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Hello All,
I have a "Tourist" ACR as of last November, good for 1 year. This card is absolutely useless as far as I can tell.
What does it do for you?
I also have a PERMANENT Province of Cavite, City of Imus, Barangay Buhay na Tubig ID card with biometrics!
The Barangay ID card helped me get out of Korea by showing I lived here and did not need a further connecting flight from Manila.
The ACR has done nothing to help. It is not an Entry Visa, it does nothing.
Maybe you all can help as to what I should do with this Alien Registration Project as it was never mentioned the last time I extended my Visa.
Thanks for your help,
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I should add that I have recently received my PI Drivers License and AAP International DL.


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Hello All,
I have a "Tourist" ACR as of last November, good for 1 year. This card is absolutely useless as far as I can tell.
What does it do for you?
I also have a PERMANENT Province of Cavite, City of Imus, Barangay Buhay na Tubig ID card with biometrics!
The Barangay ID card helped me get out of Korea by showing I lived here and did not need a further connecting flight from Manila.
The ACR has done nothing to help. It is not an Entry Visa, it does nothing.
Maybe you all can help as to what I should do with this Alien Registration Project as it was never mentioned the last time I extended my Visa.
Thanks for your help,
Tom
I should add that I have recently received my PI Drivers License and AAP International DL.
ACR helps ensure you pay the travel tax when you leave

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Hi TomdHam1, I sure wish I had more information about you, it would help because there's a difference between living here single as apposed to married but these ACR Card's all look identical, it's a quick way of verifying that you have a valid Visa instead of carrying your passport everywhere with you in order to stay in country but that's where the similarities end because it all depends on the Visa you've been approved for. it's either for immigration or as a long stay tourist.

With that ACR card you can open up a bank account, cable, internet ect..

If your married to a Philippine citizen you'd want to apply for a permanent resident Visa 13a Non-Quota Immigrant, they costs would be roughly 310 peso's per year but as a long stay tourist the costs add up and if I'm not mistaken (hopefully you'll get more input on this) you'll have to extend your Visa every 6 months up to two years and then fly off the Island and start out all over again. as a permanent resident you don't need to fly off the island.

If neither of these apply to you then possibly you can apply for a military retired Visa or SRRV, so if your military and retired you can apply for a permanent stay Visa and won't need marriage, not every marries or the tough laws on divorce make it impossible for some so this Visa would work for you I think for the retiree military Visa it's only $1400 with a $1500 deposit in an SRRV approved bank but you'll still have that ACR card but you'll be a permanent resident your fee's will not be the same as a long stay tourist carrying an ACR card and you won't have to leave anymore. Here's a link if your retired military, then this would be an option for you.

Special Resident Retiree's Visa (SRRV) | Embassy of the Philippines

The other cards such as your postal or barangay cards are important but basically they're helpful in getting the mail to your house and of course if your driving here you do need a Philippine License and not those silly International license's those don't work here.

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Hi TomdHam1, I sure wish I had more information about you, it would help because there's a difference between living here single as apposed to married but these ACR Card's all look identical, it's a quick way of verifying that you have a valid Visa instead of carrying your passport everywhere with you in order to stay in country but that's where the similarities end because it all depends on the Visa you've been approved for. it's either for immigration or as a long stay tourist.

With that ACR card you can open up a bank account, cable, internet ect..

If your married to a Philippine citizen you'd want to apply for a permanent resident Visa 13a Non-Quota Immigrant, they costs would be roughly 310 peso's per year but as a long stay tourist the costs add up and if I'm not mistaken (hopefully you'll get more input on this) you'll have to extend your Visa every 6 months up to two years and then fly off the Island and start out all over again. as a permanent resident you don't need to fly off the island.

If neither of these apply to you then possibly you can apply for a military retired Visa or SRRV, so if your military and retired you can apply for a permanent stay Visa and won't need marriage, not every marries or the tough laws on divorce make it impossible for some so this Visa would work for you I think for the retiree military Visa it's only $1400 with a $1500 deposit in an SRRV approved bank but you'll still have that ACR card but you'll be a permanent resident your fee's will not be the same as a long stay tourist carrying an ACR card and you won't have to leave anymore. Here's a link if your retired military, then this would be an option for you.

Special Resident Retiree's Visa (SRRV) | Embassy of the Philippines

The other cards such as your postal or barangay cards are important but basically they're helpful in getting the mail to your house and of course if your driving here you do need a Philippine License and not those silly International license's those don't work here.
You do get an ACR-1 card with an SRRV, you get a SRRV ID card.

