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  1. My "old passport ACR" is due to expire in March 2019. I entered the country again just recently (with my new passport), after a few months in Europe. So I hope to extend once (for 2 months) in December without a new ACR, then for the next extension, I would already need a new ACR anyway. That's interesting because I had the same situation at the beginning of this year with a previous ACR, and at BI they told me "sir you want to extend for 2 months but your ACR is valid only for one month more, so you already need a new ACR". Exactly the opposite than what you experienced :)
  2. Thanks sonjack for asking there! And thanks everyone for the answers. This sounds encouraging, so hopefully I won't need a new ACR for the upcoming extension. For the extension following that, I'm still curious if they can send an ACR to a different BI office than the one you extend your stay in, and how long it takes to receive it these days. Since it kind of restricts your travel if you have to pick it up from the same office and it takes roughly 3 weeks to arrive (that's the length of time it took last time I did it). I'll try ask them about it once I go there and report here :)
  3. Thanks sonjack, please update if you managed to ask them. Otherwise if no one is experienced in the situation then yeah I'll have to go there and inquire..
  4. I see a topic about 'new passport' but it's about entry stamps rather than the specific ACR thing :(
  5. Hey everyone, so my ACR is still within its validity period but I've just recently received a new passport due to the previous one expiring. In a few weeks I need to go to extend my stay, would I need a new ACR or can they 'transfer' the existing still-valid one to the new passport, assuming I show them the old passport as well? And if I do have to apply for a new ACR, is it possible to ask them to send it to another BI office in another city instead of to the branch I applied in? And finally how long does it take to receive the card? A few months ago when I did my ACR I had to wait for 3 weeks for it to arrive. I'm just trying to plan my travel as these procedures may restrict me to certain places at certain times.. Thanks for any info! Jim
  6. Hmm I finally found the commissions info I was looking for ( https://www.bpiexpressonline.com/p/1/695/inward-remittance ), looks like TransferWise is still cheaper. I was just pissed off that they raised their fees for small transfers so was looking for alternatives, but I guess a direct transfer isn't cheaper still.
  7. Does anyone have experience with sending USD from abroad directly into your PHP account in BPI Family Savings? Is that even possible or is it rejected by the bank? If it's possible are there any fees at BPI or they just automatically exchange it to PHP at their exchange rate? Thanks everyone :)
  8. jimdones

    Transfer Wise

    To update my original question, just made a transfer to a BPI account, seems no fee was taken.
  9. jimdones

    Transfer Wise

    Just to update, I ended up opening an account with PNB, just received the TransferWise deposit and there seems that no fee was charged by the bank. I think we can assume that no fees are charged by PI banks on TW deposits.. unless someone steps forward and tells a different story.
  10. jimdones

    Transfer Wise

    Thanks! I'll also be hoping to hear from someone who has a BPI account and has received a TransferWise deposit, regarding whether BPI took a fee or not. As I'm in the process of opening an account at BPI it would suck to find out there's a fee in retrospect :/
  11. jimdones

    Transfer Wise

    Does your bank charge you some sort of a deposit fee when you are receiving the TransferWise pesos deposit? Or do you get the full amount? I'm planning to open an account at BPI, looking at their fees they seem to charge for every sort of deposit coming in. Does this not apply to the deposit TransferWise is sending? Thanks :)