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The express lane fee at the Immigration Office

The express lane fee at the Immigration Office

There has been a lot of confusion about the so called express lane fee, to be used at the Bureau of Immigration on handling once visa. Does the express lane fee still exist? And if so, how come some people say it doesn’t? The Bureau of Immigration has seen a little reorganization. And when it comes to the express lane fee, and some field offices had different procedures to handing out passports and visa.Supposedly they reorganazed their budgets and there…

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Visa Extension in the Philippines: Cost breakdown

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

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

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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Moving to the Philippines

Moving to the Philippines

Moving to the Philippines is a big step. And it involves a lot of things from processing paperwork to getting used to a new culture and for some even a new climate. To help your transition to go as smooth as possible, the famous expat and YouTuber Reekay, the man behind the channel Life Beyond the Sea, with almost 20.000 subscribers of whom many long to follow in his footsteps, who has been living in the Philippines for a few…

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Applying for a 6 months visa at Iloilo District Immigration Office

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

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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