US Visa Application for Filipinos in Dubai

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you probably know that we got our non immigrant visas to the US. This means we will  be visiting my parents soon!! (BTW, if you’re not following me on Instagram, why not?? You should! hehe). I thought I’d share my experience on how to apply and collect your visas. 

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How to Apply for Non Immigrant Visa

  1. Go to Online Non Immigrant Application website. 
  2. Select United Arab Emirates (Dubai or Abu Dhabi. We applied in Dubai.)
  3. Click Start Application and fill in the form. 
  4. Once finalized, you have to submit and pay the application fees. (160 USD)
  5. Select appointment date through Official U.S. Department of State Visa Appointment Service.
  6. Show up on your designated appointment date. 

You can check Frequently Asked Questions here

On Your Interview Date

  1. Be at the Consualte/Embassy early, if not on time. Here is what to expect on the day of the interview.
  2. Dress appropriately
  3. Bring all your supporting documents and be ready for the interview
  4. Answer truthfully
  5. If you are granted a visa, they will give you a pink slip. This is NOT your visa. This is just a notice that your visa is approved and that you can collect it after 3 days. 
  6. If your application is denied, do not create a scene. Leave the premises with dignity and try again after 6 months. πŸ˜€

Here is a map to the US Consulate in Dubai

Hope this helps and Good Luck!!

 

Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

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365 Comments

  • May

    Hi! do they require both NOC and salary certificate from the employer during the interview? Or enough na ang salary certificate?

    November 7, 2017 at 2:32 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Ang NOC kailangan lang pag domestic employee. Kung hindi ka naman domestic employee sapat na yung salary certification.

      November 7, 2017 at 7:07 PM Reply
      • Kaye

        Hello po. Kasalukuyan po kami dito sa dubai. Kaso asawa ko wait pa din nya residence visa niya till now. Balak po namin magbksyun ng december sna sa US pra spend ng xmas with his family as American sya. Wla din ako visa dito dhil husband visa sna ako. Kaso on process pa din visa nia. Question po. Pwede po ba ako mag apply nalang sa pinas instead? Possible po ba un?. Thanks po.

        November 12, 2017 at 12:11 AM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          Pwede po yun.

          November 12, 2017 at 7:01 AM Reply
          • Kaye

            Just in case po ma denied ako . Need ko din ba wait for 6months kht dito na ako apply sa dubai? Every 3mos kasi may baksyon asawa ko.. thanks sa pagsagot.

            November 12, 2017 at 9:03 AM
          • Alvin | AB&Me

            Oo, you still need to wait 6 months, They use the same database regardless of where you applied from.

            November 13, 2017 at 6:55 AM
  • Paula

    Hello po, gusto po sana namen mag apply ng husband ko ng us visa. ask lang po if its wise to tell them na andun ang parents ng husband ko? they are still in the process of getting their us citizenship. thanks

    November 4, 2017 at 12:45 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Mas mabuti na ideclare nyo na may kamag anak kayo dun. Malalaman din naman nila yun. May ka kilala kami na hindi nag declare na may kamag anak dun pero at the time of interview tinanong isala kung ano ano nila yung binangit na pangalan.

      Ibig sabihin maging kahina hinala pa pag hindi nyo sinabi na may kamag anak kayo dun.

      November 5, 2017 at 7:08 AM Reply
  • karen

    Hi, I’m planing to apply for US tourist visa with my 1st cousin. Can we apply as a family kahit na 1st cousin lang kame.

    November 2, 2017 at 1:31 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      You may, but you may be asked how you are related and may even be required to present proof.

      November 2, 2017 at 1:55 PM Reply
  • sheen

    Hi Alvin, Just I need advise… I got my US Visa this month…. pero d ako makakaalis ngayong ….after 6 months cguro ako makakapunta sa US ok lang ba yon …… d ba magkakaroon ng problema sa Visa, I mean once na may visa na kailanggan bang gamiting agad …please advise

    October 23, 2017 at 1:32 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      You don’t have to travel as per your original plan. You may travel whenever you want as long as your visa is still valid and your circumstances when you applied for the visa haven’t changed. Ex. You should still be employed and residing in Dubai. This is because I know of someone who had their visa cancelled because their circumstance is no longer the same as when they applied for the visa. In simple terms, he can no longer prove that he has no intention in overstaying in the US.

      October 23, 2017 at 1:40 PM Reply
      • sheen

        ahhhh…. ok…what if nag resign ako sa dati kung trabaho …. tapos na employed ako ng ibang company (Dubai), then that time only ako mag first entry ako sa US ok lang ba…

        October 23, 2017 at 1:57 PM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          As long as you can prove that you have the means to support your travel and intend to leave by the end of planned trip, you should be OK.

          October 24, 2017 at 7:09 AM Reply
      • sheen

        Alvin, pahabol parin… pag nag for good na sa pinas galing dito sa Dubai, and then from pinas mag travel ako sa US as tourist… valid parin ba ung US visa… k c and nakalagay sa US visa issued in Dubai….

        October 23, 2017 at 3:41 PM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          As long as you can prove that you do not intend to overstay and will leave the US by the end of your planned trip, you should be OK.

          October 24, 2017 at 7:12 AM Reply
          • sheen

            Thanks Alvin, Indeed your blogs is a big help for us…GOD BLESS

            October 24, 2017 at 9:17 AM
  • sheen

    APPROVED ….. salamat

    October 16, 2017 at 7:25 AM Reply
  • OMG

    Hi I applied just this morning and followed all the advise here, unfortunately denied ang application ko pero ok lng naman un… Everything went smooth naman sa interview at calm naman ako…here’s d questions lng (VO: bakit ako ppunta sa US **spend xmas w/ my colleagues sa New year which is true naman** VO: ilang years na sa dubai at company**more than 8 years** VO: r u married?*** yes with 2 kids**VO: magtatravel ba with me c hubby**No but maybe in the future**VO: Any relatives sa US? **Yes ung pinsan ko** VO: r u planning to visit him? ***wla akong plan kc hindi naman kc kmi talga closed*** un ung totoo hindi kami closed at nakita ko lng sa FB nya na nsa US cya… after that question… Sorry daw she cannot give me visa for now pero I can apply daw ulit… Un lang and exit na πŸ™‚ I came back sa office na ok lng ang lahat… better luck next time na lang to me πŸ™‚

    October 12, 2017 at 10:37 AM Reply
    • OMG

      Spend xmas New York pla yan he he he

      October 12, 2017 at 10:38 AM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Like what I said to the comment of Sheen, I know of many applicants who have been denied when they applied alone compared to when they applied as a family. I think its because as a family, you will not risk overstaying because of the welfare of your kids. The risk of a lone traveler overstaying is higher than those of a family. That’s just my opinion.

      I do appreciate the way you handled the denial. Its good to have a positive attitude. There is always a next time.

      October 15, 2017 at 7:48 AM Reply
  • sheen

    Hi Alvin… or anybody can help me… I already scheduled for interview…. we are here in Dubai with my family pero ako lang ang nag-aaply ng US visa ….. in case na tatanungin ako “why i’m travelling alone”… please give me a strong answer for that….

    October 12, 2017 at 9:22 AM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      We cannot give you an answer as only you will know the real reason why you are not travelling with your family. I know of many applicants who have been denied when they applied alone compared to when they applied as a family.

      October 15, 2017 at 7:44 AM Reply
  • japanoy

    hi , im jap , twice nako nadeny sa US visa application ko , di ko talga sila maintindihan , ang dami ko na natravel, ive been to europe ,japan, london, asian countries,na me mga visa and yet di ako makpasa pasa sa visa ng US . in the first place maganda namn trabaho ko sa Dubai, at wla ako balak mag TNT sa US di ko gusto mag stay sa US gusto ko lang mamasyal pero ayaw nila ako igrant ano ba problea sa knila, lahat namn giwa at lahat ng Visa ko wlang deny sa ibang bansa except sa US

    September 3, 2017 at 4:21 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Anong reason ang nakalagay bakit denied?

      September 10, 2017 at 11:33 AM Reply
      • Chona

        Hi Alvin, Your blog it’s a great help to everyone especially who are in first timer applicant. Hi Alvin, I am planning to apply for tourism to Italy… Can i possible from you to have some sample of a cover letter which was you submitted before? as my sample how to do as I’m a bit confused. Thanks and awaiting Please.

        September 10, 2017 at 1:38 PM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          Thank you Chona for your appreciation, We do not have experience in applying for visa to Italy, however as a Schengen member state, it probably is the same as other member states where we do have experience on obtaining a visa.

          First of all, a cover letter is not a requirement when applying for a tourist visa in any Schengen member state as far as I know. All you need to do is complete the required documents stated in this link https://www.it.ckgs.ae/resources/pdf/tourist-visa-checklist.pdf

          September 11, 2017 at 6:36 AM Reply
        • Chona

          Hi Alvin, Thank you for your reply. I appreciated. I have another question please. How about, if the person who is in Italy he can sponsor…what are those of documents that he must to obtain in order to submit along with my documents to CKGS, secondly, except from his documents, the one that you send with me in pdf on the checklist shall I have to provide everything for myself (except of accommodation as they wanted me to stay on their house). Thanks and awaiting Please.

          September 11, 2017 at 9:15 AM Reply
          • Alvin | AB&Me

            If you will have someone else supporting your travel, you will need to submit a letter from the sponsor addressed to the consul or the immigration officer advising that he/she will support your travel. The letter have to be supported by an identification showing residence status. This can be a passport with visa page or a national ID. A bank statement to show capability to support you may also be required. If the sponsor will only support your accommodation it should be stated in the letter.

            September 11, 2017 at 6:36 PM
          • Chona

            Hi Alvin, Thank you for your favorable reply for me. How about let say.. but who knows just in case…. when you apply and then you got refuse, how long can reapply again?

            Thank you.

            September 13, 2017 at 1:42 PM
          • Alvin | AB&Me

            Its usually after six months depending on the reason.

            September 14, 2017 at 7:16 AM
          • Chona

            Hi Alvin, as I’m filling with the form, can you please correct me if I may right or wrong what I have filled on the below please.

            Member of state(s)destination: Member State of first entry

            Turin, Messina, Sicily – Italy ? Italy ?

            Since I have the sponsor of my travel my Fiance:

            Main purpose(s) of the jouney: shall I thick mark the “visiting family/friends ? OR as Tourism?

            P.s. the cities where i have mentioned that’s inside of Italy only just like Dubai (UAE) The country Italy where I will spend most

            September 14, 2017 at 9:44 PM
          • Alvin | AB&Me

            The member state is Italy.

            Based on recommendation from VFS employees, it is easier to apply for Tourism visa as opposed to visiting family/friends as supporting documents to prove relation may be required in some cases.

            September 17, 2017 at 7:01 AM
          • Chona

            Hi Alvin, on the application for schengen under “pre-paid transport”? what does it mean? it’s a taxi, train ticket or a flight ticket? Thanks.

            October 5, 2017 at 3:16 PM
          • Alvin | AB&Me

            It could be all of the above if you pay for it in advance.

            October 8, 2017 at 7:59 AM
          • Chona

            Hi Alvin, Thanks for your reply, as per on the “pre-paid transport” since i have the sponsor, and when i arrive at the place he will spend the transport, so, what if I have only a confirmed flight ticket with me is that acceptable at the embassy? thank you.

            October 8, 2017 at 9:38 AM
          • Alvin | AB&Me

            Yes, that should be sufficient.

            October 8, 2017 at 1:59 PM
      • Kaye

        Hello po. Gusto ko lang po malaman kung sakali apply ako tourist visa sa US ma approve ba. My husband is an American Citizen . Nagwowork sya dito sa middle east as school counselor. Kakasal lang namin this july. At naka husband visa ako dto sa UAE. Balak kasi namin baksyun ng 3weeks sa US para spend ng xmas with his family. Possible po ba approve visa pag nag apply ako?. Thanks.

        October 4, 2017 at 12:52 PM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          If you are married what is stopping you from applying for a US passport?

          You have a good chance of getting a visa as long as you and your husband can prove that you can support your travel and that you intend to go back to UAE after your trip.

          October 5, 2017 at 7:54 AM Reply
          • Kaye

            Because my husband still working in UAE thats why I haven’t plan to apply US passport yet.

            May savings din po kami sa account ng husband ko. Pwede po ba un?. And nka husband visa din po ako.

            October 5, 2017 at 5:35 PM
          • Alvin | AB&Me

            It should not be an issue as you have a legitimate reason to visit US.

            October 8, 2017 at 8:00 AM
  • Dexter

    Hi,
    I’m 32 years old and single and would like to apply for the US visa to visit my mom (to surprise her). I’ve been working in dubai for almost 6 years. The problem is she is using her maiden name and my salary as a hotelier staff is not that much, like around 1-2k (+service charge and quarterly bonus) but my company is paying everything (house/foods and transportation). Am I going to be a laughing stock incase I try to apply. Lol not a positive approach but I’m just worried as I am very shy and I take rejection very seriously. Thanks in advance.

    August 29, 2017 at 5:25 AM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Salary may be one of the factors considered in granting a visa, however it is not the main factor. As long as your supporting documents can demonstrate legitimacy of the purpose of your trip and that you will have enough funds to support yourself at the time of travel then you are good to go.

      Don’t be afraid to try and apply we are here and our readers can guide you. You wouldn’t know unless you try right?

      August 29, 2017 at 6:42 AM Reply
      • SHAR

        Hi
        I m 40 year and working in Dubai for 12 year and would like to applied for US visa B1/B2 what are the chance of getting visa currently my salary salary 4K

        September 26, 2017 at 9:32 AM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          Chances of getting a visa is dependent on other information such as reason for travel. Financial history as stated in your bank statement. Authenticity of documents submitted.

