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.
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.
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.
Over 300,000 Filipino illegals in U.S. fear deportation. President Rodrigo Duterte said he will “not lift a finger” to help the lawbreakers out. (Photo Source: Asian Correspondent)
“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.
Living in “paradise,” believe it or not, is not always the utopia you might think it is. After over six years of living in the Philippines I thought it would be a good time to compile my “Top 10 Stress-Busters for Living in the Philippines.”
As regular readers of Philippines Plus know, my father-in-law, Lolo (Filipino for Grandfather) is afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease. If not for the expensive medications provided by the generous Murray the Kiwi, Lolo’s affliction would be even worse. My brother-in-law Joery and his crew have been building a nipa hut for Lolo on our new property in Guimaras, the island province we reside on. We had tremendous news Tuesday afternoon as our utility company on the island, GUIMELCO, comes through! Lolo’s nipa hut has electricity!
I am delighted to report that my 2015 Annual Report this year at my local Iloilo Immigration Office was a positive experience. My asawa and I had come in from the pump boat from Guimaras, the island province we reside on, to meet an attorney who could do the title transfer for property we have purchased in Guimaras. Since our dock, Ortiz, was fairly near the Immigration Office and it was almost 7:30 am, the time the office would open, I decided we could drop in and do my Annual Report as a foreigner living in the Philippines.