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The SRRV Experience


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Old 9th August 2019, 02:45 AM
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I hope to explain here and detail my recent experiences in obtaining a Special Residence and Retirement Visa through the Philippine Retirement Authority. I arrived in the Philippines on the 1st of May of this year, fronted up at the PRA office in Angeles City on the 6th to start the process and received the finalized visa just over 3 months later on the 8th of August. My intent here is explain some of the process so other may have an easier time of it and be more comfortable with the system.
Prior to arriving I got locally in the US and hand carried; 1) Police report from the local Oregon State Police, 2) income statement from the SSA, 3) Certified copy of my military discharge, DD214, 4) 12 passport photos. The 3 documents were sent to the Philippine consult in SF for authentication. Received back the returned docs 2 weeks later with a couple of pretty ribbons and a stamp affixed, cost $25 each. No worries about the medical requirements at this point, easy enough later.
Monday morning the 6th of May I was well greeted at the Angeles PRA office and began the forms process, too many to remember but completed in 2-3 hours. Was told to return for 2pm and would do the NBI portion. With 3 others was driven by van to the NBI fort in San Fernando where we were finger printed, on the return to AC stopped by a small clinic for the medical physical. Piss in a cup and a quick chest x-ray later was returned to the AC PRA office, all done. Now a wait 3 weeks for the NBI investigation. During this 3 week interval I kept my passport as it became necessary to set up the CD and other things. Costs were $1400 for the PRA processing fee and $1500 for the CD and 4500 pesos for the medical work.
After 3 weeks, on the 28th of May was called, text, to the PRA office as the NBI report had come back good, so paid 4K pesos for a tourist visa extension, turned over my passport and started the long wait. A month later received text from the PRA that I needed to extend my tourist visa again. This time I took it to the local immigration office myself and I had been told that this time I would need to get an Alien Registration Card (5K pesos) as well as the extension. Luck was with me as I took a copy of the PRA SAAV application form so they waived the ARC requirement, only 5K pesos this time. About 30 days later received another text from the PRA saying the visa was in the process of being issued and no need for an additional tourist visa extension. Then on 7 Aug received another message that the next day, the 8th they would be having a signing and swearing event and the SRRV was Done & Issued! Good for 3 years and $10/yr for renewal.
Throughout this process the PRA people were always courteous, polite and as helpful as possible, understanding that much was out of their control. Also of note, forget about conducting any business via email, they simply ignore or just donít answer emails, this mostly applies country wide, everything is by text messages.
Will gladly field questions, as I recall there where a great many unknowns when I first started, and found much of it to be extremely stressful, though very pleased now to have done it!
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Nice write up! Did you use one of the PRA authorized agents to help you through the process or was it DIY and PRA employees all the way?

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HondaGuy,
I went completely solo, just me and the PRA folk. If you are near to their office as I am in AC I can't see of much help an agent (marketeer) could offer that you couldn't do yourself.
btw; I know Bahrain well, spent 15 years there, great place
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Two years ago I did the SRRV with a marketer. I had all documents ready and the deposit sent to the bank before departing for Philippines.

Went once to file initial application, the marketer took me to the bank and to the medical. Returned in two days (PRA closed due to flooding) for one hour to file final application. Got email in 3 weeks to go get passport returned with visa in after a total time of 28 days, spent an hour but most of that was chatting with other people getting their passports back.

Total time invested at PRA was 4 hours.

Went back one year later, paid for 3 years and not am up to 5 hours invested in all immigration issues for a total of 4 years residency.
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Two years ago I did the SRRV with a marketer. I had all documents ready and the deposit sent to the bank before departing for Philippines.

Went once to file initial application, the marketer took me to the bank and to the medical. Returned in two days (PRA closed due to flooding) for one hour to file final application. Got email in 3 weeks to go get passport returned with visa in after a total time of 28 days, spent an hour but most of that was chatting with other people getting their passports back.

Total time invested at PRA was 4 hours.

Went back one year later, paid for 3 years and not am up to 5 hours invested in all immigration issues for a total of 4 years residency.
Manitoba,
You certainly had an easier time of it than I did. 2 questions; which PRA office did you use for processing? Did you not have to get finger printed and do the NBI investigation?

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