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Living in The Philippines => Immigration,Visas to stay in the Philippines => Topic started by: Lee2 on June 14, 2013, 10:58:38 PM

Title: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: Lee2 on June 14, 2013, 10:58:38 PM
This new info from the BI website should make a lot of long stay tourists very happy since one of the biggest hassles for tourists living in the Philippines is to have to go every two months for their tourist visa renewal, now it seems according the the BI they will launch a 6 month visa.

 http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2007&Itemid=78   (http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2007&Itemid=78)

BI LAUNCHES LONG-STAY VISA
14 June 2013
Foreigners intending to stay longer in the country may now avail of a six-month, long-stay tourist visa that will be launched next week by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

BI Commissioner Ricardo A. David, Jr. also announced the introduction of a new visa sticker that will replace the wet stamp used by the Bureau in implementing extensions of stay in the passports of foreign tourists.

David said the Long Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE) project was launched to spur tourist arrivals in the country by giving foreigners the privilege to prolong their stay here without the need to frequent the BI office.
Presently, the BI grants foreign tourists a maximum stay of two months each time they apply for visa extensions.
“Through this long stay visa, we expect lesser crowding in our offices due to the decreased volume of visa extension applicants,” David said.
 As for the new visa sticker, the BI chief said it will prevent the proliferation of fake visa extension stamps that has victimized many foreigners.
He disclosed that the sticker has security and tracking features that cannot be copied.
“It will also speed up transaction in our visa section, allow more efficient tracking of records and faster detection of forged and tampered stamps,” The BI chief added.
According to David, the projects were initiated after meetings were meetings between the BI and Department of Tourism and Department of Foreign Affairs were held on what policy reforms can be initiated to further attract more foreign visitors to the country.
The tourist department had said it is aiming to increase volume of tourist arrival to 10 million by 2016.###
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: daniel_ita on June 15, 2013, 12:58:48 AM
WOW...nice news...but how is possible to have it?
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: kwmag4 on June 15, 2013, 01:13:00 AM
Thanks Lee. It will be interesting to see the price of this 6m visa. I cannot imagine they will want to loose Peso.  :) I might guess 12K P?
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: Gray Wolf on June 15, 2013, 03:16:27 AM
Super!  Now if they will just tell the people in BI   ;)    :D :D :)
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on June 15, 2013, 12:14:01 PM
It's about time Immigration has availed the 6 month visa to regular tourists, but the article didn't give the detailed specific requirements yet since it's just in the makings! This I got to see and compare it to the "BB Program's" 6 month visa extension criteria!   
The "Balikbayan Program" has always had the 6 month visa extensions available when one's BB stamp is about to expire, if one is 60 yrs old and over and children under 14 yrs of age.
I myself am on a 6 month 9a tourist visa extension when my BB stamp expired! It only cost me P11,175.00 for the 6 month visa extension and it can be renewed every 6 months up to 24 months!
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: coleman2347 on June 15, 2013, 02:34:57 PM
I certainly hope this comes to fruition, I totally agree one of the worst things is having to go every two months to get the extension. Maline and I plan on getting married as soon as possible.  It seems that with the kids, and everything else I can never find the time to fly to Manila and get the "your single paper". 

The BOI here is great, only one time has it ever taken more than a hour or so the get the extension, they are usually extremely polite and helpful.  Now they actually have a printer and copier so you dont have to go downtown to get copies. 
Doing some rough figuring in my head, even if the 6month extension was 12k you would be paying about the same as what I am presently doing.  It would be worth it to me to pay a little more just to not have to go every 2 months.  Hopefully we will see the details soon and they will be well thought out...

