Free Pickup and Delivery
We will pick up your passport from your hotel/home, obtain the visa extension in Cebu and deliver it back to you usually within 2-3 working days. Most travel agencies charge a similar fee to what we are charging, but you have to take it to them and then pick it up – sometimes up to 10 days later. Plus you don’t really know who actually handles your ever important passport.
- The basic fee for this service will be 1200php plus the appropriate Bureau of Immigration fees for the extension or renewal
- A recent rule change requires that you provide on 2? x 2? photograph on a white background at each renewal. If you don’t provide us with one we will be unable to process your visa renewal.
- If your visa extension includes the payment of an ACR card, you should expect to receive the card when we process your next extension in 2 months’ time. If you want us to try to obtain your card earlier, say after 4 weeks, we would charge an additional 300p.
- Receipts for the amount paid to Bureau of Immigration will be provided.
- Remember you can renew a few days/weeks early and still get 59 days from the expiry date of your current visa.
- I explain to all my clients that renewing your visa yourself is not hard and the people at the Bureau of Immigration are pleasant and helpful. If you would like us to go with you the first time to walk you through the process and hold your hand, we would charge you 1,500php.
For a simplified chart of how much your extension will cost, click this LINK. There you can download a complete breakdown of the cost of each visa during your stay – click on VISA COST CHART 2014.
PLEASE BE AWARE, THAT IF YOU ARE HERE ON A TOURIST VISA AND YOU HAVE STAYED FOR MORE THAN 6 MONTHS, YOU NEED TO OBTAIN AN EXIT CLEARANCE IN ORDER TO BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY. YOU CANNOT BUY THIS AT THE AIRPORT AND MAY MISS YOUR FLIGHT. IT COSTS 500P.
As of mid February 2010, the Bureau of Immigration has implemented a new schedule of charges, as they now require tourists who stay longer than 59 days to obtain an ACR card. This is a credit card sized, plastic card which contains all your passport/visa information. The cost is US$50 and is based on that day’s exchange rate which varies, but is currently around 2600 pesos: you will also pay an additional 500 peso Express Lane charge.
This new policy has undergone several operational changes of direction since its inception. Originally we were led to believe that the ACR card would have to be surrendered when the tourist left the country; this proved to be false. Then those tourists who had left the country for more than 59 days were required to buy a new ACR card, (even though their old one was still current), while those who had left for less than 59 days didn’t need a new card.
It is now the rule that as long as your ACR card is current, you don’t need to buy a new one when you return and get to your first extension after 59 days in the country.
On August 1st 2013 the Bureau of Immigration introduced a couple of long anticipated rule changes which benefit the tourist and long term visitor.
- As of this date, most visitors will be given 30 days free upon entry rather than the previous allowance of 21 days. The cost of the next extension which is for a further 30 days is 3140p.
- A trial is taking place whereby a visitors can extend for 6 months at a time rather than every 2 months. This is currently only available in Manila but it seems the actual fees will be the same and a small extra charge will be made for the convenience. I will post again once this visa option becomes available in Cebu. This option is now available in Cebu. However you cannot get the 6 month visa until you have been here for 59 days. You cannot also get a 6 month visa which will take you past 16 months of stay, so, effectively you can only avail of two of these 6 month extensions at each visit
If you have any question regarding visas, please ask away. Our advice is free, informed and honest!
FOR A COMPLETE BREAKDOWN OF YOUR VISA OPTIONS, CLICK THIS LINK
While most of my clients are here on a temporary basis as tourists, I can also offer advice on obtaining permanent resident status with other visas such as the SRRV, the SVEG, quota visas or work visas.
The Cebu Visa Extensions and Renewals Service will help make your stay in Cebu worry free and pleasurable!