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Offline Vicks

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6 Photos for an ECC?
« on: July 08, 2017, 06:44:14 PM »
It's been 3 years since Dave got an ECC at a satellite office in Manila. We read a post that said something about having 6 photos. Neither of us ever remember having to give any photos the last time back in 2014.

We know about making copies of the passport, current visa stamp page and the last entry into the country page.

So if anyone here has gotten an ECC recently we would appreciate knowing exactly what is needed. Headed to Manila on August 1.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Offline suzukig1

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Re: 6 Photos for an ECC?
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2017, 08:37:14 PM »
http://immigration.gov.ph/images/FORMS/Checklist/6SpecialPermits/3.%20ECC%20-%20Tourist%20More%20Than%20Six%20Months.pdf

If you go to the main immigration office in Intramuros the turn around time for the ECC is 3 days.

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Re: 6 Photos for an ECC?
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2017, 09:52:30 AM »
Hi,

The only time I had to get an ECC was last year at the Makati regional office. Yes, back then it required 6 photos, but double check that as all immigration offices now have digital photo systems, so bringing your own photos may be a thing of the past. You should only go to the apply for the EEC about 2 - 3 days prior to leaving, more than that and they balk at issuing it. It is a 24 hours turn around for the ECC, so a second visit to the office the next day will be necessary.

Again, double check the photo requirement on the immigration office's web site.

Thomas

Offline Vicks

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Re: 6 Photos for an ECC?
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2017, 11:01:18 AM »
Thanks guys for taking the time to reply.

We looked on the BI's website and could not find any information about the documents required or photos.

Previously, the satellite office at SM EDSA North has processed the ECC in 72 hours (3 days). Last time in 2014 they didn't ask for any photos. Only once did they refuse to accomodate us because Dave had a different Visa for a time. He has a degree in Theology and was asked to teach at a local church so they got him a missionary Visa. The church thought it would save him some money, but in the long run...it was more expensive because it required 3 trips to Intramuros. Considering the cost of three round trips to Manila, plus hotel and food expenses it was more costly than simply having a Tourist Visa. Live and learn.

Dave said he would rather take a beating than have to go to Intramuros. At the onset of that Missionary Visa fiasco he asked the BI office in Palawan for the forms necessary to apply. The forms they gave him were revised, but he didn't know that until he arrived at Intramuros. He pleaded his case and asked that they simply allow him to fill out the new forms and attached the old forms with church administrator's signature. The officer as much as called him stupid, saying, "You can't read English?" He had to overnight the forms back to the church, have them complete the forms and overnight them back. Then the second trip requires the pastor to accompany him for a hearing for approval. At that meeting the BI attorney mocked him and the pastor. It was approved, but then he found out a third trip would be necessary for implementation of the new ACR card. Fortunately, a kind BI clerk interceded and told us that she could mail him the card once she received the approval at her work station. Needless to say, we try to avoid Intramuros at all cost$.
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Offline M.C.A.

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Re: 6 Photos for an ECC?
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2017, 04:48:31 PM »
Could you or do you live near a Philippine Bureau of Immigration Satellite Office?  Here's a quick finder map, click on your area and see if they can process the ECC in your area.
http://www.immigration.gov.ph/index.php/information/directory-of-transactions
My views would be from someone who lives out in the province close to in-laws on a pension.  Norwegian and French heritage.

Offline Vicks

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Re: 6 Photos for an ECC?
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2017, 03:56:24 PM »
Could you or do you live near a Philippine Bureau of Immigration Satellite Office?  Here's a quick finder map, click on your area and see if they can process the ECC in your area.
http://www.immigration.gov.ph/index.php/information/directory-of-transactions


Unfortunately, we only have one office here and as yet they cannot process an ECC. But there is hope, because our city just opened a new international airport and my friends in city government are telling me the airlines are pushing for an expansion of the local BI office. In order to service international flights and passengers the BI has to increase their staffing, upgrade their system and have an office located at the airport. If the airlines are willing to subsidized a portion of these improvements hopefully we will have access to getting an ECC here.
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