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Living in The Philippines => Immigration,Visas to stay in the Philippines => Topic started by: Oldsalt on July 22, 2010, 02:27:44 PM

Title: Visa Extension
Post by: Oldsalt on July 22, 2010, 02:27:44 PM
I head in to the local (Lapu-Lapu) BIS in a few weeks to get a 59 day ext. Will I need a \'passport type\' photo? When I got original 59 day visa from the Philippine consulate in San Francisco I had to give them one (1) photo. Just trying to make sure I have everything when I show up and not have to spend the day chasing around town getting all the \'surprise items\'.  Thanks,

oldsalt
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on July 22, 2010, 06:06:49 PM
Yes you will......however don\'t sweat it .....Filipinos are an enterprising lot ....where there is a need there wil be a supplier close buy.

I needed exit clearance the other year and needed additional photo .....a 2 minute walk and I had what I needed
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on July 23, 2010, 07:40:55 AM
Yes you will......however don\'t sweat it .....Filipinos are an enterprising lot ....where there is a need there wil be a supplier close buy.

I needed exit clearance the other year and needed additional photo .....a 2 minute walk and I had what I needed

Get a few extras and keep them in your wallet, it is surprising how often you need them. Every time you apply for something you seem need either 2x2 or 1x1 photos.

Colin

 :D My wife does that for me
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: suzukig1 on July 23, 2010, 09:54:58 AM
I will just tell you my experiences.  I have extensions from the BI office in Tuguegarao and Manila and I did not have to provide photos.  However, in Tuguegarao they wanted a copy of the front page of my passport + a copy of the page that showed the most recent extension.  In Manila I had a travel agent take care of it and they just took my passport (and a lot of money).

If this is your first 59 day extension you will also need to get an ACR-I card.  For tourist visa ACR-I cards they just scan your passport photo for the ACR-I card.

Your total cost will be about Php 7000; Php 4800 for the extension and about Php 2200 for the ACR-I card. 

If they don\'t issue ACR-I cards at the office you are going to they will most likely send your passport and ACR-I card application to Manila.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: graham on July 23, 2010, 11:24:14 AM
I also, have never had to provide photo\'s upon getting extensions in Cagayan de Oro.

You do have to supply them for the ECC (Exit Clearance Certificate) tho\'

Cost was Php6,998.00

Graham
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: graham on July 23, 2010, 12:56:20 PM
tcmss68,

Sorry, my bad. Meant to say that with the visa extension and ACR-I card it was Php6,998

Something got lost there along the way  ::) ::) (was thinking it and not typing it)  ??? ???

My ECC cost me,if I remember correctly Php750 with Php500 express fee, so Php1250 is correct.

Graham
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on July 24, 2010, 01:50:34 PM
I used a travel agency the first time I extended.......

then found out local BI office on the floor above them..... :D

oh the things us novices do/did
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: BC Boy on July 25, 2010, 12:56:12 PM
I didnt know you could extend visa in Lapu Lapu, would have saved me a trip across the bridge to Imagrations in Mandaue. Place is busy.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on July 25, 2010, 04:09:32 PM
I didn\'t know you could extend visa in Lapu Lapu, would have saved me a trip across the bridge to Immigration in Mandaue. Place is busy.
I didn\'t know there was one in L L... I thought you had to go to Mandaue? God Bless....
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: graham on July 25, 2010, 05:58:08 PM
King,

I\'m presuming that the Php4,300 is on top of the cost of the visa?

As for whether it is reasonable or not, then I guess that it depends on how far away
you are from the BoI, and if you personally feel that it is reasonable.

Personally, I think they are taking advantage of you. 

I live about 10 - 15 mins away from the BoI in Cagayan de Oro. Apart
from the wear and tear on the car, it basically costs me about an hour of my time.

The only reason that I begrudge it is because I have to put on long pants. I hate them.
The time part doesn\'t worry me, coz I\'m retired. I sit in the a/c BoI and read a book while waiting.

I also chat with the staff and find that because I do I get processed quicker than some of the guys around me.

Cheers,

Graham. 

Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Tall_man on August 07, 2010, 06:58:53 PM
I just had a visa waiver done, standard 21 day tourist visa, after the first couple of weeks in country. I planned to go onto Clark Base base and get it done at the local office, but then I have no transport, and I\'d need to make several taxi runs, so I asked a local travel agency to do it to make life easier until we get wheels. They charged me 4300 pesos.

On my last PI trip, I had a travel agency on Fields Ave, (Angeles City) extend my 21 day free visa exemption stamo. They charged me P3,730.

In 2007 I paid around P2,300 for the same service :(
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: ROBWS on August 10, 2010, 05:01:06 AM
Hi all... I\'m a \"newbie\" and am planning to relocate in September or October.  I\'m American but have been living in S. America for several years.   I need an education about visas and extentions.   Can anyone help me with the basics?   I spent quite a bit of time there many years ago but I\'m sure many things have changed.  I understand I can just get on the flight and be issued a tourist visa when I arrive.  I think it\'s good for 30 days... right?   Can I get it extended easily... what\'s the process... the cost... etc.  Any and all details are appreciated.

Rob
robws@yahoo.com

Thanks
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: dylanaz on August 10, 2010, 06:34:28 AM

I also chat with the staff and find that because I do I get processed quicker than some of the guys around me.

100% accurate there...
A smile and happiness goes a long way there. . . and MANY places in this country . . .

I know that office personally - and have heard this from staff as well... some of them actually live in the armm region.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: GregW on August 10, 2010, 06:42:37 AM
Hello ROBWS and welcome to the forum.   ;D

People traveling to the Philippines from most countries are given a free 21 day visa upon arrival.  When you arrive you must have an ongoing ticket to another country.  This can be in the form of a roundtrip ticket back to your originating country or a ticket on to any other country.  You can also use what is called a cheap \"throw away\" ticket.

If you wish to stay longer you can obtain a 38 day extension at any immigration office in the RP by paying the appropriate fees.  Always apply at least one week before your visa is due to expire.  Alternatively you can purchase that extension immediately upon arrival at the airport.  This will give you 59 days total.  You also may obtain a single entry visa giving you 59 days upon arrival from the RP Embassy or Consulate serving your area in your home country before you leave.   This is a money saver as the cost is about half what you would pay for your first extension ($30 vs approx $67). 

If you wish to stay longer you may continue to extend your visa in two month increments at any immigration office up to 16 months.  After that, further extensions must be approved by the main office in Manila up to a total of another 8 months (or 4 more two month extensions).  At that point you will have 24 months in country and you then must leave the country although you can return immediately to start another 24 month process.

Fees for all of the above may be found by clicking on this link;

http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=282&Itemid=43
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: eatpraylove on August 17, 2010, 01:10:27 PM
My husband had his visa extended by a visa assistance company near the US Embassy and we just paid Php2,500 for the service on top of the immigration fees for the extension.  We did not go to BI office in Intramuros anymore. We initially tried to do the extension on our own but we backed out after seeing the long line at the BI Office.  They likewise did the 13 (A) visa application of my husband and we are very satisfied with their service. If you have patience and time to go to BI Office, you can on your own have your visa extended. Otherwise, you can have your visa extended by a travel agency or a visa assistance company.

Quote from: Tall_man link=topic=3o 939.msg32480#msg32480 date=1281178733
I just had a visa waiver done, standard 21 day tourist visa, after the first couple of weeks in country. I planned to go onto Clark Base base and get it done at the local office, but then I have no transport, and I\'d need to make several taxi runs, so I asked a local travel agency to do it to make life easier until we get wheels. They charged me 4300 pesos.

On my last PI trip, I had a travel agency on Fields Ave, (Angeles City) extend my 21 day free visa exemption stamo. They charged me P3,730.

In 2007 I paid around P2,300 for the same service :(
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: bigrod on September 03, 2010, 02:50:14 PM
Just did my second extension at the Paranaque Satellite Office took about 30 minutes.  Both times I\'ve been there only 2-3 people processing extensions.  Got to be better than going to Intramoros.  Cost for two  month extension 2830 php.