          In that 12 years in Dubai, is that in the same company? Chances would be better if that with the same company.

          September 26, 2017 at 12:20 PM Reply
          • SHAR

            yes i am with same company for 12 year what authenticity of document to submit can you please help me

            October 4, 2017 at 11:14 AM
          • Alvin | AB&Me

            You should only submit documents that are authentic (not tampered), some applications do submit tampered document to make their chances better, but most of the time get caught and gets banned from applying again.

            October 4, 2017 at 12:06 PM
          • SHAR

            I spoke to my company about the us visa and they ready to sponsor me can you please tell what are the document are require from my company to get us b1/b2 visa and what my chances

            October 4, 2017 at 5:38 PM
          • Alvin | AB&Me

            What do you mean your company will sponsor you? Does your company have a branch in US? or it will be mostly financial support and guarantee.

            If your purpose is for personal reasons, it is questionable why would your company sponsor your trip. If your are going on a business trip then that is a different case.

            October 5, 2017 at 7:46 AM
  • Kumar

    The photo that we need to carry for interview should that be same as the one attached online on form DS160. I realized that I dont have same photo in the size required. Abu Dhabi

    August 13, 2017 at 8:48 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      It doesn’t have to be the same as long as it conforms to the requirement.

      August 19, 2017 at 5:18 PM Reply
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  • Kris

    Hi!

    I am new here in Dubai and looking for a job. I have a multiple entry us tourist visa that will expire in Feb 2018. I have been in and out of the US the for the past years. What is the process here for renewal of us visa?

    Thank you.

    May 16, 2017 at 11:37 AM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      You have to get a job first and residence visa here in UAE before you attempt applying/renewing your US Visa. One of the condition in the US visa application/renewal is that you should present

      Evidence of your employment and/or family ties may be sufficient to show the purpose of your trip and your intent to return to your home country.

      Evidence to show that the applicant has a residence abroad to which he/she intends to return at the end of the stay in the United States. This is generally established by evidence of family, professional, property, employment or other ties and commitments to some country other than the United States sufficient to cause the applicant to return there at the conclusion of his/her stay.

      https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-AE/niv/information/required_docs

      May 16, 2017 at 2:56 PM Reply
      • Raff

        Hi alvin and sheila…i’ve been working in uae for the last 10 years and recently i applied for a tourist visa and my interview date is on july 3.. What are the chances of getting a visa..im presently working in HR department handling recruitment..please can you tell me what are the other additional important supporting documents i should carry during the interview. And would it help as help to mention that i have recently sponsored my brother to find a suitabke opportunity here. Looking forward to receiving your guidance and would really appreciate it.

        June 21, 2017 at 10:32 PM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          Your length of service is a good testament that you have good reason to return to UAE because you tend to loose 10 years of end of service benefit if you do not return.

          Just bring the documents as stated in the requirements list, invitation letter and or bank statement of the person inviting you if any.

          June 24, 2017 at 7:11 PM Reply
  • ana

    Hi, Good Afternoon!
    Im planning to apply a tourist visa by end of this year, is there a big chance n maapprove yung application ko? im living here in dubai for almost 6 years, and im currently working for more the 2 years in my 2nd job and my salary is between 3000 to 3500 aed. and I didnt travel yet in other country. I dont have any relatives in US.

    April 30, 2017 at 3:39 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Nowadays, due to recent changes in US immigration policy, it is not possible to assume likelihood of being granted a visa. I know of a colleague who works for an airline with more than 7 years in the company and earning more than you do who have been denied a visa recently because of insufficient ties.

      The challenge for any tourist applicant is to prove to the consular officer the intention to go back after the trip.

      May 1, 2017 at 7:20 AM Reply
  • Kate

    Hello! Thanks for this helpful blog, well, I am planning to apply for US Tourist Visa for 2 weeks to visit my boyfriend there in Kentucky. I am still 21 years old, and new here in Dubai working for almost 1 year and living with my first degree cousin. I am worried about my length of residence here in Dubai, my age, and I don’t have any relatives in the US. I’ve been to Singapore once. Is there any advise you can give me to expand my chance of success? Thank you πŸ™‚

    April 24, 2017 at 12:37 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Your ties to UAE is not sufficient to guarantee that you will come back once in the US. It is unlikely that you will be granted a visa but this is just my own opinion based on experience and feedback from other others who have been in the same situation.

      The consular officer have the sole authority to decide based on the merit of your application.

      April 24, 2017 at 12:54 PM Reply
      • Pau

        Hi. I am staying here in dubai for one year now with my first degree cousins, and currently working in a restaurant with a 2 years contract. Our company allows every employees to have a 1 month/30 days vacation after fulfiling one year in the contract. My friend from arizona usa is planning to invite me there and will shoulder all the expenses during my stay there. My friend’s family has a business there and owns a house. Do you think there’s a big chance for me to pass the visa application? Do you think that it’s better if we’ll be going to use the invite option rather than the sponsorship option? Or it is just the same? Btw, I’m just 21 years old and single. Thank you. Your thoughts are much appreciated. ❀️

        April 28, 2017 at 10:18 AM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          The success of your application for visa depends on the likelihood that you will leave the US and return to your point of origin at the end of the duration of your trip. The consular officer will review your documents and evidence of your circumstances to assess how likely you are to return to your point of origin. If they assess that you do not have enough reason to go back to your point of origin, it is unlikely that a visa will be granted. That is why applicants who have stayed longer in their work, have a property or have a family at the point of origin are likely to be granted a visa than a single individual who have very little ties to the country of origin.

          April 29, 2017 at 9:52 AM Reply
      • Kate

        Thanks for the response sir, well in that case, I was planning to apply for Schengen Visa first, which I heard more easier compared to US visa, and visit Germany this December (if I got approved). Would this increase my chances in getting US visa if I already tour around Europe sir? or what if I applied Schengen this July and got approved, then consecutively apply for US visa on August even thou I haven’t yet departed to Europe (supposedly on December)? Make sense? hehe Thanks,

        April 29, 2017 at 1:52 PM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          It is much easier to get a Schengen visa, however, travel to other countries have no bearing on the US visa application. Like what I said to Pau, The consular officer will review your documents and evidence of your circumstances to assess how likely you are to return to your point of origin. If they assess that you do not have enough reason to go back to your point of origin, it is unlikely that a visa will be granted. That is why applicants who have stayed longer in their work, have a property or have a family at the point of origin are likely to be granted a visa than a single individual who have very little ties to the country of origin.

          April 29, 2017 at 9:53 AM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          Travel to other country have no impact on US visa application. Each US application is assessed based on the documents submitted and answer to the questions asked by the consular officer. Each application have to prove the legitimacy of their reason for travel to the US and to ensure the consular officer that the application will return to the point of origin.

          June 24, 2017 at 7:07 PM Reply
          • sheen

            Hi… I’m planning to apply US visa sponsored ako ng sister kung US citizen, ang family ko ay kasama ko d2 sa dubai …almost 23 yrs na kaming nag tratrabaho d2 sa Dubai… we decided na ako lang muna ang mag aapply ng US as visit visa….can you help me kung anong required documents from my sister to sponsor me….at since part time lang ang trabaho nia ang invitation letter she declare that she will bear my entire USA tour expenses only… please advise

            August 14, 2017 at 10:19 AM
          • Alvin | AB&Me

            You may be asked for bank statement of your sponsor to demonstrate their capability support your visit. That is in addition to the invitation letter and passport copy or any other copy of identification showing their residence status in the US.

            August 19, 2017 at 5:20 PM
  • Eden

    Hi.. My sister family, my family and our niece are planning to apply for US visa. Can we apply as Family or we need separate application? Alam ko lang kasi at the end of the page sa may Thank you, my option for family.

    March 12, 2017 at 3:36 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      Hi, you should apply as a family but you will still fill up separate application forms. Hope that clears.

      March 12, 2017 at 4:14 PM Reply
      • EDEN

        thank you. further question po.. pati po sa online appointment one family din po? nag-a-add po kasi ako ng members may nag pop up if for one family. Nilagay ko din naman po sila sa person travelling with me.

        March 13, 2017 at 10:36 PM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          Yes, even in the online appointment. You have to schedule an appointment as a family.

          March 14, 2017 at 6:46 AM Reply
          • Eden

            Thank you po. Another question po, pasensya na madami.. tama po ba B1/B2 po kasi ung ni apply ko sa family namen? Nag punta po kasi ako sa website nakalagay ng Dubai eh B1/B2 – Visitor Visa for Business or Pleasure. B1 – Visitor Visa Business; B2 – Visitor visa for medical treatment.

            Di ko na po ni-click ung B2. Ngaun po ni click ko sa ibang usa website page ako napunta then B2 is for tourism, vacation, visit with friends.. I mean hindi lang po pala medical treatment.

            Sa kids din po kasi B1/B2 nalagay ko? Salamat po.

            March 15, 2017 at 2:14 PM
          • Alvin | AB&Me

            You have to select B2.

            March 15, 2017 at 9:09 PM
      • Clifford Dichoso

        Hi ms Sheila I’m just asking po if what is the document they need in US embassy in Abu Dhabi cuz my girl friend want to visit me here in Chicago can I know ms Sheila… thanks😊😊

        April 4, 2017 at 8:14 AM Reply
  • Jeanne Jocson

    Hi Sheila, I love how your blog is clear and vivid πŸ™‚

    I just want to ask, what are the supporting documents needed when applying a visit visa into the US?

    My boyfriend and I wants to see each other and take every step for our relationship to make it even better.

    I am thinking of maybe, he could do an affidavit that he is inviting me and I have a place to sleep during my stay that I do not have to worry about my expenses.

    Also, with a bank statement, I would like to know if you have to hold a certain amount and keep it there till you finally have your visa.

    Thank you Sheila πŸ™‚

    Would really appreciate all the help and support from you :))

    February 9, 2017 at 2:31 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Required documents are listed here https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-AE/niv/information/required_docs

      If you will indicate in your application that you will stay with your boy friend, you may be required to submit an invitation from him and if will be supporting you during your travel, you may also be required to provide his bank statement to prove that he has the capability to support you.

      For your bank statement, it doesn’t necessarily have to have a certain amount at the time of application, however, you may be required to to show capability to support your visit at the time of entry.

      February 9, 2017 at 8:49 PM Reply
  • Den

    Good day! This post has been very helpful to me as I fill the form. I am a little bit skeptical about my application. I am planning to visit the U.S on September 2017 to see my sister (who I haven’t seen for 3 years), I am based here in Abu Dhabi as a Nurse with 18 months of experience, 26 years old and single. There is no area wherein I could indicate that I am currently taking my master’s here in Abu Dhabi, which would present that I have an intention to go back here and finish it. Another concern is that my residence visa will expire on August 2017, would it be a ground for getting denied, since my travel period is past the expiration? Thank you very much in advance for your response and more power to this blog website.

    February 5, 2017 at 2:21 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      You don’t have to indicate that you are taking your masters degree as it is not be the reason why you have a residence visa here in UAE. You may submit as a supporting document a certificate of enrollment from the institution from where you are taking your masters degree in addition to the certificate of employment.

      Your application will be based on your current situation, even if your visa is expiring in August/2017, however if you do get a visa and do not renew your residency here in UAE, you may be denied entry to USA because of the change in your circumstance.

      February 5, 2017 at 2:45 PM Reply
  • Xi

    Hi Ms. Sheila, I am planning to travel to NYC early next year but my concern is should I have enough funds in my Bank accounts even my BF (from there)will shoulder all my expenses? Been here in Dubai in the same company for 4 years and been from other ASIAN countries as well, does it count? Please advise. Thanks!

    December 14, 2016 at 4:58 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      The bank statements are required to show that you have a legal source of income. At the time of application, it doesn’t necessarily have to have a big amount.

      You do have to indicate that your BF will support you. You may need to submit copies of his bank statement to show that he has the capability to support your travel.

      December 15, 2016 at 8:32 AM Reply
  • Rona

    Hi Po,

    Paki confirm naman please if tama yung pagka fill up ko.

    Are you a permanent resident of a country/region other than your country/region of origin (nationality) indicated above?
    Yes No

    * Yes

    Provide the following information:
    Other Permanent Resident Country/Region

    *United Arab Emirates

    Warm Regards,
    Rona

    November 25, 2016 at 2:32 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      That is correct if you do have a residence visa in UAE.

      November 27, 2016 at 8:43 AM Reply
  • Marie louise

    Hello maam shiela.. gusto ko din sana mag apply for us visa. Worried lang ako sa bank statement. Pano po kung palagi wala natitira sa bank account ko kasi withdraw ko agad para ipadala. So mas advisable po ba na magiwan nlng ako ng savings? Thank you po sa reply

    November 8, 2016 at 2:54 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Its a common misconception that the account should have money on it at the time of application. The purpose of the bank statement is to support your claim of employment. Ex. If you declare that you are employed your bank statement will show that you have a salary coming in to your account on a regular basis.

      Another purpose of it is to determine if there are any illegal activities. Ex. If there is a huge deposits coming into your account, you should be able to explain what it was for.

      Just make sure that at the time of your travel, in case you get a visa: that you have enough money to support your expenses.

      November 8, 2016 at 3:03 PM Reply
      • Marie louise

        Aah okay po.. Pero mas ok po ba na may laman pag nag apply ako ng visa? Or kahit wala just the bank statement lang? Thank you sir alvin

        November 9, 2016 at 1:08 PM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          Its better if there is money in your account, it doesn’t have to be big, at least show that you started saving money for your trip.

