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I am contemplating moving to the Philippines and am seeking how I can go an live there on a budget. Social Security=$1238 pension, over 50, less than $6,000 in the bank.
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I am contemplating moving to the Philippines and am seeking how I can go an live there on a budget. Social Security=$1238 pension, over 50, less than $6,000 in the bank.
!. What is the best and most economical visa to use?
What website do I use?
Thank you!
Other than a very expensive retirement visa, you'll need to enter the country on a "free" visitors visa. This will be stamped in your passport in Manila when you arrive. This must be renewed every so often and can add up the $$ after a while. You must also then exit/leave the country I think it's after two years. Just exit with a short flight to Hong Kong etc and return the next day and start the process over again.

Best way is if you get married here. Then your new spouse applies with you for a permanent residency visa. That visa does cost a little bit but then you do not ever need to leave the country and will cost less than $10.00us dollars to renew each year. So marriage is your best bet for living here.

You income is enough to live comfortably in most areas and Social Security can be direct deposited to a local bank if you so choose.
One thing though. If you have not been here before; make a trip or two before moving just to be sure this is a place you can live and be happy. Kansas or Vegas it is not. There are some that move blind and quickly decide a developing 3rd world country is not for them.
Also be sure to read as much as possible on this site and others as to what life is like in these islands. I use to live just North of you in St. George UT and believe me, this is way different..



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Jet Lag, Thanks for your info. I Could get an SRRV Visa but I would have to deposit $10,000 in a Philippine bank. The purpose would be for marriage.
This is all new for me so I am wondering around in the dark. What I need is a step by step checklist to follow.
What about the 16 month Visa?

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The tourist visa is probably the simplest for a single guy. When you show up they stamp your passport for 30 days. Before it expires you go to immigration for an extension. A simple form to fill out, a small fee to pay, and you are set. Depending on the office you go to you can get anywhere from 1 month - 6 month extensions. You just keep extending until you have been here 36 months. After that you leave the country, come right back, and start over. I tracked it for my first year and it cost p26,000.

After I got married I did the balikbayan stamp which is great. Free one year stay with no paperwork or exit clearance. But you have to enter the country with your spouse. So you both have to leave the country once a year. I know guys that have done that for years and enjoy the annual vacation.

I am now on the 13a, spousal visa. Cheap, pretty easy, but you have to be married.... so can be expensive ha ha
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Tukaram, Thanks for the info. Did you have to deposit $10,000 in a Philippine bank to get your 13a?

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Good post. Research, research, read and read as most do, this and other expat sites are great sources of info but we also need to go straight to the horses mouth with regards to visas and rights.

Pegasus007, have you spent time in the Philippines? If not, DO and not once but several times before you decide to move. Mentioned in many posts that third world and developing countries are not for everyone, you will love it or hate it.
My first trip 6 years ago working and living there I fell in love both with the country and my partner, others I talk to over the years will never go back, each to their own, try before you buy.

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Jet Lag, Thanks for your info. I Could get an SRRV Visa but I would have to deposit $10,000 in a Philippine bank. The purpose would be for marriage.
This is all new for me so I am wondering around in the dark. What I need is a step by step checklist to follow.
What about the 16 month Visa?
I'm a permanent resident on the married 13A visa and I've been here too many years to be up to date on a 16 month visa??? Others will chime in here with more current information than I would have.

That SSRV costs a pile of bread and the money you deposit can not be accessed while you are on that visa. I see no benefit in it especially if you're getting married and staying here.

If you have met someone online and intend to marry, be VERY SURE to find and read all related posts here in the site. The very last thing you want is to become a walking ATM or dead! It happens to more people than you know in the Philippines.
Also, before taking a trip here, Read The Travel Warnings on the embassy site.


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Jet Lag, Thanks for your info. I Could get an SRRV Visa but I would have to deposit $10,000 in a Philippine bank. The purpose would be for marriage.
This is all new for me so I am wondering around in the dark. What I need is a step by step checklist to follow.
What about the 16 month Visa?
The SRRV Visa or retirement visa would be an option if you are a veteran and I think the costs are more like $1,200.

Detailed SRRV instructions: http://www.pra.gov.ph/As_in_detailed...n_090613_2.pdf

Online site with quick reference SRRV: PRA: Philippine Retirement Authority

Best advice from the Philippine Consulate that works with your state, click on the state you are from and then it will take you to the Philippine Consulate you will be working with, life could be much easier if everything is taken care of stateside before you make that final move. https://www.google.com.ph/search?q=p...hrome&ie=UTF-8

http://aganapcg.dfa.gov.ph/consulate-finder-map
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Jet Lag, Thanks for your info. I Could get an SRRV Visa but I would have to deposit $10,000 in a Philippine bank. The purpose would be for marriage.
This is all new for me so I am wondering around in the dark. What I need is a step by step checklist to follow.
What about the 16 month Visa?
Don't get married to save money, that's a false economy.

If you are single and can afford a few return flights, tourist visa do it. If you have a lady that you are comfortable and compatible with go that road.

Gods speed and good luck.

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Tukaram, Thanks for the info. Did you have to deposit $10,000 in a Philippine bank to get your 13a?
No, there is no deposit required for a 13a, you just have to be married.

One guy explained to me why even though married, why he opted for the SRRV. He has to travel out of the country a lot for work and the SRRV is easier for travel. Once you get the 13a you have to get a special re-entry permit, to keep your 13a current while out of the country. I forget the cost (I have yet to get one) I think it is close to p3,000. For him it would cost a lot more. Since I rarely leave the country it is not an issue for me.
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