Chuck
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: suzukig1 on September 04, 2010, 09:37:45 AM
http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=282&Itemid=43

TEMPORARY VISITORS 9(A)

Aliens initially admitted for 21days may be extended for another 38 days

Visa Waiver Application Fee P 1,000.00
Visa Waiver 500.00
Legal Research Fee 20.00
Express Fee 500.00
BI-Clearance 1,010.00
TOTAL 3,030.00

After 59 days of stay (initial 21 days + 38 days extension)

Monthly Extension 500.00
Application Fee 300.00
Alien Certificate of Registration* 1,000.00
Emigration Clearance Certificate** 700.00
Head Tax 250.00
Legal Research Fee 40.00
Express Fee 500.00
BI-Clearance 1,010.00
TOTAL 4,300.00
*Imposed only once during lifetime after 59 days


If expired, additional fees for the following:
Fine for overstaying per month 500.00
Motion for Reconsideration 510.00

Aliens admitted with Entry Visa (59 days)

Case 1: Payment made for 1 mo. extension
Monthly Extension 500.00
Application Fee 300.00
Alien Certificate of Registration 1,000.00
Emigration Clearance Certificate* 700.00
Head Tax 250.00
Legal Research Fee 40.00
Express Fee 500.00
BI-Clearance 1,010.00
TOTAL P 4,300.00


Case 2: Payment made for 2 mos. extension
Monthly Extension 1,000.00
Application Fee 300.00
Alien Certificate of Registration 1,000.00
Emigration Clearance Certificate 700.00
Head Tax 250.00
Legal Research Fee 40.00
Express Fee 500.00
BI-Clearance 1,010.00
TOTAL 4,800.00


If expired, additional fees for the following:
Fine for overstaying per month 500.00
Motion for Reconsideration 510.00

*To secure regular EMIGRATION CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE (ECC) at the Alien
Registration Division at the back of Equitable Bank Bldg. and pay the express fee of P500.

Monthly Extension up to SIX (6) months
Extension (per month) 500.00
Application Fee 300.00
Legal Research Fee 20.00
Express Fee 500.00
BI-Clearance** 1,010.00

TOTAL 2,330.00
**charged every application

After SIX (6) months
Extension (per month) 500.00
Application Fee 300.00
Certificate of Residence for Temporary Visitor* 1,400.00
Legal Research Fee 30.00
Express Fee 500.00
BI-Clearance** 1,010.00
TOTAL 3,740.00
* Imposed only once during their lifetime
**charged every application


1) Legal Research Fee (LRF) of P10 will be charged for each item except Head Tax

EMIGRATION CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE Fee upon departure 700.00
Certificate of Exemption fee (below 14 years old) 200.00
Annual Report Fee: applicable to 13(a), 9(d), 9(g), SIRV
(filing period: 59 days before/after the end of year)
- Arrival on or before November 2 of previous year 310.00
- Monthly fine for delayed annual report 200.00
Total (w/o CE) P 1,410.00

Fine for overstaying per month 500.00
Motion for Reconsideration 510.00
Non-appearance in filing of annual report 500.00

2) Alien Certificate of Registration

- Adult 14 years and above 1,000.00


Re-issuance of ACR (2nd entry of every entry after 59 days)
- Adult 14 years and above 250.00
- Minor below 14 years 50.00
Head Tax (over 16 years old) 250.00
Visa fee for 9(a) with gratis entry visa staying more than
59 days (countries that are not exempted) 1,000.00
Total(adult w/o gratis visa) 3,050.00

If expired, additional fees for the following:
Fine for overstaying per month P 500.00
Motion for Reconsideration P 510.00
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: YoucancallmeAl on December 31, 2010, 10:50:45 AM
You also may obtain a single entry visa giving you 59 days upon arrival from the RP Embassy or Consulate serving your area in your home country before you leave.   This is a money saver as the cost is about half what you would pay for your first extension ($30 vs approx $67). 

That may seem like a bargain, but if you\'re in Texas, the consulate in \"your area\" is in LA. (there\'s only 4 or 5 in the whole US) Wouldn\'t the gas expense far exceed the $37 you saved?
There\'s one in Chicago and I\'m near there now, but will be heading to Austin, TX in a few days. My flight to RP leaves on Jan. 17. I know they can mail it to you, but what if it doesn\'t arrive in TX before my flight?
Seems like more headache than it\'s worth. I\'m thinking I might as well wait til I arrive in Cebu and pay the extra for the extended visa there. Can you do it at any RP airport?


btw,
\"The last posting from your IP was less than 120 seconds ago. Please try again later.\"
This is getting real annoying. Does everyone have to wait 2 minutes between posts or is it just us newbies?
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on December 31, 2010, 11:03:02 AM
You also may obtain a single entry visa giving you 59 days upon arrival from the RP Embassy or Consulate serving your area in your home country before you leave.   This is a money saver as the cost is about half what you would pay for your first extension ($30 vs approx $67). 

That may seem like a bargain, but if you\'re in Texas, the consulate in \"your area\" is in LA. (there\'s only 4 or 5 in the whole US) Wouldn\'t the gas expense far exceed the $37 you saved?
There\'s one in Chicago and I\'m near there now, but will be heading to Austin, TX in a few days. My flight to RP leaves on Jan. 17. I know they can mail it to you, but what if it doesn\'t arrive in TX before my flight?
Seems like more headache than it\'s worth. I\'m thinking I might as well wait til I arrive in Cebu and pay the extra for the extended visa there. Can you do it at any RP airport?


btw,
\"The last posting from your IP was less than 120 seconds ago. Please try again later.\"
This is getting real annoying. Does everyone have to wait 2 minutes between posts or is it just us newbies?
Sorry but everyone gets the 2 min rule. Welcome to our forum. Happy New Year. God Bless....
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: YoucancallmeAl on December 31, 2010, 01:15:56 PM
btw,
\"The last posting from your IP was less than 120 seconds ago. Please try again later.\"
This is getting real annoying. Does everyone have to wait 2 minutes between posts or is it just us newbies?

Sorry but everyone gets the 2 min rule. Welcome to our forum. Happy New Year. God Bless....


Apparently this 2 minute waiting time applies to both posts and PM\'s. I just posted something to a thread, then I noticed I had a PM. I read the entire PM and composed a brief \"thank you\" response. When I clicked send I got the same \"Error. wait 120 seconds\" message. For a PM? Aaargh!
So then I hit the back button a couple times, waited another minute or so, then composed and tried to send the reply PM again. Again I got the \"Error. wait 120 seconds\" message!
(OK, I need an aspirin now.)
So does the 120 second clock start all over again after it gives you the first error message?
And does the 120 second wait have to be until you start composing the next message or until you hit send?
I\'m afraid I\'m gonna have to employ a stop watch just to use this forum.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on December 31, 2010, 01:34:17 PM
As a veteran almost since opening day, I still get caught out by this 2 minute patch

I just go make a cup of coffee, shuffle some papers, [strike]clean the room[/strike], yeah right......and then hit post button
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: richardsinger on January 01, 2011, 08:02:15 AM
Hi YoucancallmeAl, I just think of this enforced 2 minute rule as a way to ease us into the different pace of life in the Philippines.  Once you get used to it, you should adjust faster when you get here, because there are many occasions when you will have to wait much longer than 2 minutes. :)

Richard
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: GregW on January 01, 2011, 08:25:45 AM
The two minute rule was put into effect in order to help combat spammers.  If there were no spammers...but alas, this is the world in which we live in today.  Just be thankful you don\'t have to have a body scan before you can post again.   :D ;) ;D
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: tommygreg on January 07, 2011, 06:12:00 AM
after my 21 days How do I stay their for more than a year. I am married to a beautiful lady from the philippines. 4 years now in the states and we want to go home to Marikina
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: GregW on January 07, 2011, 09:14:32 AM
after my 21 days How do I stay their for more than a year. I am married to a beautiful lady from the philippines. 4 years now in the states and we want to go home to Marikina

There are a couple of ways.  If you arrive with your wife she can ask immigration on arrival to stamp your passport as \"balikbayan\".  This will give you a one year stay with no cost for the stamp.  Your wife must accompany you when you ask for this and you will need a copy of your marriage certificate.  They don\'t always ask for the certificate but if they do you\'d better have it.  After the one year you can take a holiday with your wife to some place like Honk Kong and have a great time then when you re-enter the RP you can ask for the balikbayan again.  You can keep doing this indefinitely.  Or at the end of the first year you can simply apply for a tourist visa at that point and you will receive 21 days.  You can extend that for another 38 days giving you a total of 59 days.  From that point you can extend your tourist visa in two month increments up to a maximum of 24 months at which time you must exit the country.  You can then return to the Philippines immediately and start another two years of tourist visa extensions.  The disadvantage is that unlike the balikbayan it is not free, there are costs involved for the extensions every two months.   Again, you can keep doing this indefinitely.  Exiting when you must and then returning to start over again.

