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I find this thread amusing but can relate to it. I am thinking it wud be romantic to propose to my GF when we visit her hometown of davao this July. I wonder how to get the ring thru check in without 1 risk being stolen or 2 her seeing it. Wouldn't putting it in my pocket be contrary to emptying ones pockets? The necklace under shirt seems promising. The fake stone may work hmmmmm

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I'm planning to propose to my girlfriend of a year next month. I'll be staying for 5 weeks and I got a 59 day visa from the Vancouver Philippine consulate and an outbound ticket. The last time I visited my GF the Immigration officer at customs in Manila looked at my passport and saw all my Philippines visa stamps and asked "do you have a wife or girlfriend?". I said no I'm visiting family (i'm filipino canadian but don't have a filipino passport) and let me go without hassle.

This time around I'll be bringing an engagement ring (value $7000 cad.), and it'll be my fourth time entering the Philippines in 12 months. The last time I entered was this past November. Should I be concerned the Immigration officer will give me a hard time since I'll have no choice but to tell them I'll be visiting my girlfriend and potentially disclose i'm proposing to her? (if asked by customs). I feel I should just tell the full truth (only when asked) when i'm at customs. Is it advisable just to put the ring inside my checked luggage? Has anyone had a similar experience? thanks!
If you are going to propose marriage to your girlfriend, and she says yes, will you marry her here in the Philippines or will you bring her to Canada? Think about the kind of marriage you both will have and where it will take place. If you don't wear the ring on a necklace under your shirt, you can put it in its box deep inside your carryon duffel bag that you hand bring onto the aircraft. If you bring a camera with you, get a backpack and you can use it as a carryon, put the ring deep inside the backpack, it will get inspected but that is OK.

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Everytime I came here in the past when asked the purpose of my visit, I replied "Tourist" thats all no elaboration is required.

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Everytime I came here in the past when asked the purpose of my visit, I replied "Tourist" thats all no elaboration is required.

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This time tell them you are meeting your girlfriend to propose marriage. You shouldn't have a problem with that.

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If you are going to propose marriage to your girlfriend, and she says yes, will you marry her here in the Philippines or will you bring her to Canada? Think about the kind of marriage you both will have and where it will take place. If you don't wear the ring on a necklace under your shirt, you can put it in its box deep inside your carryon duffel bag that you hand bring onto the aircraft. If you bring a camera with you, get a backpack and you can use it as a carryon, put the ring deep inside the backpack, it will get inspected but that is OK.
Thanks for the tips! I was just concerned the last time I went there the border guard said I've been to the Philippines a lot lately and asked if I had a wife or girl friend there. So I figure from what all of you are saying it's ok to say you have a girlfriend (and also proposing but I guess I'll only tell them if asked). I can just tell customs I'm visiting my family and girlfriend. Customs won't give me a hard time with that answer. It's much easier just to tell the plain truth.

I'll just hide the ring in my hand carry so it doesn't get out of my sight.

We talk about marriage a lot and we've pretty much come to the conclusion we'll get married in the Philippines since virtually all over her family and most of my family is there. After we wed I'll sponsor her and when the immigration application is approved she'll come to Canada. it'll take 9months to a year for that to happen. Is there a faster way? She has a multiple entry tourist visa to Canada.

The ring is a bit pricey, but my gf is pretty street smart. She works in makati, hangs out in alabang or the fort and lives in Nuvali. Places that are relatively less dangerous. She probably won't wear it if she's going to Tondo. I think she'll take care of it really well!

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Thanks for the tips! I was just concerned the last time I went there the border guard said I've been to the Philippines a lot lately and asked if I had a wife or girl friend there. So I figure from what all of you are saying it's ok to say you have a girlfriend (and also proposing but I guess I'll only tell them if asked). I can just tell customs I'm visiting my family and girlfriend. Customs won't give me a hard time with that answer. It's much easier just to tell the plain truth.

I'll just hide the ring in my hand carry so it doesn't get out of my sight.

We talk about marriage a lot and we've pretty much come to the conclusion we'll get married in the Philippines since virtually all over her family and most of my family is there. After we wed I'll sponsor her and when the immigration application is approved she'll come to Canada. it'll take 9months to a year for that to happen. Is there a faster way? She has a multiple entry tourist visa to Canada.

The ring is a bit pricey, but my gf is pretty street smart. She works in makati, hangs out in alabang or the fort and lives in Nuvali. Places that are relatively less dangerous. She probably won't wear it if she's going to Tondo. I think she'll take care of it really well!

There really isn't a quick way for immigration to work fast, even for Canada. It will be your choice for either a Fiancé Visa or a Marriage Visa. The Marriage Visa takes time, especially if you marry before gong for her immigration. There are requirements that you have to meet, especially income, work, and home ownership, etc. One thing for sure is, if her immigration to Canada falls through, you can always live here in the Philippines with her and be happy.

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I find this thread amusing but can relate to it. I am thinking it wud be romantic to propose to my GF when we visit her hometown of davao this July. I wonder how to get the ring thru check in without 1 risk being stolen or 2 her seeing it. Wouldn't putting it in my pocket be contrary to emptying ones pockets? The necklace under shirt seems promising. The fake stone may work hmmmmm
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One thing for sure is, if her immigration to Canada falls through, you can always live here in the Philippines with her and be happy.
Raises a good question imo. Should one already decide when marrying a local in their country that they could up and move to the PI if the immigration falls thru? It does happen....then what are you gonna do with a wife you can't co-habitate with?
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Raises a good question imo. Should one already decide when marrying a local in their country that they could up and move to the PI if the immigration falls thru? It does happen....then what are you gonna do with a wife you can't co-habitate with?
You do what I did, if your spouse's immigration falls through, you come to the Philippines to live, she petitions you for permanent residency. You are here now and living with your wife.
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You do what I did, if your spouse's immigration falls through, you come to the Philippines to live, she petitions you for permanent residency. You are here now and living with your wife.
But I'm guessing you were at a stage in life that made that possible? If a young 35 yr old guy that needs their job to support themselves that might not be possible.
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