          November 10, 2016 at 6:44 AM Reply
  • stef

    hi po:)

    tanong lnag poh aq kasi gusto q poh sanag mag apply ng tourist visa kaso lang poh pah end contract nah aq…my contract is until march 30,2017 nah lang poh..and im not planning to come to dubai any more..its like after florida xa pinas nah aq uuwi..pwede pah rin poh bah akong mag apply?….i have a friend there..tourist visa or visit visa???…which one is better poh?

    maraming salamat poh

    November 7, 2016 at 4:28 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      You can still apply for a visa before your contract ends. As long as you are able to provide sufficient evidence that you will be leaving the country after your visit/tour there should be no issue at all.

      November 8, 2016 at 7:03 AM Reply
  • apple

    Hi, Good Day!

    I’m trying to fill up my DS 160 form. and its asking my National ID. should i write my national ID No. here in dubai?

    November 2, 2016 at 5:42 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      No. Use the national ID issued by your home country if applicable.

      November 3, 2016 at 7:52 AM Reply
      • ALbert

        What would be the national ID for Philippines? is it referring to the SSS #?

        January 26, 2017 at 3:17 PM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          You can put “Not Applicable”, SSS is not considered as a national ID in the Philippines.

          January 28, 2017 at 8:42 PM Reply
  • Tyga

    Is it necessary to at least 6 mos bank statement? or at least last 3 mos would be ok?Thanks

    October 29, 2016 at 8:48 PM Reply
  • Alvin | AB&Me

    Nicnic, your UAE visa validity will be scrutinized depending on your intended date of return. If the duration of your intended travel will reach to a point that your visa will expire or very close to expiration, your motive for traveling becomes questionable.

    October 24, 2016 at 7:03 AM Reply
  • Dee

    Hi Ms. Sheila and Mr. Alvin! My husband and I are planning to go to the US on July 2017 to visit my grandmother and sister. We’ve already submitted the DS-160 forms, but we have yet to pay and schedule our appointment because of this concern. Normally, for Schengen visa, it is required that you only apply at least 3 months before departure date. For the non-immigrant US visa, does the same rule apply? Do you think it’s too early if we will schedule our appointment next month (November), which is 8 months away from the planned departure date? Thanks in advance for your help.

    October 5, 2016 at 12:11 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      As far as I know, you have to make the payment within 10 or 30 days of submitting the application otherwise you will have to start again.

      For US it is OK to apply early because they normally grant a longer validity compared to other nations. You are not required to make confirmed booking for your travel or accommodation which is another reason why there is no harm applying for a visa early.

      October 6, 2016 at 8:24 AM Reply
  • LMR

    Good Morning! My sister is getting married in a civil wedding ceremony this November and she wants me and my bestfriend(close family friend) who live together here in Abu Dhabi to attend. In planning, we agreed that we will be paying for the air tickets and my sister will shoulder the accommodation and other expenses. My question is, do we need to apply for individual visas or do we need to apply together?

    October 5, 2016 at 11:19 AM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      You should apply together. If you have not applied yet, it might be too late to get it by November.

      October 6, 2016 at 8:20 AM Reply
      • LMR

        When you say apply together, what does that mean? We already have a scheduled appointment this 26th of October. ☺

        October 9, 2016 at 2:46 PM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          Indicate on each others application that you will be traveling with each other. Submit your applications together and set your appointment together.

          October 10, 2016 at 6:23 AM Reply
  • Jhan

    Thanks ms.sheila and mr.alvin
    This blog is really helpful to apply for US tourist visa..
    Godbless

    October 5, 2016 at 1:53 AM Reply
  • Jhan

    Hi, i want to share my experience for today sept.29,2016 at my US visa interview,
    How to prepare;just a tip

    1, gcing ng Maaga/maligo/mg ayos sa sarili/mgdamit ng maayos/blazer with jeans ok lng
    2,Almusal
    3,prepare lahat ng documents
    Specially ds160 and appointment
    Old and new passport.
    4, magdasal bago umalis ppunta sa us embassy????
    5,keep positive

    There is a few question lng na dapt totoo lhat ng ssbhin mo and confident ka,
    Mag base lang cla sa ds 160 application mo.for interview.
    Wag mgpadistract sa mga pinoy na ngssbi na denied lahat mga pilipino na aplicante for today…take note NOT all
    Kelangan positive ka lang and smile????
    No document to be ask from VO
    Im glad na na approved ang visa q.

    September 29, 2016 at 2:19 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      Congratulations Jhan!! Enjoy your trip!!

      September 29, 2016 at 9:55 PM Reply
      • gracia

        How long will be the the validity of the visa? If I start applying now, will I be able to use it for my travel October next year? Thanks.

        October 17, 2016 at 9:54 AM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          Validity is usually 10 years, however it is up to the immigration officer to decide.

          October 17, 2016 at 12:21 PM Reply
    • Apple

      Hi Jhan,

      If i may ask, what are the question asked to you?

      Congrats and Enjoy your trip πŸ™‚

      October 20, 2016 at 3:12 PM Reply
  • apple

    Hi, Me and my sister is very much interested to apply US Visa, we are planning to visit our aunt who we haven’t seen for ages. I also want to visit and meet some friends and hers to. We were thinking is it possible for us to apply together, as family (me & sister) or better apply separately?

    September 26, 2016 at 1:10 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      If you are travelling together with the same purpose, it is better to apply together. Even if you apply separately the consular staff will still be able to see similarities in you applications and might raise doubt if you apply separately.

      September 26, 2016 at 1:54 PM Reply
  • Tinay

    Hi, multiple entry po ba ang na grant sayo?

    September 25, 2016 at 2:46 PM Reply
  • jan

    hello po,Magandang Buhay!
    ask q lng po kung pwd q po kaya e correct q na lng po sa embassy appointment date q,or need q po palitan ung ds 160 q po at mgpa re schedule ulit ng appointment?
    kasi un lng po ung error q,
    maraming salamat.

    September 21, 2016 at 2:07 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      I am not sure if you can still amend the application if an appointment is already set. You may inform the consular officer at the time of the interview about the mistake. I am sure that they commonly encounter such mistake.

      September 22, 2016 at 7:01 AM Reply
  • jan

    hi,ask q lng po sana kung ano po ba ang dapat isagot sa Q: Are you a permanent resident of a country/region other than your country/region of origin (nationality) .work po aq dto sa dubai, ang naisagot q po kasi NO naisubmit q na din po application q bka po kasi mgka error,

    salamat

    September 21, 2016 at 2:07 AM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      If you have a residence visa, and you stay here more than 6 months in a year you should answer yes.

      September 21, 2016 at 7:08 AM Reply
  • Marie

    Hi po Ms. Shiela, share ko lang po yung experience ko with US consulate last August. I did my interview po last week ng August 8am yung interview ko by 9 tapos na. Na deny po yung visa ko because I have no strong ties po dito sa Dubai. 24 years old po ako nurse sa Pinas pero real estate industry ako dito sa dubai pero 2.5 years pa lng po ako dito. 4 lng po yung questions nila at not even a single document was asked. Common questions like Why do want to visit the US, where in the US do you plan to stay, how long have you been in dubai at last question po nila kung single or married, nung sinabi ko pong single, deny po kaagad. Tinanong ko po siya kung kelan ulit makapag apply sabi nya anytime daw pero siguraduhin ko daw machange yung circumstances sa kung bakit ako na deny. Mag aapply nlng po ako next time sa December at hopefully po makapasa na. πŸ™‚

    September 17, 2016 at 1:43 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      sorry to hear na na deny ang application mo. There are several reasons bakit ka na deny. Being single and a nurse (which is very in demand sa US) tapos you are still young and hindi ka pa ganun ka tagal dito sa Dubai. Kumbaga patong patong na reasons, hindi ka naka pasa sa checklist nila. That means you need to wait it out or get married before you apply again for a better shot. But, its still up to you if you want to apply again, malay mo matapat ka sa medyo relaxed na interviewer. πŸ™‚

      September 17, 2016 at 5:03 PM Reply
  • jan

    hi ask ko lang po,kasi 4 months pa lng po aq sa bago q na company as sales manager,but more than 9 years na po aq dto sa dubai,dto din po lahat ng mga kapatid,nkapag visit na din po aq sa europe at sa canada as a worker,i have my strong ties here in uae at properties sa pilipinas.
    tanong ko po kung may chance na ma grant aq ng visa khit 4 months pa lng me sa bago q na company?.

    salamat po sa time.

    September 15, 2016 at 8:39 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      Hello, there’s no guarantee if you’ll be given visa or not but you can try.
      If you have strong ties then there’s no reason to not grant you visa. πŸ™‚

      September 17, 2016 at 11:24 AM Reply
    • jan

      thanks po and goodluck for me πŸ™‚

      September 18, 2016 at 3:04 PM Reply
  • Marlon

    Hello, need some clarifications on applying US visa.
    I’m planning to visit US with the whole family.
    My worry is, I’ve been travelling to Iran for at least once a month as my nature of work is in engineering.
    Do you think US consulate will grant me a tourist visa?
    Thanks.

    September 13, 2016 at 2:21 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Even Iranians can get a visa to US, you may apply for a visa, however you will be subject to a more stringent background check.

      September 18, 2016 at 7:30 AM Reply
      • Marlon

        Thanks Bro.

        September 19, 2016 at 12:21 PM Reply
  • Lee Dev

    Hello! Can I apply US visa in Abu dhabi even if my residence visa is in Dubai?
    Another question, if asked if I have relatives like until what level? I just remembered by grandfather has a sister in Chicago but she died already so her son lives in there but we have no communication anymore nor I remember his name.

    Thanks!

    September 10, 2016 at 10:47 AM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Your proof of residence as indicated in your visa is from Dubai. You will have to apply in Dubai. Do not put contact person/references that you yourself have not been in contact with.

      September 18, 2016 at 7:32 AM Reply
  • Harry

    Hi Ms Sheila – I’ll be having my US Visa (B2) interview this 31st August. I’ve been working in DXB for nearly 3 years now, and wishes to visit US by early next year. It was supposed to be before the end of this year, but due to change of plans, I’ve decided to go back for home for short vacation with family(mom and dad).

    My travel experiences are only limited in Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia). All of which are with my mom and dad which I paid for.

    I’m living with my sister her, and her family.

    I hope I have a good chance to have my visa approve.

    Whoaaaa

    August 16, 2016 at 4:40 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      We wish you all the best in your interview. During the interview, our recommendation is to prepare yourself physically and mentally. Eat your breakfast, drink enough water, be ready to wait in the heat so wear a comfortable but professional clothing. Bring something to drink, they do have a kiosk there were you can buy something to drink or eat but you may have to go out of line to buy something. You will be required to leave stuff that you will not need in your application in the security gate including your phone.

      Please do let us know how it goes.

      August 17, 2016 at 7:03 AM Reply
  • ed

    Followed all the instructions here on how to apply U.S. visa here in UAE and been re-reading all of the comments a dozen times! haha Finally got my visa approved, It was way easier than expected (you just have to keep your cool & don’t panic! lol) Anyway, Thanks abandme.com & Good luck to all applicants!

    August 14, 2016 at 9:02 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Thank you for your encouraging feedback and it is good to know that this blog have been instrumental in your successful visa application. Enjoy your trip.

      August 15, 2016 at 8:20 AM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      Yay!! Congrats!
      It’s really not that difficult, its just not that easy either coz they’re stricter but documentation-wise, its basically the same for all visa applications.
      And yes, keep your cool.

      August 15, 2016 at 3:43 PM Reply
  • Shienna

    Hello mam sheila may tatanong po sna ako kng may idea po kayo kasi po may actual salary is 10000aed but ang pumapasok sa bank ko is 5000 lang kc po malaki ang for insurances kaya un po ang iniiwasan ng company namin.is it ok na sbhn ko sa consul un about dun pag nagtanong ng salary?and ok lang po ba na un ang iinclude ko sa salary certificate ko?thanks po ulit

    August 1, 2016 at 5:36 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      They would refer to your official document which is your salary certificate.

      August 1, 2016 at 7:40 PM Reply
  • Carl Duane

    Is their an easier way to apply for a US visa in Dubai?

    July 30, 2016 at 7:26 AM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      There is only one way to apply for visa which is already mentioned on the post. Good luck! πŸ™‚

      July 30, 2016 at 10:37 AM Reply
  • Lou

    Hi! I just want to clarify some issues regarding my name. My name has ” MA. ” in it and the DS 160 application doesn’t allow you to fill out the form with other characters/punctuation. I am so confused as I’ve read on the US visa application site that all details must match on the details of your passport.

    Thank you.

    July 28, 2016 at 3:43 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      You don’t have to put period “.” it us understood that special characters are not allowed in the application form. If in doubt, you may clarify that with the consular staff at the time of submission.

      July 30, 2016 at 2:40 PM Reply
  • herelyn cabrera

    morning mam, I’m herelyn cabrera, gusto ko po sanang mag visit sa relatives ko sa U.S. pero sa ngayon po nagwowork po ako sa house , but by december or janauary I finish my contract , pero habang nandito pa ako sa UAE gusto ko sanang mag apply ng tourist visa sa U.S. to vusit and tour the U.S. places .pero paano po at anong kailangan kong mga document na ipresent ko sa embassy. i hope u can help me.
    thanks po.

    July 25, 2016 at 5:21 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Please read the article, it contains the link to the required documents.

      July 26, 2016 at 7:05 AM Reply
  • Ge

    Hi, was hoping you could tell me where I should put my middle name in the DS 160 form? It only has fields for surname and given name. Did you write your middle name right after your given names (in the same field)? Also, were you guys asked about your education? I was not (though as I was completing the form, an error message appeared on screen, after which a new set of questions were shown so I just ignored the error — now am wondering if details about the applicant’s education is really asked). Many thanks!

    July 19, 2016 at 12:15 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Middle name is not required in form. We were not asked about education when we completed the application form back then.

