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Hi there everyone. I'm a Canadian married 3 years now to a Filipina. It is to my understanding that I can vist the Philippines on a Balikbayan visa as long as my wife travels into and out of the Philippines with me. The Balikbayan visa is good for 1 year less a day, so that means we would have to leave the Phils before the year is up, even if it's just for a weekend, or even a day. Then we can come back and get a Balikbayan visa for another 364 days. This will be good for us, as we plan on traveling back here to Canada for the few months of the summer, then back to the Phils for the winter.

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The Balikbayan visa is good for 1 year less a day, so that means we would have to leave the Phils before the year is up, even if it's just for a weekend, or even a day. Then we can come back and get a Balikbayan visa for another 364 days.

 

Actually you don't have to leave.

 

Why?

 

Before your Balikbayan expires you can go the Tourist/Visitors visa route for another 364 days, then leave the country and when you return get the Balikbayan again and do the whole 2 year thing over again.

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Before your Balikbayan expires you can go the Tourist/Visitors visa route for another 364 days, then leave the country and when you return get the Balikbayan again and do the whole 2 year thing over again.

 

ummm....I don't really understand what you mean here. go to the Tourist/Visitors visa route for another 364 days, then leave, and on return get the Balikbayan again for '2 Years' ? What is the Tourist/Visitors route? Can you give an example?

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Jim Sibbick
Before your Balikbayan expires you can go the Tourist/Visitors visa route for another 364 days, then leave the country and when you return get the Balikbayan again and do the whole 2 year thing over again.

 

ummm....I don't really understand what you mean here. go to the Tourist/Visitors visa route for another 364 days, then leave, and on return get the Balikbayan again for '2 Years' ? What is the Tourist/Visitors route? Can you give an example?

Hello

 

Dewey is saying that you don't leave the Philippines at the end of the first year. Just go to your nearest Bureau of Immigration and ask for an extension as a tourist. However, you have to pay for extensions but the extension costs for a year will be cheaper than your out of country trip. Dewey can confirm that it is possible because it is what he does.

 

At the end of the second year, you have an out of country trip then enter the Philippines again as a Balikbayan.

 

You can read about the tourist visa on my website, here:

http://www.bigjimsphilippinesexperience.com/visas.htm

 

There are links in my article. The first link is to the Chan Roble law firm website where you can read the full text of the Republican Act 6768 and it's amendment, Republican Act 9174, regarding the balikbayan programme.

 

I hope this helps!

 

 

Regards; Jim

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ummm....I don't really understand what you mean here. go to the Tourist/Visitors visa route for another 364 days, then leave, and on return get the Balikbayan again for '2 Years' ? What is the Tourist/Visitors route? Can you give an example?

 

OK, you plan on entering the country and get the Balikbayan stamp in your passport. That allows you to stay in the country free of cost as far as Immigration is concerned for up to 364 days.

 

Next, you're coming up on the 364 day mark on your Balikbayan. What you do is go to Immigration and ask for an extension of 59 days, yes it's 59 days not 21 as some may be thinking, then you pay your fees and the they'll stamp your passport annotating the extension.

 

But now you're no longer in country as a Balikbayan but as a visitor.

 

Now you extend every 59 days up until your second 364 day mark. Then you leave the country and do the process all over again.

 

I've done this in the past as well as others I know and I'll be doing the same thing in July when I leave the country with my wife for a short vacation.

 

Anyway don't take my word for it, when you get here just drop by Immigration and they can explain the procedure to you.

 

One disclaimer this is going through Mactan/Cebu airport and Immigration in Cebu, so I can't speak to say Manila or other ports of entry or departure.

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Ok, I get it now. Thanks guys. My wife and I will be living in Moalbal just a few hours from Cebu city. Her folks have a house and property there, it's quite and the ocean is just a short walk away. I can hardly wait until my retirement day, ( 4 years and 10 months away).

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Thats some good info from you all to read and learn.

 

I've only used the 21 day visa you recieve apon entry in the past, except for the time I went to escort my wife to the USA, for her first arrival to the USA....At that time I just got an extension, can't remember how long it was exactly, would have to look in my passport, but I paid like 1,500 pesos for the one hour wait and extension was granted.....

