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Old 21st February 2018, 07:54 PM
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Hello. Thank you for your detailed response. As for 4. Is there any particular permit that is required to do freelancing work? I am guessing so as it is work. Good internet where he lives is not a problem, we set up a high end 4G modem on my last trip that he is using currently with failovers and external Hi-Gain antennas attached to the window via suction cups (networking is a speciality of mine) and it works seamlessly failing over between two different 4G providers.

It gets a 4G signal where many can only get a 3G signal. The antenna is the most crucial part of any radio set up, including mobile modems. The gain and impedance was carefully selected.

His current apartment is nice enough i think to freelance work from home on the internet, but i only wish to do this if it is legal and above board and/or get the required permit.

As for the 3 years resetting, that is good to know. I can sort out the ACR card upon return. I can show immigration proof of return ticket, savings and UK investment income to support myself if need be, if any questions arised on weather i was working without a permit as I do not intend to work without the correct permit.

Their visa laws for tourists seem very liberal, i do not know many other countries that would let you stay that long and simply do a 'visa run' places like singapore and malaysia have been known to bar entry in this circumstance.

So it seems like my option for foreign work + getting the correct permit is a potential option too if i wished to go that route, and/or freelancing if i wanted to supplement the investment income, with which i could just reset every 3 years if i was to live off that. What sort of permit/visa would i need as an online freelancer paid in GBP where it would just be wired over? Anything about Filipino income taxes I need to know?

Thank you very much for your advice.
I'm sorry but I don't know the legal position of online freelance work. Some people have said as the income is derived in another country it is not taxable here, others have said you perform the work here so is taxable here.

If you are here more than 6 months you will be resident here. The residency laws in UK are slightly more complex. In the UK you get the first 11K or so tax free so obviously some incentive to try to keep it under UK tax law, whereas if you want to get a work/business permit basically there is a long process to get that:
1. Register the company.
2. Apply for your working visa through the company.

Setting up a company takes many months and there's loads of hoops to go through.
But if you did set up a company you could then apply for a 9G visa, which can last up to 3 years (and I think can be renewed once expired).

The 9G visa is multiple entry and is cheaper than extending a tourist visa for 3 years, but setting up the company would be the hard part. You couldnt own the company so you'd have to get a Filipino to own it (or maybe you can own a percentage, I'm not sure).

Next time you come to Philippines visit some of the BPOs/call centers/tech centers in Clark/Manila. A lot are owned by Aussies or Australians and a few by Brits. You might find one that would hire you, or you might get some business ideas.

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Not trying to discourage you, but have you looked into the visa costs properly?

Yes, you can stay for 3 years before doing a 'visa run' BUT you get a 30 day free visa upon entry, then you pay to extend by 29 days making it a 59 day visa (2200 Peso). You can then extend a further 60 days, for a further 2200 peso by which time you'll need an I-Card for 3000 peso. Then continue the 60 day process and the annual I-Card process until your 3 years are up, by which time you'll need to pay for exit clearance.
It's not a great deal of money, but on your very limited budget it's something I'd be looking into.

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