US Embassy in Manila: Extending the Governing Arms of America to the Philippines
It is the main duty of the government of the United States of America to protect and serve the interests of its citizens, no matter where in the world they are; and since there are many US citizens visiting and residing the Philippines, the US government established an extension of its government in the country through the US Embassy.
Spearheaded by the new US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr., the US Embassy provides political, administrative, economic, public, diplomatic and consular services to US citizens staying and residing in the Philippines.
The US Embassy in Manila also houses the US Agency for International Development which holds the bilateral development projects started by the US government for the Philippines, the Defense Attaché’s Office which takes charge of the US military affairs in the country, and the US Veteran Administration (the only overseas office) which handles concerns of American and Filipino veterans residing in the Philippines.
Moreover, it is the role of the embassy to maintain the healthy bilateral agreement of the United States of America with the Philippines. It is part of their duties to provide assistance to Filipino citizens who are planning to go to the US.
Being one of the largest and busiest US consular sections in the world, the one in the US Embassy in Manila had provided Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visa Services to thousands of Filipino nationals since the embassy’s establishment in 1946. Per year, the department grants 50,000 Immigration Visas and 210,000 Non-Immigrant Visas, approximately.
Indeed, this department is in charge of giving aid to Filipino citizens who wants to go to the United States of America for whatever purpose their travel may serve.
The US Embassy in Manila is known for implementing strict and rigid laws on visa applicants. This is why many applicants resort to circumvention of the law by committing fraudulent activities. However, it has to be understood that the US Embassy, especially the Consular Section, will hold no responsibility over visas obtained through deceit.
Located in the heart of the Philippine capital, the Embassy of the United States of America is situated at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Ermita, Manila. Lined along the famous Baywalk, it is just across the street between Padre Faura and United Nations Avenue. Minutes of walk away the embassy are hotels like Bayview Park Hotel, Pearl of the Orient Hotel and Boracay Mandarin Island.
Contact numbers are (632) 301-2000 and (632) 523-1356. For further information, log on to http://www.manila.usembassy.gov/.