 

How do you get the first Balikbayan Stamp? Is this something you have to bring to their attention and ask for apon arrival in Cebu?..

 

I now travel with my wife and son, does he also get the Balikbayan Stamp?

 

My wife is a Resident Alien in the USA, has been for 7 years now...

 

What do we say and do apon our arrival?.....This summer, we may be coming to Cebu for two months...

 

CebuNed

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Thats some good info from you all to read and learn.

 

I've only used the 21 day visa you recieve apon entry in the past, except for the time I went to escort my wife to the USA, for her first arrival to the USA....At that time I just got an extension, can't remember how long it was exactly, would have to look in my passport, but I paid like 1,500 pesos for the one hour wait and extension was granted.....

 

How do you get the first Balikbayan Stamp? Is this something you have to bring to their attention and ask for apon arrival in Cebu?..

 

I now travel with my wife and son, does he also get the Balikbayan Stamp?

 

My wife is a Resident Alien in the USA, has been for 7 years now...

 

What do we say and do apon our arrival?.....This summer, we may be coming to Cebu for two months...

 

CebuNed

 

You should get her citizenship before the price goes up:

 

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/f...lines-frontpage

 

Citizenship requests soar before big changes

A stiffer test, higher fees and perhaps new laws are on the horizon.

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Hi there, me again. So you arrive in the Phils. and say to immigration offcer your entering the country as a balikbayan, what do they stamp in your passport?, Do they stamp both the filippina wifes passport and the foreign husbands passport the same? and after living there, say 10 months or so, do you need to get a Emigration Clearance Certificate?

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Jim Sibbick
Thats some good info from you all to read and learn.

 

I've only used the 21 day visa you recieve apon entry in the past, except for the time I went to escort my wife to the USA, for her first arrival to the USA....At that time I just got an extension, can't remember how long it was exactly, would have to look in my passport, but I paid like 1,500 pesos for the one hour wait and extension was granted.....

 

How do you get the first Balikbayan Stamp? Is this something you have to bring to their attention and ask for apon arrival in Cebu?..

 

I now travel with my wife and son, does he also get the Balikbayan Stamp?

 

My wife is a Resident Alien in the USA, has been for 7 years now...

 

What do we say and do apon our arrival?.....This summer, we may be coming to Cebu for two months...

 

CebuNed

Hello CebuNed

 

If your son is also your Filipina wife's son, then yes, you will all be entitled.

 

If there is a Balikbayan queue at immigration, use that. However, I don't remember seeing one in Cebu

 

If no separate Balikbayan queue, yes, it will be wise to mention that you want the balikbayan stamp.

 

The three of you will have to enter together. Have your marriage certificate with you and birth certificate for your son, just in case!

 

Regards: Jim

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Hello CebuNed

 

If your son is also your Filipina wife's son, then yes, you will all be entitled.

 

If there is a Balikbayan queue at immigration, use that. However, I don't remember seeing one in Cebu

 

If no separate Balikbayan queue, yes, it will be wise to mention that you want the balikbayan stamp.

 

The three of you will have to enter together. Have your marriage certificate with you and birth certificate for your son, just in case!

 

Regards: Jim

 

 

Thanks Jim,

 

And yes, our son David is Margie (my wife) and I's son.......Thanks for the heads up...

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Just arrived from Bangkok today. Without asking they stamped me a Balikbayan visa valid until March 31, 2008. Took about 1 minute

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just arrived from Bangkok today. Without asking they stamped me a Balikbayan visa valid until March 31, 2008. Took about 1 minute

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Actually, a balikbayan stamp is not a visa..Its a privilege.

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Actually, a balikbayan stamp is not a visa..Its a privilege.

 

Yes, I am a nice guy :wt-hell:

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The rules say that you have to have a marriage certificate. Twice now immigration at the airport has not asked to see it. I am prepared to show it and ask for a balikbayan stamp if they don't give me one.

 

http://www.philippineembassy-usa.org/other...he%20balikbayan

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