US Embassy in PH assures continued visa processing services

Robie de Guzman   •   June 11, 2019   •   2608

The United States (US) Embassy in the Philippines on Tuesday (June 11) assured that all visa processing services at the embassy will continue despite the closure of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field office in Manila starting next month.

“There will be no change in visa processing at the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines. Immigrant and non-immigrant visas will continue to be processed at the Embassy,” the U.S. Embassy said in a post on Facebook.

Thanks for your questions about the upcoming closure of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Manila…

Posted by U.S. Embassy in the Philippines on Monday, 10 June 2019

The U.S. Embassy also assured there would be no change in services previously offered by the USCIS field office in Manila. Its offices, including the Consular Section, will also remain open.

“The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, including its Consular Section, remains open. For more information on services offered by the U.S. Embassy, visit: ph.usembassy.gov,” it said.

“The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines will assume responsibility for certain limited services previously provided by the Manila USCIS field office. All other services will be transitioned to electronic processing or performer domestically in the United States,” it added.

The I-130 petition can be filed by mail with the USCIS lockbox facility in Chicago, Illinois. It also provided new instructions for individuals who were previously assisted by the office.

The U.S. Embassy earlier announced that the USCIS will close its Manila field office due to insufficient workload. It stopped accepting petitions for family visa, foreign adoptions and citizenship last May 31.

Ties with PH to remain unchanged whoever wins presidential polls, US Embassy says

Robie de Guzman   •   November 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The long-time alliance between the United States and the Philippines will remain strong whoever wins in the U.S. presidential elections, its Embassy in Manila said Wednesday.

U.S. Embassy Chargé D’ Affaires John Law expressed confidence that the bilateral relations between Washington and Manila will remain productive regardless of the outcome of the White House race between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

“Every US Embassy works very hard for the best possible relationship with the host government. We will continue to do that here in Manila regardless of the results of the US election,” Law said during an election watch party at the US Embassy in Manila.

“We also celebrate the vitality, and the endurance of the US-Philippines Alliance And The Filipino-American friendship. I’m quite confident that that attitude will not change, it will grow and flourish for many years to come,” he added.

Malacañang earlier expressed the same optimism for the US-PH bilateral relations.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Palace is not expecting major changes in the ties between Manila and Washington whatever the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential elections because the US State Department ensures continuity in terms of foreign policy.

Roque also remained confident that President Rodrigo Duterte can foster warm relations with Democratic challenger Joe Biden if he becomes the 46th president of the United States. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

US provides additional P298-M aid to PH COVID-19 fight

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The United States (US) government has provided an additional P298 million ($5.9 million) to support the Philippines in the fight against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), its embassy in Manila announced on Thursday.

In a statement, the US Embassy said that the additional assistance brings the total amount of pandemic assistance to the Philippines to more than P768 million ($15.2 million).

As part of this assistance, the embassy said that the US Agency for International (USAID) will partner with 18 local governments to “promote effective crisis management and implement response plans.”

Funding will support local governments to rapidly disburse emergency funding and supplies, and strengthen the capacity of local crisis response centers to disseminate accurate and timely crisis response information, manage quarantine measures, set up public handwashing facilities, ensure food supply, and support local business recovery,” the embassy said.

Other activities funded through this new assistance tranche will provide supply chain analytics and promote a regulatory environment that facilitates logistics and transportation for food, medical products, and other essential goods. 

To assist with small and micro-enterprise recovery, USAID will facilitate access to credit and provide grants and skills training to heavily affected sectors and communities.

“This latest assistance builds on our long-standing relationships with local government units across the Philippines, and represents our continued commitment to our Filipino friends, partners, and allies in this time of crisis,” U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim said as he welcomed this new tranche of support to the Philippines.

The US Embassy said this new assistance also includes P44 million ($875,000) from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration for the International Committee of the Red Cross to support COVID-19 response in the Philippines, including increasing stocks of essential medical supplies and expanding hospital capacity, preventing the spread of disease in detention centers, and supporting resilience for vulnerable people and communities.

US Embassy in PH denies cancellation, suspension of tourist visa

Marje Pelayo   •   February 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Embassy of the United States in the Philippines on Monday (February 10) denied reports alleging the US of cancelling and suspending tourist visa applications and renewals.

“The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is aware of a fraudulent advisory alleging the cancellation/revocation of tourist visas and the suspension of visa applications,” the advisory reads.

“These claims are not true,” the statement reiterates.

The Embassy stressed that no changes has been officially announced regarding the U.S. visa policy in the Philippines, referring to a post circulating on social media saying the US decided to change the visa policy in the country due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus and President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

The US Embassy encourages the public to refer to its official website https://ph.usembassy.gov/ and official social media platforms which “are the best sources for accurate and current information.”

Likewise, the Embassy urged the public to report incidence of visa and passport fraud to its official page FPMManila@state.gov.

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