The Philippines wants to increase the amount of tourism, I wonder, sometimes, If expats like us are considered "Tourist".  Most of us contribute a considerably more than the average tourist to both the economy and the welfare of the people here. But honestly sometimes I get the feeling from the "officials" here that they would rather have us gone....Do not get me wrong, never with the exception of one time coming back into the country has anybody ever said anything to me, its just a feeling I get in my spider senses.  Lee
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: medic3500 on June 15, 2013, 05:01:19 PM
IMHO Lee you will always have the ones who will turn up their noses at the foreigner. All in all, I think the government realizes that foreigners in general (not only expats) spend a hell of a lot of money here. They understand they will be shooting themselves in the foot if they continue making it too hard on visitors.
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa aka LSVVE
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on June 15, 2013, 11:34:32 PM
http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2008&Itemid=103

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LONG-STAY VISITOR VISA EXTENSION (LSVVE)
MEMORANDUM ORDER No. RADJR-2013-007


Pursuant to Memorandum Circular No. RADJR-2013-002, the following guidelines are hereby issued in connection with the implementation of the LSVVE:

1. Applicability – The LSVVE shall apply to all nationals.

2. Extension of Tourist Visa – Subsequent LSVVEs may be applied for during the last thirty (30) days of the previously issued LSVVE, or upon the expiry of a regular visa extention.

3. Restriction on Extensions – The approval of the Commissioner shall be required for visa extensions when the number of months applied for would exceed the 16-month limit.

Foreign nationals with an accumulated total stay near the 16-month cap from the date of their latest arrival should be informed of the preceding restriction should they apply for additional visa extensions.

No LSVVE shall be issued to visa-required nationals whose stay exceeds twenty-four (24) months and thirty-six (36) months for non visa-required nationals.

4. Payment and Fees – An additional One Hundred Pesos (Php 100.00) as cost of the sticker visa shall accrue for the account of the Bureau of Treasury.
Applicable visa extension fees shall still be collected based on the schedule of fees for the entire six (6) month period.

5. Implementation – The initial implementation on the LSVVE shall be limited to the BI Main Office in Intramuros, Manila until further notice.

 
(Sgd.) RICARDO A. DAVID, JR.
Commissioner
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: suzukig1 on June 17, 2013, 07:54:03 AM
...I myself am on a 6 month 9a tourist visa extension when my BB stamp expired! It only cost me P11,175.00 for the 6 month visa extension and it can be renewed every 6 months up to 24 months!

Art,

Do you have to get a tourist ACR-I card?  Normally, tourists have to get an ACR-I card after being here for 59 days.  My understanding is that a foreigner under the Balikbayan privilege has to get an ACR-I card if they get an extension but it's not clear when.
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on June 17, 2013, 01:11:39 PM
...I myself am on a 6 month 9a tourist visa extension when my BB stamp expired! It only cost me P11,175.00 for the 6 month visa extension and it can be renewed every 6 months up to 24 months!

Art,

Do you have to get a tourist ACR-I card?  Normally, tourists have to get an ACR-I card after being here for 59 days.  My understanding is that a foreigner under the Balikbayan privilege has to get an ACR-I card if they get an extension but it's not clear when.
I already had a previous ACR I-Card from a previous 6 month visa extension, but when my present BB stamp was about to expire, I requested for a 9(a) 6 month tourist visa extension at our local BOI office according to the memorandum under the "Balikbayan Program" and my expired ACR I-Card(no penalties charged) was also renewed with my 6 month visa extension request (this is not the new long stay 6 month tourist visa extension, but the one under under RA 6768).
ACR I-Cards that are about to expire without a need for an extension, their renewal must be done in Manila.
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: Big Jim on June 21, 2013, 06:10:46 PM
...I myself am on a 6 month 9a tourist visa extension when my BB stamp expired! It only cost me P11,175.00 for the 6 month visa extension and it can be renewed every 6 months up to 24 months!

Art,

Do you have to get a tourist ACR-I card?  Normally, tourists have to get an ACR-I card after being here for 59 days.  My understanding is that a foreigner under the Balikbayan privilege has to get an ACR-I card if they get an extension but it's not clear when.

You already answered your own question. You have to get an ACR-I card when you extend.
 
You get 1 year visa free as a Balikbayan. No fees. No ACR-I card. Nothing at all except a notation in your passport and a departure date in your passport one year from arrival.
 
If you want to stay longer than a year, you arrange a tourist visa extension. The ACR-I card will be compulsory at that time.
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: Big Jim on June 21, 2013, 06:18:57 PM
 
Doing some rough figuring in my head, even if the 6month extension was 12k you would be paying about the same as what I am presently doing.  It would be worth it to me to pay a little more just to not have to go every 2 months.  Hopefully we will see the details soon and they will be well thought out...