If you\'re talking about living in permanently that is a different question and we can also answer that if that is your wish.

Has your wife naturlaized as a US citizen?   If not she should as it will be a great benefit to her.  If she has already done so has she reacquired her RP citizenship yet?  If not then she should do that also.  Cost is only $50 and involves only a simple oath taking.  Then she will be a dual citizen reaping the best from both of the countries.  Contact the RP Embassy or Consulate serving your home area for more info.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: fred on February 03, 2011, 08:52:17 AM
I mate of mine told me as his extensions took him over a years stay, he was also charged 310 Pesos for an annual report fee..
I had no idea that that fee was applicable to tourists.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: graham on February 04, 2011, 10:15:30 AM
Greg,

I\'m sure that I have read somewhere that a Balikbayan Stamp can be extended by another 6 months.
Presumably by going to a BoI office or sending a request thru\' to the Manila office of Immig??

Maybe the poster was just into \"wishful thinking\"??

Graham
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: GregW on February 05, 2011, 06:18:36 AM
Greg,

I\'m sure that I have read somewhere that a Balikbayan Stamp can be extended by another 6 months.
Presumably by going to a BoI office or sending a request thru\' to the Manila office of Immig??

Maybe the poster was just into \"wishful thinking\"??

Graham

Graham, I have heard the same but cannot confirm it.  However, the initial Balikbayan (dont\' call it a visa!) Stamp will give someone a one year visa free stay.  If it can be extended an additional six months that\'s great.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: trevor on February 07, 2011, 01:17:23 PM
Recently i tried to do just that. Extend my balikbayan stamp. They would not do it. Cost me over P7000.00 for a two months extension. So now i will have to leave the country or get another extention.
Can\'t decide which country to visit, just for a weekend in and out. Maybe Thailand or Malasia or somewhere close.

Trevor
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: cogon88 on February 07, 2011, 01:53:31 PM
Trevor,

Consider Macau or Hong Kong both are close and fares are cheap look at a 3 day casino package with airfare prices are on line to Macau lots to see and do good Portuguese food available

Tom / Roxas City
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: saigon on September 22, 2011, 03:17:38 PM
Just did my second extension at the Paranaque Satellite Office took about 30 minutes.  Both times I\'ve been there only 2-3 people processing extensions.  Got to be better than going to Intramoros.  Cost for two  month extension 2830 php.

Chuck

Just wondering if the Paranaque Office also does renewals on ACR cards or I am stuck with the Intramoros Office?
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: bigrod on September 22, 2011, 06:21:47 PM
Just did my second extension at the Paranaque Satellite Office took about 30 minutes.  Both times I\'ve been there only 2-3 people processing extensions.  Got to be better than going to Intramoros.  Cost for two  month extension 2830 php.

Chuck

Just wondering if the Paranaque Office also does renewals on ACR cards or I am stuck with the Intramoros Office?
As far as I know that office was closed in Dec 2010.  They did renewals but you had to come back 3 days later to get your card since they were printed at Intramoros.  BI site has an office listed at the PEZA Bldg in the same area.  Don\'t know how many office have the capability to print ACRs.  Processed my renewal at Santa Rosa, Laguna but had to pick up 3 days later.

Chuck

Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: graham on September 24, 2011, 06:19:43 PM
grag,

Done some more reading on the BB stamp and I was partly right.
You can go back to the BoI with a BB stamp and they will
extend, but it will be as a Tourist Visa. The extensions can be done for another 12 months

Graham
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: bigrod on September 24, 2011, 09:46:37 PM
grag,

Done some more reading on the BB stamp and I was partly right.
You can go back to the BoI with a BB stamp and they will
extend, but it will be as a Tourist Visa. The extensions can be done for another 12 months

Graham

Graham,

You are correct.  Switching to the Tourist Visa you can now extend up to a total of 16 months in 1 or 2 month increments.  The 17th thru 24th month can be done the same way with a motion of reconsideration included each time(extra 510php).  Stay past 24 months can be done but require approval of Commissioner of Immigration with personal appearance.  Information is from a letter sent to me by the Acting Head, Visa Extension Office, dtd 8 Sep 2011.

Chuck
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: bigrod on September 26, 2011, 01:55:48 PM
grag,

Done some more reading on the BB stamp and I was partly right.
You can go back to the BoI with a BB stamp and they will
extend, but it will be as a Tourist Visa. The extensions can be done for another 12 months

Graham

Graham,

You are correct.  Switching to the Tourist Visa you can now extend up to a total of 16 months in 1 or 2 month increments.  The 17th thru 24th month can be done the same way with a motion of reconsideration included each time(extra 510php).  Stay past 24 months can be done but require approval of Commissioner of Immigration with personal appearance.  Information is from a letter sent to me by the Acting Head, Visa Extension Office, dtd 8 Sep 2011.

Chuck

Graham,

My previous response does not apply to your situation.  Your are correct you can apply for a total of 12 months total of extensions(in 6 month increments or less).  Found in FAQ of immigration site.

Chuck
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: gemstar on February 28, 2012, 06:46:32 PM
I\'ve been to the BI in Mandaue a few times....and I always try to have everything thats required too....becaue of the big run around.

1. Bring the photos
2. Bring passport
3. Fill out Extension form.....get a blank copy and make copies for future visits
4. Make photocopy of your ACR card and ALL the pages  in your passport that show entry into the Philippines as well as your info page.

5. FALL IN LINE

Davao city BI is a little faster that Mandaue....but be prepared to wait a while..
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Metz on March 29, 2012, 04:12:16 PM
Just got back from renewing visa.  Was going to do the balikbayan trip, but got too much going on here.  At intramuros BIR,  it took me one hour and 15 minutes from arrival at 10am to leaving there at 11:15am

They will do the 2 month extension early after Easter and start the one year visa process next month.  You can renew early and speed up the process.  I had a week left on my 21 day tourist visa and they renewed me today first extension.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: fmars on June 05, 2012, 05:38:46 AM
Just got back from doing my visa extension from 14-16 month in the Davao office.  Ask about my next extension and letter of reconsideration.  Was told must have good reason and it(or me not sure) must go to Manila.  I was thinking extension was more or less automatic with letter and could be done in local office.  I have also read that the letter should cost 400-500p to get a lawyer to prepare.

What is true?  Amd can anyone recommend someone to prepare the letter? note live in davao but will be visiting cebu end of this month so could
get letter done in davao or cebu.   ???
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: graham on June 05, 2012, 12:48:03 PM
Just got back from doing my visa extension from 14-16 month in the Davao office.  Ask about my next extension and letter of reconsideration.  Was told must have good reason and it(or me not sure) must go to Manila.  I was thinking extension was more or less automatic with letter and could be done in local office.  I have also read that the letter should cost 400-500p to get a lawyer to prepare.

What is true?  Amd can anyone recommend someone to prepare the letter? note live in davao but will be visiting cebu end of this month so could
get letter done in davao or cebu.   ???

I think I just answered your question in LinP3.
You can go to the BoI in Davao and ask for a sample
of the \"reconsideration\" letter. you then take it to
an Attorney, probably will be one in the close vicinity
of the Davao BoI office.

It must be typed on a letterhead and notarised
by the Attorney. It cost me Php400 in CDO for the
Attorney, and a charge of Php500 by the BoI.

I think you now need 2 photo\'s, 2 copies of your
Passport info and 2 copies of the letter. You hand those
over and then they will give you the papers that are
required to be sent to the BoI Manila. I sent mine
via LBC for about Php100.

Graham
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Lee2 on June 06, 2012, 04:25:15 AM
It seems that so many who live in the RP continue to mess with BB Stamps and visa extensions. Why do many not just get the 13A Resident visa?  ??? ??? ???

Money is probably number one and number two might be the system.

