not have strong connection in both the countries thats why he denied her visa. now please guide me what should i say in interview? should i say i do have cousins here in Canada or not? or should i say i dont have any relative in Canada as well as in Us also?

  25. HI! Im a Cebuana too. Great to hear your wonderful story and how touching it is that to be transparent, confident and faith in God are the important things to achieve to get the US visa.

    I will be having my interview this Nov 6 2012 here at Manila Phils, and it will be of great help if you can give me some tips, or questions that may be asked? I am applying for a B2 visa, the company is shouldering me the expenses and it’s my first time. So i am quite nervous per se. Thank you in advance.

    • Hi Vanne,

      thanks a lot for dropping by. I guess B2 visa can be easily acquired because you have a strong tie back in the Philippines, and that is your work. And I bet you will have your certificate of employment and all necessary documents pertaining to your US travel from the company and that is what they need plus your confidence during the interview. Just a note, don’t over dress. Be as simple but chic as you are. Good luck and just be yourself.

    • Hi Vanne, share ur xperience during ur interview pls? and good luch to you….sana makakuha ka rin kagaya ng ibang nakakuha ng B2 visa….God Bless…

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  27. Hi cebuana,

    I Aldrin, from Cebu also, I am planning to apply for a visitors Visa, and your experience is an insparation to me, I am 23 years old, with a regular job, No land titles, and my money on my bank, was very low. My Aunt who is a nurse at California, what me to with her during her vacation, so I can experience skiing and riding on a hot air balloon. how long does the appointment waits?

  28. Kumusta Aldrin,

    Unsa na ang Cebu karon? You check the online appointment of US embassy, Manila. There, you will see schedules which are yet open. You decide and choose the date when you want to have the interview. Also, application is filled up online too. Be careful when filling up the online form and be honest as possible with your answers because it is also where the Consul will get his questions. You might get confused with your answers if and when and is be a big factor para ma deny. Also, don’t forget to ask for company certification where it reflects your vacation schedule and that you will come back for work on specific date as well.

    Good luck!

    • Hi cebuana, okay ra ghapon ang cebu…. I was thinking if you can help me with the process, cause I am really confuse where to apply… can you support me with a link and where to pay the fee? That you mean a lot to me.

  29. hi i am attendn my interview on december 14th,b4 i was very scare about what question i would b ask bcos my company will sponsoring my visit but after readn ur tips,i feell relax have confidence in my self and i bliv by d grace of God i will d interview.Note-apart from my official work i still have a small private transport company whish we based on motor cycles and my father is about 80yrs nd he has called me to come take over is companies from d first week of March 2013 he said his doing dis cos i am d first son of d family but 3rd in familly with dis is dat enough to convince counsuller dat i will come back to my Country

    • Hi She,

      the possibility of getting a tourist visa is your strong ties back in your country and how you convince the Consul of your honest intention of just being a tourist in the US.

      I hope this helps. thanks for dropping by.

  30. Hi dear Cebuana, thanks for sharing your experience. My husband and I also want to apply for B2 and Its our first time visiting states. We are from Iran, and stay in Malaysia( under my husband’s study visa). This January is our 10th anniversary :) my husband own an apartment in our country, he was working for a good company and they gave him a 2 year permission to study abroad. he has a fat bank account., and he is his parents only son. but I dont . is my husband ties and docs enough for both of us? or we need show our ties separately?

    • Hi Ladan,

      Thank you so much for dropping by. As far as I know with your situation, you are a dependent of your husband and you don’t need separate documents. Good luck and happy anniversary. ;-)

  31. I’m a nigerian, what documents do i need from my american fiancee to apply for visiting visa… She my sponsor and i’m trader here in nigeria.

  32. hi cebuana…im lovely martinez.. from philippines..gusto ko lang sana malaman ang step-by-step proCeSS pag kuha Ng pAsspORt..sana matulungan mo ako…i mean…about the ties..supporting documents..how if may sponsor ako dun sa usa..3 sila and willing to submitted all the requirments needed para sa invitation …for tourist visa

    • Hi lovely,

      sa passport po just go to DFA ofc, pati picture dun nalang, mas madali pa. Re visa, apply ka online, select the date na gusto mong ma interview, pay ka online ng fee at sa bank din. RE US Visa documents, just bring all documents na meron ka but ang importante kc jan, paano mo ma convince ang Consul na tourist ka lang talaga at babalik sa Pilipinas after ka mag vacation. Good luck!

  33. Hi! ask ko lang po kung ano mga documents needed in entering US. We already got our B1/B2 visa and travelling this december with my husband and kid. Kasi medyo worried ako baka sa port of entry my hingin sa amin tapos hindi namin dala at yun pa maging dahilan para hindi kami makapasok ng US. Any required amount ba ng pocket money? kasi ask din ata yun sa port of entry eh. Saka may magiging problem ba kung sa application namin noon ang stay namin is 2 weeks pero after ma approve visa namin, 1 month vacation kami? By the way, dito po kami manggagaling sa dubai. Thanks! c” )

    • Hi AUH girl,

      Kumusta? As far as I know, don’t bring cash more then 10k$ kc bawal. I don’t even have that amount in my pocket lol I only have my ever reliable credit card. Sa point of entry, they did not ask me how much money I have, they just asked me where I will stay and I showed them the hotel reservation, how many days or months ako, I told them 2 weeks lang but I was stamped 6 months pa din and the purpose of my travel which I said was tourism.

  34. hi cebuana,

    gud am! we have an appointment on dec 21 together with my family, paki assess nman if may chance n ma approve kmi…

    details

    principal applicant- me (40 y.o) Registered nurse by profession
    husband- 47 y.oRegistered nurse by profession
    kid1- 11 y.o
    kid2-7 y.o
    business – Lessor (30 plus tenants including mercury drug)
    income- 180k
    with titles, car
    parents and siblings of my husband ( US citizen)
    previous travels- hkg, macau, china
    my family stayed and worked in dubai for a year(2008)

    thanx!

  35. Hi All,
    Getting US visa for any national is bit tough except who are promoted by government/ university/ some countries i.e CA, UK, AUS, S.Korea etc (mention on website, also i know one of my co-worker who was S.Korean who’s visa got rejected although they dnt need for shorter duration)
    I recently got my B1 and happy because i got it. Two more person with me from my same company got rejected with me.
    1>I was bit more lucky
    2>I was full of confidence.

    There main purpose is the find out will you return back from US, Do you have sufficient money to make your trip and You will keep peace in US.

    If you lie they will catch you for sure, if not at Embassy, then may be at Immegration port.
    Be confident, stay cool, be honest. If they reject d’nt beg, just leave. If you are unmarried it is more tought because they think, he may settle down. Also i am unmarried. If you had made travel abroad to other countries in past it makes things easy.(except to pakistan, bdesh, Afghan, N.korea and few more countries ;-) )
    I was bit afraid, but God was on my side, Counslar took less then 50 sec and asked me 3 question all done!
    1>What you do?
    2>How long you are working with my present employer(who was arranging my trip, if you have less then 1 year with current employer, they may reject, but if you are working in US based company chance are high to get)
    3>Purpose to visit to US.
    I was not able to believe. I asked him again its finished? lol. Then i said have a good day and left with :-)

  36. hi ace here,

    I’m a registered nurse here sa philippines ala akong work experience sa hospital pero meron sa call center pero 6 months lang nag resign ako because my dad let me resign to take care of my mom who is hypertensive, my uncle invited me sa florida and he said he will sponsor my travel he’s a pastor with religious visa, dun din daw ako mag sstay sa bahay nya.pwede ko bang gawing strong ties ang mom ko about her hypertensive case?and my dad is not around since seaman sya and babalik pa sya sa april next year, can you help me with my case?

  37. Hello po!Ganda naman po experience ninyo kahit na super kaba. Ask ko lang po, I had a fiance visa canceled this month. Naghiwalay kami. Pero plano ko maglakad ng tourist visa to US.. Pwede ba yon te?

    Thank you…

  38. Hi po.I’m from manila,twice na po kaming nadeny ng husband ko ang work ng husband ko ay elected official,government kumpleto requirements kami noon una nag agency ako mali nilagay ng agency sa application form ko sponsor ako ng pinsan ko then inilagay nya husband ko ang sasagot not enough yun salary nya para masagot pa nya yun trip namin ang totoo naman talaga ay sagot kami ng tita ko reason ng agency baka daw hanapan pa ko ng kung anu ano ayun 1st attempt deny kami then sa 2nd attempt po ay ako na nag asikaso di na ko nag agency mas matipid pa at madali lang naman pala ako po walang work house wife lang po ako but we have 2 kids na maiiwan still di namin na convince yun consul lahat naman meron kami di nga nila tinitignan documents unless present mo sakanila base on my observation.I want to try it ulit sana pero afraid na ko nakaka trauma na yata pero this time ako nalang mag isa kasi sa totoo lang ako lang naman talaga ang gustong makita ng tita ko at pinsan siya kasi yun nagpalaki sa akin gagawa siya letter for me na ipapakita ko sa consul para maniwala na wala naman akong balak talagang mag TNT dun andito sa pinas ang pamilya ko yun lang diba malakas ng ties na babalik ako talaga kahit ala akong work dito.Anu po ba maadvice nyo sa akin yun tita ko po kasi ay di na pwedeng umuwi dito sa pinas kasi ilang beses na syang naoperahan at major surgery pa kaya ayaw na syang payagan ng doc.nya di na nya kakayanin kaya gusto nya ako nalang ang mag tour para makita nya ko ang parents ko nag tour na din dun 2005 at multilple visa binigay sakanila senior citizen sila 3 mos lang sila nag stay dun at bumalik agad dito sa pinas.I’m glad at may mga nababasa akong ganito I keep on researching sayang din kasi yun babayaran ko di biro ang 6thou sa hirap ng buhay ngayon all expenses paid ako ng tita at pinsan ko I keep on praying.What advice can you give on my case?

