05 January 2009

Philippine Immigration

Here I am, giving tips and all, but did you know that I almost did not make it through the Philippine immigration. I was denied twice. The immigration officers were asking for a return ticket and a POEA clearance, which was illogical because I'm holding a special kind of visa. I kept on to my argument but ended up losing over and over. I kinda felt like a pingpong ball that time.

It was a good thing I had the number of the French Embassy. I was also fortunate that someone's at the office even though it was a holiday. After explaining my dilemma, I was told to return to the immigration queue and get the names of the officer/s and the contact number.

Mustering enough strength and spirit, I went straight to the immigration supervisor. Instead of getting her name and office number, I ended up going through a bloody interrogation. Good thing I knew by heart what the French and Talent Competence Visa is all about. As I was explaining, I realized that I was caught in a tug-of-war of power between the French Embassy and Philippine immigration. And since I was at the Philippine immigration territory, I had to show them that they are the kings and queens and nobody else. Apparently, it worked. After another series of questions from the POEA supervisor, they finally decided to stamp my visa and let me go.

Although it was a hellish experience, oddly enough, the Philippine immigration earned my respect. Hearing so many stories about immigration money extortion, I was so ready to hand out cash just so I can make it to my flight. But they didn't extort a single centavo from me. At least in my eyes, I still think they are a bunch of respectable people. They still have my respect.

That incident also proved that there are still things that can be fixed minus money and connections. In the absence of money and connections, faith exists.


Anonymous said...



Si June ito, friend ni Ashley.

Kararating ko lang kasi nung January 20, gusto ko lang sanang malaman kung ano na ang nangyari sa mga papers mo?

jelalyn said...


Nasubmit ko na requirements for carte sejour. Pero I have to go back kasi they're asking for a translated birth certificate and something else sa proof residency. I'll submit them this Feb.

what's your e-mail add?

neng said...

nakakatuwa naman ang bilis mo nakakuha ng visa. mabilis ka din ba nakahanap ng work? saan ka sa france ngayon?

jelalyn said...

dito ko sa boulogne billancourt.outskirts na siya ng paris pero sakop pa rin ng metro.

more than a month before ako nakahanap ng work.

neng said...

hi ulit. patanong na din pala. nung nag-apply ka ba diyan ng trabaho, kailangan ang diploma eh authenticated ng dfa or ok lang na hindi authenticated tapos translated lang.

last nalang na tanong, naging madali ba sayo ang buhay sa france dahil may pamilya/mga kaibigan ka dyan?

maraming salamat sa pagsagot.

jelalyn said...

no need na for the diploma here kasi naprocess na siya sa pinas. ang titingnan lang naman syo sa work e ung visa mo and of course ung cv mo.

but you need to bring your authenticated birth certificate.

life here is not as easy or hard as you imagine it to be. as for my case, di factor kung may friends me here or not. di lang talaga ko madaling mahome sick and makapal ang mukha ko.

neng said...

salamat sa pagsagot.

sana makapag-update ka dito kapag hindi ka na busy. interesado ako kung paano at gaano kadali or kahirap maghanap ng work diyan, kung ano na-experience mo sa interview mo, mabait ba mga co-workers mo, mahal ba mag-rent ng flat, etc. nagbabasa din ako ng blog ni francesca and timi pero syempre additional info din kaya binibisita ko itong blog mo.

thank you ulit.