We only live there part time so it is not practical for us and the BB is free for each and every time we come back for our yearly stays. I would say that if a person can afford it, and many who live in the Philippines either cannot or maybe their drinking budget might be more important to them than the visa,  :D then I would say to apply for the 13a while outside the Philippines so you do not have to jump through the hoops and payoffs which might be necessary to get it in country. Friends who have gotten it in country have always complained about all with their hands out along the way in the process.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: wildbill on June 06, 2012, 07:46:40 PM
I am new here I just want say thank you for this site its been so very useful to me my question is I have been here on and off  but now I am over stayed according to visa requirements I am in my 17 and 18 month stay I use one of those visa extension places that go to the immigration for you he is telling me he can extend me for as long as I want to stay even over the 2 year mark he says  money talks  but he charges me 4300 plus 2000 under the table to extend for another two months any problems anyone see for me doing this I would fly out to Vietnam but rite now I am finishing building my house in batangas .thank you all ..
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Lee2 on June 06, 2012, 08:14:04 PM
I am new here I just want say thank you for this site its been so very useful to me my question is I have been here on and off  but now I am over stayed according to visa requirements I am in my 17 and 18 month stay I use one of those visa extension places that go to the immigration for you he is telling me he can extend me for as long as I want to stay even over the 2 year mark he says  money talks  but he charges me 4300 plus 2000 under the table to extend for another two months any problems anyone see for me doing this I would fly out to Vietnam but rite now I am finishing building my house in batangas .thank you all ..

IMO and from some people I know, anything done illegally might bite you upon exit. If you do decide to go that route, make sure to keep all BI receipts from day one and have them with you and play dumb when leaving and even that might not help since you will probably need an exit clearance and that might be where things get touchy, so if you ever plan to leave, then that might be when you end up paying the piper. The Philippines has a habit of fining and blacklisting people who do not follow the rules, so pushing the envelope might mean a nasty BI official could blacklist you and then you would never be able to reenter the Philippines ever again. Would you be willing to chance that? My opinion is to do all things legally and for the extra money you would have to pay, it would be better to take a cheap flight out for even part of one day.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: graham on June 06, 2012, 08:45:41 PM
wildbill,

Mr. Lee is telling you NOT to do that, and I second him. You will get in all sort of s**t
if you go that route you are destined for disaster. You are building a house and you want
 to flirt with being deported? Surely you can lay off your workers for a day or two?

Get yourself down to the BoI pronto, DO NOT use a \"fixer\" tell them that you have overstayed.
Be upfront. Pay the fines that have to be paid. Get on a flight to Kota Kinabalu or
some other cheap place. Then return. DO NOT forget your \"on-going\" ticket.

You are not that far over, if I\'m correct the fine is Php500 for each month
plus the cost of the extentions.

The Php6K+ that these people will charge you for doing something illegal
will most probably pay for all your fines etc. This is my honest advice to you.

Graham

Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on June 06, 2012, 11:06:30 PM
wildbill,

Mr. Lee is telling you NOT to do that, and I second him. You will get in all sort of s**t
if you go that route you are destined for disaster. You are building a house and you want
 to flirt with being deported? Surely you can lay off your workers for a day or two?

Get yourself down to the BoI pronto, DO NOT use a \"fixer\" tell them that you have overstayed.
Be upfront. Pay the fines that have to be paid. Get on a flight to Kota Kinabalu or
some other cheap place. Then return. DO NOT forget your \"on-going\" ticket.

You are not that far over, if I\'m correct the fine is Php500 for each month
plus the cost of the extension.

The Php6K+ that these people will charge you for doing something illegal
will most probably pay for all your fines etc. This is my honest advice to you.

Graham
I also agree. The only ones who will benefit from the fixer\'s illegal doings will be the fixer and you will take the fall. 1st call the BI to verify if you are actually over. Look at your passport and look for the last extension BI gave you. It will say the date of expiration. If only for a month or two, BI is usually forgiving as long as you are honest and up front about it. You will be charged some fees and advised what to do next whether an extension request to Manila or told to do a departure and return. Just do it above board you you should be ok. God Bless....
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: wildbill on June 07, 2012, 11:16:08 AM
thank you all im over stayed 17 and 18 month so I will look for a plane ticket to what maybe vietnam thank you. for helping.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: wildbill on June 07, 2012, 11:34:43 AM
I will try and just goto travel agency and get a ticket maybe no need togo to BI yet  atleast I have my stamp on my visa until july 27 so I think vietnam is cheap maybe theres good site seeing there ty all god bless to.I sure dont want any prob here.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: wildbill on June 07, 2012, 12:30:44 PM
what 13a res visa im new what does it take to get one.I would love not to pay and pay always.since im trying to live here sorry im kinda dumb on the whole process.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on June 07, 2012, 04:30:10 PM
what 13a res visa I\'m new what does it take to get one.I would love not to pay and pay always.since im trying to live here sorry I\'m kinda dumb on the whole process.
The 13A visa is strictly for those foreigners who are married to a Filipino(a) spouse. If you are still single, divorced, or widowed, it doesn\'t apply. Sorry. God Bless....
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: wildbill on June 07, 2012, 09:03:42 PM
thanks for the info I really love this site.also I just booked a flight to Thailand for 2 nites and 3 days but it costs to much anyways I think we will enjoy  but they Had to fix me a dummy return ticket to the us ,is that OK I sure hope so I don\'t want trouble.The return ticket is for show only.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Lee2 on June 07, 2012, 10:20:04 PM
thanks for the info I really love this site.also I just booked a flight to Thailand for 2 nites and 3 days but it costs to much anyways I think we will enjoy  but they Had to fix me a dummy return ticket to the us ,is that OK I sure hope so I don\'t want trouble.The return ticket is for show only.
Airlines can check to see if your ticket is valid or not, so they may refuse you to fly to the Philippines if they find it is fake. Why have a fake ticket when a real one cost so little? Anyway IMO you are already starting off on the wrong foot and could end up deported or/and blacklisted if the BI were to find your ticket to be fake. Will they find it to be fake, who knows but if the chance is on in a million, is it worth never being able to go back to the Philippines, only you can decide on that.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: wildbill on June 07, 2012, 10:34:17 PM
 I said,I\'m going to Thailand and with a return ticket back to the philippines but for some reason they say I also need a return ticket back to the USA only if they ask for it. and a return ticket back to the usa costs alot of money im from the east cost of usa so no its not cheapo.the philippines never ask for your return trip they are only interested in money its for the other country in case they ask.from manila to where im from it costs 1200 us dollars is that cheap idts,but ty.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: wildbill on June 07, 2012, 10:47:16 PM
plz help me out I seem Tobe missing some thing here I\'m going out to Thailand and with a return ticket back to the philippines but Ive been here for 17 months and dint have a return ticket to the USA I couldn\'t keep it without always resetting it so what the heck to do.they say at the travel agency you may need to show Thailand your return ticket back to the USA for what idk I\'m not trying to break any rules here just trying to do whats rite sorry I am retired army and I\'m trying to live here by paying every two months.so if you think I\'m bad sorry but I\'m not bad just mean as h....In the first place why would I need to carry my return ticket back to the USA with me going to Thailand I\'m flying out from the philippines to Thailand and back why would why would Thailand or the philippines need that in the first place any ideas.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on June 07, 2012, 11:00:56 PM
Please help me out. I seem to be missing something here. I\'m going out to Thailand and with a return ticket back to the Philippines but Ive been here for 17 months and didn\'t have a return ticket to the USA. I couldn\'t keep it without always resetting it so what the heck to do. They say at the travel agency you may need to show Thailand your return ticket back to the USA for what I\'d I\'m not trying to break any rules here just trying to do whats right. Sorry I am retired Army and I\'m trying to live here by paying every two months. So if you think I\'m bad, sorry but I\'m not bad just mean as h....
You don\'t actually have to have a return ticket. It can be a cheap 1 way out to an onward place like Singapore or Malaysia. You only need a cheap one way ticket out of the RP that\'s all. The only reason it is even needed is that RP law states that if the RP refuses you entry for any reason, the airline is bound by law to take you out and return you back to your place of origin plus pay a huge fine. Once you are allowed back in past immigration you good to go. That\'s why we call them \"Throw Away Tickets\". Usually $50 or less. Tiger Airways, Cebu Pacific etc can set you up. Hope this helps you. God Bless....
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: wildbill on June 07, 2012, 11:16:58 PM
thank you for helping me ,Ive been here for 16 months and need to reset my visa time here in RP,so I\'m flying out to tailand with a return ticket to RP but I\'m from the us do I need anything else I\'m coming back here but do I need to buy a return trip ticket to the USA I\'m staying here in the RP.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Lee2 on June 07, 2012, 11:37:23 PM
thank you for helping me ,Ive been here for 16 months and need to reset my visa time here in RP,so I\'m flying out to tailand with a return ticket to RP but I\'m from the us do I need anything else I\'m coming back here but do I need to buy a return trip ticket to the USA I\'m staying here in the RP.