  39. hi, im i just wanna ask if we have a chance to obtain a tourist visa in US , even my daughters dad is living as permanent resident in US his family are living also there. my daughter and i planning to visit them they just like to celebrate bday of my daughters who’ s turning 3yrs old. my sister in law will sponsor our trip do we need to to tell the consul that his dad is living in US were not married yet

  40. Elow po, just wana share my interview last Dec 19, 2012 in Doha Qatar. The process before interview is same as mentioned by Cebuana.

    Concul: what is the purpose of your trip?
    Me: for tourism
    C: where are you working?
    M: in XXX company
    C: Who is this XXX co.?
    M: that’s the name of my Boz and at the same time, it’s the name of our company
    C: what is your work in XXX company?
    M: facility management
    C: tell me what is your work exactly?
    M:im taking care of all the buildings od my boss, our company is a real estate company
    C: ah ok, how long you’ve been in this company?
    M: 6yrs.
    C:how much is your salary?
    M: 000
    C: is it including accomoation?
    M:yes + food allowance, transportation & telephone allowanace
    C:all inclided in your salary?
    M:yes
    C: do you have bank statement?
    M: yes (then I gave to him, he check it and gave back to me)
    C: did you travel before?
    M:yes
    C: tell me the countries you have visited.
    M:Bahrain,dubai,Italy,Switzerland, germany….(I want to tell more but asked me another question while checking my passport with schengen visa)
    C: with whom you traveled?
    M:im alone
    C: you didn’t feel bored travelling alone?
    M:No. its exciting to travel alone
    C:ok, when was the last time you have traveled?
    M:Last June 2012, this year (then he check the dates)
    C:ok, let me check the passport if its really you.
    M:ok, just look at my nose(because its quite big hehe) and my mole to my left chin(smiling at him) That’s me, I said (he then smile as well)

    C: Ok, heres is you stab number, come back tomorrow and take your visa between 3-3:30pm

    M: Thank you, and said, can I ask a question?
    C:Yes
    M: in my first entry in US, how many days or months I will be allowed to stay?
    C: oh, too much, my company wont allow me to stay there in six months (he then smile) and I said,,bye thank you..

    (then got my 10yrs multiple visa the next day)

    I agree with cebuana:
    1.be honest. Coz if you hiding samtin, it will show.
    2. have an eye contact, most of the time I was looking at him and he was not to me (maybe he was shy hehe)
    3.no further explanation unless requested to give more explanation
    4. don’t be over confident, just relax and be normal
    5.the most important is ask for Gods assistance…

    My observations:
    1. Here in Qatar, most of the single granted 10yrs multiple visa. And family getting 1-3 yrs visa. I asked all my single friends who applied, all of them got 10 yrs. same as I asked the families I know got maximum 3 yrs.
    2. The consul don’t depend how much you have in the bank, the important is if you really getting this salary and enough for you not to escape from your Company. My colleague got her 10 yrs visa with 60 riyals only in her bank. Believe me, its only 700 pesos in our money.
    3. They don’t depend also to your travel history, other friend of mine never travel (her travel history is only Phils-Doha)
    4. They don’t care what you are wearing; the important is you are presentable.
    5. The questions are base on your statement in the application form. So make sure that you are the one who fill up the form, if not, make sure you know all the details in your application
    6. NO NEED for agents assistance, so easy, just follow the easy procedure and instruction from their website
    7. Its case to case basis. Don’t compare others case to your case. Always… IT DEPENDS on your situation
    8. And lastly, so DIFFICULT to get visa in the Philippines,,,so sad unlike when your working abroad…I brought only(aside from passport, receipt & confirmation form) salary certificate and 6 months bank statement, he asked me only the bank statement.

    THank You…

  41. sori there missing answer from consul,,when i ask how much time i can stay,,he said, up to six months…the last is my answer,,sorry for many error:(

    • Hi cebuanawithlove & Purple,

      Thanks for Sharing your experiences.

      @ Purple: – As I am staying in Qatar and I have applied for the B1/B2 visa. My interview is scheduled on 3rd Feb. at 8:30 AM. In this regard, I need to speak to you and take some interview tips and step by step process. I would appreciate if you could spare some time and contact me on irfan250@yahoo.com I need to speak to you.

      • hi irfan,,,my post is the complete details about my interview, no more no less:) all the infos already with them, so they will ask u based on your info mentioned in your application online…just relax and be normal:)

  42. Thanks i think this is helpfull i have allready apply for b1 visa last year Dec14 but i got denied just because i didnt present my invitation letter,i have travel to Germany and South Korea before in 2009 but i was robbed on my returning from South korea which i lost my passport and some document but now i am applying with my new passport to attend a conference in washington,i dont know if i will still find it difficult because am applying with new passport

  43. Greetings Mam,

    I tried to apply for a US visa last October 2012 but I was denied, the consul just asked for my purpose of going in the US and I said I will settle my estate in Florida that was given to me by my late grandmom through her living trust and asked me where will I stay and told him I’ll be staying with my aunt in Washington because she’s going to accompany me in processing the real estate property’s papers ( original land titles etc. ) but still I was denied. I had a savings account both peso and dollar but not that high and I just started working in the company last May 2012. Right now, Im still working in the same company, still have my savings and I’m planning of applying again for a US visa this coming summer after my trip in Taiwan this month, do you think I have greater chances this time to be granted a US tourist visa for I really wanted to visit my property? Im working in a hospital ( not a nurse ), no pending H1B application, in fact, I never applied for one, and I am currently paying the property’s tax in the US this year with original copy of the receipt coming from the county’s tax collector. My dad who is a seafarer will shoulder my expenses of the trip if ever, Thank you.

  44. hi i will be having my interview this march 11 @ usembassy manila,i got inspired by the post you guys shared, thanks a lot if help me gain confidence.

  45. hi miss weng i was only given a single receipt from the bank for my application transaction, what is that “blue copy of machine-readable bill.”? I’ve read this article that says …#4. Pay the visa application fee at a nearby bank accredited by the U.S. Embassy in Manila. Payments must be paid in cash. Upon payment, you will receive two copies of the machine-readable bill payment slips. The blue copy is the U.S. Embassy copy. This must be brought during your interview at the embassy. A lost copy of this document would mean having to pay the same amount again. should i call the bank and ask for a copy of it?

    • Hi Sky,

      I got my visa here in Riyadh and only had 1 copy of the bank receipt and that was what I brought during the interview. Infact, the receipt was returned to me, they just checked the validity of the receipt if same as what I inputted online. Better you call the US Embassy and inquire from them if 2 copies are needed as you only have 1 with you. Good luck.

      Weng

      • Hi! I was browsing the net for some tips for US visa application (B2) and your blog is indeed very informative and helpful with all the experiences and comments shared by everyone :) I am a nurse here in Riyadh in king Faisal and I am planning to renew my US visa. My last visit in US was 16years ago (1997). Last 2008 I tried to renew my visa back home in the Philippines but unfortunately I was denied for the reason of not having strong family ties. My parents are living in the states along with my 2younger siblings. My father is an
        H1-B visa holder but his contract will end this year so all of them will plan to settle and go back to the Philippines this December. I’m going for my annual leave this October til November and I plan to visit them in the US since I won’t be able to spend time with them on Christmas because I’ve to go back here in Saudi. I am a bit scared though with what EJ posted that those who have been denied of a visa before has a low chance of getting one. I was a bit traumatized when my visa got denied before that’s why it took me some time to finally decide to try again. I’m planning to apply this July and I’m hoping I can get more tips and advice from you since you also applied here in Saudi :) here are my dilemmas:
        – I’ve only been here in Riyadh for 1year I got here last year June2012 but I signed up for a 2year contract..I was wondering if it’ll be a barrier since just new here
        – I don’t have a credit card :( but I’ve saved enough money to provide for my trip just in case I’d be granted with a tourist visa
        – I read that I need to provide a work certificate, would it help also if I ask for a letter from my head nurse that ill be going back to work?
        – I am really really scared :( browsing thru the conversations and comments above already gave me the jitters :(:( natatakot akong madeny ulit :(
        Hope you’d take time po to reply — would really appreciate it :)

        Kudos to those who got their US visas approved :):)

      • Hi Carla,

        Sorry for the late reply. I applied for my US tourist visa after a year of working here in Riyadh. I guess a big plus ang credit card kc most of time dun, credit card ginagamit to buy things, online na nga din kung mag pay ng bills. A certificate of employment is a must talaga but get it from the hospital not from your head nurse, dapat may letter ng hospital ang letter. I was so afraid also that time na nagbabalak pa lang akong kumuha ng visa kc daming negatives eh. SA Pinas pa ako pina try ng auntie ko na nasa US but I did not kc takot ako ma deny not to mention sa gastos na sayang. But when I was here, I told myself, If I will not do it now, then when? So I risk and tried my luck. Risk kc I don’t have all the necessary documents needed like enough funds sa bank, and no properties sa Pinas. That time kc very strong ang gut feeling ko to try coupled with fervent prayers kay God. Just give it a shot, you really don’t know what lies ahead pag d ka nag try.

