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Danman 1st November 2016 03:08 AM

Applying for 13A
 
The waiting list for 13A visa Prob on the BI website is getting longer, I was told before it only took only two weeks but I suppose due to the amount of people applying for various visas it is taking longer as they told me at BI it can take up to three months for approval. I was very happy with the people at BI they were so very helpful, because of the distance I had traveled to apply for the 13A they did the second interview the same day, but it is true what people have said that during the process of applying for the 13A visa you need patience, as you need to go to various windows for the processing.On the 6th Oct it will be two months since I applied and I hope it is only a matter of days now till I see the results. I think if approved I go back to Manila and get my passport stamped and pick up my ARC card?

M.C.A. 1st November 2016 03:46 AM

13a Visa
 
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Originally Posted by Danman (Post 11329945)
The waiting list for 13A visa Prob on the BI website is getting longer, I was told before it only took only two weeks but I suppose due to the amount of people applying for various visas it is taking longer as they told me at BI it can take up to three months for approval. I was very happy with the people at BI they were so very helpful, because of the distance I had traveled to apply for the 13A they did the second interview the same day, but it is true what people have said that during the process of applying for the 13A visa you need patience, as you need to go to various windows for the processing.On the 6th Oct it will be two months since I applied and I hope it is only a matter of days now till I see the results. I think if approved I go back to Manila and get my passport stamped and pick up my ARC card?

Danman it should be already done the list online isn't so good, my card was approved and my name never listed, the best way is to contact through this link it has phone numbers, they do answer their phones and also messaging, they have a training day once a month and on Philippine holidays and regional holidays they close.

https://www.facebook.com/officialbureauofimmigration

The ARC card is another day of patience $50 and come back in a couple weeks to pick that up, good news is once you have the card you can check in yearly Jan-Feb through a Philippine Satellite Office. http://www.immigration.gov.ph/index..../annual-report
http://www.immigration.gov.ph/index....f-transactions

Danman 1st November 2016 03:55 AM

Thanks MCA I will try that link you provided as I had to extend my visa last week as I had not seen my name on the list. MCA do I go to where you apply for the 13A visa to see about stamping my passport or you just get the ARC?

Asian Spirit 1st November 2016 07:35 AM

Danman,

Check with BI next time you are there. If it is like in years past; once you appply for perm residency you no longer have to renew your tourist visa.

Jet

M.C.A. 1st November 2016 07:36 AM

Danman I'm unsure how your 13a Visa will work because it sounds like you got that accomplished here in the Philippines it's called a probationary so after one year you go back and then it's permanent, I did mine in the US and there's no requirement for probationary.

Once you get the 13a full page Visa permanently fixed into your passport then you apply for an Immigrant card or Permanent Resident card I'm not sure if they give you another I-card now (probationary 1 year) or not they have different colored cards for residents, students, those working. Somewhat of a pain because they take your photo and then you have to come back 2 weeks to 1 month later to pick it up, I also call on this before my travel.

This would be a good question for your phone call or hopefully another expat that started and finished their 13a here in the Philippines can answer your question. I got my Philippine 13a Visa stateside and then when I landed I had to get my ACR Card/Permanent Resident Card at the PBI Manila.

fmartin_gila 1st November 2016 08:22 AM

I have just got started on my journey through the maze to get a 13A so I am of no help. Seems as if I remember both tukaram & jshannon mentioning they got theirs recently. Maybe they would chime in with experiences. They are both dealing with the Iloilo BI, same as I am so don't know if it will do you any good since you mention you are dealing with Manila BI.

Fred

Ram1957 1st November 2016 08:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Danman (Post 11329945)
The waiting list for 13A visa Prob on the BI website is getting longer, I was told before it only took only two weeks but I suppose due to the amount of people applying for various visas it is taking longer as they told me at BI it can take up to three months for approval. I was very happy with the people at BI they were so very helpful, because of the distance I had traveled to apply for the 13A they did the second interview the same day, but it is true what people have said that during the process of applying for the 13A visa you need patience, as you need to go to various windows for the processing.On the 6th Oct it will be two months since I applied and I hope it is only a matter of days now till I see the results. I think if approved I go back to Manila and get my passport stamped and pick up my ARC card?

I got my 13A in June at the Cebu BI. They have to send it all of the paperwork up to Manila to get approved and for me that took 3 weeks from the time of the interview to showing up on the BI website. On your receipt it gives you a date on when it should be approved. Mine was right on. They are slow in posting sometimes. Best to just give them a call.

Danman 1st November 2016 11:42 AM

When I went to the BI in Isabela (August 2016) they told me they used to send the papers first then later you had to go to Manila for an interview but the BI guy told me that has changed and I have to submit the papers for 13A myself in Manila, he said it will be three times that I would be going to Manila before all is finished. The problem is the BI in Manila do not give information as to what are the next steps after you have been approved all the told me to check on their web site. When I applied for the 13A in Manila I had to have my visa extended for two months to cover the processing time for the 13A, when the two months was nearly up I went to BI in Isabela and told them my situation they told me to extend my visa again for another month, I thought they may check if my approval had been granted but they did not. But I will go back again to get some sort of an anwser

Ram1957 1st November 2016 12:17 PM

Call the Manila BI or even make an inquiry on their facebook page. Field offices sometimes will only give you a runaround. So get the info from the horse's mouth so you won't be running around and wasting your money and time.

bidrod 1st November 2016 12:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Danman (Post 11332745)
When I went to the BI in Isabela (August 2016) they told me they used to send the papers first then later you had to go to Manila for an interview but the BI guy told me that has changed and I have to submit the papers for 13A myself in Manila, he said it will be three times that I would be going to Manila before all is finished. The problem is the BI in Manila do not give information as to what are the next steps after you have been approved all the told me to check on their web site. When I applied for the 13A in Manila I had to have my visa extended for two months to cover the processing time for the 13A, when the two months was nearly up I went to BI in Isabela and told them my situation they told me to extend my visa again for another month, I thought they may check if my approval had been granted but they did not. But I will go back again to get some sort of an anwser

This is my understanding from reading blogs from people that have applied, file the paperwork, then go to the scheduled interview and then return after approval for Visa implementation and then go again for the ACR.:( Don't understand why the ACR is not issued at the same time as the Visa. When I apply I will try to use the Batangas office since they are listed as processing both the probationary/permanent.

Chuck


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