No need to guess. The answer to what the 6 months visa costs is in the information provided. It will be exactly the same as what you pay now with the addition of P100 for the sticker. Meaning if you are already beyond 8 months in the Philippines, the extension will be P2830 x three. Plus P100. If you have been in the Philippines 59 days, it will be P4830 plus P2830 plus P4240 plus USD $50 for an ACR-I card plus P500 express lane fee for the ACR-I card. Plus, if your extension covers January and/or February, there will be a P310 report fee added.
 
However, the information makes it clear that the 6 months extensions are only available in Manila. So, you may as well go to Manila and arrange your Certificate of No impediment or the equivalent for the embassy of your country.
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: daniel_ita on March 06, 2014, 12:16:15 AM
Hi my friends, i need to know what is the right form to download in the BI website ( http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php/downloads/51-forms/336-various-applications-forms (http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php/downloads/51-forms/336-various-applications-forms) ) for require a 6 months extension visa (after my 59 days visa)...and if someone know the exact amount need to pay for it.

Thank you
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: JoeLP on March 06, 2014, 03:53:06 PM
This has been active for a couple months.  There are catches and changes.
1. It's a sticker, not a stamp.
2. It's only available at the main branch in Manila.

So, if you live our far in a province, or like me and many on here, a different island completely, then it's not much more of a hassle and probably cheaper just to keep hitting you local immigration branch every 2 months. 
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: pilipino-one on March 06, 2014, 05:42:16 PM
Getting the 6 month visa would be far better, but being in Ormoc city and since the typhoon, the Ormoc and Tacloban  BI offices are not up and running as yet, so i still have to go to Cebu to get my visa extensions done, which is a bit of a pain  :(
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: daniel_ita on March 06, 2014, 08:39:42 PM
This has been active for a couple months.  There are catches and changes.
1. It's a sticker, not a stamp.
2. It's only available at the main branch in Manila.

So, if you live our far in a province, or like me and many on here, a different island completely, then it's not much more of a hassle and probably cheaper just to keep hitting you local immigration branch every 2 months.

I will live in Mandaluyong....its not a big problem for me to go in BI office in Intramuros
Maybe i not understand your answer....because i ask about the form to fill for have a 6 months visa.
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: Gray Wolf on March 06, 2014, 10:34:08 PM

I will live in Mandaluyong....its not a big problem for me to go in BI office in Intramuros
Maybe i not understand your answer....because i ask about the form to fill for have a 6 months visa.


Daniel,

I'm not the expert, but I think it's this form:

CGAF for Tourist Visa Extension.pdf

I found this 5 lines down on the BI site you linked to.

Hope this helps
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: daniel_ita on March 10, 2014, 01:00:58 AM
Thankyou  ;)
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: daniel_ita on March 19, 2014, 03:32:36 AM
Sorry if you get annoyed with my doubts about 6 months Visa.
Today i was in Milan (Italy) and i make a 59 days tourist Visa. I payed it 27 Euro (around 1.675 pesos only). A good price!!! :D
My question is: the total amount  for 6 months extension will 6.800 pesos? (4.300 pesos +500+500+500+500+500 pesos)
I read just now in the BI website the price for make the extensions in the follow table:
(http://i61.tinypic.com/fkd7hf.jpg)
Thankyou.
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: Gray Wolf on March 19, 2014, 05:29:21 AM
Yes, Daniel, I believe you are correct.  You must pay the full 6 months of extension fees.  The advantage is that you don't have to go every 2 months, which for many means additional travel and lodging expenses.   At least that is the way I understand the law.
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: fred on March 19, 2014, 07:19:16 AM
Sorry if you get annoyed with my doubts about 6 months Visa.
Today i was in Milan (Italy) and i make a 59 days tourist Visa. I payed it 27 Euro (around 1.675 pesos only). A good price!!! :D
My question is: the total amount  for 6 months extension will 6.800 pesos? (4.300 pesos +500+500+500+500+500 pesos)
I read just now in the BI website the price for make the extensions in the follow table:
([url]http://i61.tinypic.com/fkd7hf.jpg[/url])
Thankyou.


