by: Robelyn M. Yambao
Today, I am going to share with you about visa extension in my hometown. A lot of foreigners are coming to our place because the surfing capital in the Philippines is located in Siargao which is part of Surigao Del Norte. In order to go to that beautiful Island of Siargao, you may need to arrive first at our airport located in Surigao. Then, from my hometown you can take either ship or boat in going to Siargao.
Not only Siargao has tourists attraction but also other Islands that are part of the city and most of the foreigners are beach lovers so, they come here for surfing and wanted to live near by the sea.
But, one problem they are facing is renewing their visa to stay longer in the said island because the office of the Bureau of Immigration can't be found in the Island but in Surigao city. You have no other choice but don't worry because it is easy to process your visa extension here in the city, just prepare your money. :)
How To Go To The Immigration Office In Surigao City
The office is located at the second floor of the Gaisano Capital Surigao. From the main city, just take a multicab and pay the driver P9.00 only. The gaisano mall is next to the Bus Integrated Terminal and airport so, before the cab will reach the said terminal, he gonna drop you off to the said mall.
First Month Extension
When you enter at the office, the officer will give you 2 forms. One is a half size where you put your personal info, tick some boxes and write the number of months you wish to extend here. That is the request form. The other form is a full size paper where you fill out with your appropriate info. You will then give those forms back to the officer together with your passport.
For your first extension, you are allowed only to extend one month then, the next month after this processing, you're good to extend for another two months more as you wish. The total cost you gonna pay in this first processing is P3,030. Below are the particulars of the computation:
Second Month Extension
When your first month extension is about to expire, you can renew it again a week before its expiration date. Here, you can write in the request form a 2-month extension if you wish to stay longer than your first plan. The payment here is bigger than expected for you will pay the ACR I-Card. The total cost will be P7887.50. below is the computation:
Alien Certificate of Registration (Adult)- P1000
Visa Sticker Fee- P100
Head tax- P250
Monthly Extension Application Fee- P300
Monthly Extension Fee- P1000
Immigration Clearance Certificate- P 700
Certificate Fee- P500
ACR I-Card fee- P2477.50
Legal Research Fee- P60
Total P 6387.50
Express Lane Fee (I-Card Processing)- P 500
Express Lane Fee- P 500
Express Lane Fee (Certification)- P 500
Note: We processed this just today January 11, 2017 at Bureau of Immigration, Gaisano Capital Surigao.
The ACR I-Card will be released after 3 weeks because they will send the request to the main office in Manila.
The Next Visa Extension After (2) Two Months of stay
So, on the next visa extension after you've experienced those I've mentioned above, you can still extend for another 2 more months. Since, you already have your I-Card then, the next payment will be lesser. Check it below:
What's The Difference between Manila and Surigao branch (BI office)
In Surigao, hassle free and you are allowed to wear shorts and slippers when entering the office because there is no assigned guard since the office is so small and inside of the mall. While in Manila (main office), you are not allowed to enter if wearing sando(sleaveless for guys), shorts and slippers. And you need to leave an ID to the guard before you can enter in the building. Also, when submitting the forms you need to paste a passport size photo in the application form and submit a xerox copy of the front part of your passport and the part where the arrival date was stamped.
That's all for today!
I hope you learned something and I wish you enjoyed your stay in my hometown. See you next time!
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