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I am highly considering moving to the Philippines. Sometime this year I am a single male. That has never been married with no children. I am on a fixed income also. If when I travel there I like it. I plan on applying for a two or six month extension. I am moving there to retire and hopefully meet. A loving woman and get married. I do not plan on rushing anything. If I meet someone special while I am there on a six month extension. If we decided to get married before the extension is up. Would I be required to leave. Than come back or since we filed the paperwork to get married. Would I be allowed to stay since I would be marrieing. Than living there thank you for whatever information you could provide.

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Have you ever been there? Which part of the Philippines are you interested in? Are you interested in traveling around or staying in a single location?

Meeting and marrying someone you have yet to meet in a country you've never been to, do not know if you like within 6 months seems like rushing it to me.

There are a variety of great places to go, the people are charming, the women are beautiful but not all places are good, not all the women are the sweet things they appear to be.

Consider visiting, meeting one or more ladies, gauge compatibility, return home and think on it, then if you have settled on a particular girl, correspond, skype, chat, visit her again, meet her family see what their expectations are. You will be happier, she will be happier there is not need to rush. You wouldn't do it in the states, why plan to do it there ?
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hey loveeveryone

Be careful since you have never been to the Philippines before. Choose wisely in a woman. You are better off finding a lady that has no family ties. Most Filipino ladies will expect you to support their families also. Since you are on a fixed income it is important you don't get caught up in this mess.

Good luck.

Just giving you some good advice.

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Welcome to the forum Loveeveryone, it sounds like you're serious so here's a link to a Philippine Consulate near you just click on your state and it will take you to the consulate that works with your state it appears you might end up using the Philippine Consulate out of NY city. Embassy of the Philippines - Consulate Finder Map

NY City Consulate link Embassy of the Philippines - Home

Best to get all the information you'll be needing now and this includes verifying any documents through the Philippine Consulate you don't want to do that from the Philippines. Have you had any military experience then you could go another route an SRRV Visa real affordable if not you'll end up on a marriage Visa or 13a.

Example of the documents I used from the Chicago Philippine Consulate (the 5 consulates in the US don't appear to have standardized documents) but this link could give a general idea of what you'll need. Example only for a 13a http://www.chicagopcg.com/forms/immi...isa%20form.pdf
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I do not plan on rushing anything. If I meet someone special while I am there on a six month extension. If we decided to get married before the extension is up. Would I be required to leave.
Finding and marrying within 6 months of being here certainly sounds like rushing to me. In any event, current law allows for a total stay of 36 months before you have to leave and re-enter. You are allowed 2 six month extensions in a 36 month period.
There simply is no reason to have to marry anyone to stay here and doing so can and most likely will hurt more then help your situation.

Having said that, I would NOT make any life altering moves whatsoever for at least one year of coming here. Give yourself time and if you find the right person, so be it. If not, keep looking. Plenty to choose from here. Also, I would always leave myself an out especially if you’re on a fixed income. Keep enough money for a quick exit and/or to cover any medical expenses while here.

The most important thing that you can do for yourself before coming here is to become a knowledge sponge about the Philippines. Read as much as possible from as many sources as you can find. Knowledge is power, especially with life here.

Good luck!

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And try not to marry the first girl that smiles at you.
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Hey Loveeveryone, welcome to the forum, I'm sure you will enjoy and learn from those living in and loving PH. Some wise info and suggestions from fellow members and particularly Tim's response,,,, well, as this is your first post and a great place to start. I did look at your profile but as always, our profiles tell little and less, perhaps you could introduce yourself with regards to origin etc.

As suggested you can stay here for 3 years before having to leave the country only to return the next day and start again depending on your nationality, most if not all first world countries secure the 3 year rule and so no rush, fools rush in etc. Could I suggest that as a possible first timer to PH. you simply rock up and avail the 30 day free visa, very easily extended time and again. I 100% agree with Tim to do yourself the decency of research and more research and yes do it again, be a sponge, it is certainly not a simple decision to move to another country nor the bigger decision to marry yourself off in the first 6 or 12 months, big and nasty mistake most times. Other visa options are available as M.C.A. has suggested aside from 13A's. Funds? SRIV is also available, depending on what one is trying to secure.