I cant say for sure but I reckon once you add the cost for ACR card etc the cost for a 6 month visa will be around the 12k mark..
500-600 US $$ a year or there about..
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on March 19, 2014, 07:23:14 AM
http://www.philembassy.org.au/information-on-the-long-stay-visitor-visa-extension-scheme.html (http://www.philembassy.org.au/information-on-the-long-stay-visitor-visa-extension-scheme.html)
(this is from the RP Embassy Australia website, but I'm sure the fees for the long stay visa is the same from any website)

The Bureau of Immigration launched on 10 June 2013 the Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE) scheme to encourage tourist arrivals in the Philippines. 

Under the LSVVE: 

* Foreign nationals can enjoy longer visa extension (six months) under a single transaction. 
 
* The visa costs Php 13,900 for visa-required nationals and Php 11,500 for non-visa required nationals. 
   
* Foreign travelers can prolong their stay in PH without the need to frequently visit BI for processing of
   documents. 

* The maximum stay given to nationals under EO 408 is 36 months, while visa-required nationals are given 24
   months. 
   
* A new visa sticker will replace the wet stamp used by BI in implementing extensions of stay in the passports
   of foreign nationals. 
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: daniel_ita on March 19, 2014, 02:04:49 PM

(this is from the RP Embassy Australia website, but I'm sure the fees for the long stay visa is the same from any website)

The Bureau of Immigration launched on 10 June 2013 the Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE) scheme to encourage tourist arrivals in the Philippines. 

Under the LSVVE: 

* Foreign nationals can enjoy longer visa extension (six months) under a single transaction. 
 
* The visa costs Php 13,900 for visa-required nationals and Php 11,500 for non-visa required nationals. 
   
* Foreign travelers can prolong their stay in PH without the need to frequently visit BI for processing of
   documents. 

* The maximum stay given to nationals under EO 408 is 36 months, while visa-required nationals are given 24
   months. 
   
* A new visa sticker will replace the wet stamp used by BI in implementing extensions of stay in the passports
   of foreign nationals.
 (http://[/url)


Thankyou for ur reply....but the Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE) is mean for people there in Philippines more than 16 months?
In the BI website i read:
Quote
Who can apply?
A foreign national with accumulated total stay near the 16-month cap from the date of their latest arrival. This is not available to visa-required nationals whose stay exceeds twenty-four (24) months and thirty-six (36) months for non visa-required nationals.


I cant say for sure but I reckon once you add the cost for ACR card etc the cost for a 6 month visa will be around the 12k mark..
500-600 US $$ a year or there about..

With my calculations the extension for 6 months, after my 59 days tourist Visa is 6.800 pesos+ 2.700 pesos (ACR ICard 50$ + 500pesos)= 9.500 pesos
I know....its only a theoretical calculation....maybe i forget to add some other fees for some require documents!
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: iamjames on March 19, 2014, 02:15:05 PM
Has anyone out there got one of these 6 month extensions? Maybe they could explain as Philippine Immigration can't.
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on March 19, 2014, 02:32:54 PM
Daniel,
The way I read it, before your 59 day visa is about to expire, go to the main BI office in Manila to apply for your 6 month long stay tourist visa extension if you do not want to do the every 2 month visa extensions and pay the appropriate fees for the first 6 months, which also includes your ACR I-Card good for 1 year! That is the purpose of this LSVVE Program so that you won't have to go back to Manila BI office every 2 months and can stay up to 36 months continuous as  long you continue to apply for your visa extension every 6 months!
IMO the 16 month visa cap you call it does not apply here, only for the every 2 months visa extensions! Don't associate, combine or get confused by the two visa extension schemes!     
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: suzukig1 on March 19, 2014, 06:02:33 PM
6 Month Extension

Here is what I paid for a 6 month extension in July 2013.  I needed an ACR-I card so those fees are included.

My most recent action before obtaining a 6 month extension was a downgrade from a Probationary 13A visa to a temporary visitor 9A good for 59 days (June 10, 2013).  This was my first application for an extension after the downgrade.  My last date of entry was Feb 06 2013 while still under the Probationary 13A visa.  So the fees listed below probably will be a little different for someone else applying for a 6 month extension.  (The Amendment Fee is not normally included.)

