When we first applied for the renewal of the I card of Ellie we noticed that she had made a small mistake of allowing her Passport to expire but she still applied for her I Card Renewal but the application was rejected because of the Passport! OK, our mistake she tried and failed so we went back to Gen San and we went through the latest process and procured her a new Passport from the UK, it took 4 weeks but the process was easy. Today, Thursday she went back to Davao to apply once again! I did not go with her this time, I usually go with her just to get out of Gen San for a change but this time I had things to do in my dive shop so I let her go on her own!
We, unlike many people, have never had any real problems with the Immigration either in Gen San or Davao. We always make sure that we have multiple copies of every possible document that we might or might not need and except for last time because of Ellie’s Passport mistake it has always worked for us! I have in the past, several time seen Foreigners really loosing their cool with the Immigration Staff, shouting and blaming them usually for problems which are their own fault, this is not the way to deal with the people there, they are only doing their job which can be an unpleasant job at times and they can really screw you around if you upset them!
Ellie traveled on the non-stop Yellow Bus at 5.45 AM from Gen San to Davao and arrived at the Immigration Department at 9 AM. She went inside, did all the things that she had to do for the application, paid p 4,700 which included fines and all other costs and was waiting for her card but was informed that all Permanent Resident I Cards now have to be issued from Manila and would be ready in 3 months! Ellie then thanked the staff and with nothing else to do in Davao she left the office to return to Gen San!
When she got back to Gen San she received a phone call from the Immigration in Davao telling her that there was a mistake with her new passport! Her name in the new Passport is Elisea Dearne which was also the name in her old passports while her name on all her Documents Is Elisea Munoz Dearne! Now she has to get an Affidavit of Inclusion which basically states that the middle name should be a part of the document presentation!
This Morning, Friday we went to the Attorney to get the Affidavit which was easy and were going to send it by LBC to the Davao Immigration but could not get contact by phone to inform them so we went to the Gen San Immigration office and asked them to call on their good line for us which they did! Ellie explained that she had the Affidavit and was planing to LBC it but she was told that there was an extra payment for that service and also Ellie had not been fingerprinted so now she has to go back to Davao, in order to finish the Application! OK, she will now go back to Davao on Monday and with a bit of luck will settle everything during that visit!
This might sound like a bit of a screw up but really its a good exercise as I will have to renew my I Card in 2 years so I have found out a few new things to do to cover myself!
Today, Monday, Ellie went back to Davao at the same time as last week and got into a not too busy Immigration Office! She handed over the Affidavit of Inclusion which was accepted but she had to pay p 1,010 to include it. Then she had to go upstairs for fingerprints, 3 copies on 3 cards and she was also asked for six photographs, 2 for each fingerprint card! Luckily, she always carries lots of pictures when dealing with government so no problem. She went downstairs again and checked that she had completed all the requirements and after she was assured that she had she left the Immigration Office, crossed the road to the Victoria Plaza and had her lunch before she went and caught the Yellow Bus back to Gen San where she arrived just after 3 pm, a total of 10 hours for the journey!
All she has to do now is wait for her new I Card in about 3 months!
A reminder to all who go for a renewal of the Permanent Residents I Card, you need 3 copies of everything, 6 ID Pictures and an Affidavit of Inclusion if your Passport does not have your full names plus about p 5,000 for processing! Good luck to all applicants, I wish you all success in your application! The main thing is not to loose your cool with the Immigration Service Personnel!