      July 20, 2016 at 9:33 AM Reply
      • Sofia

        Hi Sir, on the Personal Information 2, I was asked if Im a permanent resident of any country other than the above mentioned (Philippines). I am not sure if the expats in Dubai are considered to have a Permanent residency.

        July 20, 2016 at 2:02 PM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          If you have a resident visa, you are considered as permanent resident and indicate yes on the form.

          July 20, 2016 at 2:46 PM Reply
          • Sofia

            Thank you so much Sir!

            July 20, 2016 at 3:09 PM
      • nikki

        Sir, on other blogs that i have read, they said to put the middle name after the given name, im so much confused now if i will put the middle name or not since middle name is showing on our passports and it is part of our name.

        January 26, 2017 at 3:34 PM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          Putting the middle name in the application has little to do with the possibility of getting a visa. In our case, I did not put any of our middle name in our application but still got the visa. The visa granted did indeed have our middle names printed in it, which they probably read from the passport.

          January 28, 2017 at 8:51 PM Reply
  • Sofia

    Hi! I would like to clarify something on the DS-160 form about the Home Address, is it the home address where you were born or the current home address where you are living?
    Thank you πŸ™‚

    July 13, 2016 at 2:46 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      In the home address, you have to specify the address of where you are currently living.

      July 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM Reply
      • Anne

        Hi. Should I have a sponsor or pwedeng wala naman po? May kamaganak din kasi ako doo

        July 17, 2016 at 9:46 AM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          You don’t need a sponsor, however you will have to declare them in the application form. You will also have to indicate their contact information if you plan to stay with them.

          July 18, 2016 at 7:27 AM Reply
  • Karen Jueves

    Hi. Ms. Sheila andito po ako ulit.
    I just want to ask if need pa po ba yung invitation letter, employment certificate, at bank statements nung person kung saan ka mag sstay? Pero Self-Sponsored naman po yung application ko.. Thank you.

    July 9, 2016 at 10:21 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      You might as well bring it if it will support your application.

      July 10, 2016 at 8:56 AM Reply
  • Andrew

    Hi Sheila

    I will be going for a short term program in a U.S. university and I have already enrolled for the program , i have already paid for the program and my question is in interview do I need to submit the payment reciept towards the program and admission letter ? Is it mandatory and what other document would they ask ? I m here for more than 3 years in a reputed company ? How do you see my case and what are the key points in my case that I need to take care of !!! What document is most important which I should carry with my self apart from confidence and honesty thanks in advance

    June 30, 2016 at 8:27 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      Hi Andrew.
      I suggest bring all related documents to your travel, including receipts and admission letter. This will support you application.
      Since you are claiming that you’re going to attend a program, they might ask you about that so better be prepared.

      June 30, 2016 at 8:58 PM Reply
      • Andrew

        Thanks Shiela , appreciate your response

        June 30, 2016 at 11:12 PM Reply
  • Nia

    Is it better to tell them that you have relatives in the us or not?

    June 30, 2016 at 2:11 AM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      It is better to tell them, even if you don’t, in most cases they will already know. We have one friend who had experienced this, she was asked how is she related to a certain person even when it is not even mentioned in her application.

      June 30, 2016 at 6:43 AM Reply
  • Kriza

    Hi miss Sheila! It’s Kriza I would like to ask if it’s possible for me to visit America too, I wanted to visit my boyfriend. How do I apply for it, what do I need to do? Thank you.

    June 28, 2016 at 4:37 AM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Please read the article. If there is any specific step that you would like to clarify, you may post a new comment.

      June 28, 2016 at 11:19 AM Reply
  • jujah

    Hi! I have my B2 us visa interview appointment this Thursday, June 30, 2016. I’ve been reading a lot of reviews about approved and denied and right now it makes me more nervous that I couldn’t get a visa. I’m 28 yo, single and currently working here in Dubai for 1.6 years. I earn low salary, I don’t have a good bank statement but my sister will sponsor my 15 days trip, I have with me all the supporting documents. She’s also single, green card holder, she lives in the US for more than 6 years and working as FA for 4 yrs now. I’d been to Japan as tourist last 2014 for 30 days and last week I got Schengen visa to travel for 15 days which I will use after i spent the other 15 days in the US. My question is, is there a good chance that I can get a visa? thanks

    June 27, 2016 at 12:16 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Based on what you stated, you do have a good chance of getting a visa, however the decision lies solely with the consular officer.

      As long as you are honest with your intention in going to the US and is a genuine tourist, you stand a good chance.

      June 27, 2016 at 12:57 PM Reply
      • jujah

        thank you πŸ™‚

        June 29, 2016 at 10:36 AM Reply
    • Sofia

      Hi! You mentioned that you have been working here in Dubai for 1.6 years. Did you have previous jobs and how long have you been in the UAE? I reckon you are on a 2-year contract? I as well is on a 2-year contract and I have been working for 1.7 years but I’ve been living here for 2.3 years. I am planning to go for interview but I am worried about the validity of my UAE visa since it will expire on 23rd of November this year. I was planning to go to the US in August for 2 weeks for my cousin’s wedding but I am really concern if they are going to issue me a visa because I don’t have ‘at least 6 months’ validity of my visa upon travel and they might think I wont be coming back due to the fact that my visa is expiring after 3 months.

      June 27, 2016 at 1:36 PM Reply
      • Alvin | AB&Me

        The documents required page does not indicate anything about a specific requirement about validity of residence visa in UAE.

        https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-AE/niv/information/required_docs

        However, if you think your company will renew your contract, it might be worth to asks them to renew your visa earlier than the expiration date. It is possible to renew residence visa up to 6 months before the expiration.

        June 28, 2016 at 11:18 AM Reply
  • Nina Dingding

    Hi po ulit. Sa passport ko and bcert NiΓ±a ang name ko. But then pg mgttry nkong mgfill up ng form ayaw ng Γ±. Kailangan ko ata nung telecode pero hindi ko alam eh. So pano po ang gagawin ko?

    June 20, 2016 at 12:05 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      This is more of an IT question, try to type the character using ALT+164 and this should appear Γ±

      Some system considers that as a special character and will not allow you to enter as such. In that case just use normal n.

      June 20, 2016 at 2:39 PM Reply
  • Nina Dingding

    Hi po. Gusto ko lang itanong kung ilang months kukunin kong us visa kung ang approved leave ko lng ay 20 days?

    June 20, 2016 at 12:55 AM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      You do not have to specify the visa duration. The Consular officer will decide how long is the validity of the visa that they will grant.

      June 20, 2016 at 7:19 AM Reply
  • Karen Jueves

    Hi Ms. Sheila. I just wanna ask po regarding sa Employment Letter na irerequest. Nareceive ko na po kasi yung sken pero hindi po stated yung salary at length of stay. Ang nakalagay lang po is up to present. Does it matter po ba?

    June 14, 2016 at 11:40 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      The salary and length of service should be indicated, It can be used as a basis to determine your ties to the country of origin.

      Ex. If you are less than a year in your company, your end of service benefit is not that important to you which can be deemed as not enough ties.

      June 15, 2016 at 6:58 AM Reply
      • Karen Jueves

        Ganun po ba. Ang nakalagay lang po sken is yung joining date and up to present. So need ko pong palitan yun Mr Alvin?

        June 15, 2016 at 10:19 AM Reply
        • Sheila | A B & Me

          “joining date – up to present” is enough as this shows length of stay. kung hindi naka mention yung start date – end date, dun may problema.
          However, you need to state your salary. papalitan mo na lang.

          June 15, 2016 at 10:38 AM Reply
          • Karen Jueves

            At nakalagay din po yung purpose dun kung bat ako nagrequest ng which is “to be used/submitted to US embassy for tourist visa purpose.”

            June 15, 2016 at 11:10 AM
          • Sheila | A B & Me

            i see no problem. good luck

            June 15, 2016 at 11:12 AM
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          Yes, if you are not in violation of any company policy, asks for an employment certificate that indicates you salary including all allowances. The number of years you are in company need not be stated if it states the joining date and that you are currently employed.

          June 15, 2016 at 10:38 AM Reply
          • Karen Jueves

            Thank you. And one more thing po this July pa lang ako magwa one year. Pero naissued yung cert ng June. Would that be a problem po?

            June 15, 2016 at 11:01 AM
          • Sheila | A B & Me

            issuance of salary certificate does not depend on the length of your stay. Kahit 1 month ka pa lang maiissue naman yung certificate so, no problem.
            However, length of service is a factor kung mabibigyan ka ng visa or not, in my opinion.

            Good luck. πŸ™‚

            June 15, 2016 at 11:15 AM
  • Karen Jueves

    Hi Ms. Sheila. Kakasubmit ko lang po yun DS-160 application pero I’m confused po kung panu yung payment. I’ve checked po yung sa reciprocity thing. No payment po yung nakalagay. What does it mean Ms. Sheila? Thank you.

    June 10, 2016 at 4:12 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Can you please clarify, where did you submit the application?

      Usually, you can only complete the application form once its done the next step is to pay the application fee. You have 2 options to pay, online via credit/debit card or trough bank deposit.

      If you have not paid the application fee, it is unlikely that your application will progress beyond the form completion.

      June 10, 2016 at 7:48 PM Reply
      • Karen Jueves

        I submitted my application to CEAC(consular electronic application center) and received a mail from them confirming that my application has been successfully submitted. I aaplied from Abu Dhabi btw. Last step sa DS-160 ko po is “SIGN-IN and SUBMIT”. After doing that wala naman po nag-appear regarding application fee.

        June 10, 2016 at 8:13 PM Reply
      • Karen Jueves

        Now when I tried to schedule for my appointment, they asked for the payment which is $160

        June 10, 2016 at 8:27 PM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          Follow the instruction in the email on how to pay the application fee.

          June 12, 2016 at 7:15 AM Reply
  • Sofie

    Hi Ma’am!

    Mg-aapply po ako ng US tourist visa at plan po namin ng family ko mag celebrate ng Christmas and New Years with our relatives in the US. Yung Mum, Dad and sister ko nakakuha na po sila ng US visa sa Philippines. Kailangan ko pa po ba ipakita sa kanila ang proof na may visa na din sila? Like iphotocopy ko yung visa page nila if ever hihingin nila during the interview? Since yun naman po yung reason bakit ako mgaapply ng visa, para po mgkasama kami sa holidays.

    Thank you po πŸ™‚

    June 8, 2016 at 12:49 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      It might help if you bring but don’t present documents na hindi naman hinahanap. Mag dala ka lang just in case hanapin.

      June 8, 2016 at 1:18 PM Reply
  • Cei

    hi,

    Ask ko lang if bakit wla sa questionaire ng Ds160 na fill-up-an ko “travel history last 5years” it would help sana siguro if madeclare ko. Depende ba sa nationality? Apply ako ng B2 tourist…

    Thanks,
    Cei

    June 8, 2016 at 1:20 AM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      hindi ko po sure. baka talagang hindi kasama? kung may katanungan po tungkol sa form, sa US embassy na lang po mag inquire kasi form nila yun. πŸ™‚

      June 8, 2016 at 10:47 AM Reply
    • Lou

      Hi! Nagtry ako mag fill out ng form at hindi po talaga kasama sa DS160 ang travel history for the last 5 years. Itatanong naman nila kung naka travel ka ng ibang bansa during the interview. Makikita din naman nila sa passport mo kung may travel history ka. πŸ™‚

      June 8, 2016 at 12:23 PM Reply
      • Sheila | A B & Me

        yes. just present them your passport as proof. good luck

        June 8, 2016 at 12:37 PM Reply
        • cei

          Thanks guys… πŸ™‚

          June 8, 2016 at 1:01 PM Reply
  • sylvia devera

    im philippine woman age 50 married i have a marriage contract and nanny in dubai i went to a differen country as a visit visa like UK TWICE now i want to get a visa to US to visit my cousin in america ….may i know all documents that i needs ….
    thanks

    June 7, 2016 at 6:48 AM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      Mam, all the information are mentioned on the post above. kindly follow the links for more information.

      Thank you.

      June 7, 2016 at 10:29 AM Reply
  • angelo

    Hi Ma’am I’m Currently Living In Dubai And I’m a Cancelled Visa Right now. I have employer in the US and they said that they will gonna pay all my stuff also my ticket except for the application fee here in DUBAI
    what do you think there is a possibility that they will approved my visa?

    May 25, 2016 at 2:51 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      You need to have a valid visa here to apply as far as I know. Also, if your purpose is employment, you need to apply for employment visa and not Tourist.

      May 26, 2016 at 1:25 PM Reply
      • Mark

        Ah okay Ma’am But I Have Doubt Because Actually I Received Email From US Immigration And I need To Register For Non Immigrant Visa After i Filled Up The Form I Received Another Email From Them That That Ineed To Pay 300$ Through UNION

        May 26, 2016 at 3:18 PM Reply
        • Sheila | A B & Me

          oh ok. if that’s the case, go ahead. Keep us updated so we also know. πŸ™‚

          May 27, 2016 at 6:23 PM Reply
          • Jenny

            Hi ms shiela just wanna ask if may used visa ako sa japan and schengen also travelled asia may chance ba ako na mabigyan ng Us visa, im from philippines but currently in norway for visit, balak ko kasi mag apply ng visa pag uwi ko sa july

            June 5, 2016 at 12:21 PM
          • Sheila | A B & Me

            Hi Jenny, there is always a chance as long as you can prove that you have strong ties in your country of origin.
            Good Luck.

            June 5, 2016 at 12:52 PM
          • Thanny

            Hi Ma’am Shiela. Ask ko lng po kung pwde ba aq mag apply ng working visa H2B dito s dubai. May potition letter po aq hawak form US employment. What do you think papasa po ba aq makakakuha aq ng visa dto sa dubai. Thanks..

