Immigration Bureau denies Sr. Fox's visa ruling appeal

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The Immigration Bureau has denied Australian nun Patricia Fox's appeal on the non-renewal of her missionary visa. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 8 ) — The Immigration Bureau has denied Australian nun Patricia Fox's appeal on the non-renewal of her missionary visa. 

In a statement Monday, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said the appeal was "merely a reiteration or rehash of arguments already submitted, and found to be without merit."

The bureau earlier denied her request to renew her missionary visa which expired on September 5.  The bureau, which is under the Department of Justice (DOJ), denied her request on September 13, citing its deportation order in July. 

"The BI already saw that Sister Fox violated the conditions of her stay and is considered undesirable, hence a deportation order was previously issued against her," said BI Spokesperson Dana Krizia Sandoval.

Sandoval said Fox is required to apply for the downgrading of her visa — from missionary to temporary visitor — 15 days after receiving the denial order. She will then be allowed to stay for 59 days until the expiry of her new visa. 

The BI ordered to deport Fox on July for her participation in partisan political activities which violates the terms of her missionary visa. Fox filed a petition to review her deportation case with the DOJ. 

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevara said the bureau has submitted its comment on Sr. Fox's petition. 

"The matter is now submitted for the DOJ's consideration," Guevarra said. 

The BI has yet to wait for the DOJ's decision on the order before acting on Fox's deportation.

Fox can stay pending the DOJ appeal of her deportation. She can stay for 59 days provided she converts her visa to temporary status.

In April, Fox was arrested for attending a rally which supposedly violated the conditions of her missionary visa. She was released a day later but the bureau announced that it forfeited her missionary visa. However, the DOJ revoked this order since visa forfeiture is not within the BI's jurisdiction.