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.
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.
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.
I was updating the visa section of my latest version of The Philippines Expat Advisor when I ran across this press release: Philippine Bureau of Immigration Removes 6 Month Passport Expiration Requirement.
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.
Fixers in the Philippines are as common as ladyboy hookers at KTV bars. They’re probably in every corner, crack and crevice throughout all 7,107 islands of this archipelago (along with the ladyboys.) In the latest report released by Transparency International, the Philippines climbed to 85th place from 94th last year and 105th in 2012 in the Corruption Index. This is being touted as a remarkable improvement by an administration which has jailed three opposition senators while members of their own party accused of similar crimes go unpunished.
My recent visit to the Iloilo Bureau of Immigration was not a pleasant one by any means. New regulations, in a manifesto issued by Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison, harasses law-abiding expats living in the Philippines, in my opinion.
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.
The 13a Permanent Resident Visa. In the opinion of Gary Wigle and myself, along with other American expats, this visa is the cheapest, most hassle-free visa a person who intends to retire and live in the Philippines can obtain. Of course, your spouse has to be Filipino in order to sponsor you for it, but once you have the 13a, living in the Philippines becomes that much easier.