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  1. For both the 13a and my original tourist were / expired but my 13a application was in process. Despite being "terrified of the unknown nonsense" here I was told over and over again that as long as it's in process not to worry. There wasn't an issue in Intramuros just don't lose anything.
  2. Just my take on this as I have worked here for many years as an expat. Your travel agent is going to send a staffer to pretty much do what you see folks are doing here, going in standing in line, filling out forms, paying fees and that's about it. It's a convenience service/fee. Just want to advise you to be choosy as my company and myself (As I helped with the legal issues) had experiences with multiple agencies that price gouged. (I think they tacked on about 8K PHP to tourist extensions.) or even worse, the decided to skip going to to BOI and added the stamps on themselves. (i.e, fraud) which caused some major headaches and issues for our teams trying get it cleared up with the already disorganized government departments. Not trying to scare you just saying that you would save a ton of money on your own doing it unless you require the convenience and to be safe! Take care.
  3. Ok thanks. Seems like a wasted trip then if that's the case. When doing it at the airport I suppose it's simply telling them you plan to return and showing the passport and filling out a form?
  4. Anyone recommend doing it at the airport or going to BI to do it? (ECC-B) I will leave in about 3 months and they have said over the phone no issues can do it at the airport without all the hassles and such but I am not so sure lol. I would probably do it at an extension office in Taguig if I chose to get it ahead of time. How long is the valid once it is accomplished again?
  5. Hi there any updated tips for booking flights as of today? Going to be doing this soon. Or anything specifically that might relate to leaving the country I should worry about :) Thanks!
  6. Just got to make sure you bring enough money to the airport for all the "send-off rip-offs" :)
  7. Can't really complain here you guys are all over it and with this form there is **no** chance I should be unprepared to leave :) Anyway appreciate all the insights and thought.
  8. Let's hope they also clean up Intramuros right under Morente's office as they are scamming just anyone and everyone that comes in depending on how much they figure they can get out of them.
  9. Thanks Dave. We are only aware at this point of the one everyone mentioned on here for the trafficking safeguard however will be looking at it all to make sure so we don't get told to pound it at the airport for some nonsense I was too dumb to factor in :) Thanks!
  10. Thanks folks. Lots of great tips. Yes we already are aware and working on the seminar (as it will be required.) and such and will look at the flights though we already have budget allotted for that. Will be checking things out but just wanted to get a lay of the land before I start my research and you guys did that. It's really appreciated!
  11. Hi there. I know in some of my threads I discussed this but it does indeed look like I will be going to Canada for a few months in a few months. I know things can change but I want to get a solid idea of what I need to accomplish to ensure that both my wife and I don't end up blowing money due to missing nonsense and such. As of today I know I need: 1. ECC-B - I believe can do this 30 days or so before the flight and at the airport or an office that supports doing that. 1.(a) Travel Declaration Form travel declaration.pdf (philippineairlines.com) 2. Onehealthpass - Hopefully this might not be a requirement in a few months, but what is involved with this just hit up the website and make an appointment? I think I read some posts where people got rejected for this. 2.(a) Covid test. As of April 1st, Canada won't need this requirement. 3. Travel Tax- I assume will have to have this ready for myself and my wife. 4. Proof of vaccination - Currently we have the local government's card they provided us. Their database has us on their for first dose but due to logistics issues and we have escalated for months, still no update on that. (For the vaxcert.ph website.) The barangay that we did both our doses at does not have a QR code sit was highly recommended to make sure and we will do that as soon as possible. Any thoughts on this. https://vaxcert.doh.gov.ph/. 4.(a) Travel Insurance - I am reading on some websites that proof of travel insurance might be required. I will have this but was just wondering if this is a requirement to actually leave the Philippines since I will be covered by provincial insurance once landing in Canada. 5. Flights. Book now or later? I will start researching. I will have 1 luggage each and perhaps an extra bag so any airline thoughts would be appreciated. I suppose it's better to book the extra weight/bags ahead of time. How much extra should I look to pay for a "flexible" flight with minimal charges? At this point everything seems solid but it's my wife's first trip to Canada so we are being very cautious. 6. Anything else you guys can think of? I am not 100% sure exactly how long we will be gone but for at least 3-4 months but the plan is come back. I will maintain a residential address in the Philippines while I am gone. Just want to avoid any big issues. Thanks and more could come up based on your feedback. Thanks a lot :)
  12. I wouldn't say it's "waste of paper" though it needs to be backed up. If it was a waste of paper I would never have been able to get married lol. The right diplomacy / politics go a long way here even if it's really nonsense/insanity....