AMENDMENT FEE (628)              500
LEGAL RESEARCH FEE (131)          80
VISA FEE (628)                            1000
MNTH EXTN APPL FEE (621)       900
MNTH EXTN FEE (628)               3000
ECC FEE (613)                                700
CERTIFICATE FEE (613)                 500
ACR I-CARD FEE (628)                 2170
VISA STICKER FEE (628)                100
Subtotal                                    P8,950.00

EXPRESS LANE FEE (000)            1500
EXP LANE FEE(CERT) (000)         1000
EXP LANE FEE(I-CARD) (000)        500
Subtotal                                    P3,000.00

Total                                        P11,950.00
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: coleman2347 on July 15, 2014, 02:02:27 PM
I was told by the BI office (which btw is on speed now) that you have to go to Manila to get the long term extension
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: JoeLP on July 22, 2014, 08:27:29 PM
I was told by the BI office (which btw is on speed now) that you have to go to Manila to get the long term extension
Exactly correct Coleman.  The 6 month visa extension comes with a sticker, not a stamp extension. My last time in Tacloban talking with Immigration I asked about if that will be leaving Manila to the local branches.
The boss was their and he said that until stickers become regular for all office, it won't and I'd have to go to Manila for the 6 month extension.
Now, the word is their is an attempt underway for all extensions to become sticker extensions.  If that comes to be, I'm betting the 6 month extensions become common in all branches not too long after.  Anyway to make money.
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: sacalait on December 29, 2016, 02:01:33 PM
Hello Lee,
I will be going to get my first 6 month visa in tugeguegaro in a couple weeks. I got the first extension in Manila for 3k, which gave me 60 days. Juliets brother will take me to the BI. I will bring extra $ just in case??
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: medic3500 on December 29, 2016, 09:08:22 PM
It appears the prices have gone up some too. When I went to extend last week it seemed that the cost was over a 1000php more than normal. There was any add ons like ACR or anything like that. I didn't question it because one way or the other you still have to pay if you want to play here.
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: suzukig1 on December 30, 2016, 09:17:52 AM
It appears the prices have gone up some too. When I went to extend last week it seemed that the cost was over a 1000php more than normal. There was any add ons like ACR or anything like that. I didn't question it because one way or the other you still have to pay if you want to play here.

There is a P1,000 Alien Certificate of Registration fee that is only paid once per year.

There is a P1,400 Certificate of Residence for Temporary Visitors fee that is only paid once per year.

Was one of those fees included this time?
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: sacalait on February 03, 2017, 10:56:01 AM
I went to get my 6 month extension about a month ago. Tugeguerao office of BI. They were very nice, but only gave me 2 more months, because I got an extension at the airport in Manila. My card is ready for pick up, but it is 5 hours drive. I will go back and get my card, and apply for 6 months this time. It was 9000php this time, but I was assured that it would only be 4000php next time???
Different rules in each town with a BI ???

Corruption is still alive and well here. I have 4 boxes being held hostage in Manila by Foerx. They want 26000php to deliver???

Anyone know how to report these people? I am sick of the corruption here. It is rampant!! The new President should look at the small businesses that steal from us Americans here. Nothing I can do but pay because I do not have an AK47???
Sacalait
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on February 03, 2017, 10:52:54 PM
Scott,
Sorry to read all about your diificulties and frustrations involving your visa extension, the 6 hr drive and with Customs. You just have to go with the flow and have patience or it will just eat up your sanity and or blow your cool that can be hazardous to your health and well being.
Calm yourself and take care. Cheers! Have a cold one on me!
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: Lee2 on February 03, 2017, 11:24:18 PM
I went to get my 6 month extension about a month ago. Tugeguerao office of BI. They were very nice, but only gave me 2 more months, because I got an extension at the airport in Manila. My card is ready for pick up, but it is 5 hours drive. I will go back and get my card, and apply for 6 months this time. It was 9000php this time, but I was assured that it would only be 4000php next time???
Different rules in each town with a BI ???

