Foreign nationals that seek to stay longer in the Philippines must apply for a Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE). The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has implemented a new visa option for tourists to the Philippines, the Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension. LSVVE is available to temporary visitors coming to the Philippines for business, pleasure, or health reasons.
Prior to the approval of this LSVVE visa, tourists are only allowed to extend their stay in the Philippines for two months. With the LSVVE implementation foreign nationals can now extend their stay for up to 36 months.
How Long Can You Stay in the Philippines?
LSVVE allows a foreign visitor to obtain permission to stay in the country for six months. Additional LSVVE visas can be obtained upon expiry in order for the tourist to stay in the Philippines for up to 16 months. Additionally, with the approval of the Commissioner, a stay of 16, 24, or 36 months is possible, depending on the visitor’s nationality.
Requirements and Procedures LSVVE Application
Aside from the existing tourist visa, the foreign national must prepare and file several documents with the Philippine immigration office. Below are the following documentary requirements:
- Checklist TVS-C-VE-2016
- Application Form TVS-CGAF-VE-2016
- Sworn Statement for overstaying /updating of stay of more than six (6) months
- Additional Information on Applicant’s children (if needed)
After completing the following documentary pre-requisites, you may continue to file for your visa extension request as follows:
- Acquire the Consolidated General Application form (CGAF) from either the Public Information and Assistance Unit (PIAU) or the official BI Website.
- Submit the filled-out application form and attachments, as well as your valid passport, to the frontline officer.
- Once proven that the applicant has no derogatory records, they will be issued a BI Clearance Certificate. Otherwise, they must proceed to the Verification and Certification Unit for Clearance.
- Get the Order of Payment Slip
- Pay the fees and get the Official Receipt (OR).
- Submit the OR together with the application form, attachments, and passport to the receiving officer.
- Claim the passport stamped with the requested extension of stay.
Fees depend on where the foreign national came from. For visa-required nationals, they will have to pay a total of ₱13,900, while non-visa required citizens, it will cost ₱11,500.
Extend Your Stay in the Philippines
The Philippines’ great tourist spots, culture, and hospitality make foreign nationals want to stay longer. To enjoy maximum travel adventures, business ventures, or healthcare opportunities, applying for an LSVVE is a must in order to extend your visit. If you find the LSVVE application confusing, you may seek help from visa processing firms to help you with your application.
Long-stay visa extension in the Philippines FAQs
Who can obtain long-stay tourist visa extension in the Philippines?
Foreign nationals who hold Temporary Visitor’s Visa but are planning on staying in the Philippines for more than 59 days must apply for tourist visa extension for 1, 2 or 6 months with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration at least one week prior to expiration of visa.
What are the requirements for long-stay tourist visa extension in the Philippines?
The requirements for obtaining a long-stay tourist visa extension in the Philippines are as follows:
- Valid passport
- Application Form (TVS-CGAF-VE-2016)
- Sworn Statement for overstaying/updating of stay of more than six months
How to apply for long-stay tourist visa extension in the Philippines?
You can apply for a long-stay tourist visa extension by submitting all the requirements personally to the Philippine Bureau of Immigration or hiring an accredited agency to process the application on your behalf.
What is the process for applying long-stay tourist visa extension in the Philippines?
The process for applying long-stay tourist visa extension at the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) is as follows:
- Visit BI’s main/satellite office and bring all requirements
- Acquire a queuing number and wait for your number to be called
- Proceed to assessment of fees
- Pay fees
- Wait for your visa extension to be released
Disclaimer:Immigration laws in the Philippines may change without prior notice. New updates on eligibility for visa application, documentary requirements, processing timelines, length of validity of visa, and other information related to your visa application may arise any time. We recommend that you consult with our Immigration and Visa Specialists to stay up-to-date.
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