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Sec 9a Tourist Visa Extensions Beyond The Waiver

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Sec 9a Tourist Visa Extension

When you are coming up to the end of the 59 days visa free period, you need think about if you are going get tourist visa extensions or to take another option.

You should make visa extension applications a week before the expiry of your current visa waiver.

All future visa extension applications should be made within the same time frame.

What Are My Options?

Your options for future action include:

Leaving the Philippines and returning home.

Take a side trip

  • Go to Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Indonesia or anywhere serviced by no frills or cut-price airlines within South East Asia. You can:
    • Stay as long as you are allowed in that country.
    • Return to the Philippines on the next flight
  • This course of action suits some folk who see it as a way of forcing themselves to see other parts of Asia.
  • It is also popular because it provides a less traumatic way of ending a relationship that is not working. The guy says well I have to leave the Philippines at the end of the week, the girl says, when are you coming back and the guy says I don’t know, but I have your cell and if I do I may ring you.
  • On your return, you start the whole process, as outlined previously, again.
  • Cycle through that process as often as you want to and provided you obey all the entry rules of the Republic of the Philippines you will be a welcome return guest.
  • Apply for a Visa Extension.

    • Your 29-day extension was a visa waiver and as such required minimal paperwork. In fact, it could be completed by your hotel or a travel agent (for the fees plus a service charge) or ahead of your visit through the Philippines Embassy nearest to you.
    • Tourist Visa extensions, however, require you to provide more extensive information, please ensure that your information is accurate. They are currently available for one, two or six months.
    • Your initial tourist visa application will also be completed in tandem with an application for an Alien Certificate of Registration I-Card (ACR I- Card), a personal appearance is now a requirement.
      The ACR I-Card application requirements and processes are separate though connected.

    Where To Apply

    To find out what offices can process the visa extension of your choice click here.

    You will be taken to a map of the Philippines which shows most of the offices of BI.

    Clicking on any of the locations takes you to an alphabetical list of those offices. It would have been more effective if it had taken you to the location you had clicked on, but it is what it is.

    You then need to scroll through the list to the profile of the office nearest you, to ascertain if they have the capability to handle tourist visa extension applications. If that office does not process these applications then choose the nearest office that does or the one that you can access most readily.

    Applying Tourist Visa Extensionsw

    Application Form

    The application form can be downloaded and completed prior to attending the office. Be sure to read and understand the certification statement before signing it. Mistakes, errors or lies can have far-reaching effects on your ability to stay in the Philippines legally.

    The Documents You Will Need

    • The completed and signed application form.
    • Original Passport

    The Process

    • Submit the completely filled-out application form together with the passport to the frontline officer.
      • In larger offices, you may be referred to the Public Information Assessment lane and given a number. In most offices, this will not occur.
    • Once your application and passport are okayed.
    • Your BI Clearance Certificate will be issued, if no derogatory records are found.
      • Otherwise, you must proceed to the Verification and Certification Unit for Clearance.
    • Once obtained get the Order of Payment Slip (OP) and proceed to the cashier for payment.
    • Pay the fees and get your Official Receipt (OR).
    • Submit the Official Receipt with the application form, attachments and passport to the receiving/assessment Officer.
    • Claim the passport stamped with the requested extension of stay.

    What Are The Costs

    Non-Visa Required Adult Extension Fees

    Name Of FeeOne Month Extension
    with ACR-ICard
    One Month Extension No ACR-ICardTwo Month Extension with ACR-ICardTwo Month Extension No ACR-ICardSix Month Extension with ACR-ICardSix Month Extension No ACR-ICard
    Extension00510.0000510.0001010.0001010.0003010.0003010.00
    Application Fee00310.0000310.0000310.0000310.0000910.0000910.00
    Alien Certificate Of Registration Fee01010.0000000.0001010.0000000.0001010.0000000.00
    Head Tax00250.0000000.0000250.0000000.0000250.0000000.00
    Certification Fee00510.0000510.0000510.0000510.0000510.0000510.00
    Express Fee01000.0001000.0001000.0001000.0002000.0002000.00
    Emmigration Clearance Certificate Fee or Emmigration Clearance Exemption Fee00710.0000000.0000710.0000000.0000710.0000000.00
    Visa Sticker Fee00100.0000100.0000100.0000100.0000100.00*00100.00
    Extension Sub Total04400.0002430.0004900.0002930.0008500.0006430.00
    ACR I-Card for Tourists The Peso Equivalent of $50 varies by rate of exchange. 02633.4500000.0002633.4500000.0002633.4500000.00
    Express Lane (ACR ICard)00500.0000000.0000500.0000000.0001000.0000000.00
    Total 07533.4502430.0007933.4502930.00 12133.4506430.00

