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Old 10th September 2020, 03:45 PM
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But the Philippines don't let foreigners in without long stay Visa AND family in the Philippines as 13a (if I and others have understood it corect).
I thought SRRV get in too but I got corrected to they aren't accoring to 15 august (?) official message.


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But NOTE. He is IN the Philippines allready, so he don't have the problem to get in as some others have.
If he is on a BB, that makes him a spouse so yes he is allowed to enter the Philippines with a newly acquired visit visa.

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If he is on a BB, that makes him a spouse so yes he is allowed to enter the Philippines with a newly acquired visit visa.
Does not need to be a spouse to be on BB! Extract from BI webpage FAQ: 1. Who are eligible under Balikbayan Program?


a. A Balikbayan, who may be either one of the following:

i. A Filipino citizen who has been continuously out of the Philippines for a period of at least one (1) year;

ii. A Filipino overseas worker;

iii. A former Filipino citizen and his family who had been naturalized in a foreign country and comes or returns to the Philippines.

b. Immediate family members (spouse and children) of the Balikbayan, who are nationals of countries falling under EO 408, travelling together with the Balikbayan


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That's nice! How much did you end up paying for six months? I was thinking of going 6 months extension as well which I hope by then things are under control.
It was around P10k
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It was around P10k
Thanks for sharing! I'll also provide an update once I go to the local BI in my area.
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Thanks for sharing! I'll also provide an update once I go to the local BI in my area.
The 6 months extensions are not always given. It needs the approval of the officer in charge. So far I've done this twice without a problem. Let us know how it goes.

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The following is an extract from the BI website: 3. What are the privileges of a Balikbayan?

Those who are admitted as Balikbayans are given an initial stay of one (1) year. They may extend their stay for another one (1), two (2) or six (6) months provided that they present their valid passport and filled out the visa extension form and submit it to the Visa Extension Section in the BI Main Office or any BI Offices nationwide. An additional requirement will be ask for Balikbayans who have stayed in the Philippines after thirty six (36) months.

This would indicate to me the BB holder has the choice of the length of the extension. If I remember correctly the 6 month option here was in effect prior to the new 6 month option for 9a visa was started.

https://www.immigration.gov.ph/faqs/...s%20nationwide.

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No such thing as a BB extension, it is just converted to a tourist visa + ACR card.

I have had no luck getting anything more than 2 months at my local BI office. They say you need to go to Manila for the 6 month extension.
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No such thing as a BB extension, it is just converted to a tourist visa + ACR card.

I have had no luck getting anything more than 2 months at my local BI office. They say you need to go to Manila for the 6 month extension.

Going to Manila would demand 2 quarataines, I suppouse?
Which BI office said something that stupid?

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Going to Manila would demand 2 quarataines, I suppouse?
Which BI office said something that stupid?
My local office has always said the same thing (San Fernando La Union), for 6 months it's a trip to Manila...... I could give the Baguio office a call I suppose.

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I have had no luck getting anything more than 2 months at my local BI office. They say you need to go to Manila for the 6 month extension.
My wife took our youngest's US Passport to Immigration at SM North Edsa and got him a 6 month extension last month. It seems like it's entirely up to the IO the day you show up.
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