BI orders 2,736 foreigners to leave for visa violations

Published October 27, 2020, 3:54 PM

by Jun Ramirez

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente ordered almost 3,000 Chinese nationals to leave the country for violating the conditions of their visa.

Bureau of Immigration Commisisoner Jaime Morente (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The BI chief said the 2,736 errant foreigners were given visa upon arrival (VUA) from January to October, but failed to leave on their scheduled departure.

They are not allowed to extend their stay beyond 30 days under the VUA guideline.

 Morente said many of the aliens were blacklisted to prevent them from returning, but few are welcome to come back as their scheduled trip back home were delayed by cancellation of flights due to corona virus.

The VUA, a joint project of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), was launched three years ago to attract Chinese tourists and tour groups.

It allowed them to stay here for not more than 30 days, without the need to apply for visas at Philippine consulates in their places of origin.

Tour operators accredited by the DOT handled the VUA application which program was suspended in January to slow down the arrival of Chinese tour groups.