  13. Please take note of this experience because mine was similar as the document I was given from the embassy was rejected by two judges/courts simply because of the wording and it wasn't the "exact" one they were expecting. The third court/judge finally accepted it when I showed them email trail from my embassy telling me that was the "ONLY" document that would be coming or available so I was able to get married.' This was very frustrating when it all went down since we were doing everything the right way. Folks will need to be assertive and make sure that they won't have issues so this is a great thread to plan ahead for that scenario.
  14. Well said and I believe all of that to be the case and each and every "scenario' is afflicted with the general "more fun in the Philippines" nonsense and randomness that mean it could go smooth, could not go smooth, or no go at all :) Just the thought of how some folks might have had their "papers" put in the wrong pile during the correspondence and lack of technology is enough to make me shed a tear for some of the stories that might exist. Anyway take care and hope all works out for you!
  15. Hi there. I would say whatever is closest to yourself with a "sprinkling" of avoiding the main Intramuros one simply because unlike some of the satellite offices it's not a "pleasant, modern" building. It's pretty drastic to compare it to say, BOI Extension office in SM Aura. Just make sure that if you intend to do something outside of the norm to make sure wherever you go handles that sort of request as some of the offices don't accommodate certain transaction types. extension immigration office boi philippines - Google Search
  16. Not entirely sure for tourist, but we definitely got a nice yellow variation of the "probationary resident" now "permanent resident" and mine was ready upon passport release. (They even ask you when you hand in your passport to check to see if it will be ready when you come back in 2 days at Intramuros.) Most likely due to doing everything right at the main office. @graham59It will also be yellow instead of that bluish color. I am not sure yet if I feel more VIP since I never carry the thing since it's insanity if you ever end up losing it :)
  17. I can help with this a bit. If you need to go to Intramuros (Main Office) you would only need an appointment if you are not fully vaccinated or are doing an Annual report, but as with Ram mentioned keep checking the BI website and facebook or even calling in to be sure so you don't end up wasting time and money. (Like check all of them and hope that you end up with "similar" information lol.) As for the ACR Card, I assume it is taking longer since you are not in Manila? My ACR card was given to me on the day I I was given my stamped passport. 7 months seems quite long to wait considering how these things shouldn't take that long especially since you are doing a conversion to permanent. (Less things to worry about.) Now I understand that while some of the provincial locations there would have some correspondence involved, it might be worth your time to talk to someone so that when / if you went there to Manila you could just "pick up" your actual ACR card. I suppose this would require some "luck" and speaking with the right person which might not be the easiest thing to do but I thought I would throw it out there and go nuts trying to speak to someone who can help.
  18. Ok that's why you didn't need to do it as I didn't know that you already did it. Duh Shol :) Makes sense now just looking out for everyone from as many angles as possible! Take care!
  19. So they didn't tell you to go and get the Annual Report as well where you did it? I was told and did the annual report right after my passport/stamp were handed to me. Also the ACR card was already available. This was Intramuros though. Maybe this was another "Intramuros only" scam lol. Might not be a bad idea to find out for sure.