Corruption is still alive and well here. I have 4 boxes being held hostage in Manila by Foerx. They want 26000php to deliver???

Anyone know how to report these people? I am sick of the corruption here. It is rampant!! The new President should look at the small businesses that steal from us Americans here. Nothing I can do but pay because I do not have an AK47???
Sacalait

Scott, the visa is a non issue, it is you and your lady who picked to live so far away from an immigration office, thus you have to travel to one until such times as it might be worth it to the BI to put an office in your area, that may never happen if there are not a lot of foreigners living there.

As far as them not having items such as card ready on time, the Philippines is a third world country, some say it is a developing country but if that were true then why are they not developing to at the very least trying with simple items such as having cards and car plate available at the time or them being paid for. It is more fun in the Philippines but we all have to have a lot of patience to live there.

As for the p26,000 tax fee, that is not necessarily a rip off or corruption, it will depend on what you sent and the fact that you sent 4 boxes together, is what probably triggered the audit and if you did not send them to Juliet's name, a Filipino name, will also trigger a possible audit.
Quote
  WHAT ARE ALLOWED IN “BALIKBAYAN BOXES”?

Non-commercial goods or goods not in commercial quantity strictly for personal use only, such as: wearing apparel, clothing, foodstuffs/grocery items/canned goods; the value of which must not exceed US$500.00 and each sender is only allowed to send one (1) box during a six (6) month period.

Canned goods, grocery items and household effects must not exceed a dozen of each kind, while apparel, whether used or new must not exceed 3 yards for each cut.

Home appliances are not allowed unless these are consigned to returning Filipino residents and overseas workers.

The US$500.00 amount as mentioned above is based on a conversion rate of $1=Php 7 or P3,500.00 when the Presidential decree from President Ferdinand Marcos was issued which is subsequently raised to P10,000.00 as mentioned by Customs Chief Alberto Lina in one of his TV interviews.

For me, this amount is too obsolete compared to the prices of goods nowadays.
ARE BALIKABAYAN BOXES TAXABLE?

Balikbayan box is for shipping personal goods only and is not taxable with some amount limitations as mentioned above which is Php 10,000.00.  Philippine customs may impose customs duty if they inspect your box and feel that your items are intended for resale. Electronic items and appliances are taxable. The recipient is responsible for paying customs duties.

As quoted in ANC’s Headstart interview with the Customs Chief,

“Overseas Filipinos can list the items and present it to a broker, which will present the list to Customs. Lina, however, noted that brokers and freight forwarders do not submit these lists to Customs “so they would not have to pay duties and taxes.”

“[If you live abroad], you can bring anything but you will be taxed. There is no exemption. If you are a balikbayan with the intention of coming back to our country, with your passport and everything, like people who have studied abroad or returning OFWs, these are the only people given the privilege to bring in goods and that will not be taxed if the value of the goods is P10,000 and below,” he said.
[url]http://pinoy-canada.com/articles/allowed-balikbayan-boxes-supposed-taxed/[/url] ([url]http://pinoy-canada.com/articles/allowed-balikbayan-boxes-supposed-taxed/[/url])
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on February 04, 2017, 06:09:17 AM
I went to get my 6 month extension about a month ago. Tugeguerao office of BI. They were very nice, but only gave me 2 more months, because I got an extension at the airport in Manila. My card is ready for pick up, but it is 5 hours drive. I will go back and get my card, and apply for 6 months this time. It was 9000php this time, but I was assured that it would only be 4000php next time???
Different rules in each town with a BI ???


Scott,
Where and who informed you the cost of the long stay visa you wrote in your post?
Rules and costs do not change from place to place.

http://tinyurl.com/ox8hdh2 (http://tinyurl.com/ox8hdh2)

For Visa-required nationals - it shows it costs P13,900.00 for 6 months

Who can apply?

All temporary visitors, regardless of nationality and not otherwise disqualified, who wish to extend his/her tourist visa during the last thirty (30) days of the previously issued LSVVE, or upon the expiry of a regular visa extension.  The total duration of extension shall be not more than six (6) months from the time of expiration of authorized stay. 