From a personal observation the Philippines for me was never a retirement destination, great country and people that have their foibles no different to other countries. After a couple of 6 month working stints in PH. I did meet my better half on my first working bee there,,,,,,,, plenty of others to boot but always went back to my now partner and eventually committed, that was 7 or 8 years ago, still together, still committed and on reflection either chose well or was very lucky and now extremely happy and content to live in this country.

The country? Poor but beautiful (don't worry the oligarchy works here too as does corruption). The people, beautiful, friendly, extremely resourceful, family first. Then scammers, opportunists, an archaic and frustrating business practice compared to what one is used to in a developed/first world country.
My and others choice. Most here learn't through hard knocks, boots on the ground (winner) reveals all to your/our needs/share.

Slowly, slowly we plan a holiday within our own country and slower still to an overseas/international destination and turtle crawl to achieve an acceptable and amenable retirement within what we know or an alien location, throwing love/lust into that equation while making such a decision is fraught with danger.
Enough for now, do your research, ask away and at times you may not like what you hear but the members here offer info and advice based on their experiences, some 20/30 or more years living in PH.

Welcome aboard and please contribute.
BTW Gary offers wise words.

Cheers, Steve.
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This is my second post. I want to thank the people who answered my first post. I learned a lot from your answers. I plan on now going there on the 30 day Visa. Than if I like it getting extension's. I plan on staying in Cebu City or Macatan. I do not drink alcohol or do drugs. I am single never been married with no children. I am used to living a basic life. Living there I believe will be what I need at this stage of my life. I have lived all over the U.S Puerto Rico Hawaii and even the United virgin Islands. If I come there for the first time how much money should I bring. Can you give me three or five different amounts. If I plan on staying somewhere. That will charge me around one hundred to one hundred fifty dollars. A month for rent. Besides my id social security card birth certificate. What other documents will I need. I receive social security disability also. How hard will it be to get it transferred to there. Are there any expat clubs or groups there. That meet often and help new and old expats. Since I know I can't trust everyone there. Some people will try to take advantage of a foreigner. That might not know the local prices. Thank you in advance.
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This is my second post. I want to thank the people who answered my first post. I learned a lot from your answers. I plan on now going there on the 30 day Visa. Than if I like it getting extension's. I plan on staying in Cebu City or Macatan. I do not drink alcohol or do drugs. I am single never been married with no children. I am used to living a basic life. Living there I believe will be what I need at this stage of my life. I have lived all over the U.S Puerto Rico Hawaii and even the United virgin Islands. If I come there for the first time how much money should I bring. Can you give me three or five different amounts. If I plan on staying somewhere. That will charge me around one hundred to one hundred fifty dollars. A month for rent. Besides my id social security card birth certificate. What other documents will I need. I receive social security disability also. How hard will it be to get it transferred to there. Are there any expat clubs or groups there. That meet often and help new and old expats. Since I know I can't trust everyone there. Some people will try to take advantage of a foreigner. That might not know the local prices. Thank you in advance.
I'd bring a Police Records Check the Immigration forms list it as a Police Clearance it will cost you from $10 - 25 from your home state.

Here's a map Directory of Transactions of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration Satellite Offices It appears one office can handle all your Immigration services the CEBU IMMIGRATION DISTRICT OFFICE
ACO: JOEL M. VALENCIA
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm (Cut-off Time 3:00pm)
Direct Line(s): (032) 345-6441
Facsimile Numbers: (032) 345- 6441
E-mail Addresses: [email protected]
Office Address 2nd Level J Centre Mall, A.S. Fortuna Street
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And try not to marry the first girl that smiles at you.
You wouldn't make it out of the airport.
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