Priority Interview Program

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Overview

The Priority Interview Program (PIP) is designed to promote and facilitate legitimate business travel between the United States and the Philippines. It allows qualifying business access to:

  • Expedited visa appointments
  • Dedicated line of communication - PIPManila@state.gov
  • Priority processing of visas and deliveries

Qualifications

When evaluating applications, the Embassy uses the following criteria:

 

  1. An established profitable business, as indicated by:
    a) Annual revenue (typically in excess of 20 million pesos)
    b) Number of full-time, regular employees (typically in excess of 100 employees in
    positions requiring college degrees)
    c) Profitable business activity
  2. Strong business ties with the United States: This may be demonstrated by factors such as a large customer base in the United States, or partnership, subsidiary or supplier relationships with U.S. companies that have been in place for at least three years.
  3. Frequent business travel by employees to the United States (typically, at least 10 employees traveling to the United States per year).
  4. Positive community awareness and reputation in the Philippines: The business must be well known in its industry and business community and enjoy a strong, positive reputation.

How to Apply

Step 1

Request a Priority Interview Program accreditation from the US Embassy by complying with the PIP accreditation requirements listed at https://ph.usembassy.gov/priority-interview-program/ . Once you have submitted your request and documentation supporting the request, please wait for a response from the U.S. Embassy, which will come via email.

Step 2

If the U.S. Embassy/Consulate approves your request then you will receive an email alerting you of your accreditation with the user name and password to use to schedule PIP appointments. Please understand that the call center cannot schedule the appointments for you, but agents are able to assist if questions arise. Should the U.S. Embassy/Consulate deny your request, you will be notified of the denial by email and you must schedule an appointment using the normal process.

Note: The email confirming or denying your request will come from the Embassy PIP email address PIPManila@state.gov. Some email applications have rules which filter unknown senders into a spam or junk mail folder. If you have not received your email notification, please look for the message in your junk and spam email folders.

Step 3

Pay the visa application fee.

Step 4

Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.

Step 5

Schedule an appointment using the online appointment system. You will need three pieces of information in order to schedule an appointment:

      • Your passport number
      • Your MRV fee payment receipt number
      • The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page

Step 6

Visit the U.S. Embassy/Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview. You will need to bring a printed copy of your appointment letter, your DS-160 confirmation page, one recent photograph, a current passport and all old passports. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.