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I am writing in hopes that I can get advice. I have looked the posts and I wanted to see if there was some updated information regarding my familys move to Philippines. I have some questions and I would appreciate any advice that you offer me. I am new to this forum. My husband and I plan to move to Philippines with our 4 children ages 8months, 3, 7, 9. I have a few questions that I would like to ask.

1.) Schools: I am looking to place my children in a state/public school so that they can learn the language. We all speak English and are not fluent in the local language at all. I plan to teach them a few phrases in hopes to make them comfortable. Can you tell me the best public schools and in what areas they are in. Also I am concerned with how they will adjust being thrown into a school that only speaks the local language but I want to support them as much as I can. Anyone have children my age and in my situation? How have your children adjusted? Any advice on how I can prepare my children before we go and once we get there? Best times to register them for school in the Philippines? Also any ideas on how much the preschool programs cost for my 3 year old? Also is homeschool an option?

2.) Employment- I have a Bachelors in Social Work. I am not proficient in the local language but would be working to get proficient. I also have experience in teaching english language. What types of employment could I apply to based on my degree and experience. I am open to pretty much anything. As far as teaching english does anyone know the best programs to apply to?

3.) Housing- Can you recommend areas? Do you have to get a job first and then apply for apartments? What are they typical deposits required by landlords? How much should I prepare to bring? I am thinking either a 2 bedroom or 3 bedroom depending on the apartment price. My husband works remote for his job. Is it possible to get an apartment with his income from his employer? or will I need to secure a job first? Whats the average costs for apartments (2-3bedrooms)

4.) Visa- I am moving from USA. would I need to apply for a work visa before I come or do I wait until I get there and then apply for a work visa? Do I need my work visa and a job before I get an apartment? Also what type of visa would I need for my husband and children? He plans to work remote with his job.

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A lot of questions. School runs June to March and is taught mostly in English, the Philippine version of english that is. Jobs, basically you need to be a resident to get a job, you can't work on a tourist visa. The job market is very low paid for long hours and as a foriegner what you can do is very restricted, anything that can be done by a local you will be restricted from doing. If your husband is working remote good broadband is not universal although improving as fibre is run out. By the sounds of it neither of you are filipino so the only visa options are limited. A work visa must be secured in advance by your employer. If you are old enough which you don't sound the SRRV would be an option but the minimum age is 35 and you would need to deposit a significant sum in a bank as a deposit to qualify.

Anyway that's a start. I'm sure you will get many more replies to help fill in the picture. Perhaps you could tell us more about why you want to do this and your likes and dislikes such as city / province living so we can more direct our answers, anyway welcome to the forum.

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Hi there a lot will depend on if either you or your husband is a Filipino.
Regarding Schools my sister in law here is a local college Professor so she may be able help with your school problems, where we live is in Los Banos and its a University town .
English is spoken almost everywhere here unless of course its a family or friends gathering.
I dont speak filipino myself.
Regarding your husband working from home , that depending on where you choose to live can be a problem as the internet here is hit and miss.

Housing again prices depend on where you live.
As for visas, it may pay you to look at the Philippines immigration website and be very patient ! As the rules for visas are very many.

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hey juscur6

I think you have a lot of homework to do before you even think about relocating to the Philippines. It would be wise if you or your husband could make a trip here first. I think you might be in for a shock.

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We definitely need to know the reasons(s) for you and the family wanting to move here. Only reason I did it was because I am married to a filipina for 33 years and we are both now of retirement age with no kids back in the US. So we have pensions and savings.

If you are moving here to give your kids a more rounded education then that is a bad idea. They will get a much better education in the US. No need for rounding at this point they just need an education.

If you are moving here for cost of living reasons then there are a lot better options. One would be to move the family to a low cost of living area in the US and then you and the husband get jobs. Even if both jobs are at minimum wage you will live like kings there as opposed to the Philippines.

Sorry to sound so harsh but the PI would not be the place to raise a family of 4 very young american children.

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Hi JusCur6 and welcome to the forum, so if you don't have a Visa that allows you to remain in the Philippines (work or resident visa) then you'll have to come up with a return ticket for your entire family and keep it up to date along with your tourist Visa, wow that could get very expensive.

The internet is not a 100% and in order to get connected with DSL or Fiber, you'd need a Permanent Resident Card or possibly an SRRV Visa in order to hook up a decent internet provider same with a local bank so without that you'll be using phone type internet connection so not good unless you live in Manila and then I'm not sure how reliable that would be.

Hardly anyone speaks English would be more of my take on the citizens in the Philippines I know I'm going to get some feedback on this but that's been my experience, yes I guess if you are working with professionals you'll have citizens that can speak English lol so If this move is going to happen I'd try find programs to help you learn Tagalog, the only Americans I've seen who can speak Tagalog are those that are here as Missionary's and on a two your missionary Visa only and this church (Mormon religion) has a course in Tagalog there are courses you can purchase also that could help you, but if you aren't engaged in everyday speaking of the language you'll never learn it.

