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Visa Extension in the Philippines: Cost breakdown

It was time for my visa extension and since there is no Bureau of Immigration on Siquijor, I went to Dumaguete. Once in the office I learned that now I can do a six months visa extension in Dumaguete, no need to go to Cebu, Bacolod or Iloilo for that. Great improvement, but I needed to visit the ATM first, before applying. Since a 6 months visa is more expensive off course. But first things first, I got a question…

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Philippines: The new Visa Extension Form, hassle free and fast

The Philippines is always known for its visa friendly procedures. Although sometimes it could get a bit confusing on what to bring and what to leave out. Lucky for us visitors the officers and staff in the offices are always friendly and willing to help out in advice and the endless checklist. But things have changed and the Bureau of Immigration has made an enormous step forward when it comes to digitalising the visa extension process for non immigrant and…

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How NOT to behave when applying for a Visa in the Philippines

I’ve been in and out immigrations offices in the Philippines a few times now, and every time I’m impressed with the incredible patience of the immigration officers handling the numerous request from demanding visitors. Sometimes I felt ashamed I was one of the visitors when watching people behave very badly and very rude towards the officers in charge. More often I read on the internet that the fees you need to pay are a scam, officers are not to be…

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Applying for a 6 months visa at Iloilo District Immigration Office

Time for a new visa. so I head to the Bureau of Immigration at Iloilo. You will find the Immigration office at the ground floor of the Customs Building. The Customs building is a landmark in Iloilo City. When entering the main entrance, go a few steps up through an iron gate in, to the circle shape center of the building and turn left. The Bureau of Immigration is the first office on the left. The security guard will help…

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Visa application at the Dumaguete Bureau of Immigration

The entrance is a little hidden inside an alley, but the outside sign shows that this is the entrance to the Bureau of Immigration here in Dumaguete City. Door number 8. Almost at the end of the building. I went in around 10.00 am, had to get a photocopy of that funny little registration-slip they stapled in my pasports last page and new photos, for mine were not the right size. (weird but in Batangas Field Office they used those…

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My Visa extension beyond 59 days in the Philippines

My visa was about to expire. So I downloaded the necessary forms from the official website of the Bureau of Immigration and headed to Batangas for an extension. Since the Bureau of Immigration closed it’s office in Puerto Galera, it is either Calapan or Batangas. I felt like a boat ride and some shopping in the mall so I headed to Batangas. Since I am ging to stay long term in the Philippines I also need to apply for an…

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Up Close and Personal: about Visa extensions and moving on

This was the week of the visa extension, that means a visit to Batangas city. This time I came prepared: I have a shopping list for when there is time left to go to the mall. I’m looking forward to my trip actually. And maybe now it is time to move on. I think I’m settling in, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stay. The other day when at sunset I walked on the beach to the river I…

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