As Steve wrote, all you need is an onward ticket out of the Philippines to any country, that is all the Philippines cares about, now if you were to try to use the onward ticket, then the other country it was to might not allow you on the plane without an onward ticket from there but since that is a moot point, not to be worried about. The airlines Steve listed sell some cheap fares to other countries, so just go online and find a cheap throw away ticket and that way you have one SHOULD you actually need it.

I often see people saying, \"No one asked me for an onward ticket\" but they do not know what the airline sees in their computer and they do not know what the BI sees in their computer, and I know for a fact that the airline often can see other bookings you might have and that the BI has guidelines for who they feel they should check based on single, married, traveling with a friend, did you list a hotel or visiting friends or family etc, so will they check you is hit and miss based on the level of what they perceive your chances of your being a good tourist. 

It is always my opinion to play it by the rules, after all if the airline should refuse you without the onward ticket, you would then be at the mercy of them or someone in that airport to buy one for whatever price they are willing to sell one to you. I had a friend have that happen to them, they thought they did not need one because they were moving to the Philippines permanently but the airline in one country demanded they buy one then and there. There have also been people in the news who came without an onward ticket and the BI has held them and then put them back on the next flight back where they came from but we do not know whether there were other triggers which lead to the deportation.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Gray Wolf on June 07, 2012, 11:38:53 PM
Wildbill,

You\'re confused.  Let me attempt to help you understand.  When you board an airplane bound for the Philippines, you must show proof of a real ticket that can take you out of the Philippines if for some reason you are denied entrance.  The ticket does not have to be a return ticket to the US.  Period.  It must only be an \"ongoing\" ticket.  Anything that will take you out of the Philippines. 

The travel agency is incorrect in saying that you might need to show the people in Thailand a ticket back to the US.  Wrong.  All you are required to show is an ongoing ticket to anywhere

Do NOT attempt to leave the Philippines without paying your overstaying fees ahead of time.  Doing so at the airport may be possible, but it could also cost you time, delaying your boarding and maybe causing you to miss your flight.  Even more money wasted.

Someone somewhere has given you a lot of bad, incorrect information.  Never believe what the \"fixers\" say.  They are only after your money and could care less if you are deported. 

While visiting in Sep and Oct 2011, my mother needed to extend her visa before we left for home back in the US.  We went to BoI in Intramuros to get the extension and pay any fees due.  Lots of fixers were ready, willing and eager to assist us, for only 500Php.  That would have been 500Php more than what we ended up paying inside.  Forget the fixers!

Bottom line, don\'t try to get around or ignore the rules for those on a tourist visa.  Pay your fees on time, even a bit ahead of time, and if they say it\'s time to leave for a while, take a cheap flight out and return right away.  You are not required to stay out for any length of time.  Technically, if you can leave, circle the airport and return, go through immigration and get another stamp in your passport, you\'re good. 
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Gray Wolf on June 07, 2012, 11:43:29 PM
plz help me out I seem Tobe missing some thing here I\'m going out to Thailand and with a return ticket back to the philippines but Ive been here for 17 months and dint have a return ticket to the USA I couldn\'t keep it without always resetting it so what the heck to do.they say at the travel agency you may need to show Thailand your return ticket back to the USA for what idk I\'m not trying to break any rules here just trying to do whats rite sorry I am retired army and I\'m trying to live here by paying every two months.so if you think I\'m bad sorry but I\'m not bad just mean as h....In the first place why would I need to carry my return ticket back to the USA with me going to Thailand I\'m flying out from the philippines to Thailand and back why would why would Thailand or the philippines need that in the first place any ideas.

You are not required to carry a return ticket to the US when leaving for a flight to Thailand.  But, when you board the airplane in Thailand to return to the Philippines, you will be required to show an ongoing ticket out of the Philippines.  It\'s just the way it is.  That ticket can be a ticket to Malaysia, Hong Kong or Timbuktu.  It can also be a cheap throw away ticket you never intend to use.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Gray Wolf on June 07, 2012, 11:47:14 PM
I said,I\'m going to Thailand and with a return ticket back to the philippines but for some reason they say I also need a return ticket back to the USA only if they ask for it. and a return ticket back to the usa costs alot of money im from the east cost of usa so no its not cheapo.the philippines never ask for your return trip they are only interested in money its for the other country in case they ask.from manila to where im from it costs 1200 us dollars is that cheap idts,but ty.

Wrong!  You are only required to show an \"ongoing\" ticket, not a ticket taking you back to the eastern US.  Airlines are who require the ticket, not the Philippines.  It\'s because if you are refused entry into the Philippines and don\'t have an ongoing or return ticket, the airlines have to foot the bill to fly you away. 
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: BudM on June 08, 2012, 01:35:23 AM
wildbill.....Man, you got a lot posts over your visa situation but in among them I think it has been determined that you are single.  My question is, are you aware of the Philippine Retirement Authority and the SRRV that they offer so that you don\'t have to continue playing with a tourist visa?  It isn\'t for everyone apparently but the money it looks like you coughed up for a ticket to US would cover the application fee and then if you have some extra cash laying around, you put in the bank in an account for them as long has you use that visa.  I am going that route.  This time next year, if all plans stay as is, I will have been moved there two or three months already.  In a few months, I will be back over there for a visit and one of my main things on my agenda is to get over to the PRA office in Makati and see about getting set up.  If you need help with any info that I might be able to give you such as a link, just PM me.....Bud
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: bigrod on June 08, 2012, 07:08:33 AM
Just returned from my Visa run to Thailand after being in the Philippines for 2 yrs. Had round trip ticket to Bangkok(4-7 June) plus Cebu Pacific flight to Hong Kong for 28 Jun.  PAL ticketing at Bangkok ask to see ongoing ticket to Hong Kong(880 php plus taxes).  Upon return to NAIA2 only questions from immigration was why so many stamps in passport and are you married to pinay.  Answers had been in the Philippines for 2 yrs and had pinay fiancee and purchasing house together.  Stamped passport and proceeded on out of terminal.  Just smile and answer the questions even if they seem irrelevant. ::)

Chuck
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: wildbill on June 08, 2012, 08:10:36 AM
well just d.I think I\'m getting to old -?can we still use that quote thank you so much all for helping me to understand wow it can be a hard thing just to live here now All I  Need is a ongoing ticket not the fraud one Cebu airlines printed me and yes I definitely don\'t want trouble .I like to follow the rules after all .Ty all.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: wildbill on June 10, 2012, 02:27:30 PM
question do I need exit clearance to fly out if so where do you get one.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: bigrod on June 10, 2012, 02:56:00 PM
question do I need exit clearance to fly out if so where do you get one.

WB,

You will need EEC and travel tax.  EEC can be obtained at main immigration offices(Manila, Cebu & Davao).  Travel tax can be obtained at airport or Department of Tourism.  Need eticket for both, EEC requires 5 or 6 passport photos depending on the office.  Travel tax is 1620 php, EEC is 500-1300 php(I only paid express lane fee) assumed the rest of the fees were paid with extensions. ::) ;D

Chuck
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: graham on June 11, 2012, 01:39:29 PM
WB,

Like Chuck (Big Rod) I exited Bangkok in March this year.
I also, was asked for my on-going ticket out of the Phil.
I have been here 4 years. I had purchased a ticket from
Tiger Airways leaving Clark (outside of Manila) to Kota Kinabalu (Indonesia),
for Php2K.

My dear Janet unknowingly lost the ticket and I was not aware of it.
We were held up in BKK until I managed to purchase a
an on-going ticket from Cebu-Pacific for $80.