            February 24, 2017 at 9:45 PM
          • Alvin | AB&Me

            We are sorry, but we cannot comment on working visa H2B as we do not have experience or verifiable information about the process. You may check with the consulate directly or your petitioner can check for your.

            February 26, 2017 at 6:55 AM
  • Karen Jueves

    Good day Ms. Sheila,

    I just want to ask how much time will it take for us visit visa processing? I am currently living here in Abu Dhabi and have been employed for almost 11 months. I am planning to use my annual leave to visit my friends in us. And one more thing, should I asked assistance from any travel agency or will I apply it on my own? Which one is better? Because I don’t have that enough time also. I have already inquire to this agency but they informed me about the fees which is 1500 aed. Kindly please reply regarding this matter. Thank you so much. πŸ™‚

    May 23, 2016 at 10:51 AM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      We did the application on our own. I cannot recommend which is better cos hindi naman namin na experience gumamit ng agency.

      May 23, 2016 at 10:53 AM Reply
      • Karen Jueves

        If it’s fine Ms. Sheila, how much did it cost you?
        And is it the Multiple Entry Visa & 10 years validity?

        May 23, 2016 at 10:59 AM Reply
        • Sheila | A B & Me

          You may check the website (links mentioned on the blog post https://www.abandme.com/us-visa-application-for-filipinos-in-dubai/) for the fees as they might have changed it already.
          Validity of visa depends on the Consul. But we did get 10 years multiple.

          May 23, 2016 at 11:01 AM Reply
          • Karen Jueves

            Thank you Ms. Sheila. and one more question po, sponsored po ba yung application nyo or kayo lang po tlga? I mean did you provide any documents from your parents to the embassy?

            May 23, 2016 at 11:06 AM
          • Sheila | A B & Me

            kami lang. no letters from relatives. I did that before (submit a letter from my aunt), hindi naman tinanggap. It’s irrelevant.

            May 23, 2016 at 11:11 AM
      • Karen Jueves

        Thank you Ms. Sheila. I hope I can contact you anytime pag may any queries po ako. Thanks again. πŸ˜‰

        May 23, 2016 at 11:13 AM Reply
      • Karen Jueves

        Hi Ms. Sheila. I’m back. πŸ™‚ May tanong lang po ako. Hinanapan po ba kayo ng birth certificate? Thank you.

        May 24, 2016 at 1:00 PM Reply
        • Sheila | A B & Me

          no. but bring if you have. better ready than wala kang maipakita.

          May 24, 2016 at 4:01 PM Reply
          • Karen Jueves

            Thank you Ms. Sheila. How about yung regarding po sa leave? Panu pag hindi pa po approve? πŸ™‚ Good morning.

            May 25, 2016 at 10:16 AM
          • Sheila | A B & Me

            walang kinalaman ang us consulate sa leave mo and they will not check in any case.

            May 25, 2016 at 11:26 AM
          • karen jueves

            Thanks. Clarify ko lang po yung appointment date, that would be the interview date also right?

            May 25, 2016 at 11:36 AM
          • Sheila | A B & Me

            yes. be there early so you don’t look haggard. πŸ™‚

            May 25, 2016 at 11:37 AM
          • karen jueves

            Oh God. πŸ™‚ Salamat po ng marami πŸ™‚

            May 25, 2016 at 11:40 AM
          • Karen Jueves

            Hi Ms. Jenny. I just wanna ask about D6-120 regarding sa National Identification ID. Yun po ba yung Emirates ID? Thank you ☺️

            June 8, 2016 at 1:10 PM
          • Alvin | AB&Me

            When we did our application, I just selected not applicable because we do not have National ID system in the Philippines.

            June 8, 2016 at 5:07 PM
  • Kyle

    Hi Maam,

    Ask pro for some advice and clarification if my idea po kau, Me & my wife po nag apply for B1/B2 tourist visa and we got rejected po di ko po without reason.
    VO – Couple:
    ask reason for travel – tourism
    years in UAE – Xx year
    work – position
    and finally if may kilala po – None
    And VO denied our application without seeing our supporting documents..
    Profile : my wife has US D-visa working as an stewardess , Me – work with a reputable company, had travel around 16 countries already –
    Any idea y we got denied?
    Any advice because I would like to apply again after 1 week only me without my wife since bz sya this coming months all weekdays

    May 22, 2016 at 3:05 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      Its really hard to know bakit denied. You could have asked but most of the time its lack of ties e. How long have you been in the UAE? how long have you been working in your reputable company?
      If wala kilala, did you mention where you will stay? baka kasi since wala kayo kilala, you should have proof that you can afford all the expenses, tickets and accommodation etc.
      Again, these are just speculations.

      May 22, 2016 at 7:27 PM Reply
  • Lou

    Hi Maam,

    Ask ko lang po kung after mo mag submit ng application at magbayad ng visa fee, marami po bang available slots para sa interview? I am planning to apply today, possible po ba na merong available slots for next week? My UAE visa is due in November. Plan ko po mag attend ng Wedding ng cousin ko this August for 2 weeks. Kaya po kailangan ko mg apply for this month. Thank you po.

    May 22, 2016 at 1:54 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      I can’t really say. Depende kasi yun sa schedule nila.
      Better check with the consulate.

      May 22, 2016 at 2:21 PM Reply
  • Kat

    Hi! I just want to know if what you answered in the Form DS-160 for the field: “Q: Are you a permanent resident of a country/region other than your country/region of origin (nationality) indicated above?” was a YES or a NO?

    I’m confused if my UAE residence visa is considered or entitles me as a permanent resident here in the UAE since the visa is only for 3 years…

    Also, if I am traveling to the USA for a conference, and my stay will be paid for by my company, and I will be going with one of my subordinates (total of 2 people including me), do I have to answer YES in the question where it is asking if I am traveling in a group of family/organization?

    Thanks so much!

    May 15, 2016 at 2:37 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      If you have residence visa in UAE, you have to answer yes. If you are travelling with another person on the same itinerary you have to indicate in your application.

      May 15, 2016 at 3:21 PM Reply
      • Kat

        COOL THANKS!

        May 15, 2016 at 4:05 PM Reply
  • Shienna Macalalad

    good day ma…ask ko lang po ano sa palagy nyo ok po ba ung salary bank account na ipakita as proof or need ko pa po open ng ibang bank account to have passbook..thanks and more power

    April 27, 2016 at 12:59 PM Reply
  • Tess

    Ms. Sheila,

    Last year, denied po un application ko kasi ilang buwan pa lang ako dito sa dubai so dapat may strong family, economic ties dito sa dubai. nag-try lang kami ng bf ko na american if possible. ngayon, nag try ulit kami ng bf ko at next month na un interview ko. worry ko lang baka magkaroon ng aberya. 1 year 2 months na ako sa company tapos 1 year and 4 months sa dubai. kumbaga 2 months lang ang difference. 4k lang un sahod ko sa current job ko. may invitation letter ako galing kay bf na siya un sasagot sa expenses meron pa akong payslip, tax, bank statement nya to make sure na siya talga ang sasagot sa lahat. although kahit kunti lng laman ng bank account ko magdadala pa rin ako ng bank statement ko ng 6 months, noc, conversation email and chat namin ni bf, pictures namin if baka hanapin din sa akin kaya ready na rin ako. 4 1/2 years din ako sa singapore at nagtravel on and off sa malaysia.
    don’t you think sa mga sinabi ko may possibility o lack pa rin ng merits like un length of stay, sweldo. babalik din nmn ako ng dubai kasi 2 years contratc ako at willing nman ako magrenew pa uli. gusto lang nmin na makapag holiday ako sa december this year.
    saka un passport ko expiry nya may 2017. un intending ng punta ko either dec or january. pero may plans na akong magrenew ng passort sa aug. tingin mo magkaroon akong problem din sa passposrt?
    please advise.
    salamat in advance.

    April 21, 2016 at 3:46 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      Hindi ko po masasabi kung madedeny o ma approve ang application nyo pero based sa requirements na meron ka, pasok naman.
      In my experience walang bearing ang invitation letter at mga chat (dalhin mo lang din but you don’t have to present it kung hindi hinanap).
      When asked, just answer truthfully. Your goal is to convince them that you are coming back because of your work in Dubai.

      Good luck!

      April 21, 2016 at 6:46 PM Reply
      • Tess

        Hi Ms. Sheila,

        Share ko lang po na nareject po ako uli for 2nd time with the same reason… no sufficient ties here in Dubai. My bf wants to try it again next month in June but this time in Manila. As for him might have a chance or nothing to lose if we tried. Just want to check if meron na ba kau nabalitaan o nabasa na isang OFW na nagpainterview sa pinas kahit ang work ay sa Dubai or aboard tapos ang documents na pede mo ibigay ay NOC for here sa dubaia t bank statement mo rin dito. Worry ko lang if magkaroon ba un ng bearing na makita na na-reject na ako 2x sa dubai tapos apply agad ako sa Manila for tourist visa. Tingin nyo po ba ok lang o need ko pa maghintay ng isang taon para mag-apply uli ng tourist visa at gagwin na sa Pinas at din na dito sa Dubai. Possible din ba na Fiancee visa na apply ko kesa tourist since we have palns namn of getting married. Gusto lang talga nmin magtravel at magkasama during holiday sa US. Sana matulungan nyo ako kahit paano. Thanks.

        May 16, 2016 at 2:25 PM Reply
        • Sheila | A B & Me

          Kung insufficient ties ang reason kaya ka na deny then you have to work on that so that next time you apply, you have sufficient ties na. This means you have been in the UAE/ Dubai for x number of years, you have been working in your company for x number of years, you have x amount as your salary, you have properties (here or in the PH), etc. If you apply again next month, same result pa din makukuha mo coz wala naman nagbago sa estado mo, right?

          If you really want, try fiance visa na nga lang. Yun wala naman mawawala. Coz if you try tourist, may mawawala for sure, yung binayad mo. πŸ™‚

          Good luck.

          May 16, 2016 at 2:39 PM Reply
  • Rose Anne Margaret Nautan

    Hello, just wanna ask po kung panu un procedure pag na missed po ung interview, anu po dapat gawin?

    April 14, 2016 at 4:52 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      I think you need to reschedule. Better to call the US Embassy/Consulate po to be sure.

      April 14, 2016 at 9:21 PM Reply
  • Shella

    Hi Ms. sheila I’m on husbands visa for 3 years na dito sa dubai. Im planning to apply for a tourist visa with my 4 year old son to visit my dad in California. Wala akong work because of my son. May enough savings ang hubby ko to cover our expenses pero kami lang mag ina ang aalis. Pwede po ba yun na ipakita ko yung account ng husband ko pra sa expenses namin? Will wait for your reply and thank u so much. ????

    April 13, 2016 at 12:12 AM Reply
  • riza

    Ive done one application for US visa in PH before but I was denied, I don’t have any direct family in US but a family friend wants me to accompany here and her child in US for vacation but then I was denied. Then I will try it again here in Dubai, so what are things I would prepared off? Or what are thins they will prepare?

    April 10, 2016 at 10:36 AM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      The requirements for Visa application is mentioned on the blog post and on the links provided above.

      April 12, 2016 at 10:01 AM Reply
  • Janet

    Hi, gsto q lng po sana inatanong kasi plan q po this year na mg apply ng tourist visa sa us,im 10 yrs na po dto sa dubai at sa bago q work mg 1 yr pa lng,galing din po me ng canada as a worker last year kaso ndi me ngtagal 4 months lng kya bumalik me dto sa dubai,
    Last nov.2015 bumalik po ulit me ng canada to attend my bestfriend wedding for 12 days lang tas bumalik me ulit dubai.
    Dto din lhat ng mga kapatid q sa dubai.
    Ask q lng po kung my pag asa kya na ma aaprove ang visa.
    Salamat po

    April 5, 2016 at 1:15 AM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      Consulate lang ang makapag decide kung bibigyan ka nila ng visa. Mas maganda ang chances mo kung kumpleto documentation mo at mapatunayan nila na walang dahilan para hindi ka bumalik dito.

      April 6, 2016 at 11:19 AM Reply
  • Gayle

    Hi. Just want to ask if it’s possible to apply for a J-1 US visa here in Dubai and exit from home country, Philippines? Thank you.

    March 29, 2016 at 2:50 AM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      We cannot comment about J-1 US visa because we have no experience on it, however in general, once you have a visa you should be able to enter the US from any country to which the US have diplomatic ties.

      April 6, 2016 at 11:28 AM Reply
  • susan

    hello po. i want to apply tourist visa in north carolina. the husband of my 2nd cousin willing to sponsor as he is a american citizen. can i apply tourist visa 6 mons before as i will finish my contract here in dubai. thanks!

    March 23, 2016 at 9:48 PM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      It is better if you apply for the visa while you are employed.

      April 6, 2016 at 10:52 AM Reply
  • Maryam

    regards to your family πŸ™‚

    March 8, 2016 at 11:00 AM Reply
  • Maryam

    hi sis!
    i am planning to apply for a tourist visa, maximum 30 days stay as i cannot go beyond that for a vacation, however, i am hesitant as i had a case with one of the local bank here in Dubai two years back and it was already cleared.
    will it be a problem for me?
    also, is there a minimum fund requirement (money in the bank) and if so, how much?
    appreciate your help.
    thank you sis!
    tc πŸ™‚

    March 8, 2016 at 10:59 AM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      If your case has been cleared already then I don’t see any problem. Just make sure you bring all supporting documents to prove that 1 – you have strong ties to the UAE (you work and live here) 2 – you do not have any plans on staying in the US illegally.

      As for funds, just make sure you can justify your stay.

