Philippine Bureau of Immigration Increases Income from Alien’s Visa Extensions

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) earned a 16-percent increase in income from visa extension fees collected from foreign tourists who visited the country during the first five months of the year. Applications for tourist visa extension rose by six percent from January to May, compared to the same period in 2012.

Bureau of Immigration Manila

An article in The Daily Tribune reported that  the bureau’s main building in Manila and its extension offices in Makati and Pasay posted a combined five-month collection of P 342.8 million which is P 47.4 million higher than last year’s take of P 295.4 million.

Applications for extension of stay received at the three BI offices from January to May totaled 87,986, compared to 82,930 that were filed in the same period last year.

BI stated that  the increases mean more foreign tourists are opting to stay longer in the country or beyond the period of their initial authorized stay.

The statistics do not include the visa fees collected by the different BI field and satellite offices outside Metro Manila which are authorized to process applications for visa extension, he said.

Since March 2011, visa applications and revenues in the BI have risen by 48 percent and the BI was cited by the Civil Service Commission for substantially cutting red tape.

Julius Cortez, BI acting visa section chief, said South Koreans topped the list of visa extension applicants, followed by nationals from China, US, Japan and India.

Cortez reported that his office at the Bureau of Immigration main building now processes an average of more than 14,000 applications for stay extension a month and 700 a day.

He also attributed the high collections to the intensified campaign of his office in apprehending holders of passports fake extensions and other fraudulent immigration stamps, thus ensuring the fees due the government are accurately and exactly assessed and collected.

7 comments

  1. When I was there last time, in Feb. and March, they checked absolutely nothing upon my arrival into Cebu. There appeared to only be 3 foreigners on my arriving flight, and only about 50 passengers total on the flight from Seoul, was a 747 and only one person per row unless you had a partner with you. For some reason I was the last person to go through customs and Immigration, all they asked me for , was my passport, that was it. Upon leaving, they did look at my ticket for departure, but they never even asked to see my ticket for when I arrived, so I didn’t even get it out, I stayed for 31 days, and could have been caught and penalized also I guess, so guess I was lucky,,,now if I could just win the 400million dollar lottery this week, I would be moving there the following week, but since I never buy a ticket, I guess my chances are not so good on that.

    1. I know of other expats that have had positive experiences at Immigration in Cebu, Bill S. However, the Immigration office in Iloilo, where we live, cannot process Exit Clearances which you need if you leave the country and have been here more than six months. Have to go to Cebu or the Manila office.

      I see lots of folks playing the lottery here, Bill S. Maybe it’s just as well you don’t win it big. I’ve heard horror stories about people in the States winning millions and ended up losing all of it, or worse, dead.

  2. It would be nice to know how other offices are doing. I notice South Korea leads the list. Seems that way here in Mindanao too. The mayor of Davao City told the expats from India to leave right away. It seems he has a lot of trouble from them. Loan sharks?

    1. Yep, South Koreans are the biggest contingent of foreigners in Iloilo, Gary, lots of students here learning English. However, some South Koreans have left the city and gone to Cebu or elsewhere, complaining about problems they have had with our BI office in Iloilo when they try to get their visa extensions.

  3. Dave,
    We’re going back to the states in Jan/Feb to take care of some business. We’ll be also going back to the Philippine Consulate in Chicago to get my Permanent Visa taken care of. Takes 1-2 weeks to complete. Better than dealing with Manila.

  4. hi i am new to all tyhis but I am married to a dual citizen US/Philipino and we have been married for 18 months now, I am currently back in Australia settling affairs and as I understand from your blogs I can apply for a 13a in manilla _ Makati but I need to supply a police clearance from Aus. or can apply from Here in brisbane, am I correct? and if I apply with my wife in manila I need to show a return ticket to Aus. ?

    any info would be appreciated, cheers, ps I am one of the nice guys from Down Under 🙂 we actually met at Kodiak Island Alaska back in 2008

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