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Old 5th February 2020, 10:09 AM
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From what you’ve described, you should qualify for a military version of the SRRV.

Don’t forget, you need a visa of over 1 year (visitor visas do not apply) to open bank accounts and get a drivers license. Some will argue they’ve got their licenses and bank accounts with less than a 1 year visas, but technically you need something like an SRRV to function as a long-term expat.

Good luck!
The rules for a drivers license changed again last May, it's now 6 months.
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I've served in the navy, but only four years, The idea of leaving the country and starting the visa all over is not a problem, plenty of places to explore. Buying a property here does not appeal to me. Money is not a problem. I like the idea of freedom. What benefits will an SRVV visa give me that an extended visa does not?
Absolutely none until you personally decide the visa options that serves your needs, research then do it again, listen to forum members contributions yes and they are only that. Opinions offered here from members are their experiences and little more. google offers all the answers for those prepared to climb the debacles and when serious? Go straight to the horses mouth and gather the facts.

Why the Philippines as a single man? Plenty of other countries offering more for less.
Hey OMO and as said in many posts, if single PH. never entered my lowly thoughts 10 years ago. There are better and cheaper countries to live even in Europe.

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BTW. OMO, but I got hooked up with my better 8 years ago (Filipino) and haven't looked back, b ut up with the shite.

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The rules for a drivers license changed again last May, it's now 6 months.
Hear you Gary but even though we own property there for 3 years I am still a tourist.
Go buy a condominium on a tourist visa and you still fall outside the guidelines.

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Hear you Gary but even though we own property there for 3 years I am still a tourist.
Go buy a condominium on a tourist visa and you still fall outside the guidelines.

OMO.

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Yes but us on balikbayan now qualify.
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hey M.CA.

You sure it is $1500 and not $15,000 deposit for the SRRV visa with a DD214? I have the DD214 since I serve in the military in the USA. I did not retire from there. I read you have to be a retired officer to qualify for this visa with only a $1500 deposit.

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Yep, all that is required is that you're a vet of a country in a mutual defense treaty... so, U.S.A. applies - the PRA pays people to process your application - so, the cost was depositing $1500 into a BDO account... certified copies (Philippine 'Notary' - get that at Philippine consulates, etc... in USA - a criminal records check, and documentation of your retirement income...

I also sold my home in the USA last Aug and moved permanently in Aug/Sept...

The caveats... to my understanding - is that your retirement income is Tax Free here in the PI...

Now, I prefer to keep my income in US Banks... - so, my SS, Annuity, etc... is deposited there... There are PNB remittance centers all over the USA - and I set up my PNB bank accounts with my SRRV card - and then the PNB centers in the USA are how I got money to my GF for the house, etc... here in the interim until all was 'final' and I moved...

I put GF as joint on the Pesos so she could get money, etc... whether my location was here or not...

Then, as I was leaving for here for the last time - I went in and set up the ACH xfers from my US account to here... Now, when I want money - I just have it xfered... from USA to my 'Dollar' account in PNB... Yes, there's a fee depending on the amount... - however, when I deposit 'cash' (US Dollars) at the PNB locally here in the PI - there's a 2 or 3 week 'hold' on the money... ACH... it's a 3 day hold/processing period... ;-)

If you want a USA phone # - my Vonage account works like a champ... (VOIP) - that's so I can talk to my friends, kids, etc... in the USA... One of the Vonage plans gives 2000 minutes a month to Globe cell & landlines...

If you're bringing DVDs for movies here - (I had about 300) - bring over a USA Blu-Ray or something in your luggage... - USA Region 1... if you get a standard DVD player here - Oops! wrong region... ;-)... Power... not a problem... 220 here - that's 2 110v phases running to give the 220 - so, a simple connection cord and a separate 'box' with 1 110v phase & ground to one set of plugs and the other 110v phase & ground to another plus... and there you go... 110 power in the Philippines... the house I rent here - has both 110v plugs & 220v plugs in the wall - we just had to label them....

doing so, allowed me to bring my surround sound system (Bose) to lash up in the home theater... - Balik Bayan boxes for all the stuff I shipped here...

Oh, and be sure to bring the documents on selling the house to the bank when you have bank accounts set up... Your proceeds from the sale are 'tax free' here also... - since my accounts were with PNB - I just took them to a PNB Remittance center and they made the copies and got it into my bank's account info... ;-)

I'll shut up now.... :-)
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Yep, all that is required is that you're a vet of a country in a mutual defense treaty... so, U.S.A. applies - the PRA pays people to process your application - so, the cost was depositing $1500 into a BDO account... certified copies (Philippine 'Notary' - get that at Philippine consulates, etc... in USA - a criminal records check, and documentation of your retirement income...
Thank you Cray for this information it's very helpful to others who would like to live here on an SRRV and good point on getting the documents checked through the Philippine Consulates in the US, it's cheaper than having to get it certified at $50 a pop at the US Embassy and I'll bet it sped up the process also.

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Two phases of 110v is very rare here, pretty much a left over in the old US bases.

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Two phases of 110v is very rare here, pretty much a left over in the old US bases.
220v like we have here is just 2 110v phases - running 180º degrees out of phase... i.e. - one 'phase' (hot line) is @ +110 and the other phase/hot line is @ -110v... since it's AC (alternating current) - the 2 lines then reverse - so, there's a 220 volt differential when you use them both simultaneously in an appliance... - each phase on it's own is very much like our power in the USA... (though it's about 117v AC...) :-)
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220v like we have here is just 2 110v phases - running 180º degrees out of phase... i.e. - one 'phase' (hot line) is @ +110 and the other phase/hot line is @ -110v... since it's AC (alternating current) - the 2 lines then reverse - so, there's a 220 volt differential when you use them both simultaneously in an appliance... - each phase on it's own is very much like our power in the USA... (though it's about 117v AC...) :-)
The electric supply situation is complicated, but basically you are correct, that is why you need double pole circuit breakers here.

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The electric supply situation is complicated, but basically you are correct, that is why you need double pole circuit breakers here.
Around here it's all 220v phase and ground.

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