        Good luck and God bless,

        Weng

  46. Ur testimony is really inspiring.am a nigerian ,waiting for my appointment day already,and am a buz woman .I am applying for a b1&B2 visa ,and I don’t know anyone in the us, I have made hotel reservation realating to my travel.cos other countries ve been to,I always make use of hotel reservations.
    I ve all other documents ,bt I do not have an invitation letter, do u think I have a chance?

  47. Hello love,
    Tanong ko lang po sana kung gaano kalaki ang pera mo sa pinas. This 25 is my visa interview, tourist visa po. I’m working here in Canada as caregiver and my fiance who is a u.s citizen, would like me to meet his mom. Kaunti lang rin kc ung pera ko dito sa canada. At may account din ako sa pinas, un nga lang hanggang ngayon hnd ko pa na update kc almost 3 years na akong Hindi umuuwi.

  48. hello po, tanong ko lang po sana kung ano dapat ang nakalagay sa letter of employment. Nasa canada ako working as nanny. Nag submit na ako ng application online interview ko next monday. At may fiance ako from u.s gusto nya kasing makilala ko ang mom niya. thank you po.

    • hi Chan,

      sorry for the late reply ha. Kindly ask your employer for COE na naka state dun na magbabakasyon ka lang for say 2 weeks or 1 month then babalik ka on the specified date. Also, letter of invite sa fiance mo. As for the account, kung may online ka, print mo nalang, importante may credit card ka, yon ang i present mo. Good luck po!

      Weng

      • Hello po ate,
        Interview ko po kanina, pero Hindi po nagsabi ang consul kung approved ba ako or denied. Binigyan lang ako ng papel on how to check the status of my doc’s. He said my doc’s would be ready in 3 to 5 business days. Ano po ibig Sabihin noon.

      • Kumusta po,

        Natanggap ko na po passport ko, ngayon lang naideliver. Binigyan po ako ng 10 years multiple entry. Salamat po sa post na to’, dahil dito nagkaroon ako ng lakas ng loob at idea about sa interview. Thank you so much.

      • Malaking tulong po talaga ang blog na to. Ang question lang sa akin ay:
        Why do you want to go to the U.S? Ans: To visit my fiance and to meet his mom.
        How long have you been working in Canada? Ans: 8 months.
        Do you have friends and family here? Ans: I have friends here, but my mom, my 2 brothers and 2 sisters living back home in Philippines.
        Where were you before working here in Canada? Ans: I was working in hong Kong for 6 years.
        After that, sabi ng consul your passport will be ready for pickup in 3 to 5 business days.

      • Maraming salamat po talaga at dito ka sa site ko nakakuha ng inspirasyon. I’m sure sa shinare mo na experience ay mapupulutan din ng idea ng mga gusto or nagbabalak kumuha ng visa. Keep visiting my site po. Give my regards to your fiance and your family.

        best regards,

        Weng

  49. Hi i like your page and im hoping to get an idea from other people that checks this page too. Im 43 y/0 married woman but separated. I have three teen kids ages 17,16,14. I met an american guy from online and he wants me to visit him the US. He said he will tour me to disneyland in florida and everywhere else. He said ill just stay there for two to three weeks but its up to me if i wanted to stay long too. He asked a lawyer’s advice in california and was charged $2,000 but didnt get the positive news from lawyer. Lawyer said i cant go visit him coz i am married. All im just asking is a tourist visa…Can anyone here help and give me some advice on what to do please?

    • Hi Jean,

      Kumusta? the lawyer said you can’t go because you are married? so that means all the other married women can’t go to the US then. joking aside. Don’t know why it’s like that. But, if you have a strong connection back home, like work, business, properties, there’s no reason you will not have any chance for a visa. Well, it’s the Consul who decides if he will give you one though. Just try, there is really no harm in trying. And your intention in visiting the US is tourism. Maybe, others who were at same situation as you can better give you advice from here. Good luck.

      Weng

  50. hi just want to say..this blogs really helped a lot,,I just got home from US a week ago.I stayed there for 2 months,,before my interview last year i used to read blogs ( those success stories) and can really uplift and boost your confidence,,mind u i was denied 5x before i got the 10 yrs multiple entry?,,,determination and hope is my key to success…all u need to do is just be honest and relax (dnt panic) @ have an eye contact in front of the consul,,,it’s just like simple conversation with the consul dnt make it a big deal…para lang nag usap kayo….

    • i do apply for us visa thrice within a couple of months,and i was denial.Now it”s more than two years that i apply,and am thinking of going back to the embassy to re-apply again.The last time that i applied in 2010,i was called from the embassy the following day after my visa was denial,the consular said to me that they are trying to review my application and he ask me the same question that he did ask me during my interview section.I did answer him correctly and he said that he was trying to call my wife office number,sothat he can confirm from her maybe we both reside together or not,but her office number didn”t went through.Now that am planning to re-apply again what are the chances that i will get the visa?and i have travel to many countries within the last two years.thanx hope to hear from you soonest.

  51. Good day po!
    I’m a nurse working here in riyadh po. I’m planning to apply again for visit visa kahit na na denied po ako before dito din sa riyadh US embassy because i was just a newbie sa ksa,nearly a year old pa during the interview. Now i’m on my new workplace(finished my previous contract before) here in riyadh and I really wanna try t again to apply for B2 visa to see my mom I haven’t seen more than a decade.. Can I ask po about the supporting docs/requirements i should prepare sa interview and about the bank statement(should it really be necessary na may laman po siya and i applied for credit card as well po.. I’m really inspired talaga about your story that it fueled my dream to go to the US to visit my mom I really missed her.. Would a pending petition affect the interview po like working visa?
    Thank you very much and More power to You po!

    • Hi Brigette,

      Kumusta? sorry for the late reply talaga, medyo busy these days. if na deny ka before, you can re-apply after 6 months. I just had with me that time Certificate of Employment, Bank statement that I printed online kc ang bank book was not updated (my bank balance is not that big, if that was the basis of the Consul, d talaga papasa but when he asked for my credit card, meron ako. sa US most of the people there use card instead of cash) plus ang may credit card talaga and work. just tell the Consul you want to meet your mom and you missed her a lot. ako nga auntie ko lang gusto ko makita na approve na ako.

      Sana this helps and good luck. Inform us and share your story ha after your interview.

      Best regards,

      Weng

      • Hi brigette! May I ask Kung ano ano yung questions sa Iyo mg consul when you got denied before? I’m planning to apply also Kaso kaka 1 year ko Lang din here in KSA
        Thanks!!

  52. Reg..

    Hi po..ask ko lng if pwede po kaya samahan ako mag appearance ng bf ko sa US embassy at sya magpatunay Na hindi ako mag ooverstay sa US at purely pasyal lng talaga coz he wants me to meet his relatives..thanks in advance

    • HI Reg,

      Strict ang US Embassy. kung sino lang ang may appointment ang pde sumama sa loob unless otherwise minor ang sasamahan or if group kayo.

      thanks for dropping by. hope this helps.

      Weng

  53. Hi i like your page and im hoping to get an idea from you.. tanong ko lng kong anu ung naka lagay sa certificate of employment? lagay mo ba ung company an ang mag shoulder lhat ng expenses mo to US or no need to mention? Can anyone here help and give me some advice on what to do please? Thank you

  54. hi ask ko lng ko anu nakalagay sa employment certificate mo ok lnng ba na mention mo na ang expenses ng tour mo shoulder ng company? anu nkalagay sa EOC mo? please reply thanks

    • Hi Ruzzel,

      sorry for the late reply.

      Yes, it’s big factor sa application mo if stated sa EOC mo that your holiday is all expense paid by the company because your document will be signed by the HR or sa immediate boss mo.

      hope this helps. thanks for dropping by.

      Weng

      • Hi Cebuana with love,

        thanks for the tips!.

        Just wana ask again, planu kona mag apply sa DS 160 online but the problem is my passport is nearly mapapaso peru may sked na ako for may passport renewal next month. Ok lng ba na apply n ako DS 160 ngaun den ang lagay ko sa application form “Passport no. is ung old passport ko? hnd mag conflict un kong nsa akin na ung OLD at New passport ko na mag kaiba ang PNo.? kc ung new passport ko ma release ng May 2013, wala bang problema na ang lagay ko na passport number ung old passport ko?

        One more thing, f nag apply ka sa DS 160 my validation period ba? Please give some advise on what do… Thank you and regards.

  55. hi! i just wanna ask what kind of bank account you have?was it in US or in SR deposit? Mag oopen pa lang po kasi ako ng account dito sa Riyadh and i want to know which one is better. Is it also ok to make an appointment for the interview after i opened the account or should i wait for a couple of months pa po? Thanks!