We would have missed the flight from BKK to Mnla because
of that hold-up, and it would have cost me a ticket again
from BKK to Mnla (Janet could have gone ahead) Due to
blind bloody luck, the flight from BKK to Mnla was delayed
nearly 3 hours.

It\'s not hard to follow the rules, and if you don\'t know
the rules, then, like you are doing, ask questions on
this site. We were all, once, newbies, so we understand
your predicament and all of us here will be only too happy
to help and supply you, to the best of our ability, the answers.

Have a good time in BKK.  Grab the Skytrain to MBK mall.
You can\'t miss it, the train actually terminates at MBK, and you
walk off the train into MBK. Only one line in and out, hard to get lost.
We boarded at Nana Station Purok 7.

Graham   
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: coleman2347 on June 11, 2012, 02:44:40 PM
Good morning, I am up for my first 16 months and need to leave the country and re-enter.  I live in Tacloban City and know that I will have to go to either Manila or Cebu to leave.  In your experience
1. what\'s the cheapest place to go?
2. Whats the cheapest throw-away?
3. Do you pay the exit fee at the airport?
4. Am I missing anything?

All I want to do is leave and come back to comply with the laws, I am not interested in visiting anywhere else just how to accomplish the law in the cheapest most expedient way.
Thanks Lee
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: bigrod on June 11, 2012, 07:05:16 PM
Good morning, I am up for my first 16 months and need to leave the country and re-enter.  I live in Tacloban City and know that I will have to go to either Manila or Cebu to leave.  In your experience
1. what\'s the cheapest place to go?
2. Whats the cheapest throw-away?
3. Do you pay the exit fee at the airport?
4. Am I missing anything?

All I want to do is leave and come back to comply with the laws, I am not interested in visiting anywhere else just how to accomplish the law in the cheapest most expedient way.
Thanks Lee

If your  looking cheapest check discount carriers(Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, Tiger Air, etc).  Kota Kinabalu seems one of the cheapest always, unless special available.  I got Cebu Pacific MNL-Hong Kong for 800 php plus taxes, fuel. etc.  You can catch the very next return flight.  If you find the cheapest and plan immediate return book R/T and 1 way through.  By the way throw away does not have to be from airport you arrive in Philippines at.

Chuck
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: wildbill on June 11, 2012, 10:20:31 PM
Just want to thank you all for helping me this sure is a great site I give many thanks to the owner smart Idea for sure. now I have Togo to BI for clearance to go out we are cutting it close cause we booked two tickets without knowing you must get a clearance first maybe the manila main bi can get it in one day I sure hope so I don\'t want to loose my money for those tickets.at least now I know the procedures  for going out thank you. for your help,GOD BLESS you all.and stay safe always.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Lee2 on June 11, 2012, 11:10:40 PM
The cheapest throw away ticket I have found is a ship from Zamboanga to Malaysia which most people would never bother to take but it would work for those of you in country who go to a mall and buy one, but for those out of the country I do not believe there would be a way to buy one so an airline ticket as mentioned by others would have to be the way to go.

To Coleman do not forget to get an exit clearance before trying to leave, that is of course if on a tourist visa.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: bigrod on June 13, 2012, 08:03:52 AM
I was wrong the base fare was 488 php but with taxes and fuel charge the total 1893 php.

Chuck
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: RUFUS on June 14, 2012, 06:36:09 PM
Actually, stuff in the Philippines isn\'t as cheap as they used to be...
Food prices have risen to levels that are approaching the west, and do the math on land prices.
A sack of rice is cheaper here than there, and so is bulk land in rural BFE United States
Some things are still cheap, but not everything.
To me it is not the prices that are attractive, it is the place, the climate, and the people.

The only stuff that is insanely cheap, is the stuff they tax the s#!t out of here like alcohol and tobacco.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: graham on September 16, 2013, 04:47:12 PM
I had a pleasant suprise this afternoon.

I apologise if this has been posted about before, although I can't ever remember seeing it.  I had to go to the Immig. Dept. today to renew my Tourist Visa for 6 months. I had come back into the Philippines from Bangkok on a BB stamp March 2013.

I handed over the usual paperwork and sat down to wait. My wife took Php10K out of my wallet, ready to pay. Last March it cost me about Php9K. While waiting I happened to see 2 of the clerks chatting to each other and looking at me.

A little while later one of the girls motioned to my wife and she got up and paid the money over. I noticed that as she came back she still had a few large denomination notes still in her hand.

Finally received my passport back with a 6 month stamp in it. We walked outside and I asked how much she paid.

Php4,830 she said. How come, I replied??

As I will be turning 70 in a short while I was classified as a Senior Citizen and therefore had gotten a rebate of a little bit over Php4,000.

Graham.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on September 16, 2013, 05:22:37 PM
graham,
If you just returned to the Philippines on March 2013 on a BB stamp, you can stay in the Philippines until March 2014 before you would need to apply for an extension! Where did you get your 6 month visa extension? I too am on 2nd 6 month visa extension from the BI field office in Sta. Rosa, Laguna which will be good until Feb 8, 2014, because my BB stamp had expired on Feb 8, 2012 and we didn't want to do a visa run again.
I'm now 65 and paid P8740 for my 2nd 6 month visa extension!
Something is fishy why you have applied for a 6 month visa extension when your BB stamp doesn't expire until Mar 2014 if you just arrived on March 2013!  ??? 
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: wildbill on September 16, 2013, 08:31:44 PM
If anyone lives close to Batangas City the BI there charges 500 pesos for ECC clearance Total price and 2800 for extensions after the first 59 days why manila charges more IDK. and no wait for ECC same day within 15 Min's never any long lines there. JUST a Thought.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on September 16, 2013, 09:13:03 PM
If anyone lives close to Batangas City the BI there charges 500 pesos for ECC clearance Total price and 2800 for extensions after the first 59 days why manila charges more IDK. and no wait for ECC same day within 15 Min's never any long lines there. JUST a Thought.
WB,
How far is Canlubang or Lipa, Batangas to the BI field office in Batangas City? I got the address, but no maps!
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Lee2 on September 16, 2013, 10:50:48 PM
Graham,
Start a new topic about Visa extensions, because our posts are not showing up when I go to this topic title, because this title is so old!

Jack fixed it and all posts are showing up now.

Graham must have meant sometime in 2012 since a BB stamp is good for one year, so his would still have been good if it were from 2013???

Also I have to wonder how a non citizen would get a citizen discount?????
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on September 16, 2013, 11:05:33 PM
Yup! I'm curious too and that's why I made a new topic in reference to his OP! Good that this topic got fixed now! Thanks Jack!
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Gray Wolf on September 17, 2013, 02:36:42 AM
Yup! I'm curious too and that's why I made a new topic in reference to his OP! Good that this topic got fixed now! Thanks Jack!

Just doing my job, bro, just doing my job.   8)
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: wildbill on September 17, 2013, 07:27:10 AM
If anyone lives close to Batangas City the BI there charges 500 pesos for ECC clearance Total price and 2800 for extensions after the first 59 days why manila charges more IDK. and no wait for ECC same day within 15 Min's never any long lines there. JUST a Thought.
WB,
How far is Canlubang or Lipa, Batangas to the BI field office in Batangas City? I got the address, but no maps!
Art I don't know the disstance but I go up to the Star tollway then travel south til it dead ends pass threw the toll way then you will see a round about first  just turn left like going around the round about  then Turn again right then go straight ahead til you see the Batagas city port Bridge don't go over it go to the right side of it just under the underpass turn left BI is then on your right side but very fast for ECC or visa but no BB stamp extension there they not yet set up for it he says anything else is way cheaper than any where else. Art if your close to Star toll-way no problem do you live in Laguna close to festival mall for me I find Bi in batangas easy to find and problem free never a wait and no hassels at all.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on September 17, 2013, 10:46:42 AM
If anyone lives close to Batangas City the BI there charges 500 pesos for ECC clearance Total price and 2800 for extensions after the first 59 days why manila charges more IDK. and no wait for ECC same day within 15 Min's never any long lines there. JUST a Thought.
WB,
How far is Canlubang or Lipa, Batangas to the BI field office in Batangas City? I got the address, but no maps!
Art I don't know the disstance but I go up to the Star tollway then travel south til it dead ends pass threw the toll way then you will see a round about first  just turn left like going around the round about  then Turn again right then go straight ahead til you see the Batagas city port Bridge don't go over it go to the right side of it just under the underpass turn left BI is then on your right side but very fast for ECC or visa but no BB stamp extension there they not yet set up for it he says anything else is way cheaper than any where else. Art if your close to Star toll-way no problem do you live in Laguna close to festival mall for me I find Bi in batangas easy to find and problem free never a wait and no hassels at all.
Good info Bill. Festival Mall is in Alabang, the opposite direction of Batangas and we live about a 20 minute drive away from there, but we are closer to Calamba on SLEX heading to Batangas.
Besides, I would rather drive to Batangas than in the crazy streets of Manila!  >:( 
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: graham on September 17, 2013, 10:52:25 AM
graham,
If you just returned to the Philippines on March 2013 on a BB stamp, you can stay in the Philippines until March 2014 before you would need to apply for an extension! Where did you get your 6 month visa extension? I too am on 2nd 6 month visa extension from the BI field office in Sta. Rosa, Laguna which will be good until Feb 8, 2014, because my BB stamp had expired on Feb 8, 2012 and we didn't want to do a visa run again.
I'm now 65 and paid P8740 for my 2nd 6 month visa extension!
Something is fishy why you have applied for a 6 month visa extension when your BB stamp doesn't expire until Mar 2014 if you just arrived on March 2013!  ???

