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I’m over 50 U.K. citizen and wife to be is South African passport. We aim getting married in SA then looking to go Philippines and stay at least 5 yeas.
Been reading google hits and still confused.
I guess I apply UK but want go sa get married as fiancée Zimbabwean but family in SA..then go straight to Philippines . And I guess then she has to apply as my wife from SA to come with me?
If different I would appreciate clarification.
And if there’s a link to da ones or income needed and ways to stay long term together without being separated or told leave?



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You basically have two options to come here on a long term. (If you were marring a local that would give you a third option.)

The first is to simply renew and extend your tourist visa. That can take you up to 3 years, then fly to Hong Kong or anywhere oversight come back and start the process again. You officially cannot get a driver license that way but some are reporting getting them. You also may have some troubles and hassles opening bank accounts, getting long term rentals etc but that too is variable. If you renew for 6 months on a tourist visa then leave the country next day for any reason, they you lose the extension and start again. It will require several trips to the BI and these are reported as being a major hassle in some offices. You need ECC's when you leave after 6 months in country and some other restrictions.

You and your lady would have to apply separately for each extension, married or not, different nationalities or not will have no impact.

The second is the SRRV or Special Residential Retirement Visa. It is much less hassle but costs more. You need a $US1400 application fee plus $US360 a year, including first year. You will need to make a deposit in a special bank account. It is $20k US if you do not have a pension at least $1000 USD a month or $10k with sufficient pension. You need police clearance from home to get it and for a couple would be cheaper over time. However for that you would need to be married. You are also legally allowed to get a driver license and leases, bank accounts etc are easier. You can tax free import household goods up to $US7k in value. You do not need ECCs.

Getting mine only took about 5 hours total including opening bank account and getting medical and the hour in the traffic between the different places. After the first year you can extend for 3 years at a time and that only took be less than an hour start to finish. I am now free of all immigration issues for the next 3 years.

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If you need to work that could become an issue, the philippines is a great retirement destination.
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We keep saying it Gary but few seem to understand.
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You should go to the relevant Philippines Consulate and ask all your questions and get all the information. Forum members are not qualified immigration officers for any country.

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You should go to the relevant Philippines Consulate and ask all your questions and get all the information. Forum members are not qualified immigration officers for any country.
Neither do they claim to be.

They do however, often have years of experience living in various countries & dealing with how things happen on a daily basis.

Which is very often completely different to how it's 'supposed' to be.

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You should go to the relevant Philippines Consulate and ask all your questions and get all the information. Forum members are not qualified immigration officers for any country.
No members claims to be qualified but they are sharing personal experiences. Many have lived in the country they are talking about for half a lifetime!.
As such they are dealing with how things happen in that specific country on a daily basis.

Living there they know that the system can be completely different to how it's 'supposed' to be.

This is the purpose of any FORUM - discuss and share

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