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Philippines/minor us citizen overstaying in the Philippines


I have two girls who are now overstaying in the Philippines since August 2008. My wife who is not a us citizen brought them to the Philippines but could not come back due to immigration problems. What fines and fees do I expect to pay for the two girls before they could come back. I planned to fly them back to America in March 2013. Besides paying fines and fees, what other problems can I expect to face? Thank you for your prompt response.


Ben the cost of overstaying could be incredibly high since each visa extension costs about U$600 / year. ( as high as P150,000++/ 5 years each )Ask your wife to contact a Philippine Immigration official after business hours for advice and help. Of course the only other problem is if your two girls have valid USA passports. If not then they will need to apply for those also by making an appointment with the USA Embassy in Manila. From others in your predicament I've learned that P30,000 to P50,000 / overstayed person can be negotiated after a few weeks of "crying broke" with an immigration official. Good Luck!!  


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