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Old 11th September 2019, 11:30 PM
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The SRRV is not an immigration visa and has nothing to do with the BI.
Not sure what happened and there's a 15 minute time limit to make changes or deletions but I don't want to confuse anyone else on this subject so here's a photo of a Philippine SRRV Visa and it's issued by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration.

And a note for those that have just received your 13a Permanent Resident Visa, the Visa in your passport is good forever and keep your old passport with stamp in it the ACR card is only good for 5 years so this also has to be renewed, it will run you about 7000 pesos, check the date on your Permanent Resident card, plus when you check in yearly from Jan - Feb and pay the 300 pesos fee and the 5 year ACR card renewal/Yearly check-in... Your US passport has to have at least 6 months remaining on it, you can renew your passport through our US Embassy in Manila.
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When coming back with no onward ticket, i like to have some fun with the gate agent.

Agent " Do you have onward ticket"


Me "No"

Agent " You need onward ticket"

Me " no I do not"

Agent "Yes a tourist needs an onward ticket from the Philippines"

Me "That is correct"

Agent " I cannot issue you a boarding pass unless you show me an onward ticket"

Me " Yes you can"

Agent " You need an onward ticket"

me " No I do not"

Agent " Yes a tourist needs an onward ticket"

Me " That is correct"

Agent " Then show me your ticket"

Me " I do not have one"

I will let this go a few rounds, then tell the agent that he is making an unwarranted assumption, that I am a tourist.

Hopefully they will learn that not everyone traveling to the Philippines is a tourist and needs an onward ticket.

It is not my responsibility to educate the gate agents on the travel requirements for a flight that they are checking people into. Unfortunately the "official" airline site does a very poor job of describing entry requirements.
Lol... Well for sure you are 100% correct and the conversation sounds respectful but careful would be my reply to anyone one talking with an Immigration agent they have the powers to Black List us if we are deemed rude, condescending or belittling and it's up to their interpretation and it's not hard to hurt feelings but you probably won't find out until your return unfortunately, another note... Don't post anything about government negative interactions on any social media spot because when you renew your Visa there's a block off to the upper right that will list if there are any disparaging comments.
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It is not my responsibility to educate the gate agents on the travel requirements for a flight that they are checking people into. Unfortunately the "official" airline site does a very poor job of describing entry requirements.
Absolutely correct! When I used to work in the Philippines, I would travel to Thailand a lot to visit family there and never bought an onward ticket for use after my flight back to Manila. This would be a problem a lot of the time at the check in counter in Bangkok and I had to do the same dance with them about not having an onward ticket leaving the Philippines.

The most memorable time, the PAL Agent in charge at Suvarnabhumi Airport pulls out this HUGE blue book about 6 inches thick and looks up all the visa requirements for the Philippines and finds the entry for the type of visa I was on and after that, all was good. I wish I had asked what the name of the book was so I could tell the ticket agent the next time I flew back from there.
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I had to purchase a ticket LEAVING the Philippines, to Hong Kong, to get my boarding pass when asked if I had an onward ticket. At that time I wasn't aware of the rule about no one way tickets to PH. But now I can have some fun with the agents, because I now have my SRRV Visa. I applied in early May and just this week got all my papers, ID cards and stamp in my passport.

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Lol... Well for sure you are 100% correct and the conversation sounds respectful but careful would be my reply to anyone one talking with an Immigration agent they have the powers to Black List us if we are deemed rude, condescending or belittling ...
This is with the airline check in agents not Immigration, they know the rules, I pass them my passport and the SRRV card and they are well aware of what to do with it to process my entry.

Never, even as a tourist, had immigration anywhere ask about onward tickets, it is always the airline check in people who ask for them.
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.... I applied in early May and just this week got all my papers, ID cards and stamp in my passport.
Long time processing, did you use an agent?

I used one and had all done before my initial tourist visa ran out, (Sept 2017)

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No, did it myself. The long part was surrendering my passport to them for two months. I had to use my New Mexico drivers license as an ID and more often than not I was asked why I said I was an American when my ID says I live in New Mexico?
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No, did it myself. The long part was surrendering my passport to them for two months. I had to use my New Mexico drivers license as an ID and more often than not I was asked why I said I was an American when my ID says I live in New Mexico?
That sometimes happens in the USA as well.
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When coming back with no onward ticket, i like to have some fun with the gate agent.

Agent " Do you have onward ticket"


Me "No"

Agent " You need onward ticket"

Me " no I do not"

Agent "Yes a tourist needs an onward ticket from the Philippines"

Me "That is correct"

Agent " I cannot issue you a boarding pass unless you show me an onward ticket"

Me " Yes you can"

Agent " You need an onward ticket"

me " No I do not"

Agent " Yes a tourist needs an onward ticket"

Me " That is correct"

Agent " Then show me your ticket"

Me " I do not have one"

I will let this go a few rounds, then tell the agent that he is making an unwarranted assumption, that I am a tourist.

Hopefully they will learn that not everyone traveling to the Philippines is a tourist and needs an onward ticket.

It is not my responsibility to educate the gate agents on the travel requirements for a flight that they are checking people into. Unfortunately the "official" airline site does a very poor job of describing entry requirements.
It has always been my experience when checking in for flights here, that the first question asked is do I have a residence visa here. After that comes the onward ticket bit.

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It has always been my experience when checking in for flights here, that the first question asked is do I have a residence visa here. After that comes the onward ticket bit.
Only airline that ever asked right away for residence visa was Air Nuigini flying from Port Moresby PNG. They asked for onward flight first then about residence visa.

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