      March 8, 2016 at 11:29 AM Reply
  • Annyeong

    Hi Ms. Sheila,

    I applied last 2012 and was rejected (That time same with your case I was new hired in my company and 2 years only in UAE). I remembered that the interviewer didn’t even asked me to show my documents and she only asked me some questions…. and the last question was what are the countries I have visited? ( That time the only country I’ve been to was SG only) The interviewer told me if I will try again next time maybe they will consider if I can show them some other countries.

    I’m planning to apply again and set an appointment this coming May (my vacation plan is June…30 days). I’m 6 years now in UAE and 4 years in my company….last 2014 I went to Thailand and last 2015 I went to Europe (Netherlands/France/Belgium). My family friends will send me an invitation letter (as supporting docs in case).

    In your 2nd time attempt what are the questions did you encounter? Do you think I have points if I will apply this time? Roughly how much should I keep in my bank?

    I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon!

    Thank you πŸ™‚

    March 2, 2016 at 1:31 AM Reply
    • Alvin | AB&Me

      I think you have a better chance now considering the length of your stay in the UAE and your company. There is still no way of knowing for sure tho. Just go to your appointed date with all your documents and lots of confidence. You need to show/convince the interviewer that you will be coming back to Dubai. As for the bank, I guess it depends coz you need to show that you can support yourself whilst vacationing. Good luck!

      March 2, 2016 at 4:54 AM Reply
  • lance

    hi Shiela!
    gusto ko lang po malaman kung may posibilidad bang makakuha ng US visa ang salary ko lng ay 4k, sa bank statement requirement po ay meron namn po laman, pero kailangan din po ba naka tapos ka ng degree sa education mo two years lng po kasi ang natpos ko. nkatravel na din po ako sa Singapore,hongkomg, malaysia,indonesia ,thailand. Totoo bang mas maige na mag apply muna ng schengen visa para mas sure na magagrant ang US visa apply?

    February 28, 2016 at 5:44 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      Wala naman assurance na ma gagrant ang visa. Depende talaga yun sa consul at kung paano mo present ang case mo. They need to be convinced na babalik ka dito at hindi ka mag over stay doon. Meron akong UK visa noon pero na deny pa din ako so I am speaking from experience.

      There is no way to know but to try. Good luck

      February 28, 2016 at 7:50 PM Reply
  • Rose Anne Margaret Nautan

    Hi, good afternoon,

    Pano po ba magrenew ng visa sa us?kasi un amo ko na omani inutusan nia ko irenew visa nia sa US anu un mga procedure at requirements

    Thanks

    February 23, 2016 at 5:07 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      Mam, hindi ko po alam ang procedure kung Omani passport. Paki check na lang po sa website ng US Consulate. Nasa post po yung links.
      Salamat

      February 23, 2016 at 5:39 PM Reply
  • Rose Anne Margaret Nautan

    Hi,Kmusta po?guto ko lang po malaman kung anu un mga dapat iprovide na requirements going to US?nsa dubai po ako and currently working po as a receptionist sa isang real estate.ano po b un mga steps to apply Employment Visa sa US? Thank you

    February 17, 2016 at 10:45 AM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      Mam, Inilagay ko po sa blog post yung requirements for tourist visa. For employment po, check with the consulate. Hindi ko pa po na try mag apply ng employment sa kanila.

      February 17, 2016 at 11:21 AM Reply
  • Jarmen Kell

    Thanks for this very informative blog. I’m wondering if I will qualify to apply for a tourist visa. I’m an engineer currently working for Etisalat for a year an half now. Married with 1 Kid. I have friends in the US who I would like to visit. Papasa kaya ako? if ever makapasa will it be a one time entry or multiple? Salamat

    February 11, 2016 at 10:37 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      Everyone is qualified (unless you have prior records) so you just need to try. Nasa consul yun if they will give you single or multiple. good luck

      February 12, 2016 at 9:26 AM Reply
      • Jarmen kell

        thanks. Do I need a show money? if yes. how much? I’m planning to apply for the visa after my uae residency renewal this Oct.

        August 24, 2016 at 12:46 AM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          You will need to show that you have the capability to support your expenses during your Intended Length of Stay in U.S.

          August 24, 2016 at 7:04 AM Reply
  • Dona

    Hi, I’m planning to apply a US Visa. Is it required to have confirmed Ticket or not?

    February 11, 2016 at 4:00 PM Reply
  • Rov

    Hi ms. Sheila,

    My inlaws are US citizen na sa US and want nila kaming mag-asawa na bisitahin cla wihtin this year. Under husband’s visa ako now, no work (before meron pero tinapos q lng 2 yrs contract q). Bago plang din sa new company ang mister ko after working 3 yrs sa previous company. May possibility kaya na ma-grant kami ng non-immigrant visa?

    February 11, 2016 at 4:21 AM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      There’s no way to confirm but there’s always a possibility. Good luck

      February 11, 2016 at 8:43 AM Reply
  • micky

    Hi am currently working in dubai and wants to travel to the USA by August but I don’t have an invitation , I have a friend willing to accommodate Me when I get there , now the only problem is an invitation. Can anyone assist me with that?pleaseeeee

    February 10, 2016 at 1:51 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      We applied US tourist visas without invitation. it is not required as far as i know.

      February 10, 2016 at 3:13 PM Reply
      • micky

        Really ? Thanks, so how about the bank statements and other documents?

        February 10, 2016 at 5:39 PM Reply
        • Sheila | A B & Me

          Kindly read the post above and check the links provided to see the required documents. Good luck!

          February 10, 2016 at 5:49 PM Reply
  • Khaye

    Hello! Goodmorning! May ittanong po sna ako about fiance visa. Fiance ko po ay isang US citizenship. About 2yrs na kami nagsasama. Nagwowork ako before dto sa uae. But right now tourist visa holder po ako dto sa UAE.at sya lang ang nagwowork dto sa uae. May plan na kasi kami magpakasal sa USA . May possible po ba ma apply ako fiance visa kht tourist visa lang ako dto sa uae? Thank you in advance.

    February 1, 2016 at 8:24 AM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      Hindi ko pa po na experience mag apply ng fiance visa kaya di ko masasabi. Magtanong na lang po sa US consulate. US citizen naman yung fiance mo, so I’m sure masasagot yang mga tanong nyo.

      February 1, 2016 at 8:45 AM Reply
  • JESSE

    Hi, good day!☺ may itatanong lang po sana ako about visiting USA. andito po ako ngayon sa dubai nagtatarabaho as household lady driver po. Ngayong darating na june ako matatapos dito. Ngayon po, naisipan kong dumaan sa younger sister ng mama ko na nasa USA na matagal na matagal na nakatira doon. Bali yung ticket na e purchase ko is UAE-USA-PH.. And is it possible na yung tita ko na nasa USA ang mag apply online for me? At yung ticket ko po, Proof na po ba yan sa kanila na hindi ako mag overstay or mag tnt sa US? Its more than 10yrs narin po kasi kami d nagkikitakita. 30days bonding is enough na rin po.hopefully matugunan nyo po ang tanong ko.salamat po. Godbless!❀

    January 17, 2016 at 11:10 AM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      I think you need to apply from here po. Dahil kailangan mo print at dalhin ang documents SA interview. Kung may hawak na kayo na ticket, makakatulong pero Hindi Kasi advised na bumili ng ticket pag Wala visa dahil SA possibility na Hindi ma grant. No harm in trying naman po. Good luck!

      January 17, 2016 at 11:17 AM Reply
  • ---

    hi shiela.. tanong ko lang po yung SURNAMES sa DS-160, w/ S kasi yun surname nya po.. kasama ba doon yung middle name.. or under po sya ng other names?
    kung base po natin sa passport, isa lng nmn po yung surname natin.. confuse lng po.. salamat sa pag reply..

    Help: Surnames

    Enter all surnames (or family names) exactly as they are written in your passport. If only one name is written in your passport, enter that as your β€œSurname.”

    Help: Given Names

    If your passport does not include a first or given name, please enter ‘FNU’ (meaning β€œfirst name unknown”) in the space for β€œGiven Names.”

    Help: Other Names

    Other names used include your maiden name, religious name, professional name, or any other name by which you are or have been known.

    Make sure to enter the other names you have used in full. Thus, if you have only used another surname, enter it along with your usual given name. If you have only used another given name, enter it along with your usual surname.

    December 6, 2015 at 2:57 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      hindi ko po naintindihan ang question nyo.

      December 6, 2015 at 4:36 PM Reply
      • ---

        hello po.. salamat sa reply kahit po magulo.. pasensya na po.. kuha ko na po, slow lng po ako kanina.. lolsss..
        pero my tanong po uli ako sa pag fill up ng form, sana hindi na magulo..
        dun sa contact person or organization in the USA.. paano kung wala po ako kakilala or organization to visit.. okay lng po kaya yung hotel saan ako mag stay incase?

        December 6, 2015 at 5:01 PM Reply
        • Sheila | A B & Me

          I think po ganun ang kailangan gawin. Kasi kung wala ka kakilala dun at purely tourism purpose mo to travel, you have to prove na meron ka pupuntahan.
          You might have to provide a booking reference (as supporting document once may interview ka)

          December 6, 2015 at 5:18 PM Reply
          • ---

            salamat po ng marami ms. sheila.. God Bless!
            mangungulit uli ako sa iyo soon po ha.. thanks uli..

            December 7, 2015 at 9:15 AM
          • Sheila | A B & Me

            no problem. good luck.

            December 7, 2015 at 9:16 AM
  • cheng

    maraming salamat po talaga maam, ha..God bless you po

    November 21, 2015 at 12:25 PM Reply
  • Sam

    Hi Ms. Shiela,

    I am planning to apply for a US visit visa. However, I don’t think I have established strong ties here in the UAE since it has been just a year when I got here. Is applying in the Philippines would be a better option even if I am based here in UAE?

    Any response is highly appreciated.

    November 17, 2015 at 7:32 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      You still need to prove strong ties to the Philippines in that case … you might be asked about your job, any assets? have you traveled?
      I really cannot advise you on this as I am not an expert and these are all just based on my experience.
      There is no harm in trying, Sam. Just go for it and if you don’t get the result you want, then at least you have experience on how to apply already and you can improve for the next time you apply.
      Hope that helps! Good luck.

      November 18, 2015 at 8:57 AM Reply
      • sam

        Hi again, thanks for the response. Yes I have travelled most of the Schengen countries just recently. But I don’t have sumptuous assets to show off. Argh, anyway yeah you’re right, there is no harm in trying. Thanks btw! πŸ™‚

        November 18, 2015 at 9:04 AM Reply
        • Sheila | A B & Me

          Hi Sam, if you’ve just recently travelled then you might stand a chance getting a US visa since this shows that you have no intention of leaving Dubai.
          Try and let me know! πŸ™‚

          November 18, 2015 at 10:44 AM Reply
          • cheng

            Hi dear, I JUST WANT TO ASK..BECAUSE I HAVE PLAN TO APPLY A TOURIST U.S VISA. my friend invited me to come to visit in there place for just days. Because I REALLY WANTED TO SEE AMERICA that is why they going to help me just to visit there place, they will cover all my expenses during my trip everything. I have a job here in Dubai but i got a 4000aed salary. I just want to ask if there is a chance to pass the interview even if my salary is just 4k only. I don’t have much money also on my bank account. That is my big problem and worry so much about my bank statement and for my salary. What should i do? πŸ™ tsaka kailangan parin po ba nila ang copy ng visa asawa ko kasi andito din po asawa ko sa dubai dalawa kami work dito..kakailngan po ba nila proof na andito din asawa ko…pero ako lang po ang mag tourist sa U.S.
            Maam sheila, tatanong ko nalang din po…kasi yung passport ko bagong renew lang mga august 2015 ko pa po nakuha dito sa UAE ko na po kinuha pero sa pinas ko po nerenew..ok lang kaya yun maam, kasi wala pa siya tatak pero naka attached po yung old passport ko new passport ko..tsaka po this coming April po mag rrenew din ako ng Visa ko dito sa company namin kaso poblema ko po January po plan ko mag visit sa U.S. …OK LANG PO BA na pagbalik ko na renew visa ko dito sa uae? wala po bang maging poblema? sensya na po ha…worried lang po talaga ako masaydo kasi no idea po ako. salamat po.

            November 20, 2015 at 2:08 PM
          • Sheila | A B & Me

            I see no reason for you to worry kung may work ka naman dito and your husband is here — that shows ties to the country you are in, you have family here, you have work here, meaning babalik ka.

            regarding your visa/passport, as long as valid sila sa dates ng travel mo walang problema. You may also ask sa consulate since I am not an expert on these matters.

            Thanks!

            November 20, 2015 at 7:11 PM
          • Cheng

            Maam, maraming salamat po talaga sa reply mo. Medyo nawala kaba ko. Kasi nag alala talaga ako sa bank statement ko palagi wala laman kasi kada sahud deretso padala sa pinas baka kapag nakita nila hahanapan nila ako show money or magkano dala ko pera kasi po sa totoo lang tinutulungan lang ako sa lahat na gastusin pati pamasahe ko para lang makapag tour sa u.s ng 15days.. Magdadala pa din po ba ako bank statement ko kahit palagi wala laman? At lastly po gusto ko lang po tanong kung ano2x po ang kailangan dalhin ko na supporting documnents galing sa nag invite sa akin bukod po sa Invitation letter nila na pinadala sa akin? At ano po pwede ko dalhin para proof na andito din asawa ko? Salamat po uli. God bless you po. ❀️????????????????????????

