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#1 OFFLINE   tequilareef

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 11:17 AM

This is taken from the Living in the Philippines website, an essential and well organized Philippines general information website.

You can now easily extent your stay in the Philippines for up to 16 month without ever having a visa for the Philippines and without ever leaving the country.

Most foreigners enter the Philippines without any visa and they will get a stamp in their passports which is good for 21 days. If someone wants to extent their stay, you would have to go the nearest Immigration Office and get your first extension, good for another 38 days. The cost for this first extension is 3010,- Peso.

Now you are already 59 days in the Philippines and your regular extension series starts by showing up at the Immigration Office every 2 month, just maybe a couple of days before your stamp expires.

If you have to go to the Immigration Office, make sure to wear long pants, a nice shirt and shoes. Otherwise you might not be serviced, some Immigration offices (Cebu) might not even let you in.

Enter the Philippines without a visa: 21 day for free!

Note: New charges since February 2008:

After 21 Days "Visa Waiver" for another 38 Days
Visa Weaver 500,- Peso
Visa Application Fee 1000,- Peso
Certification Fee (new 2008) 500,- Peso
Express fee Certification 500,- Peso
Express fee Processing 500,- Peso
Legal Research fefe 10,- Peso
Total: 3010,- Peso

After this 59 days you'll get a visa Extension for another 2 month!
The Extension 1000,- Peso
Application fees 300,- Peso
Alien Certificate of Registratiion (ACR) 1000,- Peso
Head Tax (Steuer) 250,- Peso
Certification Fee 500,- Peso
Emigration Clearance Certificate 700,- Peso
Legal Research Fee 10,- Peso
Express Fee Certification 500,- Peso
Express Fee Processing 500,- Peso
Total: 4760 Peso

Next extension for two month :
Visa Extension 1000,- Peso
Application Fee 300,- Peso
Legal Research Fee 10,- Peso
Certification 500,- Peso
Express Fee Certification 500,- Peso
Express Fee Processing 500,- Peso
Total: 2810,- Peso
By now you are already 6 month in the Philippines for 10580,- Pesos, but it goes on:
Extension after 6 month for another two month :
Visa Extension 1000,- Peso
Certificate of Residence, temporary Visitor 1400,- Peso
Application Fee 700,- Peso
Certification Fee 500,- Peso
Express Fee Certification 500,- Peso
Express Fee Processing 500,- Peso
Legal Research Fee 10,- Peso
Total: 4610,- Peso

Next extension for another two month:
Visa Extension 1000,- Peso
Application Fee 300,- Peso
Legal Research Fee 10,- Peso
Certification Fee 500,- Peso
Express Fee Certification 500,- Peso
Express Fee Processing 500,- Peso
Total: 2810,- Peso

Last extension for 2, to a total of 12 month:

Visa Extension 1000,- Peso
Application Fee 300,- Peso
Anual Report Fee 300,- Peso
Legal Reseach Fee 10,- Peso
Certification Fee 500,- Peso
Express Fee Certification 500,- Peso
Express Fee Processing 500,- Peso
Total: 3110,- Peso

The total amount for one year's extensions is 21110,- Peso!

Since August 2007 you can now extent your visa another two times, for up to 16 month in total. After 16 months however you should finaly make a visa Run or try to get another extension for up to 24 month from the "Chef of the Immigration Bureau for Regulations". This might become too complicated, so it might be easier to make a visa Run or to try to get a permanent residence.
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 12:38 PM

Thats good info Chris.

The Philippines is definitely easier to get visa's for long term stay than it is Thailand.

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 01:16 AM

How easy is to get a Permanent resident in phillipines ? i`m plannin to move there before 2013 i hope i can this year , but i wanna make sure i go fully prepared there. thx

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 05:02 AM

The Special Resident retirement visa costs $1,420, so its equal to 3 years of paying and extending every couple of months. You dont need to visit immigration again, no exit or reentry permits needed. you do have to deposit $20k in a philipine bank account though.

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 02:06 AM

The Special Resident retirement visa costs $1,420, so its equal to 3 years of paying and extending every couple of months. You dont need to visit immigration again, no exit or reentry permits needed. you do have to deposit $20k in a philipine bank account though.




Where did you apply for this visa? In the Philippines?

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 05:54 PM

Where did you apply for this visa? In the Philippines?


Seems you can apply online for a Special Resident Retirement visa for Philippines here - http://www.pra.gov.ph/main/srrv_form Within or Outside the Philippines

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 02:17 AM

I met up with a PRA agent in AC who took me through the whole process. He advertised in the Blue Book. The PRA have a number of agents throughout the philippines.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 09:48 PM

If one would like to visit the P.I.s for 30 days from the US, what is recommended. To just come and get an 38 day extension once there Or get a visa in the US prior to the trip. Thanks dave

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 10:57 PM

If me I would apply for a visa before going to the Philippines as good to stay for 59 days on arrival.
The Philippines embassy will issue a multi entry visa, valid for 2 years and one can benefit from this if travel frequently to the PI.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 11:25 PM

Thanks Allan. I think I will head up to the Philippine Embassy in SFO and get one of those bad boy's.
I do not want to run into airlines problems when I book a round trip for 30+ days. When I first started on the site (PI addicts) I was planning on a 2-3 week trip, I have now decided on 30 days plus. I have taken care of the majority of my business and have a few loose ends to do. Again Thanks for the quick reply. dave

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 11:40 PM

Thanks Allan. I think I will head up to the Philippine Embassy in SFO and get one of those bad boy's.
I do not want to run into airlines problems when I book a round trip for 30+ days. When I first started on the site (PI addicts) I was planning on a 2-3 week trip, I have now decided on 30 days plus. I have taken care of the majority of my business and have a few loose ends to do. Again Thanks for the quick reply. dave


Dave, it will save you a lot of hassle for sure if you get the visa at the Philippines Consulate in the United States giving you more time for fun in the PI. Glad you decided to stay longer. You'll soon become addicted and won't want to leave, period!

