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Update on my 13a application

Discussion in 'Migrating to the Philippines' started by Garydarby84, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. Garydarby84
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    Just an update for anyone interested.

    Just left the bureau of immigration, literally few minutes ago, although I followed everything on the checklist to a tee, I have to return another day.

    My wife's cousin has a contact in the acr department so we went to visit him with all our documents to have them double checked, they looked through them and asked where my NBI clearance was, I stated that your official checklist says I only need it if I've been here 6 months or more.

    He replied that everyone, no matter how long they've been here, always need NBI clearance. I did show them my police clearance certificate from the UK however they said they wouldn't accept it.

    I need to return with my NBI clearance certificate and they said it'll be fine then.

    A little annoyed because we drove for 3 hours to get there.

    I'm reassured though, at the least, that all my documents are fine and in order minus the NBI clearance.

    Will keep you updated after I receive my clearance.
  2. Markham
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    Markham . Lifetime Member

    Which BoI office are you dealing with?
  3. Garydarby84
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    We went to Intramuros
  4. Markham
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    Markham . Lifetime Member

    You're the first 13a applicant that I've heard about who has been told to produce a NBI clearance - even though they've been in-country less than six months - and that the ACPO certificate you have won't be accepted. Normally it's the other way around. I'm wondering whether this is down to you using a private contact to speed-up the issue of your ACR card - which would be forthcoming as part of the 13a process at any event.
  5. Garydarby84
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    Went to NBI yesterday, the one on UN Ave. And was in and out in 30min, just need to collect it Tuesday after which I'll go straight to intramuros and start my visa application
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  6. Matt P
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    So has anyone got an update for this...about to start the same application. Checklist quite clearly states NBI only needed is been there for 6 months. Not having to get it would save a lot of hassle. Manila for me is a 6 hour bus ride from home and then you have to wait 3 or 4 days to collect it. Not exactly straight forward. Seems odd to me that a government document is not being adhered to
  7. Bootsonground
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    Why not get an NBI clearance nearer where you live before you apply?
  8. Matt P
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    Matt P Member

    Because as a foreigner you have to go to the main office in manila to apply for it...you cant get one from a satalite office. Locals can but not a foreigner unfortunately.
  9. Garydarby84
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    I have my visa and ACR-I card now, and yes, you will need NBI clearance no matter how long you've been there, it was a pain for me too as it was 3hr drive
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  10. graham59
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    Could you please give an idea of total processing cost ?

    Presumably this is for your 12 months 'probationary' ? :)
  11. Garydarby84
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    Yes, probationary, it was around Just over 11,000 peso.

    8,700 roughly for the visa and acr card etc... and 2,500 for the express lane charges (not sure why they charge you this as they are slow as hell)
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  12. Garydarby84
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    I've got the receipt somewhere, I'll post a picture of the exact fees later
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  13. graham59
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    graham59 Well-Known Member

    Thanks. That's less than I was expecting... which does make a change ! lol :like:
  14. Jim
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    Jim Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    Yes you can, I got mine in Dumaguete two months ago.
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  15. Jim
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    Jim Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    Then you have to do it all again for the permanent one. Don't forget the annual reporting in January.
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  16. Jim
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    Jim Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    The permanent one cost that much too.
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  17. graham59
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    graham59 Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys.

    I'm hoping that perhaps my nearest immigration office (Dagupan) may be able to process the 13A. - Will investigate.
  18. Matt P
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    Matt P Member

    Dumaguete is not on Luzon so unsurprising....if on Luzon you need to go to Manila.
  19. Bootsonground
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    Bootsonground Well-Known Member

    What a lot of palaver!! Glad now I applied in the R.P embassy in UK.
    After application,immediate Permanent residency!
    Job done.
  20. Matt P
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    Matt P Member

    we emailed Dagupan and Baguio and they both said the same...main office in Manila but can apply from them for 13a visa but NBI has to be manila office...UN Avenue
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