    Minor Under 14 No Visa Required Sec 9a Visa Extensions

    Name Of FeeOne Month Extension
    with ACR ICard
    One Month Extension
    No ACR Card
    Two Months Extension with ACR CardTwo Month Extension No ACR ICardSix Month Extension with ACR CardSix Month Extension No ACR Card
    Extension00510.0000510.0001010.0001010.0003010.0003010.00
    Application Fee00310.0000310.0000310.0000310.0000910.0000910.00
    Alien Certificate Of Registration Fee00510.0000000.0000510.0000000.0000510.0000000.00
    Head Tax00000.0000000.0000000.0000000.0000000.0000000.00
    Certification Fee00510.0000510.0000510.0000510.0000510.0000000.00
    Express Fee01000.0001000.0001000.0001000.0002000.0002000.00
    Emmigration Clearance Certificate Fee or Emmigration Clearance Exemption Fee00210.0000000.0000210.0000000.0000210.0000000.00
    Visa Sticker Fee00100.0000100.0000100.0000100.0000100.00*00100.00
    Extension Sub Total03150.0002430.0003650.0002930.0008500.0006020.00
    ACR I-Card for Tourists The Peso Equivalent of $50 varies by rate of exchange. 02633.4500000.0002633.4500000.0002633.4500000.00
    Express Lane (ACR ICard)00500.0000000.0000500.0000000.0001000.0000000.00
    Total 07533.4502430.0007933.4502930.00121333.4506020.00

    Minor 14-16 No Visa Required Sec 9a Visa Extensions

    Name Of FeeOne Month Extension
    with ACR ICard
    One Month Extension
    No ACR Card
    Two Months Extension with ACR CardTwo Month Extension No ACR ICardSix Month Extension with ACR CardSix Month Extension No ACR Card
    Extension00510.0000510.0001010.0001010.0003010.0003010.00
    Application Fee00310.0000310.0000310.0000310.0000910.0000910.00
    Alien Certificate Of Registration Fee00510.0000000.0000510.0000000.0000510.0000000.00
    Head Tax00000.0000000.0000000.0000000.0000000.0000000.00
    Certification Fee00510.0000510.0000510.0000510.0000510.0000510.00
    Express Fee01000.0001000.0001000.0001000.0002000.0002000.00
    Emmigration Clearance Certificate Fee or Emmigration Clearance Exemption Fee00210.0000000.0000210.0000000.0000210.0000000.00
    Visa Sticker Fee00100.0000100.0000100.0000100.0000100.00*00100.00*
    Extension Sub Total03150.0002430.0003650.0002930.0007250.0006530.00
    ACR I-Card for Tourists The Peso Equivalent of $50 varies by rate of exchange. 02633.4500000.0002633.4500000.0002633.4500000.00
    Express Lane (ACR ICard)00500.0000000.0000500.0000000.0001000.0000000.00
    Total 06283.4502430.0006783.4502930.0010883.4506530.00

    *The 100 php charge for a visa sticker was not in the costs for LSVVE (6 month 9a) but I included it as I think that’s an ommission, if I am wrong you save 100 peso.
    You can extend your tourist visa for up to six months using the tables above, on the 7th month you will need a Certificate of Residence (Temporary Visitor) This is renewable annually and costs 1400 php.

    Visa Required Adult 9a Extension Fees

    Name Of FeeOne Month Extension
    with ACR-ICard
    One Month Extension No ACR-ICardTwo Month Extension with ACR-ICardTwo Month Extension No ACR-ICardSix Month Extension with ACR-ICardSix Month Extension No ACR-ICard
    Extension00510.0000510.0001010.0001010.0003010.0003010.00
    Application Fee00310.0000310.0000610.0000610.0001810.0001810.00
    Alien Certificate Of Registration Fee01010.0000000.0001010.0000000.0001010.0000000.00
    Head Tax00250.0000000.0000250.0000000.0000250.0000000.00
    Certification Fee00510.0000510.0000510.0000510.0000510.0000510.00
    Express Fee01000.0001000.0001500.0001500.0003500.0003500.00
    Emmigration Clearance Certificate Fee or Emmigration Clearance Exemption Fee00710.0000000.0000710.0000000.0000710.0000000.00
    Visa Sticker Fee00100.0000100.0000100.0000100.0000100.00*00100.00
    Extension Sub Total04400.0002430.0005700.0003730.0010900.0008930.00
    ACR I-Card for Tourists The Peso Equivalent of $50 varies by rate of exchange. 02633.4500000.0002633.4500000.0002633.4500000.00
    Express Lane (ACR ICard)00500.0000000.0000500.0000000.0001000.0000000.00
    Total 07533.4502430.0008833.4503730.00 14533.4508930.00

