I have a friend who lives in the Philippines. He wants to come to Virginia to visit and maybe go to school here. What is the best visa to apply for? How much do visa's cost and would we go to the US Embassy in the Philippines, or the Philippine Embassy here in the US to obtain a visa? He already has a passport. I have also found an inexpensive airline. Thanks for listening and I hope someone can be able to help with information.
I'd say he has to go to the US Embassy here in Manila. Tourist Visa currently costs $100 or around P4500 (with the current exchange rate)...
He can try to check the embassy's website... http://manila.usembassy.gov/
Whatever type of visa he applies for he is gonna have to work hard for it! The Philippines and the USA both have incredibly hard visa requirements to pass, added to that the predictability of filipinos being turned down so that they have to reapply and get charged more money (am I trying to say it is a bit corrupt in the philippines??). for example I know of a filipino that was turned down a visa to the UK for many reasons including:
Being 29, as this is thought of as being too old to want to try something new like travel;
Not being married, so they must be looking for a foreign partner and they cant be doing that;
Not having had a well paid career type job so that means they were not fully rooted to the philippines and proved themselves there so why did they want to do anything else?;
Not having enough money in the bank to both buy their return ticket, plus spare money to buy another ticket in case they lost the first one plus enough money to live to a descent level for the entire duration of their stay;
Not having enough links to the UK to warrant wanting to go there, why go to the UK when you can see more of the philippines? etc etc.......
So in the end they never did have their 2 week holiday to the UK. It is crazy for someone like me coming from the UK to hear just how incredibly hard it is for other nationals to travel as freely as we do. The best thing about being British (I am not exactly patriotic, in fact I try to leave britain as much as possible) is the fact that I have a british passport, and it really is, as I have seen time and time again, a great thing to own.
yeah.. you've listed very well the main reasons many Filipinos are not granted visas.. and that is true when applying for US visas..
and I agree that is the unfairness of immigration policies of the first world countries compared to developing countries.. but that's the sad reality...