5 comments for “Final trip to immigration for 13a visa or is it?

  1. jon
    July 4, 2011 at 5:17 am

    my biggest gripe was the 1000 pesos for the so called EXPRESS LINE when there was only one friggin line availible. I asked where is the slow line and got a dumb look started to raise hell but my wife stopped me. next time I went to immigation they didn’t charge me for the “EXPRESS LINE” guess they thought I might make a phone call or two to the hotline.

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      July 4, 2011 at 5:34 am

      Agree.. but also can’t understand why people are surprised we get offended when we know they are stealing.. yes stealing.. not ripped off or overcharged but blatent theft.

  2. Jesse
    October 30, 2011 at 6:38 am

    I just finished my 13(A). OK, so it’s not as efficient as anyone would like, but the folks working there are just trying to do their jobs. Sure, there are some who are corrupt, but few. As for the permanent visa being renewed, you gave wrong information. You only have to have a replacement for your 5 year old card. Your residency status is stamped permanent on your passport. The card is the only thing getting changed, as it can get worn out. Now, compare the cost of immigration here with other countries, and I think you will find them more than fair. I think also that if you keep in mind the conditions these folks work under, and determine to keep a good attitude and even a smile, you will have a better experience when dealing with them, they also have problems. I found them to be very helpful and willing, but that’s approaching with a smile and respect.

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      October 30, 2011 at 8:43 am

      They upgrade your temporary visa card to permanent after your 1 year probation period that’s where the extra charge is as they charge a “processing fee”. Every time you renew the cards same as those that tourist visa card holders have there is a $20 fee for processing.
      Regarding issues with them my relevance to that is that they are often after bribes the “have you got something for me?” or being asleep at the desk in example to the 13a. The person in question is very well known for this as is several other members of immigration for expecting bribes. I didnt give any at the same time I wasn’t looking for any hassles I just went by the book on everything. How much time have you spent round the officials?? Maybe its things like turning up at 11am on a Friday and leaving by 1pm because they are going back to the provinces that increase the workload because I know this is exactly what happened with the person I am talking about. Its very common knowledge that officials here often disappear during work hours so backlog whatever you want to call it is often self inflicted. Have very little sympathy for people that expect to be paid for a job don’t do it then expect a bribe because they are behind to do yours first.

      In reality best way to deal with immigration is just take your time put things in for processing and come back in weeks or months later once its in process the clock stops on the tourist visa renewals at temporary 13a I left mine 2 extra months before going back for it. My permanent card is still there at the moment as I haven’t needed to go to the city.

  3. LloydChumbley
    December 28, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Well at least yours is done Matt! I doubt its easy to do without corruptions hand trying to claw at your wallet. Its why they don’t like giving “exact price” which as you know can be a real pain in the butt when you don’t know how much money you need each few months on a tourist visa. At least yours is just an annual report unless you leave the country then they will rob you blind with an exit fee..hhaha