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 12:13 AM

Chris - I am already an addict, I have even though about a quickie ( 7 days) trip prior to vacation in Sep - OCT 2011. dave

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 05:21 AM

if u extend past 1 year, there is an extra 700p charge.
also, once a year in jan/feb there is a report fee of 300p i think
after 16 months, just get an agent to extend for u in manila, i used swagman at 1000p
am advised a girl works out of sunset gardens who is reliable, but never used her
but be careful, recall someone telling me one agent lost his passport
always best to go with an established company, may cost a little more, but more likely less hassle

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 06:18 AM

If you are married, or have family in the PI, get a Balikbayan visa, free for 12 months and extendable.

But with Tiger / SeAir an overnight in Singapore or Hong Kong is better than the hassle of renewing, and after 12 months you need a change of scenery and a reality check!

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 06:43 AM

if u extend past 1 year, there is an extra 700p charge.
also, once a year in jan/feb there is a report fee of 300p i think
after 16 months, just get an agent to extend for u in manila, i used swagman at 1000p
am advised a girl works out of sunset gardens who is reliable, but never used her
but be careful, recall someone telling me one agent lost his passport
always best to go with an established company, may cost a little more, but more likely less hassle


This is a good point. I've used Swagman Travel in Manila and Angeles for my visa extensions, (except when I'm in Davao)for the last 19 years. They've always been prompt, efficient and when I leave my passport with them long term, they even text me to remind me when I need to pay up for a new extension. I'm recently married so I'm planning a short trip with my wife (Marriage certificate in hand) to try & get a Balikbayan visa on our return....

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 12:54 PM

This is taken from the Living in the Philippines website, an essential and well organized Philippines general information website.

You can now easily extent your stay in the Philippines for up to 16 month without ever having a visa for the Philippines and without ever leaving the country.



You can now get 2 years fairly easily. Beyond 16 months, It just requires a fax to the main office and an additional P1010.

The list also does not include the ACR-I card.

Here is the latest fees


21 days to 59 days
P3030

59 days to 4 months
P4830 for the extension
Plus
USD $50 for ACR-I card
Plus
P500 express lane fee for ACR-I card

4 months to 6 months
P2830

6 months to 8 months
P4240

Every 2 month extension from 8 months to 16 months
P2830

Every 2 month extension from 16 months to 24 months
P2830
Plus
P1010 motion for consideration

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 05:21 AM

How long are the ACR-I cards good for? I already received one that my work payed for. Will it still be good if I travel back here next year?

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 01:53 AM

How long are the ACR-I cards good for? I already received one that my work payed for. Will it still be good if I travel back here next year?

There are 2 ACR-I cards.

One type for permanent residents and similar one for tourists.

The tourist ACR-I card is good for a year.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 04:56 PM

Howdy ......fellow meat inspectors,just wondering if anyone has some advice,I am planning a 2 month trip next year ,but i was wondering if ill get any problems at emigration if i book my return flight on the 59th day instead of the 21st day in order to save a few peso on changeing my flight once their.As getting the extension once in pi sounds quite easy.Thanks

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 05:24 PM

Howdy ......fellow meat inspectors,just wondering if anyone has some advice,I am planning a 2 month trip next year ,but i was wondering if ill get any problems at emigration if i book my return flight on the 59th day instead of the 21st day in order to save a few peso on changeing my flight once their.As getting the extension once in pi sounds quite easy.Thanks


You will have no problems at all. As long as you have an onward ticket out of the Philippines.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 05:58 PM

o thanks,thats great news Mr reef ,Ill stop bye your cantina to sample your meaty treats with the money saved ,(thats the menu not your waitresses,although looking at the pics posted i can not make any promises,,hehe please inform them im hung like a korean :001_Thank_You5: )

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 08:17 AM

Howdy ......fellow meat inspectors,just wondering if anyone has some advice,I am planning a 2 month trip next year ,but i was wondering if ill get any problems at emigration if i book my return flight on the 59th day instead of the 21st day in order to save a few peso on changeing my flight once their.As getting the extension once in pi sounds quite easy.Thanks


Yes, extending is easy but it is usually cheaper to arrange a 59 day visa in advance than to pay the P3030 extension in the Philippines.

Tell me what country you are from and I will tell you how mych the 59 day visa is.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:40 PM

Greetings Mr donkey ,,,Im from the riot torn mean streets of england (yeah right),,I have many pairs of trainers and flat screen tvs to sell after my recent looting adventures,All board members get discounts in exchange for san migs,, :GiveBeer1: That info would be very kind .. :001_Thank_You5:

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 09:54 PM

Greetings Mr donkey ,,,Im from the riot torn mean streets of england (yeah right),,I have many pairs of trainers and flat screen tvs to sell after my recent looting adventures,All board members get discounts in exchange for san migs,, :GiveBeer1: That info would be very kind .. :001_Thank_You5:


£22 for British passport holders which is about P1520 on today's exchange rate. So, it could be up to half the cost to arrange in advance.
http://philembassy-u...sular_VISA.html

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 05:22 AM

Thanks for the info that would save a lot of trouble their and add to my beer fund :Chokdee3: cheers ,,




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