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Thank you mcalleyboy,
I have been married to a Filipina for 11 years. We have owned a house here in Imus, Cavite for 6 years. I am not retired military although I am a Vet (USN). We have a Peso account and a USD account at Metro bank. We have cable, internet, etc.
The thing is, I travel on business extensively. I usually leave the country before my entry 30 days Visa runs out.
We have looked into the permanent resident Visa and am talking to an attorney now.
"If your married to a Philippine citizen you'd want to apply for a permanent resident Visa 13a Non-Quota Immigrant, they costs would be roughly 310 peso's per year but as a long stay tourist the costs add up and if I'm not mistaken (hopefully you'll get more input on this) you'll have to extend your Visa every 6 months up to two years and then fly off the Island and start out all over again. as a permanent resident you don't need to fly off the island."
Yes, it beats going to the BI in Intramuros, Manila every month.
Thanks for you insight,
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BTW, I carry my Passport wherever I go, ALWAYS!!
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Thank you mcalleyboy,
I have been married to a Filipina for 11 years. We have owned a house here in Imus, Cavite for 6 years. I am not retired military although I am a Vet (USN). We have a Peso account and a USD account at Metro bank. We have cable, internet, etc.
The thing is, I travel on business extensively. I usually leave the country before my entry 30 days Visa runs out.
We have looked into the permanent resident Visa and am talking to an attorney now.
"If your married to a Philippine citizen you'd want to apply for a permanent resident Visa 13a Non-Quota Immigrant, they costs would be roughly 310 peso's per year but as a long stay tourist the costs add up and if I'm not mistaken (hopefully you'll get more input on this) you'll have to extend your Visa every 6 months up to two years and then fly off the Island and start out all over again. as a permanent resident you don't need to fly off the island."
Yes, it beats going to the BI in Intramuros, Manila every month.
Thanks for you insight,
Tom
BTW, I carry my Passport wherever I go, ALWAYS!!
If you still travel to the US, you could have this done and completed within two months but it's not hard to get that done here the negative is that the first two months of the year, if your not here you need to leave your ACR card with your wife and she has to take that to the Philippine Bureau of Immigration office or satellite office for the yearly check in if not you'll get some hefty fines of 500 peso's per month (been there done that) was gone for 3 years and got charged a whopping 14,000 peso's fine for not having my wife check me in yearly (I didn't know).

If in the US check in with the Philippine Consulate that handles your home state.

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Thank you mcalleyboy,
I have been married to a Filipina for 11 years. We have owned a house here in Imus, Cavite for 6 years. I am not retired military although I am a Vet (USN). We have a Peso account and a USD account at Metro bank. We have cable, internet, etc.
The thing is, I travel on business extensively. I usually leave the country before my entry 30 days Visa runs out.
We have looked into the permanent resident Visa and am talking to an attorney now.
"If your married to a Philippine citizen you'd want to apply for a permanent resident Visa 13a Non-Quota Immigrant, they costs would be roughly 310 peso's per year but as a long stay tourist the costs add up and if I'm not mistaken (hopefully you'll get more input on this) you'll have to extend your Visa every 6 months up to two years and then fly off the Island and start out all over again. as a permanent resident you don't need to fly off the island."
Yes, it beats going to the BI in Intramuros, Manila every month.
Thanks for you insight,
Tom
BTW, I carry my Passport wherever I go, ALWAYS!!
I PM'd you but just in case I'll give some short cuts (forget the attorneys...Lol) If you still travel stateside here's the link for the Philippine Consulate that controls your state.

Embassy of the Philippines - Consulate Finder Map

And the forms and instructions I used from my Philippine Consulate in Chicago, not sure if this form is up to date and the headers are for Chicago but it gives you all the instructions and all the forms, it don't get easier than that but use the Philippine Consulate that handles your state.

http://www.chicagopcg.com/forms/newimmigrantform.pdf

I had to contact the Philippine Consulate several times for inquire's (phone calls and emails, they answer them stateside) and other questions, did this all through the mail system.

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The ACR card is another fee they collect. a pretty useless card. I had 2 of them. When my last one expired my wife and I did a visa run to Hong Kong. The balikbayan stamp is nice. No immigration, no ACR, no fees, no worries
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The ACR card is another fee they collect. a pretty useless card. I had 2 of them. When my last one expired my wife and I did a visa run to Hong Kong. The balikbayan stamp is nice. No immigration, no ACR, no fees, no worries
Hi Tukaram,
From what you are saying: If we go to HK and she has her stamp (I was told we also need the marriage certificate) then it is a done deal when we reenter PI? I get the resident Visa? No Problem?
Thanks,
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Hi Tukaram,
From what you are saying: If we go to HK and she has her stamp (I was told we also need the marriage certificate) then it is a done deal when we reenter PI? I get the resident Visa? No Problem?
Thanks,
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You stated earlier that you leave the country often so the Balikbayan stamp would be void upon your departure. If you are traveling by yourself upon return you would be a tourist again.

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