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Koreans top applicants
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BY CARLA GOMEZ

Koreans topped the list of foreigners who have applied for visa extensions and Special Study Permits at the Bureau of Immigration Field Office in Bacolod City from January to September this year, a BI report showed yesterday.

Indians topped the list of permanent and temporary residents listed, the report also said.

The report shows that of the 7,285 foreigners who applied for visa extensions at the Bacolod Immigration Field Office from January to September, Koreans topped the list at 4,136, followed by Americans at 766, Japanese – 730, British – 245, Germans – 161, Canadians – 106, Chinese – 106;

Australians – 155, Taiwanese – 90, Dutch – 77, Norwegians – 75, French – 63, Swedish – 56, Swiss – 47, Singaporeans – 45, Indians – 42, Malaysians – 30, Indonesians – 27, Vietnamese – 25, Belgians – 22, Italians – 22, South Africans – 22, Spanish – 21, New Zealanders – 15, Saudi Arabians – 13, Hong Kong Chinese – 12, Danish – 11;

Finish – 11, Polish – 10, Irish – 10, Brazilian – 10, Costa Ricans – 8, Egyptians – 8, Lithuanians – 7, Nepalese – 6, Thais – 6, Turkish – 5, Jamaicans – 5, Sri Lankas – 5, Bolivians – 4, Ukrainians – 4, Iranians – 4, Colombians – 4, Papua New Guinea – 4, Lebanese – 3, Myanmar- 3, Pakistani – 3, Uganda – 3, Brunei – 3, Czech Republic – 3, Ereitrean – 3;

Argentinian – 2, Bangladesh – 2, Bernudian – 2, Croatian – 2, Maltese -2, Mexican – 2, Mongolian – 2, Palestinian – 2, Hungarian – 2, Austrian – 1, Dominican Republic – 1, Ghana – 1, Greek – 1, Guyanese – 1, Israeli – 1, Ivorian – 1, Latvia – 1, Libya – 1, Qatar – 1, Russian – 1, Slovakia – 1, Syrian – 1, Icelandic – 1 and Nigerian – 1.

Of the 2,107 foreign students issued Special Study permits, the Koreans also topped the list at 1,688, followed by, Japanese – 297, Taiwanese – 102, Chinese – 16, American – 5, Mongolian – 5, Canadian – 2, Saudi Arabian – 2, South African – 2, Argentina – 1, Belgian – 1, Brazilian – 1, French – 1, German – 1, Hong Kong-Chinese – 1, Swiss – 1, and Thai – 1.

Of the 897 permanent and temporary foreign residents listed at the Bacolod Immigration Field Office topping the list were 220 Indians followed by Chinese at 187, Americans – 173, Germans – 45, British – 42, Japanese – 35, Australians – 28, Koreans – 24, Swiss – 18, Canadians – 15, Dutch – 13, Singaporeans – 13;

Hong Kong British – 10, Taiwanese – 10, Spanish – 9, Italians – 8, Vietnamese – 8, Belgians – 5, Australians – 4, Pakistani – 4, Indonesians – 3, New Zealanders – 3, Swedish – 3, Colombians – 2, French – 2, Irish – 2, Thai – 2, Bolivian – 1, Brazilian – 1, Danish – 1, Mexican – 1, Myanmar – 1, Nepalese – 1, Nigerian – 1, and Norwegian – 1.

BI Bacolod Collecting Officer Mita Chuvy Arguelles said foreigners are allowed to stay in the country for 30 days for free, which can be extended to 59 days.

They, however, can opt to stay in the country for a maximum of 16 months provided they pay for the extension of their visas every two months, she added.*CPG

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