Today we got a comment from Greg.
This is what Greg had to say:
Just received word today that my 13a was approved.We initiated it Jan 14 and was quite surprised it was so quick. We hired a lady who owns an agency here in Cebu along with her ex-pat husband.
Though the cost was more than some would like to pay, I have to say we are very pleased with her services, and I know others who have dealt with her in other visa matters, and all have been very happy.
Pertaining leaving the country while process is in motion.she told us today that one CANNOT leave . I will talk to her again tomorrow and see if she can clarify.
I’ll be fingerprinted tomorrow and then wait a week or so for the card.
Happy in Cebu
This is John’s reply:
Well, the hard part is done!
The BI has a procedure in place, but you need to let them know (At least they did at te Intramuros location, but as anything else, I suppose it could vary office to office). It may need to be that you ask in person Not sure. I can say that I told them that I had a short business trip that I needed to leave the Philippines for a few days. They checked how many days I had remaining, notated my file, and said I was free to travel (I had to show them the copy of my flight itinerary).