July 19, 2021

Appointments for business and tourist visas at the US embassy have been canceled until the end of August.

For the time being, business and tourist visa interview appointments planned through August 31 have been canceled, according to the US Embassy in Manila.

The embassy claimed the cancellation was due to “continuing major global difficulties linked to the COVID-19 epidemic,” according to a statement.

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

Visa applicants were advised to keep checking the embassy’s website for information on the resumption of regular visa services at the Philippine embassy.

The embassy had already postponed non-immigrant US visa interview appointments planned till July 30 owing to “global difficulties” caused by the epidemic.

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the US Department of State halted visa services worldwide in March 2020. US embassies and consulates started a gradual restoration of visa services on a location-by-location basis in July 2020.

“Routine visa services will resume on a post-by-post basis, in accordance with the Department’s strategy for securely restoring our employees to Department facilities,” according to the statement.

“Since March, US embassies and consulates have provided emergency and mission-critical visa services and will continue to do so as long as they are able.”

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