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Balikbayan Visa Balikbayan Program

Discussion in 'Passports and Visas' started by Rye83, May 17, 2015.

  1. AlwaysRt

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    My experience last December falls right into what you are asking. There is no answer to your question of course, just stories of 'this is what happened to me'. We went to Hong Kong for a week, at HK airport I told the ticket agent I did not need an onward ticket due to Balikbayan status and gave her a copy of marriage certificate along with passports. No problem. At immigration my wife apparently 'forgot' to ask for Balikbayan stamp and he gave me the standard 30 day tourist. No mention of onward ticket from BI. I talked to the head guy at the Duma BI office and there seems to be a process to convert to Balikbayan but I did not do it as I had an upcoming solo trip to the States anyway.

    Back from the States on tourist Visa, got 59 day at the airport and just did a 6 month extension, another 2 month extension in December and we will try for Balikbayan again in Feb 2018
     
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    My wife's cousin and her husband are going to the philippines, they'll get the BB stamp for one year. He will be returning home without her. I know the BB stamp is for foreigners that are traveling with their spouse, but what happens when the foreigner leaves without his spouse? I was under the impression that you had to enter and leave with your spouse with the BB stamp. Where can I find official rules on this, that I can show him?
     
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    We returned back to our home in Canada, June of 2019, we are returning to the Philippines this January 2020, My wife is a dual citizen with a Canadian passport, and a Philippine passport. Will we still be able to get the balikbayan stamp, even though we have been away for only seven months? I can't find any info on this anywhere.
     
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    My wife and I have never had a problem.
     
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    Only need to enter with their spouse, just have a the marriage papers ready, he can leave inside the 12 months without her. Done it myself.
     
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    You have to arrive together as she qualifies for the benefit of her spouse enting for one year Visa free, we do not qualify on our own. Leaving together or separate is irrelevant, only arrival makes a difference. Not sure it is written Clearly anywhere, but has never been an issue as far as I am aware (nor should it be).

    I am aware of people returning within a few days and receiving a Balikbayan Stamp again, shortest period for me has been a couple weeks (no issue or even a question from BI agent)

    Related question might be "If I am on Balikbayan and leave without my wife, can I come back on it if still within the one year period?" The answer is No, it expires as soon as you leave the country, even if you leave the next day.
     
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