            November 21, 2015 at 1:35 AM
          • Sheila | A B & Me

            mam, nakalista po yung required documents sa itaas. Nandun na din po yung mga link kung saan kayo dapat mag apply.
            Required po kayo mag dala ng bank statement (although minsan hindi na hinihingi during the actual interview, mabuti pa din na handa kayo dahil kung wala kayo maipakitang dokumento lalo kayong mahihirapan)

            Kailangan nyo din mag provide ng NOC galing sa company nyo na kayo ay pinapayagan na magbakasyon sa labas ng bansa, dapat nakalagay din doon kung gano na kayo katagal nagtatrabaho at kung magkano ang sweldo nyo.

            hindi po importante sa konsul ang supporting documents na ibibigay sa inyo ng mga kaibigan nyo, mas importante na ma prove nyo na kayo ay nagtatrabaho dito at nandito ang pamilya nyo at wala kayong balak na mag TNT sa amerika.

            Salamat po.

            November 21, 2015 at 10:44 AM
          • Cheng

            Hi po maam, na denied po visa ko for tourist dec 17 po. Nagtanong sila sa akin kung nakapag tourist na po ba daw ako sa iba lugar sabi ko hindi pa. Tapos naalala ko pagkatapos dapat pala sinabi ko na nakapunta na ako japan pero matagal na po kasi yun tapos 2013 nag tour kami asawa ko sa singapore pero nag stop over lang po kasi kami singapore kaya kami nakapag tour saglit buong araw lang. Dapat po ba yes sinagot ko? ????

            Ask lang po ako kailan po ako pwede mag re apply? After pa po ba? Or pwede po anytime? Tsaka po pwede ko pa po bang gamitin ang same address na tutuluyan ko po doon at ang name ng person na nag invite sa akin? Ano po dapat baguhin sa application ko po. Salamat po.

            December 17, 2015 at 1:19 PM
          • Sheila | A B & Me

            kung may tatak ang passport mo ng entry sa ibang bansa, dapat yes ang sagot mo.
            kung wala naman mali sa application mo, wala ka dapat baguhin.
            hindi ko sure kelan pwede mag reapply. Dati kasi may 6 months waiting period. Pero ngayon daw wala na.
            Kung may iba pa po kayo katanungan, mas mainam na sa embahada ng amerika po mag tanong dahil hindi po ako konektado sa kanila at maaring hindi sapat ang aking kaalaman.
            Salamat po.

            December 18, 2015 at 9:52 PM
          • Cheng

            Salamat po maam, akala ko kasi maam hindi na valid yun kasi po nag renew na po ako passport at nung time na nag renew ako na find out ko po na may gumamit sa passport ko nang ibang tao noong 2008 po at sa luma ko na passpory andun po ang tatak ng mga dati ko pang travel. Kaya empty passport ko bukod lang sa dubai na tatak Kaya no nilagay ko sa application at no din naisagut ko.

            Salamat po maam ha. God bless and merry christmas po.

            December 18, 2015 at 10:23 PM
  • Arra

    Hi Ms. Shiela,

    I am planning to apply for US visa in few months to visit someone. I hope my first try will be good. πŸ™‚

    November 3, 2015 at 9:14 PM Reply
  • Jamila Cordora

    Hi, tanong ko lang po. Kailangan po ba na may previous travel before going to US? I’m also living here in Dubai, just new but next year will be my 1st yr. I am now planning to apply for a US Visit Visa on July because they said you need to apply 4 months before the intended travel. Just want to have 1 month vacation in California and my friends are inviting me, they will provide an invitation that they will cover the expenses for my tour and I have the strong tie here in Dubai, coz I have family, work, and I can also give 6 months bank statement. But still confused and praying to have the visa πŸ˜• Is there any amount required for bank statement? Thank you

    October 29, 2015 at 2:24 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      Previous travel is not in the list of required documents. But it helps because proof yun na bumabalik ka. In my experience (and this might be different from yours so don’t take this as the rule), length of stay/service in the UAE is important. You have to establish strong ties. Also, supporting letters from friends and relatives doesn’t necessarily work.
      There is no required amount — you need to establish that you can afford to travel and that depends on you.

      Good luck.

      October 31, 2015 at 10:57 AM Reply
  • Devie

    Hi mam

    May tanong po sana ako gusto po namin magpunta sa us as tourist asa Dubai rin po ako nag wowork sa hotel what if naka kuha na kami ng visa pero let say mag resresign rin ako sa company makaka alis parin ba kami ang balak po nmin is one way ticket lang tas yung pauwi sa pinas na posble po kaya un?

    October 20, 2015 at 1:37 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      As long as may visa ka na, makaka alis ka. Pero pag dating mo sa US kailangan mo i prove pa na aalis ka din sa bansa nila (return ticket) dahil baka ma airport to airport ka lang kung ganun.
      Basta may maipapakita kang proof na aalis ka at makoconvince mo sila na hindi ka mag stay dun illegally, I don’t see any problem. Pero, don’t take my advise as gospel truth … I am not an expert.

      Good luck.

      October 20, 2015 at 2:28 PM Reply
      • jas

        Hi miss shella…I want to ask something…my american friend invite me to travel in USA then I completing my application and got my appointment date and I completely collecting my supporting docs.including noc letter from my company and on that letter its written my salary 7000aed and length of my stay in USA 3 months….coz my American friend support all my expenses when I get there…so my question is .
        …it is possible or have chance to get visa in USA?there is a chance to approve or refuse? Actually I working in Dubai more than 2 years…and my friend visit me in dubai and want me to be with them during their date of flight going back in USA..and on my appointment he is with me to help me…I have invitation letter o him have passport copy and their ticket going back in USA.

        March 1, 2016 at 11:02 AM Reply
        • Sheila | A B & Me

          there is no way to know for sure if you will be approved or not. You need to convince the consul that you will be coming back to Dubai. They might ask you why stay for 3 months in the US? Don’t you have work? What kind of company will let an employee go for three months? — you might have to think about those.

          Also, I am not sure if they will allow your friend to accompany you inside just to help you with your interview. In any case, good luck with your application.

          March 1, 2016 at 11:23 AM Reply
  • elcee

    Hi! Ms. Sheila…

    hope you’re doin’ great! πŸ™‚ i was reading all the comments and your answers to those queries and i found it so informative and helpful. actually i know that you cannot establish if one peson will get approved or not for a US Visa but i just wanted to know if theres any HOPE to get a US Visa after denial the first time πŸ™
    i did apply for tourist Visa last March, and got denied! the VO told me that i haven’t travel to any country yet which Yes.. then, just recently Me and My fiance travelled to Singapore and Malaysia for our vacation and for the STAMP purpose for me as well. and i applied again for the second time my interview will be on October 25, 2015. and so NERVOUS that will be rejected again. πŸ™ “God Help Me”
    Do you think, how much chances that i will be approved? Just really wanted to share this.. LOL πŸ˜€
    I’ve been in Dubai for almost 8 years have a good job and Salary. Can’t apply for a Fiance Visa for now co’z of the Annullment issue w/ my Ex. I would love to visit the US and to meet his family. please pray for me.. πŸ™‚

    Thank you, and More power to you and to your Blog!!

    Elcee πŸ™‚

    October 16, 2015 at 1:04 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      Hi Elcee, of course there’s always a chance. I, myself, got denied 3 times before I was granted visa. As long as you established enough ties to your host country (good job, salary) and that you are not a risk to “overstay” in the US then I guess you’re good.

      Let’s think positive and hope for the best. good luck and let me know how it goes! πŸ™‚

      October 16, 2015 at 9:00 PM Reply
      • Elcee

        Hi again Ms. Sheila,

        When they denied you for a Visa, what reasons did they told you and how you cope up with all of that?? now I’m afraid πŸ™ might be denied again, maybe they will think that i will get married there since that i’ve told them that i will be visiting my boyfreind and his family for the Holidays.

        Anyway, thanks for sharing your experience too πŸ™‚ . Sure i will let you know if i will be one lucky girl to get the Visa or Unlucky One.. THINK POSITIVE!!!! πŸ™‚

        great Day!!

        Elcee πŸ™‚

        October 17, 2015 at 11:34 AM Reply
        • Sheila | A B & Me

          The reason I got was “insufficient ties” with host country … I was relatively new in UAE and I have just transferred to a new job then so I couldn’t establish good and stable connections. How did I cope? well, to be honest, I got depressed. I accepted the fact that I will not be able to visit my family in the US so I travelled elsewhere. It took me years before I got the guts to try again. πŸ™‚

          You just need to establish that you will not overstay in the US. Even if you get married there, you still need to leave and reapply proper documentation.

          October 17, 2015 at 12:14 PM Reply
          • elcee

            Hi Ms. Sheila πŸ™‚

            hope you’re having a great day, i just want to update you what happened to my last interview, sadly to tell you that i was denied again for the second time πŸ™ the reason she said was i am barely new to my current job which is im working for 2 years already. im not really sure how long you should be in a job before they grant you the golden “US VISA”.. πŸ™ i am upset but i need to accept, better luck next time as i’ve said to my self. i didn’t tell him (my fiance) that i applied for it co’z i don’t want him to be upset again. anyway, i will try again next year hopefully april or may πŸ™‚ . i will surely update you if when i will get it. LOL wish it will be soon soon.

            Cheers! and Take care!

            Elcee πŸ™‚

            November 2, 2015 at 11:11 AM
          • Sheila | A B & Me

            Hi Elcee,
            I’m so sorry to hear that you didn’t get your visa. It’s quite depressing, I know. But you can try again. and again. πŸ™‚
            It will come at the right time. #satamangpanahon πŸ˜€

            November 2, 2015 at 11:58 AM
  • MJ

    Hi, we are planning to go to New York .. on October 14, do we still have time? how long does it takes to apply, we only have 2 weeks left..

    Thanks so much…

    September 28, 2015 at 8:54 AM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      Hi, it all depends on your scheduled appointment. Check the dates available for appointment and see if you still have time.
      In my opinion though, 2 weeks is not enough time.

      September 28, 2015 at 9:25 AM Reply
  • Michael

    hi Gurl,

    I’ve been traveling across Europe ,Turkey, Asia and Caucasus region already.
    and soon going to lodge my application to US consulate Dubai.

    every time I apply a visa, I don’t provide bank statement as I do not have it.
    I always provide 3 or 6 months payslip and salary certificate only with a company stamp, would that be acceptable to US as well?

    cheers

    Michael

    September 16, 2015 at 4:34 PM Reply
    • Sheila | A B & Me

      What they need is proof that you are earning a living and that you can support your travel. I’m not sure if payslip is acceptable but you can try.

      September 17, 2015 at 8:33 AM Reply
  • mariap

    hi, me and my husband is planning to apply for US non immigrant visa. we’ve been living here for six yrs now and has a stable job. i’m with my company for more than 5th yr and my husband is on his 7th yr. i have maintained my bank account well but not my husband’s as we are spending all his salary for our living here and we saving mine. can anyone please advise me our chance or i should wait for few months more and manage my husbands bank account more?

    September 2, 2015 at 9:46 AM Reply
    • A B & Me

      No on can predict your chances for approval. You just need to take the chance and go for it.
      Good luck.

      September 2, 2015 at 10:58 AM Reply
  • Margie

    Hi this is Margie,
    I been working here in dubai almost 7 years.
    I have a question for you is it possible that I can get a US visit visa due my american boyfriend who lived in Florida.
    He wants me to visit him just in two weeks.he is working as a nurse.is it easy to get a visit visa to US as a filipina?
    please i need your reply

    August 29, 2015 at 2:11 PM Reply
    • A B & Me

      Hi Margie,

      I don’t see any problem with you applying for a tourist visa. Just make sure you provide proof that you will be coming back (and not stay in the US illegally).
      I am Filipina and I was able to get visa… you just need to try.

      August 29, 2015 at 2:39 PM Reply
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    August 16, 2015 at 10:01 AM Reply
  • Randy

    Hi. I’m Randy. I am a U.S. Citizen and recently widowed almost a year ago. I’ve met this woman that works in Dubai since 2007. She s a childhood friend. I’d really like her to come and see me and possibly to become my wife. The question is,since she works in Dubai for so long,would that be enough strong ties between her and Dubai?thanks

    August 16, 2015 at 5:55 AM Reply
    • A B & Me

      Hi Randy, how long is “long”? There is no harm in trying. As long as you can prove that she will only be visiting then there shouldn’t be any problem.

      August 16, 2015 at 11:16 AM Reply
  • Maria Jugo

    Hi..this is maria, I would like to ask regarding tourist visa going to USA..I am staying here in dubai for almost 2years. Then I am planning to get Us non immigrant visa just to visit my mum,because we haven’t see each other for 10years…what will I do for this,it is possible for me to lodge even I am staying here for a while…?looking forward to ur reply…thank u so much….

    August 14, 2015 at 12:54 PM Reply
    • A B & Me

      Hi Maria, of course you can as long as you have all the proper documentation. Please read my post for reference.

      Thanks and good luck!

      August 14, 2015 at 6:27 PM Reply
  • ishi

    …and also, Sometimes here in Dubai, the job title placed in the employment contract is not entirely what you do at work. Is it okay to state to tell what you do at work or is it really advisable to just follow whatever written in the contract? sorry, too many questions. πŸ™‚

    August 6, 2015 at 6:06 PM Reply
    • A B & Me

      Hi Ishi,

      Just fill up your form truthfully and if they ask you during your interview, you can then elaborate re: your job. As for the letter of invitation, in my experience, it does not work. They don’t care if you have been invited by friends or even relative (again, I am stating this based on experience. I did the same thing before – submitted letter of invitation along with supporting documents – and I still got rejected).
      What would help you is the fact that you do not have any plans in staying long. You should highlight that you will only stay for a short period because you have to go back to work.

      Good luck!

