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Zep 2nd May 2018 08:23 AM

Tourist Visa - 6 month
 
I have been living in the PI for 3 years now and so far it was all on the Balikbayan. My year was up last month so I went to the Marquee Mall to extend my stay instead of leaving the country this time. I asked for a 6 month extension which according to the BI website I am eligible for but they said I could only get 2 months.

I asked why and they said if I wrote a letter to the "administrator" I may be able to get the 6 month Vistor visa next time. Does anyone know what this is about?

I am guessing I write a letter asking for a 6 month extension and explaining why I want it over a 2 month? The reason is I don't plan on visiting the US until November and I would rather just do this once more versus making three more trips 70km away.

I need to go back next month and would like to have the letter ready to go.

Thanks,

Tim

Asian Spirit 2nd May 2018 09:56 AM

Seems odd to me that they will not give the 6mo visa if that is what they are supposed to do.
I have heard of this but have no experience with it.
Write a letter to the BI Commissioner? As slow as things take here who knows? It might take longer than your two month extension to get a reply-if ever. Hope they are not just sending you on a wild goose chase.
If you don't get any usable information here, I'd say a quick phone call to the main BI office in Manila is in order.

Good Luck :fingerscrossed:

bidrod 2nd May 2018 11:45 AM

Marquee Mall is not authorized to do the 6 month extension according to the BI website. Check the following for offices authorized to issue 6 month extensions.

http://www.immigration.gov.ph/images...ansactions.pdf

Chuck

M.C.A. 2nd May 2018 12:21 PM

Bidrod makes a good point, each Philippine Bureau of Immigration Satellite has its limitations, they won't be full service especially on Luzon because the main office is in Manila and so something major like this you'd want to go the PBI main office.

Trouble is how to explain this to you without having to go into detail and this wastes time, they have no time for discussion so you won't get that explanation with just about any question you ask here it's like pulling teeth, you are expected to know what your doing and then to make matters worse its either so busy on the main level floor or so loud you can barely hear the personel behind the windows while at times with two other people trying to get their questions answered but the main office is where you'd want to be.

Ram1957 2nd May 2018 10:23 PM

If this is your first visa after coming off a BB you have to have a 1 or 2 month visa before you can get a 6 month visa.

"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."

Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE)

bidrod 2nd May 2018 10:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ram1957 (Post 14381953)
If this is your first visa after coming off a BB you have to have a 1 or 2 month visa before you can get a 6 month visa.

"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."

Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE)

You are incorrect a Balikbayan has the option to extend for 1,2 or 6 months at any BI office per the BI website. See Section 3.

Balikbayan Privilege

Chuck

Zep 2nd May 2018 10:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bidrod (Post 14379978)
Marquee Mall is not authorized to do the 6 month extension according to the BI website. Check the following for offices authorized to issue 6 month extensions.

http://www.immigration.gov.ph/images...ansactions.pdf

Chuck

I did check this before going and just looked at it again. Where do you see that they cannot grant a 6 month visa? Item 5. Says they grant extensions to the stay of temporary visitors.

Zep 2nd May 2018 10:59 PM

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.

Ram1957 2nd May 2018 11:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zep (Post 14381993)
I did check this before going and just looked at it again. Where do you see that they cannot grant a 6 month visa? Item 5. Says they grant extensions to the stay of temporary visitors.

Well the fastest way to figure this out is to PM them on Facebook. That way you get the official answer from Manila.

bidrod 2nd May 2018 11:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zep (Post 14381993)
I did check this before going and just looked at it again. Where do you see that they cannot grant a 6 month visa? Item 5. Says they grant extensions to the stay of temporary visitors.

The offices that do grant 6 months are listed stating they grant the 6 month extension if not so identified they do not. In your case since you are coming off the BB you should be entitled to get a six month extension at any office that does extensions per my second post. I have been here long enough to know that all BI employees do not know their own BI rules/policies. I would show the Marquee Mall office the referenced FAQ page.

Balikbayan Privilege

I know the 6 month extension for BB can be done because a friend of mine did it at the Santa Rosa office even though they initially said no. He showed them the above web page and they gave him the 6 month extensions until he had 36 months in country.

Chuck


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