I’m troubled when I hear of expats in the Philippines having trouble at our local Immigration Office in Iloilo. Today’s post, “ Iloilo Bureau of Immigration Refuses to Extend Foreigners’ Tourist Visas” addresses this issue.
Careful who you piss off at your local Bureau of Immigration Office. A recent press BI release[i] revealed that the Philippine Bureau of Immigration gave 74 “rude aliens” the boot in 2017. “Persona non grata” status might also get your name on the Immigration Blacklist.
Earlier this month I made my Annual Report (AR) with my local Bureau of Immigration Office in nearby Iloilo City. Upon publication of that post, I’ve been asked a question regarding the AR from a faithful reader of “Philippines Plus” for many years.
“February,” was the security guard’s response to my query. That is when the Iloilo Immigration Bureau Megaworld move would occur. My asawa and I were in the Iloilo Bureau of Immigration, BI, so I could make my Annual Report (AR) as a foreigner.
Former US Ambassador to the Philippines, Harry Thomas, tried to warn everyone. Back in 2011, Ambassador Thomas stirred up a diplomatic row. The former Ambassador remarked that “40 per cent of foreign men who come to the Philippines, including from the US, come for sexual tourism.”
ILOILO City – The Bureau of Immigration is investigating 32 Indian nationals in Iloilo province for alleged illegal activities. Unlike so-called “Sanctuary Cities” in the States, their immigration documents will be reviewed for any criminal acts. Its an Iloilo City crackdown on illegal Indians as ordered by BI Commissioner Jaime Morente.
Bureau of Immigration (BI) inspectors at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other ports of entry turned back more than 9,000 foreign travelers last year.
“Well bad news travels like wildfire, good news travels slow…”Johnny Cash, Bad News.
Bad news gets better ratings. Good news doesn’t get too much attention. But I always strive to show you the good and the bad regarding life in the Philippines. “Iloilo City Immigration Excellence” relates my recent visit to our local Bureau of Immigration, BI. Because my trip to BI was one of the most positive experiences I’ve ever experienced in the archipelago, I just had to share it.
I’ve had my 13a Permanent Visa for almost five years. While the visa itself is permanent, it was time for my ACR card renewal in the Philippines. With a 13a Immigrant Visa your Alien Certificate Registration, or I-Card, is good for five years. My current card expires at the end of May.