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Old 2nd May 2018, 11:38 PM
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Or you got a new clerk who dosen't know how to process a 6 month extension, just a 2 month one. This can apply even if the difference is simply writing a 6 instead of a 2 on the form.

To save face and say do not know how to do that, you get told not possible and English ability drops of dramatically.

We Westerners expect that we will generally get the same answer and service at any branch of the same department. If we don't because for example that one branch cannot process a 6 month extension, we expect a reasonable explanation and to be told where we have to go to get the 6 month extension. We expect that web sites will be up to date with all the information needed and that finding the correct answer is one simple question away.

Not so here. You get different answers from the same branch of the same department with different clerks. They make it up as they go and if they do not know, do not want to make the effort, do not like you or for no reason will tell you "Not available po so sorry".

On the other hand, if they like you they may just give you a 6 month extension when they are not authorized and you will only find out to your determent when you leave the country that you have overstayed what is in the computer.

All part of the fun and charm of living here. lol
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I guess the bottom line is I will end up getting/doing what they will grant me. They also made me get an ACR card. By the time I am done with all these fees and trips just for 6-8 months of extensions I could have flown to Hong Kong with the wife for the same fee and came back with another BB for a year.
I feel for you on those long trips 70 km the costs add up so hopefully, they gave you some sort of Administrator name or some sort of format you could go on and I'm unsure if you've ever drafted letters like this:

To: Honorable Administrator Philippine Bureau of Immigration
(address directly below this lined up)

From: Your name and below this your address

Subj: 6 month Visa extension request

-4 lines down would be your explanation.

-4 lines down again your printed name and signature center of the document.

But the positive thing is you are returning to the US so if you plan on retiring here? I'd knock out that 13a Visa, requirements and also information I had to use through the Philippine Consulate stateside, I'm from ND so I had to use the Chicago Philippine Consulate, here's the consulate finder map for your state, I did mine through the mail system it took me two months but if you can make it to their office possibly much faster.
Embassy of the Philippines - Consulate Finder Map

Immigration documents I used and requirements, if you do this make sure these documents are for your state, current and unfortunately the PBI forms aren't standardized or weren't when I applied in 2007 but all documents were similar the headings were different also, if done stateside it's much easier less running around in the Philippines and no probationary.
http://www.chicagopcg.com/forms/immi...isa%20form.pdf

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Thanks for the info MCA.

I have retired here and plan at some point to get the 13A. I new at first I would be making a few trips back to the US so decided to just stay with the BB. I think after my next trip in Nov I will start the process of the 13a as I don't have any plans to return to the US after that.

I will need to process the 13a here in the PI as I no longer have medical insurance in the US so getting all the medical stuff required by the 13a would be too expensive there.

Another reason for delaying the 13a was having to go to manila probably multiple times to get all the medical and paperwork done. It is a 4hr journey for me each way and I hate to travel.
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Zep, I just completed my 13A journey in November coming out of BB status. As I remember, there are a couple other members of this forum who have also recently completed it also and as far as I know one does not have to go go Manila to do it. All my paperwork was completed in the Iloilo BI office. Have to get 13A temporary for 1 year and do it again to get 13A permanent stamp in the Passport.

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Zep, I just completed my 13A journey in November coming out of BB status. As I remember, there are a couple other members of this forum who have also recently completed it also and as far as I know one does not have to go go Manila to do it. All my paperwork was completed in the Iloilo BI office. Have to get 13A temporary for 1 year and do it again to get 13A permanent stamp in the Passport.

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Thanks Fred,

I will have to check into whether there is a closer alternative. Somehow I was under the impression that the medical had to be at one of there selected doctors/hospitals. Maybe I am thinking of the nieces/nephews that needed this for overseas work. They all had to go to manila numerous times for all their stuff.

It will be Dec or Jan before I apply but I should probably start reading up.

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Thanks Fred,

I will have to check into whether there is a closer alternative. Somehow I was under the impression that the medical had to be at one of there selected doctors/hospitals. Maybe I am thinking of the nieces/nephews that needed this for overseas work. They all had to go to manila numerous times for all their stuff.

It will be Dec or Jan before I apply but I should probably start reading up.

Tim
There is no medical requirement for getting a 13A Visa in-country. That requirement is only for those that get a 13A out of country.

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