      August 7, 2015 at 2:36 PM Reply
      • ishi

        Thanks a lot for responding. Will take note of it. πŸ™‚

        August 8, 2015 at 8:03 PM Reply
  • ishi

    Followed your steps on applying for Turkish visa and it helped me a lot. πŸ™‚
    Now I stumbled upon your blog again on how to apply for US visa. I am also a Filipino working in Dubai for 3 and a half years now. Recently my friend who is in US wants me to get as their personal videographer for their wedding there. (Although i dont know if that’s okay to tell them or is it better to just say will be there for a short vacation). My friends in the US will provide me letter of invitation as well as my ticket and stay for the whole time i am there. Would it be okay to state that my stay will be just 5 days since i have to get back here for work? You think stating the 5 day stay and the letter of invitation would stand as a leverage at least on the possibility of not being rejected?

    August 6, 2015 at 5:49 PM Reply
  • Chona

    Madam, i have a question po what if andito ka sa dubai and then yong visa mo was applied in USA. so ano po ba mam mayroon ka po bang idea if kung dito ganon parin mag papa interview kahit may visa ka na from US? tpos ano pa po ba ang requirements dito maliban sa visa na galing sa US

    Thank you PO

    August 4, 2015 at 12:16 AM Reply
    • A B & Me

      hindi ko po maintindihan ang tanong nyo. nag aapply po ba kayo ng Tourist visa?

      August 4, 2015 at 11:36 AM Reply
  • Minerva Biadan

    I keep searching on how can i apply to america and what kind of visa i should apply??since a friend of mine will be soon opened his own restaurant and he wants me to work with him?? Hope you can help me to answer.. thanks!!

    July 30, 2015 at 1:34 AM Reply
    • A B & Me

      I’m sorry mam. I only posted the processes how to apply for tourist visa. I am not affiliated with the consulate. Please get in touch with them for further information.

      Thanks,

      July 30, 2015 at 11:08 AM Reply
  • michael

    hi i would like to ask how could i apply for a visa in usa located in la porte texas the reason why i want to go there is. my mother live there for a decade’s but her surname and mine is diffrent and i want to visit and see her im a filipino and now im staying in dubai. i only met her twice in my early 13 and 15 of age she left me when i was only 7 months old. . but she’s supporting me since then . . how would it be possible that i can go to see her what should i do and why kind off process would it take. .

    July 20, 2015 at 10:13 AM Reply
    • A B & Me

      Michael,

      Please follow the process I posted in the post above. There shouldn’t be any problem. Just answer truthfully and make sure to provide proof that you will be returning to Dubai. If you have any more concerns, you may contact the consulate directly.
      Good Luck.

      July 20, 2015 at 11:25 AM Reply
      • Nessie

        Hi i have boyfriend in U. S and we. Planning to get married what documents need to present in us embassy he applying fiancee visa for. Me im here also jn dubai

        June 6, 2016 at 1:31 PM Reply
        • Sheila | A B & Me

          Hi, please check with the embassy. We only presented the procedure for applying tourist visa since we are going there as tourists.

          June 6, 2016 at 1:58 PM Reply
  • nald

    Hi Miss Sheila. How are you? I am Filipino also planning to apply for a US tourist visa next year. I have some doubts if they will grant me a visa since I just got here in UAE like a year ago. Do you think it would be a good idea to apply even just I stayed here for at least a year? Also, if it’s not too much to ask, how much money you think they require for the bank statement? Thanks in advance.

    June 27, 2015 at 12:11 PM Reply
    • A B & Me

      Hi, if you are asking for my advice, and this is based on my experience only, better to wait till you have established your ties with the UAE (stable job, steady income, investments, assets like car and apartment will help). As for the money, there is no specific amount required. You need to establish that you can sustain the expenses for your trip. The longer you stay there, the bigger amount you need to show.

      HOWEVER, you can still try even if you have only stayed here for one year… there are other factors to consider anyway (like salary, company status etc). Good luck.

      June 27, 2015 at 2:16 PM Reply
      • nald

        Thank you!

        June 28, 2015 at 6:57 AM Reply
      • gaile

        hi,, i would like to ask what document is needed showing that you have a car in Dubai and investments such as? thank you.

        October 8, 2016 at 4:06 PM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          That documents are not required in general, however it does show that you have sufficient ties here in Dubai. In my personal opinion copy of the RTA registration should be enough as proof of ownership, however you may also obtain a certificate of possession from RTA but you have to pay for it. I think it can also be requested online.

          As for the investment, it will depend on the type of investment. If you are a business partner, a copy of the trade license with the official stamp can be an evidence of partnership.

          October 9, 2016 at 6:42 AM Reply
  • mariane

    hi, i am currently in dubai and i need your advice on how to get a visa going US, what are the documents they need and what is the possibility thag they might denied my visa. Is your mom is an immigrant in US? please need your ideas and advice. thanks

    June 25, 2015 at 10:01 PM Reply
    • A B & Me

      Hi. The required documents are already mentioned on my post. Just click on the links for further info.
      I cannot confirm what is the possibility for visa denial. But as far as I know, you need to establish sufficient ties in the UAE (that you work here and you will come back).

      June 25, 2015 at 10:13 PM Reply
      • mariane

        Thank you Ms. Shiela, will try to browse those documents. Thanks this helps.

        June 25, 2015 at 10:37 PM Reply
  • MA

    Hello,
    I am curious: do you happen to have a Dubai residency card? I am on a tourist visa in Dubai, and wondering whether I can apply as a non-resident of Dubai.

    June 25, 2015 at 12:57 PM Reply
    • A B & Me

      Hi. I have Dubai residence. You should contact the consulate for this query. I believe you have to apply from where you live as you need to establish ties with that country.

      June 25, 2015 at 1:30 PM Reply
      • MA

        Thanks so much!

        June 25, 2015 at 3:59 PM Reply
  • Joey

    This is very helpful information! However, I want some clarification. Are you still a Filipino citizen living in Dubai when you applied for a US visa?

    thank you for your help!

    May 16, 2015 at 1:02 AM Reply
    • A B & Me

      Yes, I am Filipino – holding Philippine passport when I applied for tourist visa.

      May 17, 2015 at 1:36 PM Reply
      • Mary

        Hi ms. Sheila..
        I would like to ask some info. i am planning to visit my uncle in america. My aunt passed away last 2014 and there are some jewelries that my uncle wants me to have it. As it is valuable. He will provife my round trip ticket and all expences. I am working here in dubai for almost 8 yrs now. But im new here in my company about 4 months im working here. do i need those 6 months money in the bank? My uncle will provide everything. i am a bit confused. Please help me..

        Thank you!
        Regards Mary

        May 17, 2016 at 8:32 PM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          It is a common misconception that there should be money indicated in the bank statement when submitting for visa application. The reason statements are being required is to validate that you do have a source of income and that it does tally with what is certified by your company. But, of course you will still need to prove that you have enough funds to support your travel and expenses.

          Having worked for your company for only 4 months means that your end of service benefit is none or not significant to make you return to your job. Which may have an impact on the approval of your application. You might be asked, why don’t your uncle come here and give your inheritance to you?

          Do you have family here in UAE? That may help your application if you are not travelling with them because it means that you have a reason to come back here.

          Immigration officials have to make sure that applicants for visit or tourist visa are genuine tourist/visitors and that they do not have intentions other than what is indicated in the application.

          May 18, 2016 at 7:59 AM Reply
          • Karen Jueves

            Hi. Good day. I just want to ask how much time will it take for the us visit visa processing?

            May 23, 2016 at 10:35 AM
          • Sheila | A B & Me

            Hi, we started our application on September 21 and we received our visas October 16. So that’s about 26 days from the time of submitting the application to getting our actual visas.
            If I remember correctly, getting the appointment took some time kaya tumagal.

            May 23, 2016 at 10:51 AM
      • Renie

        hi Ms sheila,
        ask ko lang po kung cancelled visa or tourist visa can get US Visa? TOTOO na required ang residence visa in the UAE. to get US Visa…may rason ba kung ma deny ako if ever na wala akong residence sa UAE?

        May 23, 2016 at 5:11 PM Reply
        • Sheila | A B & Me

          You need to have residence visa where you are applying from. Kung dito, kailangan mo residence visa. Pwede ka mag apply sa Pinas.
          For sure madedeny ka kung wala kang residence dito dahil it means wala kang trabaho dito. Wala kang income to support your travels.

          May 23, 2016 at 5:17 PM Reply
          • Renie

            crew member po ako sa barko…. salamat po

            May 23, 2016 at 7:14 PM
          • Alvin | AB&Me

            You attempt to apply, however I would give you an example, at the time of our interview, there is one applicant whose residence visa is from Abu Dhabi. He was told to apply in Abu Dhabi and that his payment will not be refunded. He will have to schedule a new appointment for Abu Dhabi.

            In your case, it is even more difficult because you don’t even have a residence visa.

            May 24, 2016 at 11:01 AM
          • Sheila | A B & Me

            hindi ko po alam pano procedure kung crew sa barko. Please check with the consulate na lang po.

            May 24, 2016 at 11:10 AM
  • TMY

    Hi, I have checked the required documents I am confused for the additional documents required.

    Aside from the DS-160 application, passport, photo , 6mos. bank statement, NOC from the employer,..

    I have few questions ….

    — > there is also this ” current trade license and audited financial statement, do I need that? or that is for the owner of the business?

    —> property deeds? should I need this one as well?

    —> current invitation letter? what if I don’t have this?

    I found this all required documents to this site of US Consulate: http://dubai.usconsulate.gov/apply_visa_step6.html

    Regards,

    April 13, 2015 at 9:31 AM Reply
    • A B & Me

      Hi TMY,

      I think those other requirements are for 1. business owners and 2. persons going for conferences in the US.
      Property deeds is if you have any property here (or from your country own country, assuming that you are an expat in Dubai)

      You can check with the consulate to be sure. I am not the expert. πŸ™‚

      April 13, 2015 at 12:53 PM Reply
      • TMY

        Hi, I applied with US consulate last August 7, 2016 but I was DENIED!

        They asked me questions BUT I was denied. They look at my passport and saw all the travel stamps and Visa, yet I was denied.
        I have been to many countries and that doesn’t count for them to grant you a visa.
        Also one filipino applicant infront/ ahead of me, while we were talking on the line queue , he showed he has an Invitation letter from his Uncle and he travelled to many countries as well, BUT he was also DENIED. I saw it by the white paper given to him.

        Questions were:
        1. you have been to Germany and other countries?,…
        2. why do you want to visit USA?
        3. How many days?
        4. How long have you been working in the UAE?
        5. Are you married?
        6. Do you have kids?

        and then: the officer said- SORRY we CANNOT grant you a visa!

        December 7, 2016 at 11:03 AM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          We are sorry that you got denied a visa.

          Did it indicate why? An invitation does not guarantee visa application approval. The decision is based on the merits of the application and the legitimacy of the reason why a visa is requested in the first place. If something is even a little bit questionable in the application details it can be a reason for denial.

          The denial normally indicates why but they are not required to do so.

          December 8, 2016 at 12:20 PM Reply
        • Olive

          HI TMY,

          Just wanted to know what was your answered in questions 1 -4? (if you don’t mind)

          Thanks,

          April 18, 2017 at 3:37 PM Reply
          • Thann

            Hi i am apply us visa last april 11 i was denied they ask me why i stay in 3 year in US before. May visa before is 3year. Im working for seasonal so every 6month i have may petiton so i decided to stay. But before expried i return. Now i have may petition again i want to apply again but i dont know if will be granted?

            April 19, 2017 at 8:04 AM
          • Alvin | AB&Me

            Its very likely that the same history will again impact your application. Having stayed in US every six months at a time could have meant that you are working during that time.

            April 22, 2017 at 9:29 PM
  • Leanne

    Hi,

    I am planning to visit South America with my colleague, I just filled up my visa application form (DS-160) but I notice that my application is differ from my colleague, I am from Philippines and She is from China, in my application the previous employer, education and previous travel doesn’t, but for her those questions shows, as you are also from Philippines I would like to know if it is the same with your application? (Employer / Education/ Previous Travel) was not required).

    Thanks.

    April 8, 2015 at 1:33 PM Reply
    • A B & Me

      Hi Leanne,

      Where in South America are you going?

      As for your question, I filled in this form: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/
      However, this visa application is for USA, I don’t think this is the kind of visa you need. You need to apply for visa depending on which country in south America you are going to.

      Good luck!

      April 8, 2015 at 3:41 PM Reply
      • jocelyn

        i denied can i apply again..tommorrow i was denied last november 2 in abudhabi.

        November 4, 2015 at 7:06 PM Reply
        • Sheila | A B & Me

          I’m not sure how early you can reapply. Last time I got denied they told me to wait 6 months before reapplying. I waited for 10 years. hehe.
          You might need to establish more ties in the UAE or prove that you have a stable job?

          November 5, 2015 at 8:21 AM Reply
          • Marjorie

            hi sheila can i ask if can i apply usa tourist visa while im just only a tourist here in dubai, my tourist visa will expire this coming march 10. what is the requirements of the application to apply?

            February 16, 2016 at 10:48 AM
          • Sheila | A B & Me

            I think you need to be a resident here for you to be granted visa from here. Kindly check with the US embassy. Thanks

            February 16, 2016 at 5:04 PM
      • Hans

        Dear Ms. Sheila,

        I am planning to apply a tourist visa to US, is it mandatory to present an invitation letter from my relatives in US to submit during the interview? or possible po na walang invitation?
        Thank you

        Hans

        October 15, 2016 at 4:45 PM Reply
        • Alvin | AB&Me

          Its not mandatory to have an invitation letter, however if you are planning to stay with a relative or a friend an invitation will support that during application.

          October 16, 2016 at 7:00 AM Reply
        • Gigs

          Hi
          I am planning to apply us visit visa what are my chance I am working in Dubai for 11 years in Real Estate Company and salary of 4000/- + allowance but my company transfer only my basis salary 4000/- in my account
          can you please advise me what are the document require ?

          August 8, 2017 at 12:33 PM Reply

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