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Foreign Spouses of Filipinos Need Visas to Enter Philippines

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The Philippine Bureau of Immigration, BI, released a notice on August 08, 2020, that foreign spouses of Filipinos need the appropriate visa to enter the Philippines. However, this does not apply to foreigners who already hold valid 13(a) permanent and temporary resident visas. Such visas are acquired by marriage to a Filipino under Section 13(a) … Read more

Foreigners w/Permanent Resident Visas Still Allowed in Philippines Despite Stricter Lockdowns

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President Duterte issued a stricter lockdown status for Metro Manila and other regions from August 4-August 18. However, foreigners w/Permanent Resident Visas can still enter the Philippines despite stricter lockdowns. International air travel flights are still ongoing. Consequently, when the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) went into effect, I assumed that international air travel would … Read more

Immigrating to the Philippines during COVID-19

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Are you considering immigrating to the Philippines during COVID-19? Because of the current coronavirus pandemic, only foreigners with long-term visas are currently able to enter the Philippines. Therefore, why even consider immigrating to the Philippines during COVID-19? Certainly, this current crisis won’t last forever. Consequently, now would be a good time to plan for when … Read more

Only Foreigners with Long Term Visas Allowed Back in Philippines

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I’ve resided in the Philippines for over 11 years. As a result, I consider myself a seasoned American expat in this archipelago. However, recent news reports that only foreigners with long-term visas could return to the Philippines was somewhat confusing. Only Foreigners with Long Term Visas Allowed Back in Philippines Why? Because foreigners with Filipino … Read more

Philippine Bureau of Immigration Relaxes Visa Rules during COVID-19 Crisis

Because of enhanced quarantines (lockdowns) throughout the Philippines, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration relaxes visa rules during the COVID-19 crisis. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente made the announcement on Thursday, April 2, 2020. Philippine Bureau of Immigration Relaxes Visa Rules during COVID-19 Crisis The Commissioner is urging foreigners to stay home. Visa application rules are being … Read more

Overstaying Kuwaiti Trouble Maker Arrested in Mindanao

Arrested on March 17, 2020 by Immigration agents was 50-year-old Kuwaiti Faisal Abdullah Almansour. The Kuwaiti scofflaw had been living in Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental. The Kuwaiti arrived in the Philippines on June 12, 2012. Almansour has never renewed his tourist visa. Therefore, he has been staying in the Philippines illegally for over seven years. … Read more

Should YOU Move to the Philippines?

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Updated 01-21-2020 I’m an American expat from Central Illinois who retired from telecommunications giant AT&T after nearly 30 years. I’ve been married to a lovely Filipina for over 20 years ago. We sold our home in Central Illinois in less than 30 days and moved to the Philippines in 2009. My wife spent nine years … Read more

USA Leads 2019 List of Sex Offenders Banned from Philippines

Above all, it’s an affront and an embarrassment. The Philippine Bureau of Immigration, BI, banned 160 alien sex offenders from entering the country in 2019. The overwhelming amount of those sex offenders, 128, was from the United States. USA Leads 2019 List of Sex Offenders Banned from Philippines Furthermore, that’s an overwhelming 80 percent of … Read more

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