We got a comment from Rick Austin today,
Here’s what Rick had to say:
As far as balikbayan visa goes, it just is a luck of the draw on which
immigration you get on arrival. I got one with no problem (wife PI citizen)
2 months later a friend came over (with wife also PI citizen) asked for balikbayan status and was told it was only applicable if his wife was no
longer a PI citizen/aka a former Filipina.
Hi Rick Austin – Yes, what you say is absolutely correct. The Immigration officials do not HAVE to give you a Balikbayan Visa. They normally do, to be denied is rare, but it can happen.