Philippines 9A Tourist Visa – stricter enforcement of regulations

Philippines 9A Tourist Visa - BI Counter

10 Responses

  1. Hopefully they will begin some enforcement of the Tourist visa abuse. I feel there needs to be a crack down on the eternal tourist here working and thereby taking jobs from Philippine legitimate residents.

    • waebi says:

      Hi Robert,
      I fully agree with you.
      On “silent gardens” we do not interfere with politics. This is why I did not clearly state the countries that are most touched.
      FYI they are nearby, somewhere north to east of the Philippines

      On the other side I know an owner of a dive base who opened the business having only a 9A tourist visa.
      He provides work to about 10 indigenous people. The salaries he pays are really honest.

      It’s a hard job for the BI to separate black and white sheep.

      Cheers, waebi

  2. I know many expats on tourist visas who work under the guise of their spouse or gf. There are a few more that I know have not been out of the country in over 3 years. The BI is gonna catch up with these folks sooner or later.

  3. Philippines embassy not so strict on having a visa. Love to go there, the places and people.

    • waebi says:

      It isn’t a problem to get an initial 9A visa. The problems can occur when repeatedly extending the tourist visa. Then administration starts to ask questions about the sources of income.

      Cheers, waebi

  4. I’ve been living in the Philippines under balikbayan status for almost 10 years. I hope none of this will affect that status. I rather enjoy living here, except for the brownouts.

  5. Virgo says:

    How to report someone like this who put up a business under the gf name and abuses the gf after he started the business he get another one new gf just for pleasure since hes earning already from the business he put up from the help of the long time gf

    • waebi says:

      Hi Virgo,
      We do not support denunciation. But if you need to report, then get in contact with your nearest BI office.
      Cheers, waebi

  6. Sam F says:

    Hi. I’ve been in a relationship with my filipina gf since may, I’m planning on going there late next year, after i save more money for the passport and ticket, its very hard for her to be able to come here, (australia) so ill like to go there and stay for as long as i can, extending my visa every 2 or 6 months, i wont have work when i go there, but ill be staying with my gf and she works 5 days a week and will be able to support me financially, also i cant get the marriage visa, as she’s still tecnicly married from her ex from many years ago and hasn’t got the money to pay for the annulment there, will i have any trouble staying with her? I only want to be with her and nothing else, i feel worried reading this cause im only young still 27, but i want to be there with the love of my life, will i be refused later on, i cant apply for any permament visa it seems, but my reason of staying is to live with my partner there.

    • waebi says:

      Hi Sam,
      Welcome to the Philippines. At your first entry with a 30 days free visa-waiver you won’t have problems.
      Also on your 29 days paid extension of the visa-waiver you won’t have problems because you do not yet have many entry/exit stamps in your passport.
      Also extension won’t be a big problem. 2 months extensions are easy to get. 6 months are also available with no major problem during your first long
      stay here. The second 36 months afer a short leave would be more difficult.
      BUT:
      Your story sounds rather incredible in my ears. Either you or your GF or both wear pink sunglasses. I know Filipinas from 20 to 60+ years. I never heard
      from them such a story. Usually it is the foreign BF who brings in the money.
      You two might be the exception that confirms the rule.

      As downunder, we have a skilled persons visa program. If you have skills that are looked for in the Philippines, apply for a category 13 Quota Visa. It is restricted
      to 50 visas per country who accepts the same policy.

      You also may work in a call-center. The Philippines are the center of world’s call-center industry. This would depend on where you’ll live with your GF.

      Wishing you good luck and of course a Happy New Year.
      Cheers, waebi

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