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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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I am going to the Philippines in Dec. to be with my fiancee for her interview and hopefully bring her home with me. Because of her Japan police clearance we have no idea how long it will take for her to be approved. My question is; Do I need to have a return flight to enter the Philippines? I am aware of the free 21 day tourist visa and that I can extend after said days. Can I get say a 2 month visa in the states before I depart just so I dont have to fly back to manila after the 21 days just to extend? Any advice would be great. thank you and good luck everyone


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It has been posted that yes, you do need a return flight to enter the country. Some have said to get a "throw away" ticket to show you do plan to leave the country. Otherwise, you can find out how much it is to purchase an open ended ticket and change the date of departure as needed.

As far as the request for a 2 month visa before you leave, I am not sure about that. I know when I had to extend my visa past the 21 day original, we went to Olongapo to their Customs and Immigration satellite office. Depending on where you are staying, their might be a satellite office in that area and may not require a trip to Manila to extend your visa.

Hope that helps.. :thumbs:

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Yes you need to have a return ticket. Its one of the requirements when you apply for an extension of stay in Bureau of Immigration Philippines. My husband first purchased a ticket only one trip and no return because he doesn't know when he will fly back. And he applied for a two months extension in BI Philippines while he was still is the State but his application was return back because he didn't gave a return ticket. So he was forced to get a round trip (If only we knew that we can just bought a ticket from philippines to nearer country like Malaysia or singapore just to exit the country it would be much cheaper for us but too late for that he already purchased a round trip). And even when he apply for another extension in the philippines his return ticket was still asked in the Immigration. Good luck and GOD bless!! :)


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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
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It has been posted that yes, you do need a return flight to enter the country. Some have said to get a "throw away" ticket to show you do plan to leave the country. Otherwise, you can find out how much it is to purchase an open ended ticket and change the date of departure as needed.

As far as the request for a 2 month visa before you leave, I am not sure about that. I know when I had to extend my visa past the 21 day original, we went to Olongapo to their Customs and Immigration satellite office. Depending on where you are staying, their might be a satellite office in that area and may not require a trip to Manila to extend your visa.

Hope that helps.. :thumbs:

good.gif Yip! Many dont have return ticket especially Airline employees such as I. I only have had standby listings, But I would Tread carefully because it has been reported even in Phil newspapers and blogs that Phils immigratration will be cracking down. which means you get turned back, airlines heavily fined. This would be at the departing airlines expense. The airline is the one that is suppose to check before you depart. play it safe and find the cheapest ticket out such as Tiger or Cebu out of country. You literally throw it away if not used. Some will say buy open end or refundable but they are expensive to begin with.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Thanks to everyone who replied. :thumbs:

We'll probably purchase a ticket to Singapore since they don't require a Visa if you stay there within 30 days. Just in case Immigration would ask for it too.

Thanks again!


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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*** Thread moved from K-1 Case Progress to Philippines regional subforum -- topic not about an immigration process. ***


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Filed: Other Country: Philippines
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This is back in March, but I did my 59 day extension at the Bureau of Immigrations only took a couple hours, I did not bring a copy of my return ticket and they did not ask.

You do need a departing ticket though.


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Singapore will stamp USC passport with 90 days and only 30 for Filipinos.


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05/22/12 - Mailed I-129F
08/17/12 - Approved I-129F NOA2 (85 days)
11/19/12 - Approved Visa!! (179 days)
12/01/12 - POE Honolulu, HI
12/21/12 - Wedding Day!
AOS, EAD and AP
01/05/13 - Mailed I-485, I-765 and I-131
01/09/13 - USCIS accepted case and received text
01/11/13 - Cashed check
01/08/13 - Received NOA1
01/18/13 - Received Biometrics Appointment Notice
01/22/13 - Early Biometrics Walk-in (scheduled Feb 7)
01/27/13 - We're pregnant!!
02/04/13 - Received Appointment Notice
03/04/13 - Approved EAD and AP (58 days)
03/12/13 - Received EAD and AP combo card
03/12/13 - Interview and Approved GC (63 days)
03/20/13 - Received Green Card

10/3/13 - Baby #1 arrived

2/17/14 - Pregnant again! LOL

10/20/14 - Baby #2 arrived
ROC
01/09/15 - Mailed I-751

01/12/15 - NOA

01/16/15 - Received NOA Letter

01/20/15 - Mailed DMV 1yr Extension

02/05/15 - Received Biometrics Letter

02/09/15 - Early Bio (Walk-IN)

02/19/15 - Biometrics Appointment

06/15/15 - Approved
06/15/15 - Card Ordered and Mailed

08/22/15 - Card Received

N-400 on or after 12/15/15



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