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Hello all. I have a question regarding the balikbayan privilege. I am married to my filipina wife and we are thinking of booking a flight to Cebu. What documents are required to present to immigration before boarding the plane/at port of entry to avail myself of the balikbayan privilege? We have not registered our marriage with the Philippine embassy but plan on doing so. Thank you so much. 

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27 minutes ago, D Dub718 said:

Hello all. I have a question regarding the balikbayan privilege. I am married to my filipina wife and we are thinking of booking a flight to Cebu. What documents are required to present to immigration before boarding the plane/at port of entry to avail myself of the balikbayan privilege? We have not registered our marriage with the Philippine embassy but plan on doing so. Thank you so much. 

Contact Bureau of Immigration Facebook page, send them message and they have been quick to respond.

The requirements keep changing as well

Here is the FB link (3) Bureau of Immigration, Republic of the Philippines | Facebook

 

Please report back what they say

 

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1 hour ago, D Dub718 said:

Hello all. I have a question regarding the balikbayan privilege. I am married to my filipina wife and we are thinking of booking a flight to Cebu. What documents are required to present to immigration before boarding the plane/at port of entry to avail myself of the balikbayan privilege? We have not registered our marriage with the Philippine embassy but plan on doing so. Thank you so much. 

In the U.S. at the airport check-in they should understand about the BB privilege once they see your wife's Philippine passport, they always have when my wife and I travel to the Phils.   

 

In the Philippines when you clear immigration, at the booth, you both stay in the same line and your wife can request the BB stamp for your passport.   

 

Don't need to contact the Bureau of Immigration .. the BB privilege is not a visa, it is a privilege granted by Presidential Order.

 

ROM can be completed by mail .. easy to do.

Hank

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On 7/18/2021 at 6:18 PM, Hank_ said:

In the U.S. at the airport check-in they should understand about the BB privilege once they see your wife's Philippine passport, they always have when my wife and I travel to the Phils.   

 

In the Philippines when you clear immigration, at the booth, you both stay in the same line and your wife can request the BB stamp for your passport.   

 

Don't need to contact the Bureau of Immigration .. the BB privilege is not a visa, it is a privilege granted by Presidential Order.

 

ROM can be completed by mail .. easy to do.

 

An issue I have is that our marriage has not been reported to the Philippine embassy yet and her passport has not been updated to reflect our marriage. She still has her maiden name on her passport. Our trip is scheduled for October 17 which is just about 2 months away. What I do have is a long form marriage certificate from NYC City Clerk. Do I need to get it authenticated and apostillized for the immigration official here in NY and in Cebu to accept and grant me the balikbayan visa? Or do I need to have our marriage filed with PSA and thus receive a PSA authenticated marriage certificate before being granted balikbayan status? Many thanks.

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This is an interesting topic. I also haven't done the Report of Marriage yet and my passport, green card and all other IDs are in my maiden name. I'd like my husband to travel with me to the PH sometime in the next year. I wonder if PH immigration will give us a hard time with BB privilege if our marriage certificate isn't filed with PSA?

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29 minutes ago, D Dub718 said:

 

An issue I have is that our marriage has not been reported to the Philippine embassy yet and her passport has not been updated to reflect our marriage. She still has her maiden name on her passport. Our trip is scheduled for October 17 which is just about 2 months away. What I do have is a long form marriage certificate from NYC City Clerk. Do I need to get it authenticated and apostillized for the immigration official here in NY and in Cebu to accept and grant me the balikbayan visa? Or do I need to have our marriage filed with PSA and thus receive a PSA authenticated marriage certificate before being granted balikbayan status? Many thanks.

You just present you marriage license, you will be fine

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29 minutes ago, Adventine said:

This is an interesting topic. I also haven't done the Report of Marriage yet and my passport, green card and all other IDs are in my maiden name. I'd like my husband to travel with me to the PH sometime in the next year. I wonder if PH immigration will give us a hard time with BB privilege if our marriage certificate isn't filed with PSA?

Why is it interesting?

 

You just bring your marriage licenses and you avail the BB to enter Philippines.  You are not the first and you will not be the last person to fly to Philippines with a spouse or sibling and all your ID are in your maiden name.

 

My great nephew fly into PHilippines with his step mother who is pinay a few years ago, they are not related by blood she just brought the marriage license showing it his birth certificate to prove she was married to his father.  

 

He was age 19 at the time.

 

You can go to their website BI and it tells you what you need to avail the BB entry into Philippines. As of late they are back to letting spouse/children into PI with BB, just like it was for many years.

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10 hours ago, D Dub718 said:

 

An issue I have is that our marriage has not been reported to the Philippine embassy yet and her passport has not been updated to reflect our marriage. She still has her maiden name on her passport. Our trip is scheduled for October 17 which is just about 2 months away. What I do have is a long form marriage certificate from NYC City Clerk. Do I need to get it authenticated and apostillized for the immigration official here in NY and in Cebu to accept and grant me the balikbayan visa? Or do I need to have our marriage filed with PSA and thus receive a PSA authenticated marriage certificate before being granted balikbayan status? Many thanks.

Carry a photocopy of your marriage certificate, do need to do anything special with it.  Don't need a PSA copy.

 

 

Hank

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