Where to apply?  BI Main Office (not certain if location has changed)


Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: bigrod on February 04, 2017, 09:11:13 AM
The following list on the BI website does not show the office you used as being authorized to process the Long Stay Visa, the list was current as of Dec 2016.

http://www.immigration.gov.ph/images/DirectoryOfTransactions/2016Dec12_DirectoryOfTransactions.pdf (http://www.immigration.gov.ph/images/DirectoryOfTransactions/2016Dec12_DirectoryOfTransactions.pdf)

Chuck
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: sacalait on February 11, 2017, 09:33:36 AM
Thanks to all here who give great advice!!!!

No matter what,,,I still love it here!! Much better than sitting behind a desk in Houston.

Sacalait
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: codefreeze on July 08, 2017, 06:00:14 PM
IMHO Lee you will always have the ones who will turn up their noses at the foreigner. All in all, I think the government realizes that foreigners in general (not only expats) spend a hell of a lot of money here. They understand they will be shooting themselves in the foot if they continue making it too hard on visitors.

Spot on. Well done Phils in recognizing that *every* foreigner in Phils is a net contributor. Now, if only places like Thailand could figure that out too...
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: D. Williams on July 09, 2017, 10:11:34 PM
I split off some posts to a new topic please lets try to keep this topic on the 6 month long stay visa. Thank you in advance
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: jwillwon3 on July 14, 2017, 05:17:23 AM
I was in Cebu 6 months last year and this year, back home in May. We live in southern Cebu and driving to Cebu city to the BI is a strain on me. I prefer to put my clunker car on the 30 minute ferry to Dumaguete. The BI there is getting crowded now and you must return in the afternoon to complete your visit. What can be done in Cebu city at the BI can not be done in the Dumaguete office..................go figure ! Third world country is so true. I wish I knew why it is so difficult to understand a simple thing, ie... Common Sense is UNCOMMON ! After 6 months there, I can not wait to get back to the US. Snow falls I come back to the Philippines !
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: BudM on July 14, 2017, 10:53:03 PM
I was in Cebu 6 months last year and this year, back home in May. We live in southern Cebu and driving to Cebu city to the BI is a strain on me. I prefer to put my clunker car on the 30 minute ferry to Dumaguete. The BI there is getting crowded now and you must return in the afternoon to complete your visit. What can be done in Cebu city at the BI can not be done in the Dumaguete office..................go figure ! Third world country is so true. I wish I knew why it is so difficult to understand a simple thing, ie... Common Sense is UNCOMMON ! After 6 months there, I can not wait to get back to the US. Snow falls I come back to the Philippines !

Where you from guy?  Your other place?  Maybe there is someone here who knows somewhere  closer to there and south of there so that you would have another option when it comes snow time.  That way things could be easier on you with you not have to endure the rigors of the Philippines.
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: JoeLP on July 15, 2017, 12:30:27 AM
I only had to use the Cebu office in the mall once and that was for the exit visa.  I had no problem with them.  After my first two visits to immigration I bought a "messenger bag" just for all my immigration needs.  Not a big one.  Probably 12 inches by 8 inches and I keep everything(copies of passport and other such things, pictures, and before I go put all my ID/Wallet and passport and all) in it.  Since then I just go into the immigration office knowing that most likely(so far every time) I have more than I need to get everything done. 

I think it took me about 3 hours and part of that was due to lunch breaks many of the workers were taking and I took mine also at that time.  I had to stay much longer my first year here just for extensions at the Calbayog and Tacloban offices. 

I heard worse stories of the offices in Manila.  Cebu office doesn't bother me at all.
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: chimellie on March 02, 2018, 06:38:20 PM
My wife has dual citizenship, someone told me that I don't need a visa extended stay. Is it true ?
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: Lee2 on March 02, 2018, 06:44:19 PM
As long as you enter the Philippines together then your wife asks the BI person for a Balikbayan stamp and you both can stay up to one year with no visa.
Title: Re: New long stay 6 month visa
Post by: Gray Wolf on March 05, 2018, 06:20:30 AM
My last several visits I have received the Balikbayan stamp in my passport, good for a year. Walang problemo!  :)