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Commission on Filipinos Overseas

As you know from reading this site, I just moved back to America a little over a week ago. Now I am preparing to file for my wives Petition for Alien Relative, or better known as Spousal Visa. To file you need to send an I-130 form “Petition for Alien Relative” and an I-325a “Biographical Data” form for both your wife and yourself. Once the petition is approved, you will need to file a G-864 Affidavit of Support to...

Tourist Visa Fees Increased

For anyone who has been here in the Philippines for a while and still on a tourist visa you know about how the fees at Bureau of Immigration are always changing. When I first moved here, if you waited for your visa extension to be processed, you were charged a 500-peso “Express Line Fee.” This is something they never asked you if you wanted, they just charged you. Then they made the Express Line fee mandatory. Recently...

Green Card Verses ACR Card – Differences in Reside...

In The U.S. just as here in the Philippines, there are different ways of obtaining residency. Here you can receive residency from a marriage to a Filipino, by signing up for a Retirement Visa, there is even a new way if you own a business with ten or more employees. For a 13a Visa, which you receive after marriage, you apply with your wife. Most of the application is from the Filipina including a petition for your permanent...

A Photo Op with Benigno Noynoy Aquino III

  Saturday Elena and I joined her group of expat wives, a few of their kids and two other of us husbands and went to use the pool at the Marco Polo Hotel. At one point there was a commotion and I asked what was going on. They all mentioned Noynoy Aquino was there on the other side of the Pavilion Restaurant. As a Foreigner, I do not write or comment on government issues, politicians or campaigns. It is not the place of...

The Legacy of Corazon Aquino

My Friend and fellow Blogger John Ray of Palawan Anecdotes sent me this article. He has written a few this past week about his beloved past President Corazon Aquino. I hope you will enjoy his words and sentiments about his country which he loves and cares about. These are John Rays words and  he asked me to post here for him. Being a guest in his country, I will not comment if I agree or disagree whith his feelings since it...

Working in the Philippines if you’re a Foreigner

Many foreigners move to the Philippines for different reasons. Most are men and most are in retirement age. Maybe you just got tired of life and stress in your home country. To move here you must have some savings or pension to support yourself and your possible new wife if you’re single. Maybe you know of a lady from the internet or from a past visit. Maybe you are unattached and think; once you’re here you will find...