  20. I actually can't remember but I do believe when I applied for my original probationary they did ask for the photos (and it's included in a lot of blogger posts as well.) since they need something to put on your ACR card. I just can't remember if they used those or put the passport photo but I think they did. There are a lot of missing items not included on the list on the website or variances though some of them are minor. (Photocopy nonsense.) I definitely agree it can be frustrating being put into scenarios where you know you are being ripped off, for me more so because even if I can afford, I like to choose where my money goes. Just isn't worth the effort in some cases. You see how everything they are doing is paper based? I can imagine the horror stories of where someone makes a mistake and "loses" or slots your stuff in the wrong folder and boom, instant issue since you never get approved and then your current visa expires they could technically boot you out of the country. You also have to play nice a bit or you might get "sister foxed" lol.....
  21. I know we spoke in PMs but will help here so others can share the "baked beans" :) I don't have copies I didn't even think to make copies of it since it was all done "in an alley beside the main office" in Intramuros. Quite honestly as it was going on was more concerned with getting rolled and left in a ditch though in the end, just got taken for about 900 PHP :) For the 900 PHP, they notarize all documents required, and provide you with the questionnaires, one for you and your spouse with standard "relationship" ship verification or sustaining questions. I have no clue on if it's ever even looked at. I shared with you some examples. (How did you meet, what's your plans, etc, lol.) I just did this knowing full well I was scammed because we already got the run around with some of my own documents including the one I created from an online source, the affidvait of cohabitation. And I apologize I didn't make a copy as it was all provided there and I just wanted to get it over with. It's essentially the same as mine, but in a different "format" that had "bigger fonts" or something. (This was the reason the guy there at immigration wouldn't accept my own format, though as indicated, I suspect this is just an excuse for me to join the parade of clueless foreigners (THOUGH I WASN'T CLUELESS LOL.) heading out to compensate their salaries. Will also not here that the "interaction' my wife had with the immigration guy turned a bit heated where he said "don't argue with me just listen to my instruction" when she asked for a rational reason for why we couldn't use our own notarized documents that had been apparently used before. (Based on online research.) So just ended up saying "Yeah OK whatever and agreeing to the "walk of shame" into their little alley for the scam fun :) I don't believe they notarized the questionnaire, but honestly, if you end up there, don't worry about it, just fill it out and hopefully never have to worry about it again :) Anyway here is the general format and as usual this might be perfectly fine at other offices. Who knows haha! SAMPLE COHAB FOR FORUM.rtf
  22. Hi there I took a peek and one thing I will mention right away is that there are some things that are quite "location specific" outside of the general forms and process. Here are are some of my observations and findings but would be for Intramuros only since that's the only site that I interfaced with. For Intramuros: - No more interview for now (This might change post pandemic) , but instead you have to do an affidavit of guarantee with authenticity form and questionnaire. This was also part of the notary scam provided to us at 900 PHP. (See below for more details.) - They actually demanded the FULL passport cover to cover printed, in Intramuros at least, This can be done inside Intramuros Immigration. - I was never really questioned or asked to prove financial capacity. - Second visit they requested Affidavit of Cohabitation. In Intramuros they didn't accept my online created formats. They REALLY want to have you go to this notary republic around the corner and pay them 900 PHP for the "whole kitten cabudle" and it is indeed a scam that I figure most of them are in on. I just did it, and I suppose others can avoid it but I felt like it wasn't worth the hassle of arguing simply to use my own documents. NBI - Make sure it's updated OR all your documents are set to the address that you have on the NBI Clearance you are providing. (See my other notes on this for more details if you changed addresses while on probationary.) I can PM or provide the affidavits (Guarantee/cohab) that I used/tried to use as required though as indicated might not work at least in Intramuros since they really want to scam you ::) And everything as you know can change or be changed depending on the day, the time, the week, the weather, the "vibe"; it's more fun in the Philippines :)
  23. Thanks @OnMyWayI have called and checked previously a few times and been told that as long as you check in there is no "expiry" though I am anxious for that moment since "who knows" when you land or try to do your annual report. I won't be going in and out THAT much but probably at least once a year or so as of the current plan. Really appreciate all these details.
  24. Thanks for the response it's appreciated :) I forgot to ask, can I use the local/non foreigner queues for immigration or would I still need to use the one specified only for foreigners when lining up to give your passport and they "check you out". Thanks!
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