By KYLE RUPERT CBS NEWS SAN JOSE (CBS San Francisco) — It’s been more than a month since the last time we saw a photo of the families of those who have been in the United States without a visa for more than 90 days.
They are now back in their home countries and waiting to get their visas approved for the next phase of their lives.
But they are not waiting for that to happen.
They have waited more than two years for the United Nations to grant them visas.
The Philippines, which is one of the top destinations for people from around the world, has been holding on to its promise of welcoming all who want to visit, especially the families.
The families were not allowed to visit the United Kingdom in April and May and were only allowed to make short stays of three days each, to be able to go back to their country of birth, as they had done before.
The Philippines has been hosting more than 4,000 people from the U.S. in temporary visas and is now looking to bring in another 4,500 more in the next three months, and eventually, 10,000, officials told CBS News on Tuesday.
The United States and Canada have both issued visas to the families and are expected to do the same in coming weeks.
“The Philippines is a special country and we want to make it as special as we can,” said Cecilia O’Neill, the chief of the Philippines Immigration and Nationality office, speaking from the Philippines.
She said the government had made arrangements with the United states, Canada, Britain, Germany and Japan, and hoped to meet with the U:S.
ambassador in the coming days.
“We will be happy to meet and talk to the ambassador and the U.:S.
government,” she said.
She also noted that the U, Canada and the Philippines have agreed to work together on the issue, which has been a major sticking point in negotiations.
“I would say this is a good start,” she added.
“What we have been saying is that we will do everything we can, including the diplomatic, to help them get back on the path of getting their visas.”
She said they have also agreed to have a meeting with the Secretary General of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council and other U.N. human rights officials to resolve their differences.
“And that is the last step,” she concluded.
She described the Philippines’ new visa process as an “extraordinary and historic opportunity” for those who want the chance to visit and make new friends.
“This is a wonderful moment for us and we have to use it,” she stressed.
She hopes to be back in the U., but she is hoping that the next few months will be a little easier.
The U.K. and Canada issued visas last month, but the U.-U.
S visa process has not yet started.