    Minor Under 14 Visa Required Sec 9a Visa Extensions

    Name Of FeeOne Month Extension
    with ACR ICard
    One Month Extension
    No ACR Card
    Two Months Extension with ACR CardTwo Month Extension No ACR ICardSix Month Extension with ACR CardSix Month Extension No ACR Card
    Extension00510.0000510.0001010.0001010.0003010.0003010.00
    Application Fee00310.0000310.0000610.0000310.0001810.0001810.00
    Alien Certificate Of Registration Fee00510.0000000.0000510.0000000.0000510.0000000.00
    Head Tax00000.0000000.0000000.0000000.0000000.0000000.00
    Certification Fee00510.0000510.0000510.0000510.0000510.0000510.00
    Express Fee01000.0001000.0001500.0001500.0003500.0002000.00
    Emmigration Clearance Certificate Fee or Emmigration Clearance Exemption Fee00210.0000000.0000210.0000000.0000210.0000000.00
    Visa Sticker Fee00100.0000100.0000100.0000100.0000100.00*00100.00*
    Extension Sub Total03150.0002430.0004450.0003430.0009650.0007430.00
    ACR I-Card for Tourists The Peso Equivalent of $50 varies by rate of exchange. 02633.4500000.0002633.4500000.0002633.4500000.00
    Express Lane (ACR ICard)00500.0000000.0000500.0000000.0001000.0000000.00
    Total 06233.4502430.0007583.4503430.0013283.4507430.00

    Minor 14-16 Visa Required Sec 9a Visa Extensions

    Name Of FeeOne Month Extension
    with ACR ICard
    One Month Extension
    No ACR Card
    Two Months Extension with ACR CardTwo Month Extension No ACR ICardSix Month Extension with ACR CardSix Month Extension No ACR Card
    Extension00510.0000510.0001010.0001010.0003010.0003010.00
    Application Fee00310.0000310.0000610.0000610.0001810.0001810.00
    Alien Certificate Of Registration Fee01010.0000000.0001010.0000000.0000510.0000000.00
    Head Tax00000.0000000.0000000.0000000.0000000.0000000.00
    Certification Fee00510.0000510.0000510.0000510.0000510.0000510.00
    Express Fee01000.0001000.0001500.0001500.0003500.0002000.00
    Emmigration Clearance Certificate Fee or Emmigration Clearance Exemption Fee00710.0000000.0000710.0000000.0000210.0000000.00
    Visa Sticker Fee00100.0000100.0000100.0000100.0000100.00*00100.00*
    Extension Sub Total04150.0002430.0005450.0003730.0009650.0007430.00
    ACR I-Card for Tourists The Peso Equivalent of $50 varies by rate of exchange. 02633.4500000.0002633.4500000.0002633.4500000.00
    Express Lane (ACR ICard)00500.0000000.0000500.0000000.0001000.0000000.00
    Total 07283.4502430.0008583.4503730.0013283.4507430.00

    *The 100 php charge for a visa sticker was not in the costs for LSVVE (6 month 9a) but I included it as I think that’s an ommission, if I am wrong you save 100 peso.
    You can extend your tourist visa for up to six months using the tables above, on the 7th month you will need a Certificate of Residence (Temporary Visitor) This is renewable annually and costs 1400 php.

    Please feel free to provide any adjustments to the amounts shown in the tables above, except for the cost of the ACR-ICard, which fluctuates according to the exchange rate

    Persons not requiring a visa to enter the Philippines may now continue this process every two months up to 36 months. Then you must leave the country, even if only for 1 day before the process can begin again. If you required a visa to enter the Philippines then this period is currently reduced to 24 months. Then you must return to the country from which you obtained your initial visa and apply again. That being said long term use of extensions is quite expensive and you may wish to look at permanency options as we explore them in coming articles.

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