Art,

I realised about 10 mins ago that I made a typo!!! Silly me.
Should read 2012.

Graham
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: graham on September 17, 2013, 10:57:05 AM
Graham,
Start a new topic about Visa extensions, because our posts are not showing up when I go to this topic title, because this title is so old!

Jack fixed it and all posts are showing up now.

Graham must have meant sometime in 2012 since a BB stamp is good for one year, so his would still have been good if it were from 2013???

Also I have to wonder how a non citizen would get a citizen discount?????

Art,

Senior Citizen is a generic term applied to people who are of an advanced age.
It doesn't mean that I'm a Philippine Citizen.

I can't, for instance, apply for the Senior Citizens discount card
as this applies to Phil. citizens only.

Graham
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on September 17, 2013, 11:06:03 AM
Graham,
So, that solves the mystery! You're good to go with your 6 month visa extension like me! Did you ever meet up with that fella who also lives in Garden Villas I refereed to you? I just know him from another forum, but never met him in person, still pending.  :o :o
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on September 17, 2013, 11:11:17 AM
Graham,
Start a new topic about Visa extensions, because our posts are not showing up when I go to this topic title, because this title is so old!

Jack fixed it and all posts are showing up now.

Graham must have meant sometime in 2012 since a BB stamp is good for one year, so his would still have been good if it were from 2013???

Also I have to wonder how a non citizen would get a citizen discount?????

Art,

Senior Citizen is a generic term applied to people who are of an advanced age.
It doesn't mean that I'm a Philippine Citizen.

I can't, for instance, apply for the Senior Citizens discount card
as this applies to Phil. citizens only.

Graham
I know what the "general term" means, but I just don't understand why the people at the BI office where you got your 6 month extension from gave you a discount! They didn't give me a discount and I'm a Fil/Am over 65 yrs old! Maybe I look young at my old age! ??? :o ;) 
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: wildbill on September 17, 2013, 04:41:30 PM
If anyone lives close to Batangas City the BI there charges 500 pesos for ECC clearance Total price and 2800 for extensions after the first 59 days why manila charges more IDK. and no wait for ECC same day within 15 Min's never any long lines there. JUST a Thought.
WB,
How far is Canlubang or Lipa, Batangas to the BI field office in Batangas City? I got the address, but no maps!
Art I don't know the disstance but I go up to the Star tollway then travel south til it dead ends pass threw the toll way then you will see a round about first  just turn left like going around the round about  then Turn again right then go straight ahead til you see the Batagas city port Bridge don't go over it go to the right side of it just under the underpass turn left BI is then on your right side but very fast for ECC or visa but no BB stamp extension there they not yet set up for it he says anything else is way cheaper than any where else. Art if your close to Star toll-way no problem do you live in Laguna close to festival mall for me I find Bi in batangas easy to find and problem free never a wait and no hassels at all.
Good info Bill. Festival Mall is in Alabang, the opposite direction of Batangas and we live about a 20 minute drive away from there, but we are closer to Calamba on SLEX heading to Batangas.
now I know calamba just pass carmonia exit just goto the end of slex
Title: Re: Visa Extentions or ECCs
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on September 17, 2013, 04:45:06 PM
Yup! pass Carmona, Sta Rosa, Calamba and Canlubang to the end of SLEX and then on to Batangas!
I rather drive to Batangas any day than in the crazy streets of Manila!
I don't why, but our BI field office here in Sta Rosa, Laguna do not process ECCs anymore! Now they tell everyone to go to Manila or at the airport for 13a/g visa holders to get it there! That sucks! So, when we need a ECC, we will get it in Batangas as you suggest Bill! 
Maybe by me posting this here, everyone will be headed off to Batangas! >:(
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: wildbill on September 17, 2013, 05:04:21 PM
ART they do process 13a there but just to make it sure the ECC is also for 13a holders here the number 043-723-3032 or 043-723-2784  but I am sure they do they process it there but just so I provide the numbers to they did mine there last year to the fee is 500 only no more not even exspress lane fee but they do not do extensions for the BB stamp yet.he also told me they do the yearly face to face there to.very easy in and out very nice group of people working there no bad attitudes at all.they are layed back kinda folks.try it. one last thing they wont like it if anyone tries to give them money for any reason these guys are no currupt.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on September 17, 2013, 05:23:09 PM
Good info again Bill! Thanks a bunch!
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: BudM on September 17, 2013, 10:55:24 PM
Where were you guys at?  I just got back from Festival Mall.  Spent 4 hours down there by myself and bought a 3pk of socks.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on September 17, 2013, 11:04:20 PM
Bud,
I don't drive that far in my old "Little Red" Toyota and if I could, it wouldn't
be just for socks, but I do need at least 6 pair of new underwear!  ??? :o ;)
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: wildbill on September 18, 2013, 11:10:36 AM
HA I don't wear socks anymore its just to hot for them no American under wear here they make the under wear here to fit half way down  your  Butt and I don't like that.I have tried many but my wife winds up wearing them around the house he he with a T-shirt  that's funny any ways festival mall is far from here to we go to Lipa some times and some times when she goes to her moms I go out alone I love to be alone some times.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: medic3500 on September 18, 2013, 11:58:31 AM
WB, is your profile picture current? I was at the McDonalds in Lipa City a few months back and saw a large expat that kinda looked like you, but older. When I say large I mean linebacker large not fat. We were looking at properties but decided we didn't like Lipa City proper, too congested. Did find a place we liked in Mataas Na Kahoy but as soon as the landlord showed up and saw me the rent price jumped 2K after the caretaker had already told us the price. Go figure.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on September 18, 2013, 12:02:04 PM
Yeah Bill, was that you at McDonald's in Lipa, Batangas?