  56. May appoinment po ako for interview on saturday 7:30 am … dh po ako sa riyadh inapply ako ng boss ko ng tourist visa sila ang shoulder ng expenses ko… kinakabahan pp talaga ako mam .. wish kasi ng amo ko na makasama nila ako habang andun sila nagpapagamot ang boss kong lalake

    Wala akong ibang documents na dala kundi yung letter ng boss ko at mga copy ng id’s nya at copy ng green card.. may chance po ba kaya ako ma issuhan ng visa :(

  57. Hi Cebuna,

    I have got my US B1-Visa back in the August, 2008 for 10 years from India. Now I am in the UK from last more than 3 years. I have to attend one conference in Chicago in August, 2013. Can I use the same visa to visit and attend conference in the UK. I am currently a PhD student in the UK. Please suggest.

  58. Goo day Cebuana with love,

    Im planning to travel US this coming december to spent christmas and new years eve, mga kelan ako pwde mag apply ng visa application ko?… 4 years n me working as a IT staff sa shipping agency, like the others who applied thier visa I have no fat banks and no land titles to show sa visa officer. What are the reqirements that I need to prepare. Please I need your advise Ms. Cebuanawithlove…

    Thanks and more power!

  59. Good day Cebuana with love,Im planning to travel US this coming december to spent christmas and new years eve, mga kelan ako pwde mag apply ng visa application ko?… 4 years n me working as a IT staff sa shipping agency, like the others who applied thier visa I have no fat banks and no land titles to show sa visa officer. What are the reqirements that I need to prepare. Please I need your advise Ms. Cebuanawithlove…

    Thanks and more power!

  60. hi good evening! i am planning too to travel in the US by december coz that is my slot for my yearly vacation. question po, is it necessary to state that i have a brother in california? does it affect my application? i am a nurse here in jeddah, no pending petition, not US-RN, i have relatives living there, should i ask invitation letter from them for my visit? the bank statement, is it peso account or riyals? pls help me decide… thanks po and God Bless Us all!

    • Hi Chaffy,

      When I applied online, i stated there that I have an aunt and she is one of the purpose of my visit. My bank account is in Philippines, peso account lang, i don’t have Saudi bank account. One of the edge I had was that I have a credit card to use even if I don’t have enough cash on hand. Also, ask for an employment certificate sa hospital where you worked for, importante yon. Good luck.

      Weng

  61. Hi,i need ur advice on a b1/b2.i applied for a student in ’07 and got denied 3times due to not having strong ties..got denied 4 weeks ago of a tourist visa cos i answered a question wrongly..but now am a graduate,av a job,married with a daughter….pls what are my chances in getting a b1/b2 visa?

  62. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it up!

    I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back in the future. Many thanks

  63. Applied for B1 (business) visa at Riyadh US embassy and luckily was granted with B1/B2 multiple 10 years. I got my passport 2 days after the interview which was fast.

    Works for a govt hospital for 8 years (technician) and purpose of visit is to attend a conference. VO focused her questions on my work, family, previous travels (i only went to dubai twice) and nature of the conference. She never bothered to check my bank statement and invitation from the organizer.

    Sobrang relieved when you hear the words “your visa has been approved and you may proceed to fedex”.

    • Hi Myk and Reese,

      I agree, sarap ng feeling but sa akin d kc sinabi na approved ang visa ko. Sabi lang ng Consul ok, go to Fedex near the entrance and pay this amount. D ko alam na yon na pala ang hudyat na approved ang visa ko. nag ask pa nga ako how about my passport? and the consul smiled, you will receive it after 3 days with your visa. na shock ako at napa smile ng wlang humpay. cloud 9 ang feeling ko that time. so unexpected, moreso ng makita ko kung ilang years ang binigay nya sa akin.

      Weng

    • Hi Rochelle,

      Kumusta? Pde naman kahit sino mag sponsor ng trip mo sa US as long as ma convince mo ang Consul na you are going back dito sa Saudi and your purpose in going to the US is for tourism lang talaga. I’m not sure of what you are saying na your aunt will act as your employer. Does that mean you are going to work in the US and your aunt is your employer? ibang usapan na yan ate, unless may company ang auntie mo sa US and you have all the necessary working documents for the work, d na tourist ang i apply mo, working visa na. If you will tell the Consul about this, 100% deny ang application mo.

      Weng

  64. Hi Cebuana,

    I’m planning to apply a visa next month and there are my questions po;

    1.) Can I apply B1/B2 visa even if my purpose is to travel? If yes, is there any chance na iask nila ako kung ang business purpose ko?

    2.) I’m applying next month and planning to travel next year (like after 1 year from my visa application) Would it still be okay?

    3.) Sorry if this question is so senseless, I have an Aunt in the states but all I know is she’s just a close family friend. Can I address her as my relative? Do they need supporting documents proving that we’re relatives?

    Hoping for your response po. Thanks for inspiring thousands of lives.

    Regards!

    • Hi skidz,

      Sorry for the late reply. Ok, here we go with your questions po. When I applied for my visa, I was asked of the purpose of my travel. I told the Consul, my purpose is tourism. But he gave me B1/B2 instead. I applied 3 months before my planned US visit, depende kc yon sa ibigay na visa if ma granted, like 6 months single entry or 1 – 10 yrs multiple entry visa. If you are not in a hurry naman, apply 6 months before your planned travel. I had my Aunt’s invitation letter through email, I printed that pero d naman tiningnan ng Consul, but don’t take chances, ask ka pa rin from your Aunt or any relatives there.

      I hope this helps.

      Good luck and God bless.

      Weng

  65. hi gud eve, , , Im nurse and single here in philippines and i work in a hospital since last year, now my uncle in US has a cancer, so he sponsor me to go there and now we urgently fixing all necessary papers, I have the copy of the approval from social worker and the letter from congressman there, but the problem is i dont have a strong ties here in philippines my salary is only minimum, my scheduled interview is on July 11, 2013. . . . im afraid i cannot get my visa because of my ties, , ,
    do you think i can get my visa even i dont have strong ties????

    • Hi Markjec,

      Sorry sa late reply. Be the best of you during your interview. Ang importante ma convince mo ang consul na babalik ka ng Pinas after sa stated number of weeks na bakasyon mo dun. Also, kailangan may certificate of employment ka din na naka state dun ilan weeks ka sa US. If meron kang credit card, dalhin mo yon during your interview. Don’t overdress, be as simple as you can be.

      Best of luck and God bless,

      Weng

  66. hi! good day po! i am planning po to visit US along w/ my husband and 2 kids. i am a bit hesitant po to apply after learning from someone na if u are nurse, there’s a big chance of getting denial. pareho po kaming nurse ng husband ko. also a problem i can see is that my parents, sister and all relatives on my father’s side are all living in US now. others are saying it’s a disadvantage kase they will think u have reason to go for TNT. though i had been once in US when i am still in college, will these issues po ba affect my application? my husband and I are both working in saudi as nurses in a private hospital for almost 3-4 yrs now. ung eldest ko po is studying na rin. i haven’t started my application yet becoz i wanted to ask advice first from experienced US visa holders. hoping for your reply. thanks and Godbless.

    • Hi R.N.

      Kumusta po? sorry for the late reply, bakasyon ko kc sa Pinas, kakabalik ko lang. Yon nga din sabi nila na wag sabihin na may relatives sa US but I did not lie, I have many relatives dun at auntie ko din ang dinalaw ko dun, though nag hotel ako and she paid for my hotel bills kc may duty sya, d palagi nakakasama sa akin. Ang importante po sa Consul na ma prove at ma convince mo sya na babalik kayo sa Saudi to resume work at d magiging dagdag sa mga TNT sa US. I suggest na try your luck, get a certificate of employment ninyong mag asawa sa hospital na pinagtatrabahuan nyo at you have to state there how many weeks kayo sa US. Also, school certification ng anak nyo na he/she is studying here. Also, might help na kumuha din kayo ng police clearance kc a friend of mine dito, her family wanted to visit the US but na deny kc the consul asked for police clearance, wala naman yon sa requirement, so na deny sila though meron sila lahat ng requirements, pera, good job here, properties here and sa Pinas. There is no harm in trying your luck. You will never know what is instored for you and your family if you will not try d ba?

      Good luck and God bless,

      Weng

      • hi po uli! nkabayad na po ako visa fee namin ng family ko just yesterday. i tried to book on november kaso close pa ang booking. til sept 24 palabg ang open. i have question po on bank certificate. last week nag open ako savings account sa bdo here in saudi. upon giving the card, sabi nga agent mahirap daw kmuha ng bank certificate d2. ano po ba process pra makakuha ng bank certificate sa bdo if d2 sa saudi ka nag open? can i use my saudi bank account provided by my employer for salary payments instead? another question po is til when po validity ng visa fee receipt? di pa po kase ako nkapa boom ng appointment since close pa ang booking for november. hoping for your response. thank you very much po!

  67. Hi Cebuanawithlove, I am really inspired about your story. It really help me to get US visa for tourism. I really hope to go New York soon.

  68. Hi Ms. Weng

    Can I apply B2 visa, like one year before my plan of visit sa US. And how much cash on hand should I have before applying, coz wala pa din po bank account here in Saudi. I prefer cash sa pag received ng salary. And do you have any idea how much I should be earning to open a credit card account.

    • Hi Diane,

      Sorry for the late reply, laging bakasyon pa kc ako then medyo na bz din. Kumusta? Depende kc kung ilang entries and years ang ibibgay sa you ng Consul, it might be 6 months lang. So, I suggest you apply say 3 months before your planned vacation just like what I did. Also, not much talaga ang cash on hand ko and I don’t have a bank account sa Saudi din, sa Pinas ang account ko and di talaga ganun kalaki din ang laman. I just have with me my credit card, and I guess yon ang isa sa mga plus points ko kc sa America, most of the time credit card ang gamit. I hope this helps.

