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Lee2:

--- Quote from: Reid54 on July 21, 2017, 06:25:24 AM ---So I could leave the country before my 30 days are up then re- enter and that would give me near enough 2 months without a visa? Does anyone know if this is a possibility?

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Under normal circumstances yes.

lost_in_samoa:

--- Quote from: BudM on July 21, 2017, 06:11:19 AM ---weed
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I read where Nevada has shortage.  Might be an opportunity there.   :P

Reid54:

--- Quote from: Lee2 on July 21, 2017, 06:41:15 AM ---Under normal circumstances yes.

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  stating under normal circumstances suggest to me that u have some doubt that I could do it. I'm thinking maybe my and my wife go to hong Kong for a few days then re- enter, I think this is maybe my best bet.

Lee2:

--- Quote from: Reid54 on July 21, 2017, 07:16:12 AM ---  stating under normal circumstances suggest to me that u have some doubt that I could do it. I'm thinking maybe my and my wife go to hong Kong for a few days then re- enter, I think this is maybe my best bet.

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Sorry but I did write that you might be okay in my first reply, the problem is that the Philippines is now linked to Interpol's database and I have no idea what information they might find should they enter your bio information. Since Duterte became president, he has made ridding the Philippines of drugs a priority, even to the extent of ordering the killing of all drug dealers and many dealers and even users have been gunned down in the streets, thus I am not sure you will be flying into a friendly climate should your record show up on their database, so under any other president, then I think you might have been better off, this president is an unknown quantity when it comes to anything related to drugs, so your idea of flying in with your wife might be a good one, just be sure to have documents because if they accept it and they should as long as nothing comes up in their computers, then you would be able to stay up to one year with no other visa, it is called a balkibayan privilege. I wish you good luck...


--- Quote ---BI database linked with Interpol now running in 10 intíl airports
The Bureau of Immigration is beefing up its gatekeeping capabilities with the integration of its databases with those of other government agencies and the Interpol.
The agency has begun implementing the BI Information System, which links up information sources and databases from the BI, government agencies and its international partners.
MORE: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/149717/bi-database-linked-with-interpol-now-running-in-10-intl-airports
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--- Quote ---Duterte's 'War on Drugs' in the Philippines: By the Numbers
According to the information bulletin released by the police, the government has conducted 40,982 anti-drug operations from July 1 last year to January 7 this year. The police killed 2,206 drug personalities during this period while 44,070 were arrested.
More: http://thediplomat.com/2017/01/dutertes-war-on-drugs-in-the-philippines-by-the-numbers/
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lost_in_samoa:
You could "come clean" before you attempt a visit.

You've paid your "debt to society" the court ordered ..... right?  Then you should be in good standing with the powers that be.

Visit the Philippine consulate.  Bring your concerns forward to the consular officer.  They may assist you.  They may not.  In the long run that would be better than trying keep your conviction quiet.

Let's just say your successful in using the short time visa rules for a few years.  After your settled and life has started here you get pulled over for any little offense.  That conviction would come out, and the fact that you did not highlight it on entry would be evident. 

And probably incriminating.


Hope this helps.



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