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New long stay 6 month visa

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coleman2347:
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

medic3500:
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.

Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am:
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

suzukig1:

--- Quote from: Art, re(tired) Fil/Am on June 15, 2013, 12:14:01 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!

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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.

Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am:

--- Quote from: suzukig1 on June 17, 2013, 07:54:03 AM ---
--- Quote from: Art, re(tired) Fil/Am on June 15, 2013, 12:14:01 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!

--- End quote ---

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.

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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.

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