Many thanks to the hardworking, courteous and competent consuls, and officers and staffmembers of the consular office of the U.S. Embassy in Manila, for the efficient and prompt U.S. Visa renewal service.
[the advice is to renew your U.S. Visa a year before expiration in order to avail of the drop-box procedure. For those who forgot to do this (like me), you may apply for renewal online and request for a schedule for interview. ] The online application procedure and online scheduling works: it is very systematic and organized. At the U.S. Embassy on the day of the interview, Monday, i was in and out (for renewal) for only 35 minutes (i clocked it after exiting — it must have been a record for efficiency in government service for work that includes processing thousands of people lining up everyday: the secret is in the methodical process) — this included the actual queuing, checking of documents, tenprinting, and interview; so i must have been in line for less than 30 minutes. The stated time of delivery of the renewed U.S. Visa is seven days. After the Monday morning interview, on Wednesday morning, i got a text message from the courier service of the consular office of the U.S. Embassy that the renewed U.S. Visa would be delivered that day, or only two days after the interview. Wow. True enough, that afternoon, the renewed U.S. Visa was delivered. (there are visa security features and microdata in invisible ink so i cannot upload it, but the photo i used is embedded below, an android shot of the polaroid copy of the photo; well, a portion of the android-shot of one of the copies of the photo that was submitted) Kudos to the courteous and competent men and women of the consular office of the U.S. Embassy in Manila! Mahusay! At maraming salamat po!