A Guide to Extending Your Long-Stay Visitor Visa (LSVVE): Step-by-Step Instructions

The-Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE) is a visa option that allows temporary visitors in the Philippines to extend their stay for business, pleasure, or health reasons. Before the introduction of this visa, tourists were limited to a maximum stay of two months. However, with the LSVVE, visitors now have the opportunity to enjoy an extended stay and fully immerse themselves in the vibrant culture, breathtaking landscapes, and warm hospitality that the Philippines has to offer.

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This visa extension grants travelers the chance to truly experience and engage with the country. Whether it’s exploring pristine beaches, diving in world-renowned dive spots, indulging in delectable cuisine, or discovering the rich history and heritage, visitors can create unforgettable memories and embrace the wonders of the Philippines at their own pace. The LSVVE provides the flexibility to plan a more comprehensive itinerary, ensuring ample time to explore diverse attractions and make their visit truly meaningful and rewarding.


Who Can Apply for Visa Extension?

The extension of tourist visas is open to all temporary visitors, regardless of nationality and without any disqualifications, who wish to prolong their stay during the last thirty (30) days of their previously issued Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE), or upon the expiration of a regular visa extension. The maximum duration of the extension period shall not exceed six (6) months from the authorized stay expiration.

Where to Apply for Visa Extension?

You may submit your application at the main office of the Bureau of Immigration.

What are the Requirements Needed?

Please bring the following items:

a. Checklist TVS-C-VE-2016, including all necessary documentation.

Document Requirements:

  1. Original Passport
  2. Sworn Statement for overstaying or updating stay beyond six (6) months

b. Application Form TVS-CGAF-VE-2016.

TVS-CGAF-VE-2016 Form

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c. Additional Information on Applicant’s children (if applicable).

BI FORM 2014-00-005 Rev 0

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Please ensure that you have the above documents ready for submission.

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Application Process: Step-by-Step Guide

To apply, follow these steps:

Step 1: Obtain the CGAF (Comprehensive General Application Form) either from the Public Information and Assistance Unit (PIAU) at the BI G/F Main Office or download it from the official BI Website.

Step 2: Complete the application form and gather all the necessary attachments. Submit the filled-out form and attachments, along with your passport, to the frontline officer.

Step 3: If there are no derogatory records, you will be issued a BI Clearance Certificate. However, if there are derogatory records, you need to proceed to the Verification and Certification Unit for further clearance.

Step 4: Obtain the Order of Payment Slip and proceed to the Cashier to make the required payment.

Step 5: Pay the fees and obtain the Official Receipt.

Step 6: Submit the Official Receipt, along with the application form, attachments, and passport, to the receiving/assessment officer.

Step 7: Finally, claim your passport stamped with the requested extension of stay.

Follow these steps carefully to ensure a smooth application process.

Visa Application

How much does it cost for nationals who require a visa?

For individuals requiring a Visa:

Extension Fee Php 3,010.00

  • Application Fee – PHP 1,810.00
  • ACR – PHP 1,010.00
  • Head Tax – PHP 250.00
  • ECC – PHP 710.00
  • Certification Fee – PHP 510.00
  • I-Card – PHP 2,100.00
  • Express Lane Fee – PHP 3,000.00
  • Express Lane Fee (Cert.) – PHP 1,000.00
  • Express Lane Fee (I-Card) – PHP 500.00

TOTAL: PHP 13,900.00

How much does it cost for Non visa-required nationals?

  • Extension Fee – PHP 3,010.00
  • Application Fee – PHP 910.00
  • ACR – PHP 1,010.00
  • Head Tax – PHP 250.00
  • ECC – PHP 710.00
  • Certification Fee – PHP 510.00
  • I-Card – PHP  2,100.00
  • Express Lane Fee – PHP 1,500.00
  • Express Lane Fee (Cert.) – PHP 1,000.00
  • Express Lane Fee (I-Card) – PHP 500.00

TOTAL: PHP 11,500.00

7 Tips for a successful Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE) application

Here are 7 tips for a successful Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE) application:

  1. Start early: Begin the application process well in advance to allow ample time for gathering required documents and completing necessary paperwork.
  2. Review eligibility criteria: Familiarize yourself with the specific requirements and eligibility criteria for the LSVVE to ensure you meet all the necessary qualifications.
  3. Prepare supporting documents: Compile all the necessary supporting documents, such as proof of financial stability, accommodation details, and travel insurance.
  4. Provide a detailed itinerary: Present a clear and well-structured itinerary that outlines your purpose of stay, planned activities, and intended duration of the visit.
  5. Demonstrate strong ties to your home country: Show evidence of strong ties to your home country, such as employment, property ownership, or family relationships, to assure the authorities of your intention to return.
  6. Seek professional advice if needed: If you are unsure about any aspect of the application process, consider consulting with an immigration lawyer or expert who can provide guidance and support.
  7. Double-check your application: Before submitting your application, carefully review all the information provided to ensure accuracy and completeness.


Looking to extend your stay in the Philippines? The Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE) has got your back! Whether it’s for business, pleasure, or health reasons, this visa lets you dive deeper into the vibrant culture, mesmerizing landscapes, and warm hospitality of the country. Don’t worry about your nationality, all temporary visitors are welcome to apply. Just follow the application process, complete the CGAF form, submit the necessary docs, get your clearance certificate, make the payment, and voila! Your extended stay awaits!

Contact Information

  • Address: Robinsons Galleria, 22 General Maxilom Ave Ext, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu
  • Phone: (+632) 8-524-3769
  • Email: xinfo@immigration.gov.ph, immigPH@gmail.com, binoc_immigration@hotmail.ph
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Hi, I am Laika and I am a full-blooded Cebuana, born and raised in Toledo City, Cebu. A mother of 2 girls. I love spending time with my family, watching movies and exploring the beauty of nature. For collabs, email me at hicebu247@gmail.com.

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