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Old 15th September 2020, 11:53 PM
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The 6 month visa extension for the 9a visa is something that has been implemented in the last couple of years. It has never been available at all BI offices, only selected offices listed on the BI website. The 6 month option on conversion of a BB to 9a has been in effect for years. An expat I know was told by his BI office he could not get the 6 month extension he showed the BI extract I posted and the local office confirmed the requirement with BI Manila and he got the 6 month extension. This happened at least 5 or 6 years ago. Many personnel in BI or other government offices are not knowledgeable of the rules that are published for their agency.

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The 6 month visa extension for the 9a visa is something that has been implemented in the last couple of years. It has never been available at all BI offices, only selected offices listed on the BI website. The 6 month option on conversion of a BB to 9a has been in effect for years. An expat I know was told by his BI office he could not get the 6 month extension he showed the BI extract I posted and the local office confirmed the requirement with BI Manila and he got the 6 month extension. This happened at least 5 or 6 years ago. Many personnel in BI or other government offices are not knowledgeable of the rules that are published for their agency.

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Unfortunately that is a major problem with ALL government agencies here in the Philippines! They argue politically back and forth about how to handle various situations and then they vote and pass appropriate laws but then the various agencies effected by those laws either don't know about the change in law or they all interpret the laws differently from one location to another. We have all seen and experienced this issue multiple times in everything we do here...

It's a sad situation!

In reality, the Philippines is an awesome place to retire and live and they actually do have a lot of really good laws to protect every one in nearly every possible situation or scenario but the problem is the vast amount of localized corruption that prevents the laws from being implemented in the first place or if the new laws are implemented, they are rarely enforced properly from one agency location to the next! Every Agency, every office, every Barangay and Municipality basically operates they way they want to depending on who is in charge at that particular point in time...AND THAT makes it very difficult for anyone to accomplish anything with any degree of consistency...
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