      Weng

      • Hi Ms. Weng

        Thanks for your reply. Big help. I was planning to get a credit card too. But not from Saudi, kasi di po mag-quaqualify yung salary. So its either BPI or BDO. Do you think acceptable din po sa kanila yun. I also read abt. “strong social ties” that I need to prove to the consul. Professional ties I believe I have.,becoz of my contract in the hospital I’m working but on Financial ties, I’m worried becoz maybe I just have 60K savings on my account in the Philippines. The whole planned trip will just be a sponsored trip from my Cousin and her husband. But I read that I should at least has moderate amount of money, to demonstrate that I’m financially in good condition to manage my general expenses related to the trip. Would that amount will we enough to show in the embassy. And is I-134 Form is also the same as the so called “invitation letter”

        Diane

      • Hi Diane,

        Kumusta? sorry for the late reply ha, kc medyo bz then trying to revamp my site too. My credit is from PInas, it’s Metrobank visa. Ok lang kung PInas credit card po basta international. Strong social ties ok kc may work ka and ok pa contract mo. Sa Financial side naman, that time maliit din ang pera ko sa bank almost same lang tayo. That time d naman tiningnan ang print out ng bank account ko but may tanong ang Consul that time. I mentioned too that I have a relative there, my aunt. When the Consul asked me nga anong igagastos ko dun, I told him I have my credit card, tiningnan nya card ko na dala ko, 2 pa nga, isang ATM at credit card, but ang credit card ang tiningnan nya – tapos ang usapan lol. Also d ako nag fill up ng 134 form, d ko alam na meron ya, I just asked an invitation letter from my aunt sent to my email, the print ko, pero again, d naman tiningnan ang letter, more of questions and follow questions ang Consul.

        I hope this helps. Good luck Diane.

        Weng

    • HI Kingsley,

      You know, there is no real recipe in passing the US visa interview. It’s just how you answer the consul’s questions, the ball is really in your hands. Hope you will get the US visa.

      God bless and good luck,

      Weng

  69. hello po..ate ask ko lng po kasi po m ay interview ako sa US embassy dito sa singapore sa monday july 15, 2013..pero hindi po ako masyadong nakakampante para sa interview.ok n po lahat ngpapeles kasi may decent job naman ako dito at sa 2015 pa expired ng pass ko dito..dun lng po ako nag woworied sa interview n kung tanungin ako kung saan ako may stay sa US ala po akong relatives dun pero dun po ako sa BF ko tutuloy pero mag stay lang po ako dun ng 2 weeks..then kung tinanong po ako saan kayo nag kakilala..kailangn ko bang sabihin through online site? kasi po 5 years n kaming mag ka relasyon at pupunta lng ako dun para makilala yung parents niya kasi twice n siyang umiwi sa pinas para ma meet parents ko and he told its my time for to meet his parents in person…natatakot lng po ako baka hindi accurate yung sagot ko n online site at ma denie ako..ano po bang dapat kong sabihin..please help me po kasi ..balisang balisa po ako…

      • I was denied po..unfortunately. ..the reason why is only because I dont have enough Support for strong ties here in singapore like staying here even more than 2 years is not enough. . I submitted all requirements that I think will help me to prove that I will come back here in singapore but for them all not enough. .. any way. ..I think its not yet my time. .. so.. I just charge it to my experience. . Even My $280 sg. Just went like that. .. its the us law that is really strict …consul are just doing there job. .. but it happen. . Better luck next time.

      • Hi Liezel,

        It’s ok, don’t lose hope. You can apply again naman after 6 months eh. Meron ka bang employment certificate na dala at naka state dun na 2 weeks ka lang? Kc akong dito when I applied more than a year pa lang ako sa work ko eh. Depende din kc talaga yan sa Consul. Don’t worry jan, next punta mo makakakuha ka na ng Visa at ang importante naman dyan ang relationship mo sa boyfriend mo at yong effort din nya na pumupuntang Pinas para magkita at ma meet nya family mo.

        Best of luck to you and your bf.

        Weng

    • Hi Liezl, ano ba mga documents na hiningi sayo nga consul? At anong klaseng support ang kelangan nila for them to make sure na you’re coming back to Singapore?

      Regards!

  70. I have a girl friend in the state and she want me to come over but she will be sponsor my trip every and she will be sending me some of her document like her statement of acc with all this document is there any chance of me getting a US visa?

  71. hello even I am applying for USA vISA FOR CONFERENCE PURPOSE. mY COMPANY WILL BEAR ALL MY TRAVEL EXPENSES FOR 5 DAYS. I havent traveled abroad before and have only 6 months experience in the present company. Please suggest relevant tips which could help me.

  72. Hi Miss Weng!…im working here in Riyadh as a nurse,interested din ako mag apply for tourist visa sa U.S…pero reluctant ako na ituloy since ang parents ko andun din pero TNT..maaapektuhan ba yun sa pag apply ko?…invitation letter from my cousin..makakatulong ba yun?..
    Thanks po and God Bless

    • Hi Myla,

      Kumusta ka? sorry po sa late reply kc nagtanong pa ako. Medyo complicated po yong situation nyo Myla pero kc kung d mo lang i mention yan at walang record pa yong parents mo dun, baka makakuha ka pa ng visa. Also, as what I have mentioned dun kay Jenny na yong invitation letter not really a requirement daw pag kaw naman talaga gagastos partly or mostly sa expenses mo and the inviation letter if kung sila lahat mag shoulder sa gastos mo. Needed dun ang financial capacity ng cousin mo and his or her bank statement. Pero may work ka naman eh, need mo lang talaga yong certificate of employment na babalik ka sa work mo kc baka iisipin nila na mag TNT ka kc nurse ka nga din d ba. I try mo lang, you never know, baka mabigyan ka pa ng 10 yrs US tourist visa. Just try and believe in yourself na kaya mo.

      Good luck and God bless po,

      Weng

  73. hi weng
    its so nice to read your experience and I really admire what you did.
    we are currently here in Dubai and were planning to visit in us this coming December with my husand and son 1yr old.. sabi nila need daw ipa notary yung invitation letter dun sa us bago ipadala sa amin? totoo ba yun or ok lng yung letter n may pirma nila at may attached passport copy.. do you have any idea?

    please advise

    thanks
    jenny

  74. Hi Jenny,

    Kumusta? sorry sa late reply kasi I called up pa yong kakilala ko sa US embassy to be sure ano isasagot ko sa yo. Sa akin kc, i asked for an invitation letter sa auntie ko as part of the requirements and just incase nga na hahanapan ako. She sent that through email nga lang and I printed that out. D ko din kc alam na may form talaga for invitation letter and that time d naman hiningi din sa akin ng Consul. But this is what the lady from the US embassy said. Not really a requirement yong invitation letter if kayo naman talaga ang gagastos sa vacation nyo. Needed lang yong invitation letter and the bank statement ng nag invite or sponsor pag most of the gastusin sa vacation ay sa kanila. But in your case, I guess you have the capacity to pay for your travel. Just be ready lang din sa bank statement nyo just incase na hanapan kayo and your credit card if meron. One thing din na importante base sa mga na gather ko na info is the Certificate of Employment to prove na babalik kayo sa workplace nyo.

    Sana this helped and good luck.

    Best regards,

    Weng

  75. hi weng

    thank you.. actually ready n lhat but I just want to be sure din po..hehehe..
    also one more question kc yung husband ko ng fill up ng online application which andun n yung name nmin ng son ko..need ba ng individual application or enough n yung sa hubby ko?

    thanks
    jenny

    • Hi Jenny,

      Isang form lang po, at I guess na mention naman dun sa online form your hubby filled up – your name and sa anak mo. Ok na yon, basta wag kalimutan kung anong sinulat nyo dun sa online form kc dun din mostly kukunin ang questions na itatanong sa inyo.

      Share ka din dito ha re result ng interview nyo. Good luck.

      Weng

      • hello po Ms. Weng
        gusto po kasi ng tita ko na mag-apply for tourist visa yung lola ko at kung pwede ko po ba daw syang samahan pag nagtour sya sa US..pwede po ba yun? of course mag-aapply din po ako for tourist visa…
        thanks po.. God bless

  76. hi weng

    may appointment date n yung hubby ko, peo nagtataka ako kc isang payment lng yung ndeduct sa knya gnun ba yun.. kc ksama yung name nmin sa application nya. bka may idea ka. natwag ako sa consulate kaso wla n nsagot at mejo busy din ako sa work..

    jenny

  77. Hello Cebuana,
    Just want to ask if may possibility ako na ma grant ng B2 visa. I’m a nurse here in KSA for six years. I’m married and my husband is working in Doha, Qatar.I have my 2 aunts who are inviting me to visit US. I’m planning to have my interview in Riyadh on October. Is there a possibility that I will be approved based on my mentioned status? Thanks so much!

