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As said I am happy to go down the tourist visa route until I decide to draw a pension from my superannuation, then I may consider dropping 10k into a hole. Other things may happen along the way, who knows?

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I had reasons dealing with Canada tax laws for getting the SRRV as well as the issues that normally impact others in making the decision on SRRV or Tourist visa.

When I was here before staying on a tourist visa, I had just renewed when I had to go back to Canada, paid a few thousand for one extra day in country then on my return started the whole process over again.

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I'm currently applying for the SRRV myself and its taking a while(since Nov of 2018). The only thing holding me up now is my U. S. police report (which was just opened and copies made).
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I'm currently applying for the SRRV myself and its taking a while(since Nov of 2018). The only thing holding me up now is my U. S. police report (which was just opened and copies made).
Hi Whiskey! welcome to the forum. If I'm not mistaken, you said the police record copy might be holding you up but if you've been here over 6 months NBI records check should also work, good luck and keep us posted on how it's going because there are many expats that go the route of SRRV.

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Mine was straight forward. I had my RCMP report in hand when I landed and had sent in my deposit monies.

I used a marketer who was great and did all the administrative stuff for me. Highly recommend using a reputable one. If they ask fees for their services pass on them and report them to the PRA, that is not allowed.

I simply showed up, signed the application form, paid the application fee plus first year went to get my medical, open the deposit account and then to the PRA for final application.

Back 4 weeks later to get the visa, passport returned and wallet card.

Total time involved was about 4 hours, including taxi rides to medical and bank.

One year later go back to PRA by myself, pay 3 years fees get wallet card back on the street in about 59 minutes. (Would have been quicker but I waited about 10 minutes in the wrong spot, my bad.)

I also got the exact requirements from more than one source and where there were discrepancies I asked about them until I had confidence in what was correct


The key is as with a lot of things being fully prepared. I got my police clearance ahead of travel, these are difficult to obtain when you are outside of the country. (I know I was in Haiti when I obtained mine, what would have been a simple process costing less than $100 ended up taking a lot of time and hassle and cost over $500 including courier fees, fingerprint processing, notaries etc.)

I might have been just lucky, but I have found the more prepared I am, the luckier I get.
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Hi Whiskey! welcome to the forum. If I'm not mistaken, you said the police record copy might be holding you up but if you've been here over 6 months NBI records check should also work, good luck and keep us posted on how it's going because there are many expats that go the route of SRRV.
Roger that. But I'm already thinking of pulling out my PRA deposit and investing it elsewhere. The interest is too low in the bank where I currently have it in right now. I can make 10x more in dividends elsewhere than what I'm currently getting. Since I'm not officially a SRRV holder, will it be easy for me to withdraw my money from my assigned PRA approved bank? Do I need to create a letter and have that notarized?

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[QUOTE=Manitoba;14766754]Mine was straight forward. I had my RCMP report in hand when I landed and had sent in my deposit monies.

I used a marketer who was great and did all the administrative stuff for me. Highly recommend using a reputable one. If they ask fees for their services pass on them and report them to the PRA, that is not allowed.

I simply showed up, signed the application form, paid the application fee plus first year went to get my medical, open the deposit account and then to the PRA for final application.

Back 4 weeks later to get the visa, passport returned and wallet card.

Total time involved was about 4 hours, including taxi rides to medical and bank.

One year later go back to PRA by myself, pay 3 years fees get wallet card back on the street in about 59 minutes. (Would have been quicker but I waited about 10 minutes in the wrong spot, my bad.)

I also got the exact requirements from more than one source and where there were discrepancies I asked about them until I had confidence in what was correct


The key is as with a lot of things being fully prepared. I got my police clearance ahead of travel, these are difficult to obtain when you are outside of the country. (I know I was in Haiti when I obtained mine, what would have been a simple process costing less than $100 ended up taking a lot of time and hassle and cost over $500 including courier fees, fingerprint processing, notaries etc.)

I might have been just lucky, but I have found the more prepared I am, the luckier I get.[/QUOTE

Nice. I'm glad things worked out for you. What upsets me is that nobody communicates with you about your application process until you contact them or show up in their office. Sometimes you get no reply back after texting a question. Am I been annoying to them? Here I am sitting in my room wondering what the heck is going on. I did pay upfront for some paperworks with the NBI and medical screening. Cost like $100.

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Roger that. But I'm already thinking of pulling out my PRA deposit and investing it elsewhere. The interest is too low in the bank where I currently have it in right now. I can make 10x more in dividends elsewhere than what I'm currently getting. Since I'm not officially a SRRV holder, will it be easy for me to withdraw my money from my assigned PRA approved bank? Do I need to create a letter and have that notarized?
Hopefully, someone who has an SRRV experience such and I see you are already talking with Manitoba and I think bigpearl also is here on an SRRV will be able to answer that question, here's a few more detailed links on the program and previous discussions.

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Previous discussion
https://www.expatforum.com/expats/ph...questions.html

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[quote=M.C.A.;14783002]Hopefully, someone who has an SRRV experience such and I see you are already talking with Manitoba and I think bigpearl also is here on an SRRV will be able to answer that question, here's a few more detailed links on the program and previous discussions.

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Thanks for your help. I will wait it out a few more weeks and make my final decision then. This "hurry up and wait" is annoying me lol.
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Hopefully, someone who has an SRRV experience such and I see you are already talking with Manitoba and I think bigpearl also is here on an SRRV will be able to answer that question, here's a few more detailed links on the program and previous discussions.

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Thanks for your help. I will wait it out a few more weeks and make my final decision then. This "hurry up and wait" is annoying me lol.
I forgot to add that using emails and other forms of communication other than walking to the office will never work (Lessons learned) because you mentioned that nobody gets back with you there's no such extra staffing for these functions you do actually have to go into their offices to inquire.

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I forgot to add that using emails and other forms of communication other than walking to the office will never work (Lessons learned) because you mentioned that nobody gets back with you there's no such extra staffing for these functions you do actually have to go into their offices to inquire.
Okay, thanks. Anyhoo...I just got word they now want me to go to a US Embassy to clear my police report from the U.S. The lady I'm working with says it shouldn't be a problem even if my police report which was sealed is opened. Let's see if that's true or not. Hopefully my trip there won't be a waste of time like me getting a Barangay report that ended up being wrong and useless. I feel like I'm getting the run aroubd with these people. Spider sense is tingling.
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