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For expats who have not given up ties to Uncle Sam and denizens, how do you deal with your mail? Do you have relatives or friends forward your mail? all online interactions? use a mail-forwarding agency? If so, any recommendations/how much do they charge? How efficient?

Do you simply change your address to Philippine (or whichever country you are now residing) address?

I do have a US PO box which I may ask a friend to routinely check for me. I would hate to do that though, even if I pay a bit. They may not want payment, and so it would be an imposition.

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I changed my address to here...seems to take about a month to reach me..but it does reach me

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For expats who have not given up ties to Uncle Sam and denizens, how do you deal with your mail? Do you have relatives or friends forward your mail? all online interactions? use a mail-forwarding agency? If so, any recommendations/how much do they charge? How efficient?

Do you simply change your address to Philippine (or whichever country you are now residing) address?

I do have a US PO box which I may ask a friend to routinely check for me. I would hate to do that though, even if I pay a bit. They may not want payment, and so it would be an imposition.

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Considering your IP location, you may or may not be old enough to be a (retired) military vet. But if you are, you can use a secure APO/FPO box at any of the VFW posts here in the Philippines. Mail is secure that way and travel as US Mail.


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Go electronic for all of your financial stuff. Then get a service if you are not eligible for a Military retiree FPO address. I am sure there are several people on this forum using a mail forwarding service that can make recommendations.

Do not rely on the Phil Mail service to get your mail here timely if at all.
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Go electronic for all of your financial stuff. Then get a service if you are not eligible for a Military retiree FPO address. I am sure there are several people on this forum using a mail forwarding service that can make recommendations.

Do not rely on the Phil Mail service to get your mail here timely if at all.
We use the regular mail box service at the VFW (not the FPO/APO) and have good luck with it. We don't get much mail anymore when when it's needed it there and reliable.

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Go electronic for all of your financial stuff. Then get a service if you are not eligible for a Military retiree FPO address. I am sure there are several people on this forum using a mail forwarding service that can make recommendations.

Do not rely on the Phil Mail service to get your mail here timely if at all.
Great point Jon it only makes sense to use online mail, I had to think about this one because who sends letters out anymore or bills out in the mail, that's a dated experience.

I did have my sister mail me boxes of checks and my credit card, it did make it here but took about 6 weeks, I was beginning to worry.

The VA and the US government mail got to me also no problems.

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This does not exactly apply to the topic but I thought it may be helpful to know if it is needed. When i visited the Philippines last month with my girlfriend she had an important document FedEx from her home in California USA to a residence in Davao. We asked for overnight (whatever that may be given the time zones and distance) and they best they would guarantee is 6 days. It arrived in 3 much to her delighted surprise.

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"Considering your IP location" - may throw you off ; ), but age is irrelevant. I am not a vet and not immediately related to one so I don't have that perk.

Yes, I plan to go online for financial transactions and correspondence, and it is still on my checklist. I do want to keep some "presence" in US in case I pursue an online business. It'll be easier. I also at this point will go for multi entry visa and not jump to resident v or dual c until I see the need to.

Thank you all for sharing your experiences.

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I used to have firearm and automotive magazine subscriptions forwarded to my Philippine address but after my subscriptions expired I have not renewed them.
As for other correspondence that still arrive at my old US PO box I just request to put them in a box and ship it to me when they have the chance.

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I use a mail forwarder in Texas as this still gives me a US address. I use usglobalmail.com There are others, the service provided varies somewhat and the prices vary to some degree.

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