    • Hi Joniful,

      Lahat po tayo na mag try mag apply ng US visa ay taking our chances na sana ma grant tayo kahit single entry lang. May mga completo sa documents, maraming pera sa bank, properties pero denied. Meron naman wla talaga like me but was granted a US visa. Ang bottom line po is that your intention go to the US is solely for tourism and that is what you should do to convince the Consul para ma grant po kayo ng visa. Importante ang certificate of employment for your strong ties to go back sa work mo. As per my friend sa US embassy, pag sakto ka sa documents at pera, at sa experience ko, credit card ang medyo nakatulong din, kahit walang invitation pde na as long as makakasuport ka sa travel and expenses mo sa US.

      I hope nakatulong po to. Good luck and keep us posted.

      Salamat,

      Weng

  78. ate weng,

    i just want to know. I plan to visit between june and august next year. is it okay for an early visa application probably december this year? and 4 thou $ allowance is enough? let me know po. thanks in advance.

    Mike from dubai.

    • Hi Mike,

      I guess pde naman siguro pero ako I applied 2months before sa intended travel ko. I suggest apply 3 months before your intended travel but if you want to do it early, up to you po. 4K US is already a good amount, just don’t bring more than 10kUS$ at maharang ka nyan sa immigration. You never know anong gagawin check sa bags at luggage mo pagdating mo sa port of entry which I witnessed dun sa airport.

      keep us posted and share your experience ha.

      Salamat,

      Weng

  79. hi ms. cebuanawithlove,
    i’m planning to get B1/B2 visa next year, this is why napunta ako sa blog mo. it’s very helpful and inspiring too. this will guide me along my journey to the US. my fiance is inviting me to see him in vegas. i’m currently here in jeddah, nurse. i will just hope i’ll be blessed too.
    i’ll keep u posted then and i’ll get myself updated too with the posts from here.
    God bless us all!
    Bella

    • Hi Bella,

      That’s nice. Vegas is a cool place pag d summer kc disyerto din dun eh, medyo mainit. Pero I was there winter time so ok lang, malamig, same lang ng Riyadh ang winter. Good luck and share your experience to us para mapulutan din ng idea ng ibang kababayan natin.

      Salamat,

      Weng

  80. Hi po,
    tanong ko lang po ano-anong mga documents po ba ang dapat dalhin?, kc 19year old palang ako tapos. I have a friend sa U.S. Isa siyang V-P ng isang malaking company tapos gusto niya magvacation ako sa kanila ng 6m0nths. Wala akong relatives doon. Wala rin akong bank acc and work dito sa pinas,kahit ATM o credit cards wala rin. Pero andito family ko. Tapos, ‘invitation letter’ at ‘bank acc. Ng friend’ ko lang ang meron ako. Pero lahat ng gastos ko ay sagot ng friend ko. Gve me more advice po. Salamat and God bless!

    • Hi Jorgeen,

      Naku Jorgeen, ang advice ko lang is if you will really want to try for that US visit visa, be yourself during the interview. Wag magsuot ng maraming alahas, just be simple as you can be. Also, hindi assurance na you have your parents and family sa Pinas para ma approve ka kc wla kang strong ties to support na babalik ka talaga sa Pinas at d mag TNT. Moreso na wala kang work. I don’t want to put you down at mawalan ka ng pag-asa, as what I have said, try ka lang, you never know anong makikita ng Consul sa iyo at paano mo sya ma convince sa mga sagot mo sa mga tanong nya.

      Good luck,

      Weng

  81. Hi! I cant sleep as i was thinking again of my plan of traveling to the US then i came across your story as i was doing my research.. Just like you i have a lot of thoughts in my mind.. Coz a lot of people are being so negative and ‘pakialamera’ in my plan to travel to the US.. Im just new here in KSA but im planning to travel next year to US even for just 2-3weeks time just to visit a friend.. Its nice to find someone that is actually experienced with the said situation.. I just want to ask for advice please? I have a relative in the US but then, i am not going there, i am supposed to visit a ‘friend’ there and maybe stay with him.. Do you think it would be necessary to tell the Consul about it? Or as i fill out my application form? And do i really have to have a letter of invitation even if i will be the one to shoulder my expenses?

    I am really inspired by your story and the more i became faithful to God as your experience inspires me.. I am really hopeful for your response regarding this matter.. Thanks so much kabayan..;)

    • Hi Roxy,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and medyo pangamba. You are right, daming negative inputs from people na minsan walang experience at alam, na yong advise nila are coming from hearsay lang din.

      This is what I did – i have my aunt’s letter of invite. I mentioned there that na punta lang akong US for tourism and to see my aunt. I never mentioned that I’m going to meet a “friend” sa form and during the interview. I have my initial itinerary with me and the hotel where I will be staying.

      As per my friend sa US embassy, no need na ang letter of invitation if you are really the one who is going to shoulder your travel expenses, just bring all your financial statements/documents at credit card mo just like what I did to back you up na kaya mo ang gastusin. Pero ask lang ng invitation letter though yong sa akin, walang gamit kc d naman din tiningnan ng Consul pero at least ready ako just in case.

      Importante dito kc is that you can convince the Consul na babalik ka sa work mo at d mag TNT. Na may strong ties ka sa country where you are currently working or living.

      I hope this helps and sana ma grant ka ng visa para ma meet mo friend mo. Keep us posted and share your experience to us. Pray ka lang, yon din ginawa ko and trust in God. Pag d binigay wag magtampo, but surely your time will come at the right time.

      Salamat,

      Weng

      • Thank you Ms. Weng sa reply..:) right now kc i really need to talk to someone who experienced it.. Not those people na hindi din nman makakatulong at panay negative.. Anyway, so paano po un? I should mention na may relative aq kahit na hindi nman aq sa kanila pupunta? The thing is my aunt’s in cali and my friend is at NY.. Should i still mention it? Or just go along with the thing na i’ll be staying in new york with a friend instead of my aunt? Will that matter po kaya if i dont mention n i have relatives in US pa din nman? Nacoconfuse po kc aq sa thought n un.. Anyway it’s really my friend po tlga who invited me there, not my aunt.. Thanks ms. Weng.. Ang dami pa kasing dilemma lalo pa at first timer aq.. Thanks po!

  82. Hi po ate Weng and Roxy,
    Try mo lang po mag apply just do your best basta pag oras ng interview maintain eye contact. Dito rin ako nakahanap ng inpirasyon noong nag apply ako ng tourist visa last february 25. Awa ng diyos naapproved din. Kababalik ko ng galing bakasyon last week sa US. Tatlong beses na akong nakapagbakasyon. Nagpakasal na rin kami last July.

    Thanks to ate Weng ang her blog for inspiring me.

    • Wow ang galing nman..:) thanks for inspiring me Ate, sana i’ll meet the enough requirements bgo q sumabak for interview…:) planning plang kc q, i’ll apply at around april coz im planning to go by the month of july.. Khit 2 weeks lng.. May kmag anak k din posa US?

      • Hi Roxy,

        Assuming lang ako na para sa akin ang tanong mo. Wala po akong kamag-anak sa US kundi ang fiance ko lang. May tanong sa application na “Do you have any relative in the US?” Ang nilagay ko si fiance as relative. Ang letter of invite ko nga ay hand written lang. During may interview walang hiningi na document ang consul, pero may dala ako just incase na magtanong sila.
        Kaya mo yan, basta maging honest ka lang sa lahat ng sagot mo.

      • Thanks ate.. I have a relative there kc and friends but no fiance.. Lol! Think ate weng is right bout just telling na i have to visit my aunt and just leave the ‘friend’ thingy behind.. After all its the truth din nman though they wont shoulder any of my expenses.. Prayers lng din teh and right use of my resources.. Inshallah i’ll be granted with visa.. Hopefully!

      • Hi Roxy and Chandra,

        I have mentioned there sa application ko na may aunt ako though that time nagdadalawang isip ako na sabihin kc sabi nila wag raw at malaki chance ko na d makakuha ng visa but I did at yon talaga ang unang tanong ng consul but in another way, not directly asking me about my aunt sa US. Ang pagkatanong kung may relatives ba ako sa US, obvious naman kc nakasulat yon sa application ko ;-). Tama din si Chandra, eye contact talaga. Paglapit ko pa lang sa cubicle, naka smile na ako though nanginginig na tuhod ko at d ko inaalis ang mata ko sa mata ng Consul na pag tumingin sya sa akin, deretso ang mga mata ko sa kanya. At d naman talaga sya palaging nakatingin sa akin, sa computer sya at sa binibigay ko kung ano man hingin nya but 80% ng dala ko nya tiningnan.

        Kayang kaya mo yan, just believe in yourself and in God. Good luck and keep us posted ha.

      • Thanks Ate! I’ll surely keep those things in mind po.. May question lng po ulit aq.. Im sure you know about visacentro? Nag aasikso po sila ng visa right? Does it guarantee 100% approval po b of you would reccomend i’ll apply via embassy n lng? Thanks!

      • Alam mo, save your money nalang and do it yourself kc same lang din, hihingin nila sa yo ang lahat ng information and documents needed. They will apply on your behalf but kaw pa rin ang haharap sa Consul during the interview. MInsan magbibigay sila ng tips on how to reply nga and mag sa suggest pa ng kung ano ano sa application form mo or sometimes sila na mismo ang mag answer sa questionaires, I briefing nalang ang client, tapos yong client nalilito or nalilimutan ang sagot during the interview kc d nga sya ang nag answer, so deny kaagad. Better, save that as your pocket money sa US vacay ang pera mo. ;-) Kaw na mag apply directly sa US embassy, online lang naman lahat then punta ka lang sa embassy during sa interview mo with all the necessary documents.

