Did you know that if you live here on a 13 series Visa, you have to go to the Bureau of Immigration and check in every year? That’s right, every year, in January of February, you are required to go to the Bureau of Immigration and check in, which means that you go, show your presence, pay a small fee (around P300) and you are finished for the year.
The 13 series Visa is a Visa that gives you permanent resident status in the country. I am here on a 13(g) Visa, which means that I am married to a former Citizen of the Philippines. If you were married to a Filipina who is still a Citizen of the Philippines, you would be getting a 13(a) Visa. The 13 series is a non-quota visa, meaning that there is no limit to the number of people who can get such a visa each year. With some other visas, there is a specific number of recipients per year, but that is not the case with the 13 series.
Anyway, last week when I went to General Santos, I checked in at the Bureau of Immigration office there (it’s located at the Arcade of the East Asia Royale Hotel). It was a simple and quick process. We have five in the family with such Visas, and for all five of us to check in it took under 20 minutes, and about P1,500 in fees. Quick, simple, hassle-free!
If you are living here, did you check in yet? If not, there will be a penalty for being late!