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It seems like a positive development.



Public Advisory

The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco would like to announce that effective 20 December 2021, all 9a (Temporary Visitor) visa applicants must submit their application through the Online Visa Application System (OVAS) using the following link:


Once the application is submitted, the applicant shall be contacted by the Consulate’s Visa Section for the next steps, which may include submission of additional documentary requirements, the conduct of an interview, among others.

The public is reminded that currently, only foreign passport holders under the following categories may apply for a 9a (Temporary Visitor) visa to enter the Philippines:

  • Foreign spouses of Filipino nationals;
  • Foreign minor children and foreign children with special needs (regardless of age), of Filipino nationals; and
  • Foreign parents of minor Filipino children and foreign parents of Filipino children with special needs (regardless of age).

For inquiries, please e-mail visa@pcgsanfrancisco.org.  In view of the volume of e-mails received, please allow between three (3) to five (5) working days for a reply.

San Francisco, 13 December 2021


Wife and Stepdaughter                                                                            

  • December 17, 2020:  Married in Costa Rica
  • March 08, 2021: Filed l-130s Online
  • March 09, 2021: NOA1
  • April 26, 2021: NOA2, I-130s Approved
  • April 30, 2021: NVC Received
  • May 01, 2021: Pay AOS and IV Bills
  • May 06, 2021: Submit AOS, Financial Docs and DS-260s
  • May 14, 2021: Submit Civil Docs for Stepdaughter
  • May 21, 2021: Submit Civil Docs for Wife
  • June 25, 2021: NVC review for Stepdaughter, RFE submit additional Doc
  • July 08, 2021: Wife Documentarily Qualified by NVC
  • August 31, 2021: Stepdaughter Documentarily Qualified by NVC
  • September 15, 2021: Received Interview Date from NVC, October 05, 2021
  • September 22, 2021: Passed physicals at Saint Luke's Extension Clinic
  • October 05, 2021: Interview at US Embassy Manila. Verbally approved by US Consul. Positive interview experience.
  • October 05, 2021: CEAC status changed to "Issued"
  • October 07, 2021: Passports tracking for delivery on 2GO Courier website
  • October 08, 2021: Passports with visas delivered.  "Visas on hand"
  • October 08, 2021: Paid Immigrant Fee
  • October 12, 2021: Temporary CFO Certificates Received
  • October 26, 2021 POE arrival at LAX
  • November 02, 2021 Social Security Cards arrive in mail
  • January 31, 2022: USCIS Status changed to "Card Is Being Produced"
  • February 04, 2022: USCIS Status changed to "Card Was Mailed To Me"
  • February 07, 2022: Green cards received. 


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