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With the COVID-19 situation not getting better any time soon, what are my options with a balikbayan privilege expiring next month? I wanna know if any expats have gone thru a similar situation recently. Is it possible to extend it for another year? Will I have to pay extension fees?

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With the COVID-19 situation not getting better any time soon, what are my options with a balikbayan privilege expiring next month? I wanna know if any expats have gone thru a similar situation recently. Is it possible to extend it for another year? Will I have to pay extension fees?
I think you just convert to a tourist visa paying the appropriate fees. You can get another 2 years. If you leave you can't get back on a BB and gets very complicated.
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I think you just convert to a tourist visa paying the appropriate fees. You can get another 2 years. If you leave you can't get back on a BB and gets very complicated.
That is true. I can leave but I can't come back until I apply for a visa. From what I heard, visa applications are also suspended. This is such a stressful situation to be in and I wish this COVID-19 never happened

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That is true. I can leave but I can't come back until I apply for a visa. From what I heard, visa applications are also suspended. This is such a stressful situation to be in and I wish this COVID-19 never happened
I've not tried it but I think you may get 6 months at a time. You need a trip to you local BI. My BB would have been up in about 2 weeks but had to leave because of a family bereavement. Scheduled to fly back 1 st Jan.

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If not else, you can go for a 13a. With such you have chance too to get in again if you leave if you have family staying in Phils.
With 13a you never need to leave, you can stay for ever (if you follow the demands and pay the fees).
13a cost some but is more convinient without covid too.
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If not else, you can go for a 13a. With such you have chance too to get in again if you leave if you have family staying in Phils.
With 13a you never need to leave, you can stay for ever (if you follow the demands and pay the fees).
13a cost some but is more convinient without covid too.
13a's are not being processed in London currently, I don't know where else is affected.

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If not else, you can go for a 13a. With such you have chance too to get in again if you leave if you have family staying in Phils.
With 13a you never need to leave, you can stay for ever (if you follow the demands and pay the fees).
13a cost some but is more convinient without covid too.
I believe Hefty is saying he is in the Philippines and his Balikbayan is expiring soon. So he has the option of applying for a 13a as they are being issued in the Philippines. However, if he is close to the end of the BB he may have to get a tourist extension while the 13a is being processed. BI will advise if he does.

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I believe Hefty is saying he is in the Philippines and his Balikbayan is expiring soon. So he has the option of applying for a 13a as they are being issued in the Philippines. However, if he is close to the end of the BB he may have to get a tourist extension while the 13a is being processed. BI will advise if he does.
Yes I understand Hefty is in the Philippines, as 13a is not being processed abroad I was wondering if they were also suspended in the Philippines.

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That would be my thoughts on how to proceed - get extension and then start processing for 13A.

Kinda makes one wonder just how many have been boxed in by this situation and how many are just letting it go to overstay and deal with it when this is all over. You know that at one point they did say to just stay put and catch up your immigration/visa status within 30 days of restrictions being lifted, don't know if this still applies or not. Could be some folks getting into a hurtful situation.

Seems to me a trip to BI is in order, the sooner the better.

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Hefty does not appear to be in the Philippines... Welcome to the forum and I'd contact the Philippine Consulate in your region.

If you could tell us more about yourself, such as your age or if you have a disability pension, former military, we might be able to recommend the correct Visa for you or like mentioned above talk directly with the Philippine Embassy in your country.

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