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kanochris

Hello.

Need some information. I am moving there in May to the San Fernando area.Were do i get my Visa Extension?  How long total can I stay ? Is there a  retirement visa?.. and a permanent  resident visa are they easy to get . expensive $$$$.

Thanks in advance

Chris

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Woolf
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2 hours ago, kanochris said:

Hello.

Need some information. I am moving there in May to the San Fernando area.Were do i get my Visa Extension?  How long total can I stay ? Is there a  retirement visa?.. and a permanent  resident visa are they easy to get . expensive $$$$.

Thanks in advance

Chris

You can stay up to 3 years as a tourist

extensions are 1, 2 or 6 months

check extension cost here 

after 30 days to 59 days  http://immigration.gov.ph/visa-requirements/non-immigrant-visa/temporary-visitor-visa/visa-waiver

it says 3030 but I think it is 3130

you can also get visa on arrival  cost 3000,  you will have to ask for it at immigration booth at port of entry before they stamp you for 30 days

after 59 days   1, 2 or 6 month extensions  

check cost here for 1 and 2 month extensions  http://immigration.gov.ph/visa-requirements/non-immigrant-visa/temporary-visitor-visa/extension-of-authorized-stay-beyond-59-days

for 6 month extensions check here http://immigration.gov.ph/visa-requirements/non-immigrant-visa/temporary-visitor-visa/long-stay-visitor-visa-extension-lsvve

second 6 month extension is cheaper

make sure to check the right table in the above links

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M.C.A.

Hi Chris,  here's another link you find the Philippine Consulate that works with  your state  http://www.philippineembassy-usa.org/philippines-dc/consulate-finder-dc/

If you are a former Veteran or retired military it could much cheaper you'd come here on an SRRV visa and there are other options for civilians but you'd want to take care of this stateside, here's another couple of links for the various SRRV listed and the Philippine Retirement Authority website  https://pra.gov.ph/

SRRV guide it's more in-depth  https://pra.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/SRRV-Info-Guide-04.14.15.pdf

And if you can't make that happen then once you get there are several PBI Satelite Offices  http://www.immigration.gov.ph/index.php/information/directory-of-transactions  another click and go map.

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rizla

Can anyone tell me if the extended visa, done at Mactan Airport, can be paid for with a metrobank debit card or does it have to be cash? Also do I still need to have a return flight booked and paid for?

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Woolf

If you come as a tourist  you have to have a return or onward ticket, the airline will not let you board the plane if you do not have one

 

it is called visa on arrival, will give you 59 days 

last year in october it was 3000 php

I asked what would happen if I did not have peso, they told me that they would take me to an ATM so I could withdraw peso

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rizla
2 hours ago, Woolf said:

If you come as a tourist  you have to have a return or onward ticket, the airline will not let you board the plane if you do not have one

 

it is called visa on arrival, will give you 59 days 

last year in october it was 3000 php

I asked what would happen if I did not have peso, they told me that they would take me to an ATM so I could withdraw peso

Many thanks, I'll ensure I have enough peso when I return to Cebu, and buy a throwaway ticket or a refundable one, thanks again.

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Paddy

As has been said, you have several options. 

1. Tourist. Good for up to three years. Leave the country for a short while, come back and reset the clock. This is not a residence visa but is good for a person who has no particular ties to the country. Lots here use this.

2. If you are married to a Philippine national, you can get a residence visa. There are also lots here with experience of this.

3. If you are prepared to “invest” in the Philippines, you can get an Special Resident Retirement Visa (SRRV). If you have previous military or diplomatic service (not just US) this can qualify you for the Extended Courtesy SRRV which requires zero investment. Getting an SRRV usually requires arriving as a Tourist with notarized and authenticated (including by your local Philippine Consulate or Embassy) copies of Criminal Record Check, Statement of “Pension” Income, Record of Service and any other documents that might help your case. Make sure you have 59 days from arrival and start the process as soon as you arrive by going to the PRA offices. There are agents who can assist with this process. It’s an extra fee but it can make life easier. Search on SRRV for more info and agent recommendations. I don’t know about lots of us on SRRV but there are several of us.

4. Immigrant. There is a visa route that leads to immigration. I don’t know of anyone that has used it (but you never know on this forum!)

Do follow and read around Woolf’s Links. Don’t get depressed if the PRA links suck. They do respond to email. 

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Jawny
On 4/1/2019 at 11:07 AM, kanochris said:

Hello.

Need some information. I am moving there in May to the San Fernando area.Were do i get my Visa Extension?  How long total can I stay ? Is there a  retirement visa?.. and a permanent  resident visa are they easy to get . expensive $$$$.

Thanks in advance

Chris

Your profile says previous resident.  What did you use in the past?  

Are you married?  That can provide some immigration benefits.  Do you expect to be employed while living here?  Some more info about the plans you have would help to get more specific info to you. 

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