  83. hi ms weng! good day! i just want to ask po til when validity ng receipt ng visa fee? nkabayad na po kase ako last month and still haven’t booked yet kase september sked palang ang open. plano ko po kase ew by november. ok lang po ba un? di po kaya ako maquestion dun why late ako mgpapasked? december po plano ko alis kaso di pa kase kumpleto documents ko pati show money wla pa po ako. hope u can advice me on this matter. thank you very much po!

  84. hi ms weng! good day! i just want to ask po til when validity ng receipt ng visa fee? nkabayad na po kase ako last month and still haven’t booked yet kase september sked palang ang open. plano ko po kase magpa sked for interview by november. ok lang po ba un? di po kaya ako maquestion dun why late ako mgpapasked? december po plano ko alis kaso di pa kase kumpleto documents ko pati show money wla pa po ako. hope u can advice me on this matter. thank you very much po!

  85. i done my embassy interview this morning but unfortunately, the consul- a small young like man denied my application, i am a nurse working in a government hospital here in riyadh nearly 4 years and had been travelling in the UK, Europe, some parts of Asia and GCC countries. I am depressed why i was not given a chance to travel next year to visit my aunt. How can I apply again? im scared to re-apply.

    • Hi Ace,

      I guess the Consul you are talking about is the one who interviewed me too. Sya raw yong Gen Consul. Well travelled ka pala. After 6 months ka ulit pde mag apply ng US visa. Don’t be discouraged and don’t be scared. Your time will certainly come. Malay mo magkita pa tayo dun ;-) at i-libre mo ako ng lunch sa Denny’s or kaya sa IN n Out. Be sure lang na dala mo lahat ng documents na you think are needed, kahit d needed – just in case lang ba kc most of the time, the least document na you thought hindi kailangan, yon pa ang hahanapin sa you at cause ng rejection.

      Thanks a lot for sharing your experience with us and hope share ka dito pag nag try ka ulit.

      Good luck.

      • HI ate Weng, I’m back again to tell you my experience in my 2nd US interview today. I was denied lastyear here in US embassy Riyadh. Unfortunately, I did not get the visa that I wanted, to travel in the US in December. The small-framed American guy again was my Consul onduty and he told me to find another consul who can interview me since he already interviewed me last year. So I was interviewed by another consul and he told me i dont have strong ties to the Kingdom, Im already working here as a nurse for almost 4.5 years in a government hospital. and been travelling around the world in Asia, GCC , UK and Europe as well, I dont know why until now Im not yet given a US visa.

  86. Hello kabayan…like you, i’m also working here in Saudi and also wants to travel and tour US. I have a sister there living by the way and plan ko talaga na bumisita dun very soon. I also thought na di talaga mahalaga yung financial status mo as long as you have strong ties with the country you are in right now. Just like you, I also dont have a fat bank account pero may assets naman kahit paano. Nice blog btw, at dahil dito mas lalo ako na-inspire to go to the US. And thanks na rin sa tips on how to handle the interview. God bless you.

  87. hi po,im mariegold working as a nurse for 6years in ksa.im planing to visit my sis in florida in feb,im single,and i dont have enough money to show in consul. Do you think i can pass for interview?thank you po and Godbless

  88. Hi,
    Can I apply for a visit visa kahit wala akong invitation from someone who lives in the US? Magjojoin kasi ako ng tour and booking lang ng tour ang balak kong isubmit sa interview.

    Thanks in advance. :)

    • Hi Maria,

      Oo naman pdeng pde as long as may strong ties ka sa Pinas at ma convince mo ang Consul na you’ll be in the US as tourist lang talaga plus financial capacity mo.

      Best regards,

      Weng

  89. Hi Weng,

    Salamat sa encouragement mo. :) I am currently based in Dubai working in an IT company here for almost 7 years. Wala naman akong plano magtagal sa tour, 1 week lang ang duration ng tour, so hindi rin masyadong marami akong ipapakita na finances. Yung cost lang ng tour, pamasahe, at konting pocket money. What do you think?

    • Hi Maria,

      Yes, wag magdala ng masyadong maraming pera at pag nagdala ka ng pera na 10,000US$, you’ll be questioned sa port of entry. They will randomly ask kung magkano dalang pera ng tao at minsan they will open up the luggage or bag to check on what’s inside pag may duda sila. konti lang dala ko talaga na pera but I have my credit card with me.

      • Hi Weng,

        Maraming salamat sa positive vibes at feedback. ;) I will keep you in the know if nakakuha ako ng visa. More blessing your way for your good spirit.

        Cheers,
        Life

      • Hello ate Weng!

        Thank you for sharing with us your experience in applying for a tourist visa.

        I am an 18-year old college student. I only have less than PhP10,000 in my bank account, no work, no titles and properties. I would like to apply for a tourist visa eventhough I don’t have a work and personal money. My father who is a US passport holder, will sponsor and pay for my tickets and etc. My father’s children(my step siblings) lives in the US. Is it possible for me to be approved and will travel alone, to visit my stepbrothers and stepsisters? My biological sister had her interview when she was 18. My dad gave her properties, and show money in her bank account, but she was denied. My dad payed for the agency to fix the application, too bad that may be the cause of rejection.

        Thank you for giving us time to answer our thoughts in mind. I would like to give it a try, if ever I am qualified.

        God bless! :)

      • Hi Apple,

        I really can’t say na you will be approved or denied kc it all depends on how you will convince the Consul of your purpose and will really go back to Pinas after the scheduled holiday. Your dad should provide all the necessary documents needed specially the support of your travel. But then again as what I have mentioned it all depends on how you convince the Consul. Just try your like and take the risk, because you never know if you will be granted or not if you will not try. Your sister’s fate is not yours.

        Good luck.

        Weng

  90. I am planning to visit my cousin in US and my husband (who is in India) is sponsoring my trip. So what are the documents I need to take for the same?

  91. I want to apply for b1/b2 visa but I am not working at the moment but my wife is working and well paid. Can we both apply for the visa without being refused? Who will be tje principal applicant? What are our chances of getting it. Please help thank you

  92. Hello ask ko lang sana paano mga dapat ko na gagawin para sa US visa. Meron ako na dalawang kapatid and mga pamangkin sa States and plan ko sila na visitahin. Taga Italy po ako. And I want to know kung ano ang pwedeng itanong sa akin. At mag kano ang mga magagastos.

    • Hi Eunice,

      Kumusta?

      Mostly ang tinatanong talaga ng Consul is based dun sa mga sinusulat mo sa online form. Ang importante is may certificate of employment ka and vouching na babalik ka sa work after your vacation. Sa gastos, depende kasi yon kung anong gagawin mo dun at if you have a place to stay. Just be yourself during the interview and be honest as possible on your purpose of the visit which is for tourism and visiting family lang talaga.

      Good luck and God bless.

      Weng

  93. Hi,

    Ask ko lang po, nakakuha po kami ng aking asawa ng 10 years M status. On the interview, we have presented specific itinerary of our travel plans. Kakailanganin ko po baguhin ung travel places, pero same time period naman,, magkakaproblema kaya kami sa entry? Need lang po an advise.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Ernie,

      Kumusta? As per my experience, ok lang baguhin kasi wala namang magchecheck if sinunod mo ang itinerary mo or hindi. Ako nga may mga d talaga natupad because of the weather. Ang importante po is babalik kayo sa country na where kayo based at hindi mag stay sa US beyond what is allowed ng US government.

      Enjoy your vacay and regards to your wife. Thanks for dropping by.

      Cheers,

      Weng

  94. hi ate..
    dto ako ngyon sa Riyadh. Nurse ako and 2 yrs pa lang ako dto.and mag rerenew ako contract dto sa Riyadh. my mga questions lng po ako…Plan ko sana since meron ako 1 month vacay sa pinas e sa US ko na lng i spend mga 1 week lng cguro (God willing) then the rest sa pinas. My employer will provide ung mga supporting documents na may contract pa ako sa kanila..so definitely babalik ako dto sa Riyadh..so tlgang 1 week visit lng ako sa US..wala ako relatives dun. Gusto k lng mabisita bf ko(pinoy) US citizen cya..and willing nmn cla mag provide ng letter of invitation.
    So my question is..if im gonna be staying house nila do i really need to provide a proof na kukuha ako ng hotel for accomodation or do u think they would consider na ung dun ako magiistay sa house ng bf ko

    and wala ako bank account dto sa Saudi. wala rin ako credit card..pero meron akong bank account sa pinas ..saving account.. i only carry cash..

    single mom ako..nasa pinas anak ko…

    last question kahit estimate lng..when the consul asked u about ur pocket money..magkano sinabi mo..kahit estimate lng po..para may idea ako kng magkano ba dapat ko dalhin..Saudi Riyals cash ko..tas the rest sa bank account ko sa pinas nga lng..at ndi rin nmn po kalakihan…

    pasensya na po dami ko tanong..
    baka sakali lang po ako..

    • Hi fangirlfriend,

      Sorry sa late reply ha.

