I hear a lot of people here on various types of visas who don’t really worry much about keeping it up to date. I don’t know why, but they don’t go and take care of the paperwork with BOI as they should, etc. Maybe they are leery of going to the BOI because of the extortion and corruption we talked about the other day. Whatever the reason for the laxity, they need to re-evaluate.
Yesterday, the BOI deported 27 illegal aliens from the country, sending them home due to many reasons, but primarily because they violated immigration laws. No big deal, right? Well, let me tell you more, and then maybe you’ll think twice.
Many of these foreigners had spent significant time in Philippine jails before being deported. Some of these folks had deportation orders issued two or three years ago, but the Government never got around to deporting them until now when the detention center is getting overcrowded.
These folks included Americans, British, Swedish and others from Western Countries. They were convicted of immigration violations and issued deportation orders, but instead of being deported immediately, they were held in prison for up to 3 years. Now, that IS a big deal, don’t you think? Who was to blame? The foreigners themselves were to blame in my opinion, because they did not obey the law. They didn’t renew their visas, check in with the BOI yearly, or whatever.
My advice to you – don’t mess around. Follow the law, or you may face unwanted penalties!