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Hello,  I am have had a 13a visa since 2001.  Heading back to U.S.A. this year to file for divorce.  I am returning to the Philippines to live.  My question is:  Knowing that I am getting a divorce in the very near future, do I, upon leaving the Philippines, voluntarily surrender my I-card to the BOI or can I simply exit the country and reenter the Philippines as a tourist and let the 13-a I-card expire?  Or am I allowed to keep my 13a visa after my divorce?  I have read conflicting posts here about a 13-a visa holder being able to keep his/her 13-a I-card after divorce.  Some say, yes you can keep it after divorce as long as your ex-wife doesn't have it revoked.  Other's say that upon divorce, you automatically lose your 13-a status.  I certainly want to do the right thing.  Any advice would be very appreciative.  

 

My concern with keeping the 13-a status after divorce is this:  Hypothetically speaking, I am back in the Philippines holding a 13-a visa and legally divorced.  I noticed that the civil status on the back of the I-Card reads "married".  If after divorce, would I take my card to BOI and have them change my civil status to "divorced" or "single"?  Upon coming back after my divorce, it is very possible that I will be traveling abroad (Thailand, Hong Kong, etc) with a single female.  We get to the airport and go through immigration.  I show my 13-a card and passport to the immigration officer, who in turn says, is this your wife?  My answer is "No".  Then as you can imagine, I foresee a lot of issues with trying to explain why I am holding a 13-a visa, that has "civil status" as married, even after showing my divorce decree and traveling with a single female.  I see my single female companion having a difficult time being approved for travel with me.  Any comments/advice/suggestions would be appreciated.  d
 

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Hello,  I am have had a 13a visa since 2001.  Heading back to U.S.A. this year to file for divorce.  I am returning to the Philippines to live.  My question is:  Knowing that I am getting a divorce in the very near future, do I, upon leaving the Philippines, voluntarily surrender my I-card to the BOI or can I simply exit the country and reenter the Philippines as a tourist and let the 13-a I-card expire?  Or am I allowed to keep my 13a visa after my divorce?  I have read conflicting posts here about a 13-a visa holder being able to keep his/her 13-a I-card after divorce.  Some say, yes you can keep it after divorce as long as your ex-wife doesn't have it revoked.  Other's say that upon divorce, you automatically lose your 13-a status.  I certainly want to do the right thing.  Any advice would be very appreciative.  

 

My concern with keeping the 13-a status after divorce is this:  Hypothetically speaking, I am back in the Philippines holding a 13-a visa and legally divorced.  I noticed that the civil status on the back of the I-Card reads "married".  If after divorce, would I take my card to BOI and have them change my civil status to "divorced" or "single"?  Upon coming back after my divorce, it is very possible that I will be traveling abroad (Thailand, Hong Kong, etc) with a single female.  We get to the airport and go through immigration.  I show my 13-a card and passport to the immigration officer, who in turn says, is this your wife?  My answer is "No".  Then as you can imagine, I foresee a lot of issues with trying to explain why I am holding a 13-a visa, that has "civil status" as married, even after showing my divorce decree and traveling with a single female.  I see my single female companion having a difficult time being approved for travel with me.  Any comments/advice/suggestions would be appreciated.  d

 

 

stop by the immigration office, they will tell you how to handle it the right way...

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Dolsos

In your specific situation I'd recomend going to BI and asking them specifically, I'd hate to find out I was wrong after the fact.

 

I do know you can "downgrade" your 13a so I'm sure you can get back on tourist status, and then if you're qualified get a SRRV visa or do tourist visa runs (which may not be an issue if you're travelling abroad frequently).

 

Best of luck, sorry to hear about the divorce.

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Paul

IN the days before the I-Card, I knew guys who had 13(a) visas, and had been divorced. They were able to keep their status and continue living in the Philippines. Perhaps that holds true today?

 

I wish I could give you more information. But, that is my limit of knowledge on this topic.

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Thanks to all who responded to my post.  Much appreciated......dC

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