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BoI Info BI allows overstaying foreigners to extend stay in PH

Discussion in 'Passports and Visas' started by Notmyrealname, Sep 12, 2021.

  1. Notmyrealname

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    https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1486797/bi-allows-overstaying-foreigners-to-extend-stay-in-ph

    "MANILA, Philippines — Orders to leave given to foreigners who have overstayed their temporary visitor’s visas amid the COVID-19 pandemic have been temporarily suspended, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced Sunday.

    “Pursuant to various resolutions from the IATF directing the public to exercise social distancing and minimize travel, and in the interest of public safety and welfare, we will be implementing this order as a form of regulatory relief for foreigners,” Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente explained in a statement.

    The directive will cover holders of temporary visitor’s visas who have reached the 24-month period maximum stay for visa-required nationals and a 36-month period maximum stay for non-visa required nationals as of March 1, 2020.

    The relief shall also apply to holders of temporary visitor’s visas who have overstayed in the country starting March 1 regardless of the maximum allowance period.

    However, concerned foreigners will still be assessed and will be required to pay immigration fees and penalties in lieu of the order.

    Morente likewise said the order reciprocates the leniency of other countries for Filipinos who may also be experiencing a similar situation overseas."
     
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    Huzzah !!
     
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    Good news for many of you, no doubt.
     
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    Very very good news indeed.
     
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    Reciprocation is good.
     
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    I had a nasty surprise today at the Bureau of Immigration.
    I went to get my visa extended, and asked for a 6 months extension, which would be beyond my 3 year stay limit, but in view of the new "regulatory relief for foreigners" I figured it wouldn't be a problem.
    Aside from being told that I can only apply for the "courtesy" extension near my 3 year limit, so I couldn't get 6 months now (not a big deal), I was also told that the privilege to extend beyond 3 years would involve a payment of a 25,000 peso extra fee, aside from a fine and the regular extension fees. Moreover, such a courtesy extension can only be given for 4 months, after which the foreigner needs to pay the 25,000 peso courtesy fee again.
    So, if at all feasible without a bunch of forced hotel quarantines, I reckon I will pass on the courtesy and travel somewhere for a few days anyway.
    Not amused here, and unimpressed with the "courtesy" extended.
     
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    Thanks, was planning to take advantage of the courtesy extension ... LOL now going ahead with 13a like I should have long ago...
     
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    Will you process 13A in Cebu (so travelling) or via the travel agency next to BI or the other one in the hallway? Still involves 1x going to cebu for bioptrics scanning i believe then, right?
     
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    On November 1, Thailand opened their borders to tourists from 10 countries without a quarantine. They plan to add more countries on December 1.

    I suspect that if they are successful then the Philippines will do the same.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-58838189
     
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    Dreamland next to BI for 21k and yes will have to go to Cebu eventually
     
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