Private schools can be costly especially with that many children, my son is in a private Catholic school and to register him but this school does not teach in English, it was 14,000 pesos so $269 and don't forget the transportation/snacks, water daily costs back and forth morning, lunch and close of school.

Here's a link to the Philippine Consulate near you, the New York Philippine Consulate. Embassy of the Philippines - Consulate Finder Map

Here's more information from the website above. Embassy of the Philippines - Contact Us
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As others somewhat said, I am not understanding you and your husband's motivation to move your family to the Philippines. Especially without doing extensive homework before making the decision.

I think you hinted that you speak Tagalog so perhaps you are a Phil-Am who no longer hold citizenship in the Philippines?

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Hello,

I am writing in hopes that I can get advice. I have looked the posts and I wanted to see if there was some updated information regarding my familys move to Philippines. I have some questions and I would appreciate any advice that you offer me. I am new to this forum. My husband and I plan to move to Philippines with our 4 children ages 8months, 3, 7, 9. I have a few questions that I would like to ask.

1.) Schools: I am looking to place my children in a state/public school so that they can learn the language. We all speak English and are not fluent in the local language at all. I plan to teach them a few phrases in hopes to make them comfortable. Can you tell me the best public schools and in what areas they are in. Also I am concerned with how they will adjust being thrown into a school that only speaks the local language but I want to support them as much as I can. Anyone have children my age and in my situation? How have your children adjusted? Any advice on how I can prepare my children before we go and once we get there? Best times to register them for school in the Philippines? Also any ideas on how much the preschool programs cost for my 3 year old? Also is homeschool an option?

2.) Employment- I have a Bachelors in Social Work. I am not proficient in the local language but would be working to get proficient. I also have experience in teaching english language. What types of employment could I apply to based on my degree and experience. I am open to pretty much anything. As far as teaching english does anyone know the best programs to apply to?

3.) Housing- Can you recommend areas? Do you have to get a job first and then apply for apartments? What are they typical deposits required by landlords? How much should I prepare to bring? I am thinking either a 2 bedroom or 3 bedroom depending on the apartment price. My husband works remote for his job. Is it possible to get an apartment with his income from his employer? or will I need to secure a job first? Whats the average costs for apartments (2-3bedrooms)

4.) Visa- I am moving from USA. would I need to apply for a work visa before I come or do I wait until I get there and then apply for a work visa? Do I need my work visa and a job before I get an apartment? Also what type of visa would I need for my husband and children? He plans to work remote with his job.
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I have one kid in private Catholic school 50K/yr ($1000), two others in less expensive private schools run by the University at about 30K/yr ($600), have to add books and all sorts of school supplies on top of that as MCA mentioned. The Catholic school is the most stringent and proper English is reinforced, it's hit or miss at the other ones and classrooms are full (30-40 kids/class) but not nearly as bad as the public schools.

I'm really in agreement with the others on this but again, we don't know what your motivation is. You really need to understand the kind of culture you will be raising your kids in.
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Most people move to the Philippines for one of two reasons, either they have a significant other who is a citizen or they are retiring here to enjoy the climate and economical lifestyle available. It appears that you are not in either category.

If you are at least 35 years old you can get an SRRV but will need a $US 50,000 deposit plus $1,400 in application and $350 for main applicant plus a little more annually for fees.

That would allow you to get a work permit and then you would be able to work for local wages. Not sure about social workers but a new grad engineer makes about 20,000 p a month or less, an experienced manager would make somewhere around 80,000 to 100,000 p a month. While this would support a pure Pilipino lifestyle nicely, it is hard for a foreigner to get the same prices as a local can. As a comparison I was spending about 150,000 to live nicely if somewhat extravagantly in Makati. If you live in Manila expect a minimum of 100,000 p a month for your family to live comfortably. In a province you could live on less but the job market is simply not there.

If you or your spouse is a Philippine citizen, then you can come on a BB visa, if the Philippine citizenship was lost, it is my understanding that it can easily be reclaimed.

If you can get a position with an aid agency, development agency, your government, or a major corporation then you could get a work visa and residential permits through them. That may also get you a foreign wage plus local living allowance and can be a very sweet deal. (I know some people working for ADB who are married and get a housing allowance sufficient for a large house in a gated community with household help, two cars and drivers, school fees for their kids at international schools, plus tax free salaries at a good rate for a western professional.)



The best advise I ever read about becoming an expat was to not make any commitments that you are not willing to walk away from for at least one year if not two. That means no expensive car or house purchase, just rent until you are sure this is where you want to be.

I echo the recommendations of others, come over on a tourist visa for a while, look around and see if this is where you REALLY want to be before making the commitment to uproot and move here permanently. Do a lot of reading about the place, there are some great books on Philippine culture an lie here available on Kindle and other reading apps. (Also some real bad stuff there so be careful what you take as the real Philippine experience.)

I won’t question your motives for coming here but will encourage you to examine them in light of what others have said about living here.
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