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 non resident stay.
The form is so simple that maybe even one day an officer will think: lets just accept the passport and work from there.
Did you have to bring in the past the following:
- xerox copies of ACR, bio page, visa page passport
Now you need not to worry about all that anymore.
Just fill out the very simple form and when your visa is processed right away you will be out within 20 minutes
No need for foreign address, flight number, profession, etc.etc. just: name, passport number, visa dates, height, eye color, address of stay in the Philippines and your status (single, married etc), signature and your done.
Now one more step up and being able to pay with an ATM card or creditcard would certainly add to the quality of the offices, but than again, living in the Philippines is all about cash money, so I can get used to this new system even without online payment.
I love the new visa extension form it is hassle free and so easy!