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  1. https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-refugee-asylum-citizenship-immigration-20190312-story.html how this will affect fiance visas for US citizens, or petitions made by naturalized Filipinos for their relatives?
  2. I must apply/purchase my first visa extension of 30 days. Many years ago, in order to any gov't office, you needed to wear your big boy pants, not shorts, and wear shoes/sandals but no flip-flops. Are all or any these rules still in place?? To obtain the 59 day visa upon entering the country, YOU MUST NOT GET IN THE LINE TO HAVE YOUR PASSPORT STAMPED. YOU MUST BOLDLY GO DIRECTLY TO THE OFFICE ON YOUR RIGHT, CROSSING ANY BARRIERS IN YOUR WAY. ONCE THEY STAMP YOUR PASSPORT, YOU ARE F....D! THEY WILL NOT HELP YOU; and, like me, you will have an extra trip to immigration within 29 days.
  3. AMENDED ADVISORY 2018 January 04 In view of the upgrading of policies of the Bureau, the following advisory is hereby released. To implement the Annual Report (AR) 2018, all registered aliens shall, within the first sixty (60) days of every calendar year, report in person to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Main office at Intramuros, Manila, or to the nearest participating BI offices. The AR 2018 shall be held from 1 January to 1 March 2018. The parent or legal guardian of an alien who is less than fourteen (14) years of age shall have the duty of reporting for such alien. Failure to comply shall result in imposition of administrative fine and/or imprisonment, at the option of the Commissioner of Immigration. An alien may be exempt from personal appearance, provided: (i) personally appeared in at least one of the Annual Reports held in 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017 with an accomplished AR form; (ii) presentment of all official receipts of Annual Report fees paid; (iii) payment of P500 express lane for non-appearance; (iv) presentment of a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) with valid government-issued ID of legal representative; (v) presentment of a valid passport; and (vi) undertaking to fulfill obligations (in case of aliens with CA 613 and/or RA562 related liabilities). The reportee shall present: (i) original ACR I-card and (ii) confirmation number issued via AR 2018 online system (for aliens who failed to accomplish AR 2014 form or AR 2015 or AR 2016 or AR 2017 online form). An alien who returns to the Philippines with a re-entry permit shall, if he/she has not yet made the required annual report, make such report within thirty (30) days from the date of his/her return to this country, no fines shall be imposed. In addition, personal appearance shall be required for all with paper-based Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) for the updating of registration records: (i) Native-born Indonesians distinguished as “Illegal Entrants” under Memorandum Order No.AFFJR-05-003 in Southern Mindanao (100 Section XIII k); (ii) Sec.47a2 Exempt and (iii) Sec47b (Refugees). AR application forms and guidelines in the conduct of AR 2018, list of participating BI offices, AR 2018 online encoding system and all other information regarding AR 2018 shall be found in the BI website www.immigration.gov.ph. All aliens are encouraged to report and remit payments at the AR 2018 BI designated offices. December 2017. Signed JAIME H. MORENTE Commissioner http://immigration.gov.ph/#advisory
  4. I have heard that when a filipino leaves the country, say , with a US Visa in hand to visit the USA, the Philippine immigration at the airport requires the filipino to prove they are coming back by providing a round trip airfare ticket, certificate of employment (if possible) or other proof they will return. Is this for real? makes no sense to me, but need clarification. Perry
  5. Just flew from Boston to Hong Kong and finally into Cebu-Mactan yesterday via Cathay Pacific, and wanted to share my APEC experience as a US card holder. Mentioned this in another thread a while back but it is worth repeating: the USA - APEC card that just started being issued last summer does not list any pre-authorized visa countries on the back due to the US not having reciprocal visa and interviewing policies with asian countries. Basically the US version is only supposed to be good for using the APEC / Diplomatic lanes in immigration to countries, but I had heard reports online of people getting an automatic 59 day stamp when using it to enter the Philippines! Figured this would be a nice kick-start to my visit... I'd received my APEC card last fall and never gotten around to trying it, so I decided yesterday was the day. Got off the plane pretty quickly, and experienced no lines due to simply taking the stairs down to immigration and bypassing everyone on the escalator! This was good and bad... No other plane or people ahead of me meant the booths were only partly staffed. Nobody was manning the APEC / Diplomatic lane at all! Undeterred, I presented my APEC card to one of the regular booths for foreign visitors, he examined it and stamped my passport. Watching carefully since I was the first person through from this flight he did the math before writing in pen... only 30 days. Well, crap. Now I've been stamped through so I guess I'll be going to J-Center Mall before August 28th for my extension. Anyone actually have a UNITED STATES issued APEC card besides me? If so, have you tried it here in Cebu and gotten a 59 day entry? I was hoping to get this small perk as a bonus to the line skipping ability but maybe it just wasn't my lucky day. Side note- plenty of white cabs at the new station a short walk away from the exit, only waited about 1 minute in line. Traffic and one-way ugliness turned it into an hour-plus ride and about 220 pesos back to my apartment.... anyway glad to be back!
  6. Good day people, I came here to find some answers regarding the VCU form (philippines immigration) which is downloadable on internet on this link https://www.pdffiller.com/en/project/37556930.htm?form_id=28389995 I'm actually applying from abroad (to know if im not blacklisted or whatever after threats), so i'll have someone there in Phils bringing my passport copy plus VCU form filled out. The issue is that i have no idea on what to put for ''PURPOSE". Immigration may find weird my request from abroad ? hope to find some help, thanks for the reading
  7. Hi everyone, In 2013, i was holding a 9G visa (non immigrant) and left for Singapore for 2 weeks holidays. The day I was about to go back to the Philippines, I had hard time with the Singapore immigration lady asking me a proof that I was living in the Philippines ! After showing many papers, she was in fact looking for my 9G visa card and let me board. It was a stressfull situation and heard lately that a 13A visa had the same encounter. So my question is, what would happen if i couldnt show my 9G visa card ? Singapore immigration are aware about all those non immigrant and immigrant status in the philippines ? Thanks for reading, Tom
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