BY JAY D. BALNIG
For Filipinos who wish to travel to the United States and dread the long lines and hassles of applying for a visa, there is good news.
The United States Embassy launched their website for the Philippines, which is https://ph.usembassy.gov/. The new website is more convenient as it can be opened through desktop or mobile, and with news updates, visa information, U.S. citizen services, job and schooling opportunities, education and culture, and U.S. policy.
Visa Information. This page includes a link to the directory of visa categories (immigrant and non-immigrant) to help a traveler determine which visa category is appropriate for his/her purpose of going to the United States.
U.S. Citizen Services. This page is a reference for American citizens who are staying in the Philippines.
Study in the United States. This page a useful resource for Filipinos who intend to study in the United States. Featured here is EducationUSA Philippines which provides Filipino students and their parents with information on how to apply to an educational institution in the U.S.
Job Opportunities. This page provides information on the different job opportunities in the U.S. Embassy.
U.S. Policy Information. This page reveals the Partnership for Growth (PFG) agreement entered by the U.S. and Philippine governments to help foster economic growth in the Philippines.
Latest News. Contains information on current events that would have an impact on both American and Filipino travelers.
The website would come handy for Filipinos who wish to visit the United States which is touted as land of the free and rich in tourist destinations such as the Statue of Liberty in New York City, Venice Beach and Hollywood in Los Angeles, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Willis Tower in Chicago.
The United States Embassy in the Philippines advises Filipinos to visit the website and learn from the published guidelines for immigrants and non-immigrants as well as requirements and qualifications that they should meet. This way, the applicant need not waste time waiting in the embassy.
Learn more by visiting the website at US Embassy in the Philippines.