Sis­ter Fox's ap­peal for visa ex­ten­sion de­nied

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Nation -

THE Bu­reau of Im­mi­gra­tion (BI) has de­nied with fi­nal­ity Sis­ter Pa­tri­cia Anne Fox’s ap­peal for an ex­ten­sion of her mis­sion­ary visa.

In an or­der dated Oc­to­ber 4, the BI Board of Com­mis­sion­ers led by BI Chief Jaime Morente said Fox has failed to raise new and sub­stan­tial ar­gu­ments in her mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion.

The BI stressed that it found Fox’s ar­gu­ments, which is just a “re­it­er­a­tion” of her pre­vi­ous ar­gu­ments, with­out merit.

Fox’s ap­peal for the ex­ten­sion of her mis­sion­ary visa was junked by the BI last Septem­ber 13, say­ing the ap­proval of her ex­ten­sion will be in­con­sis­tent with its ear­lier de­ci­sion to or­der Fox’s de­por­ta­tion af­ter she vi­o­lated the con­di­tions of her stay in the coun­try by join­ing par­ti­san po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to BI Spokesper­son Dana Krizia San­doval, Fox should now ap­ply for the down­grad­ing of her mis­sion­ary visa to a tem­po­rary vis­i­tor’s visa. The said visa has a va­lid­ity of up to 59 days.

“Non-com­pli­ance of the or­der may re­sult in an­other de­por­ta­tion case against her,” said San­doval.

The BI said it may grant Fox a tem­po­rary vis­i­tor’s visa, with­out prej­u­dice to the De­part­ment of Jus­tice’s res­o­lu­tion on the lat­ter’s mo­tion that chal­lenges the BI’s de­por­ta­tion or­der.

Fox’s mis­sion­ary visa ex­pired last Septem­ber 5.

In a text mes­sage, Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Me­nardo Gue­varra said Fox’s pe­ti­tion for re­view on the de­por­ta­tion or­der will be de­cided in due time.

(SUNS­TAR FILE)

MANILA. Sis­ter Pa­tri­cia Anne Fox.

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