Immigration denies Fox’s missionary visa renewal
The Bureau of Immigration has denied Australian missionary Patricia Fox’s plea to extend her missionary visa.
Immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval confirmed this in a message to Philstar.com on Sunday.
According to Sandoval, Fox was “ordered to file for downgrading to revert her status to a temporary visitor’s visa.”
A visitor’s visa has a 59-day stay period, said Sandoval. For the Australian missionary, it will start from the date of her missionary visa’s expiry, which was last September 5.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, meanwhile, said the denial of Fox’s plea to renew her missionary visa is “[consistent] with its order of deportation.”
The justice chief, however, stressed that Fox’s appeal against the Immigration’s deportation order remains pending before the DOJ.
Sandoval also clarified that Fox has to file for an application for a temporary visitor visa, following procedure for those with expired immigrant or non-immigrant visas.
On August 20, Fox, through her lawyer Jobert Pahilga, asked the Immigration to renew her missionary visa. Pahilga stressed that Fox’s visa renewal should be taken as a separate matter from her ongoing deportation case.
But the Immigration, on August 29, upheld its deportation against Fox. According to the bureau, Fox failed to present new matters in her appeal that would warrant a reversal of the ruling.
The immigration bureau said that Fox was ordered deported due to her participation in rallies, and not due to President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncements against her.
The Australian missionary has already elevated her case to the Department of Justice.
She asked the Justice department not to prejudge her case, as what the Immigration did.
Fox’s legal team said they are willing to exhaust all legal remedies— even seeking the Supreme Court—to overturn the deportation order. —
In this file photo, Australian Catholic nun Sister Patricia Fox addresses devotees from the pulpit of Baclaran Church, during a mass on May 2, 2018, in Parañaque City. Fox had her missionary visa in the Philippines revoked after President Rodrigo Duterte complained about her joining opposition rallies.