Im­mi­gra­tion de­nies Fox’s mis­sion­ary visa re­newal

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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.

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