      1) No need ka mag provide ng proof of hotel reservation basta maka provide ka ng address ng titirhan mo.
      2) Yong letter of invitation ng bf mo I guess may link jan but sa akin kc nag email lang auntie ko then sa work nya with letterhead na she’s working there. Pero d tiningnan ng consul ang letter of invite ng auntie ko.
      3) Wala din akong bank account sa Saudi but I have a Philiippine bank account and international credit card. I also carried with US$ during my travel.
      4) The Consul did not ask me about how much is my cash on hand or the cash that I’m going to carry during my travel. When he saw my credit card, parang that’s all he wanted to know. Also, my current statement ako na dala sa credit card ko, but not sure if he saw that when he went over my documents and my print out din ako sa bank statement ko sa Pinas.

      I hope this answers your questions. Kung may tanong ka pa at kaya ko pa sagutin, just shoot me a message here.

      Cheers,

      Weng

    • Hi Anissa,

      Kumusta? There was really no show money that I presented to the Consul, though I have a little on my name (100k) but he did not bother to look at it, When I showed my credit card and Certificate of Employment he then took my passport and adviced me to pay for the courier fee.

      I hope this answers your question.

      Cheers,

      Weng

  95. hi miss weng..ur blog is inspiring and helpful :)
    nag apply ako b1/b2 visa nakaschedule march 14.tourism and college visit purpose ko don
    ok lng po ba debit card..?
    3rd year college student ako at gusto ko ituloy degree ko sa US pero next year pa.
    wala ako work dependent lang sa parents
    and yonng friend ko sa US ang magsponsor ..
    do i have a chance?

    thanks..ur reply and more advise much appreciated :)

  96. hi ate weng…ask ko lng ulet do i need to present a birth certificate of my son whose in the philipines right now..para lang may pakita ako na may strong ties ako sa pinas?
    **tulad nang sabi ko noon dto po ako riyadh magaapply po sana ako dto sa riyadh ng US visa

    so ang mga requirements ba would be:
    – ID passport photo
    -bank statement of account/ credit card statement
    -passport
    -certificate of employment (currently employed)

    **kailngn pa po ba ng certificate of salary?

  97. Hi Weng,

    Thought you might like to hear good news. Got it for 10 years din, yey!

    My application underwent administrative processing, I believe the most plausible explanation is my profession kasi, nasa Information Security ako, na nakahighlight sa Technology Alert List nila, kung tama ako. May requirement daw na clearance from Washington pag under TAL ang profession. No documents were asked, 4 questions lang answerable by Yes or No, wala pang 2 minutes yung interview ko. :)

    Thanks Weng!
    Have a nice day!

  98. hi po…gusto ko lang po sana malaman what if my us visa na si hubby nakuha niya from singapore,then balak po namin mag iina na mag apply for us visa here in philippines…ano po kaya dapat gawin? kailangan po ba si husband ang mag apply sa amin or individual application po kami nang mga bata?

    thank you,
    candice

  99. Me: single guy at 35
    Work: secretary
    OFW in KSA: 7.5 years with same employer
    Travel history: visited 7 countries for tourism (multiple times) in 6 years (Japan, Korea, UAE, Turkey, Thailand, Singapore, HongKong)

    I just want to share my experience applying for B1/B2 visa at US Embassy Riyadh. I’m supposed to apply for Schengen visa at Czech Republic Embassy but I got a very late appointment sked on 13Jul14 for my planned trip on 25Jul14 so in order for my documents not to be wasted I decided to apply US visa instead. I completed my DS160 online on 9Jun14, paid my visa the next day at SAMBA for SR608, sked my appointment on 12Jun14@9AM. Outside the embassy, lines are segregated depending on appointment time, I arrived at 8:35 and queued for 9AM line. A staff checks the document for all applicants in the queue then at exactly 9AM they start checking appointment confirmation and security check. If you have your mobile, car keys etc. you have to leave it at the security and take it back after you finish the process or better yet leave it in your car or at home. Once inside a staff will greet you and ask for your passport, DS160 confirmation page, employment letter, bank statement and they will put it in a separate plastic folder and they will also give you a small ticket with number. wait ’til your number appear on the screen for electronic finger printing. a lady in the window of finger printing ask me what is the purpose of my trip, i replied ” tourism and visit friends”, then she hand me back the documents and paste an Aramex sticker on my passport. After this you have to sit again and wait for the same number for your interview. When my number was called, I went to a window were a young american guy visa officer is waiting. the interview goes this way:
    me: hi sir good morning, how are you today? (with a smile and jolly voice)
    vo: im fine, how about you?
    me: im good (then I handed over the plastic folder to him, he scanned my DS160, and check my passport)
    vo: please put your 4 left fingers on the scanner (then he read my employment letter and the first page of my bank statement only, without seeing my last balance of about SR17000)
    vo: why would you like to go to the USA?
    me: for tourism and i want to visit my friend who used to work here in saudi but now he’s there.
    vo: OK thank you!
    me: (I was waiting for the next question for like 2 seconds but the VO just looked at me again and repeat saying “thank you!” implying that the interview is over.)
    me: ah OK thank you!

    He didnt told me if i was approve but he return back the documents to me except for my passport so I assumed that I was approved. I asked a lady staff what is the next procedure, she told me to go home and wait ’til Aramex sent you sms once your passport is ready for collection. The whole process takes 1 hour so at 10am Im done. My interview was Thursday and on Monday i received an sms from Aramex saying that I have to collect my passport, I immediately went to collect my passport at Aramex and once there I showed them copy of my appointment confirmation I used during interview and my original Iqama. I opened the package and check my passport, nervous and frustrated as i check each pages and i see no visa but when i reach page 38 the big surprise was there, my B1/B2 visa valid for 10 years. I went back to work with a big smile on my face ;-)

    P.S.
    I brought with me complete set of documents including my old passports but they only checked my Employment letter and bank statement. I answered all questions in DS160 online in detail especially the part were I described my current specific task at work, my previous employment task, my education background and my travel history so I assume they pre-screened the details in it and pre-approved applicants based on the details on the DS160. I usually travel during Eid holidays (Ramadan Eid and Hajj Eid) were we usually have 9days off aside from my annual Christmas vacation. I travel to 7 different countries sometimes more than once in the past 6 years. I fund my travels by saving my salary.

    Good luck to future visa applicants!!!

      • Paki-delete nalang po ung isang version ng share ko kase same essense lang naman nadoble ko kase hehe. Also i mentioned that im supposed to apply schengen visa but i got late appointment sked at Czech Embassy Riyadh, i still went anyway eventhough im aware that my proposed travel plan is less than 2 weeks after submitting my visa app, but thank God last day of work on 24Jul2014 i got my Schengen visa and im writing this follow up comment while im in europe. Thanks ms Weng…

  100. Me: single guy at 35
    OFW: KSA 7.5yrs
    Job: secretary

    Hello po! Share ko lang din experience ko applying for US visa in Riyadh. Im supposed to apply Schengen visa for my planned holiday on 25Jul14 during eid but i got a very late appointment sked on 13jul14 too short to process my visa at Czech Republic embassy so in order for my complete docs not to be wasted i just decided to apply US visa all of a sudden. I completed my DS160 online 9jun14, paid my visa at SAMBA for SR608, sked my appointment on 12jun14@9am. I arrive at 8:35 and queued at 9am designated line. A staff check appointment confirmation and DS160 confirmation page and passport while you are on the line. At exactly 9am they started letting applicants in and undergo security check. You have to leave your mobile car keys etc. at the security area then you can claim it after you finish your interview. Inside the lobby a staff will greet you and ask for your passport, employment letter and bank statement and they will put it in a separate plastic folder along with a small tiket number. Wait for your ticket number on the screen for your electronic finger scan. Once called, a visa staff will take your finger prints and ask you what is the purpose of your travel, they scan my DS160 and my passport and put an aramex sticker in it. After that you need to sit down again and wait for the same ticket number to be called for an interview with a visa officer. When my number was called a young american guy Visa Officer is waiting. The interview goeas this way:
    Me: hi sir good morning how are you today? (jolly voice with a smile)
    Vo: im good, how about you?
    Me: good! (Then i handed over my plastic folder to him)
    Vo: please put your four left finger on the scanner (then he also scanned my DS160 and passport, read my employment letter and look at the first page of my bank statement, without checking the last balance on the last page, i have sr17000 last balance that time)
    Vo: so why would you like to go the USA?
    Me: for tourism and i want to visit my a friend of mine who used to work here in saudi but now he’s there.
    Vo: ok thank you!
    Me: ( waiting for the next question, but the VO just looked at me and said again “thank you”, implying that the interview is over, so i said “ah ok thank you!”)

    He didnt told me if i was approved but he returned back my employment letter and bank statement. He retained my passport so i assumed that i was approved. I asked a lady staff what is the next step, she told me “go home and wait for aramex to inform you if your passport is ready for collection”. The interview lasted for 2min and the whole procedure lasted only for 1hr. At 10am I went back to my work. It was thursday. Then monday came i received an sms from aramex saying that i need to collect my passport at their branch. I excitedly went right away. When i opened the package i check each page of my passport and no visa can be seen until i reach page 38 and the big surprise was there, my B1/B2 multiple entry visa valid for 10yrs! I was really happy smiling all the way through! Thank God!!!

    Tips:
    Be truthful and give details of your work, your previous work, your educational background, your actual salary on the DS160 online application. I travelled for tourism to japan korea turkey UAE thailand hongkong singapore (sometimes multiple times) in the last 6yrs so i think it helped alot. Smile and be confident during interview. Although they only required 2 supporting docs, its better to bring all docs ‘coz you never know if they ask for it. Good luck to future applicants!!!

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