Dan is it aka medic3500? May I call you Dan?,
Looks like a nice place, but looks sort of like a "Jungle Theme" to me!  ??? :o ;)

https://www.google.com.ph/search?q=Mataas+Na+Kahoy&rlz=1C1FDUM_enPH474PH476&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=VyU5UsHuL-2Qige_soC4Bw&ved=0CDoQsAQ&biw=1120&bih=635&dpr=1 (https://www.google.com.ph/search?q=Mataas+Na+Kahoy&rlz=1C1FDUM_enPH474PH476&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=VyU5UsHuL-2Qige_soC4Bw&ved=0CDoQsAQ&biw=1120&bih=635&dpr=1)

Art
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: medic3500 on September 18, 2013, 12:40:53 PM
Art, yes Dan is my given name you can call me almost anything and I will answer, just don't call me late for dinner.
I kinda fell in love with Mataas Na Kahoy, the GF not so much. She was born and raised in the concrete jungle of Manila, getting her to move to a more laid back, less polluted environment has become more difficult than I initially thought it would.
This is off subject, but one of the reasons I really liked the area is after the first landlord tried to raise the price we were walking around town looking for more places and I saw a female PNP so I ask directions. She said she would be off work in 10 minutes and had a car and would love to show us around which she did. We ended up having dinner with her and her female friend, saw several properties and got several leads. I will have to admit it was one of the best days I've had with hospitality here. I'm sure there are underlying reasons why this lady spent 4 hours of her off duty time showing us around as she knew all of the people we were meeting who had properties for rent.
Title: Re: Visa Extention
Post by: wildbill on September 18, 2013, 07:10:26 PM
WB, is your profile picture current? I was at the McDonalds in Lipa City a few months back and saw a large expat that kinda looked like you, but older. When I say large I mean linebacker large not fat. We were looking at properties but decided we didn't like Lipa City proper, too congested. Did find a place we liked in Mataas Na Kahoy but as soon as the landlord showed up and saw me the rent price jumped 2K after the caretaker had already told us the price. Go figure.
it probably was me I do tend to still work out  a little PT to stay heart healthy  every day keeps the doc away I hope. and the pic was from may 2010 so now im kinda adding some dye to my hair these days.
Title: Re: Visa Extension
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on July 23, 2014, 10:30:47 PM
My visa extension is coming up again next month!
I just downloaded and printed out the new Visa Extension Application. Instead of the 1 page application form we are all used to, it's now in 2 parts 5 pages total, which looks like that the first copy shall be submitted together with all the documents pertaining to the application and the second copy is intended for application of Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-Card) to be submitted in a separate folder, which I won't need since my ACR I-Card is still good for another 6 months!
What a bunch of red tape bureaucratic BS! My application form and with my other document attachments came out to 13 pages total, not including my 2x2 photo. ::) ??? :o :(
To make this OP of mine shorter, just download the attached thumbnail below of the new visa extension application forms and instruction pages and see for yourself the added pages just to apply for a visa extension, which was only a one page application form previously and with less attachments before!
 
 
                           
Title: Re: Visa Extension
Post by: bigrod on July 23, 2014, 11:43:59 PM
Art,

Extended my Visa at the Santa Rosa office on 11 Jul, they are still handing out the one page application(old form).  They just glue the 2x2 picture to the top left of form.  I know the instructions say to use only the new application, but this being the Philippines it appears to be hit and miss.  I will check again next week as I have go back and pick up my new ACR card.

Chuck
Title: Re: Visa Extension
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on July 23, 2014, 11:52:20 PM
Chuck,

I called them today and the person I spoke with said they now use the new ever so improved tourist visa extension form! So, I downloaded it from my PC today and found all of my documents and a 2X2 photo that stills looks like me to attach to my 5 page application form for my 4th 6 month visa extension, which falls under the provisions of RA6768 of the BB Program! 
So, I'm good to go, just still have to fill in the blanks on the form!
Anyway, may last day is NLT Aug 8! :o ??? ;)

Art
Title: Re: Visa Extension
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on July 24, 2014, 04:03:22 PM
My visa extension is coming up again next month!
I just downloaded and printed out the new Visa Extension Application. Instead of the 1 page application form we are all used to, it's now in 2 parts 5 pages total, which looks like that the first copy shall be submitted together with all the documents pertaining to the application and the second copy is intended for application of Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-Card) to be submitted in a separate folder, which I won't need since my ACR I-Card is still good for another 7 months! Fortunately I still have 8 months before my U.S. passport expires, which I plan to renew in the U.S. during our vacation next year in January.
What a bunch of red tape bureaucratic BS! My application form and with my other document attachments came out to 13 pages total, not including my 2x2 photo. ::) ??? :o :(
To make this OP of mine shorter, just download the attached thumbnail below of the new visa extension application forms and instruction pages and see for yourself the added pages just to apply for a visa extension, which was only a one page application form previously and with less attachments before!
Just an update after filling out the new visa extension form today on my PC using Adobe 9 to print out what was entered on the form. Adobe 9 will not save the filled in page to one's PC once it's printed out and closed out. 
The 3 page Part 2 of the form is for the general instructions and the ACR I-Card renewal, which I won't need since my current ACR I-Card is still good for another 7 months.
The new visa application form is still about the same as the previous form with more blocks and space, but it does require 2 character references and a 2x2 photo glued on to the application form (I used a thin double stick tape). The total number of pages still was 13 pages total, because they asked for receipts of my 3 previous extensions, pages from my U.S. passport: front page with all the bio data with the arrivals/departures, visa extension stamps and dates and a copy of my current ACR I-Card front and back.   
Title: Re: Visa Extension
Post by: graham on July 27, 2014, 03:23:51 PM
Just did my 3rd extension, CDO office Mindanao,
on July 25th. I was 5 days over, should have done
it by the 20th. I was sick for a few days in the lead up.

I have the forms pre-filled out in Word. Printed off the
2 forms, then signed and dated one. I had my passport
requirements copied to one page, only 1 photo required,
which I pasted on.

Arrived at the office, placed the 3 forms on the desk. I
was then asked to fill out another small document, about
one-third the size of an A4, with my name, address, marital
status and reason for attending the office, then sign it.

Again, more useless, duplicated paperwork. I was not hit
with a fine for overstaying. The cost of this extension was Php3,800

Graham   
Title: Re: Visa Extension
Post by: bigrod on September 10, 2014, 03:24:04 PM
Just did my 2 month extension(5th-6th month) at the new Robinson's Mall, Pala-Pala, Dasmarinas, Cavite office.  Only one there, took about 15 minutes start to finish.  They open at 10am, same as Mall opening, seating for about 12 people.  Cost of 2 month extension was PHP 2830.

Chuck
Title: Re: Visa Extension
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on September 10, 2014, 04:29:02 PM
I'm on my last 4th 6 month 9(a) tourist visa extension under the provisions of RA6768, the Balikbayan Progam from our local BI Field Office, which at the end of it's expiration will be my 24 month total stay, not including my expired 1 yr BB stamp. So, that makes it a total stay of 36 months before I have to leave the Philippines, return and do it all over again, but if I can get my Permanent Resident Visa (Special SRRV - Retired military) prior to or after our return to the Philippines, I won't have to do anymore visa extensions before the expiration of my next BB stamp!   
Title: Re: Visa Extension
Post by: markmetz57 on May 28, 2015, 12:41:57 AM
Anyone have experience getting an extension on a 30 days visitor visa at terminal 3 at the airport in Manila?   i have read several times people getting extensions at the airport.
Title: Re: Visa Extension
Post by: copusmaximus on May 28, 2015, 07:21:19 PM
yes when i arrived here last year july i got visa extended at airport no problems 3000 peso you get 59 day visa stamp in passport.
Title: Re: Visa Extension
Post by: bigrod on May 28, 2015, 08:34:50 PM
If you have time get the 59 day visa at the embassy/consulate nearest to you.
Title: Re: Visa Extension
Post by: cvgtpc1 on June 01, 2015, 12:32:27 AM
yes when i arrived here last year july i got visa extended at airport no problems 3000 peso you get 59 day visa stamp in passport.

Did that turn the 30 day into a 59 day or add 59 to the original 30?
Title: Re: Visa Extension
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on June 01, 2015, 01:20:29 AM
yes when i arrived here last year july i got visa extended at airport no problems 3000 peso you get 59 day visa stamp in passport.
Did that turn the 30 day into a 59 day or add 59 to the original 30?
It's actually a paid 29 day 9a tourist visa extension added
on to the original 30 day free entry permit, together aka the 59 day visa.
Title: Re: Visa Extension
Post by: suzukig1 on June 01, 2015, 12:29:44 PM
yes when i arrived here last year july i got visa extended at airport no problems 3000 peso you get 59 day visa stamp in passport.

Did that turn the 30 day into a 59 day or add 59 to the original 30?

At the airport if you go into the immigration office and ask for a 59 day visa upon arrival they will stamp your passport with a "stay until" date that is 59 days out from your arrival date (and not a stamp with a "stay until" date that is 30 days out plus a 29 day visa waiver extension.)
Title: Re: Visa Extension
Post by: markmetz57 on June 01, 2015, 10:06:59 PM
thanks so much guys for the great replies about extending at the airport!!!    I wasnt so sure about when i would get to leave for the phils - its getting close enough im always nervous about getting my passport back in time to make my flight.   Ill give immigration at terminal 3 a try - if not ill go to san fernando in la union later before my 30 days runs out