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Title: SRRV Info
Post by: on August 20, 2008, 02:52:34 PM
For all the info on the Special Resident Retiree Visa go to the PRV website at:

http://www.pra.gov.ph/
Title: Changes to the SRRV Program - available to U.S. military veterans
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on May 27, 2013, 11:35:33 AM
The Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) issues Special Resident Retirement Visas (SRRVs.)  Recent changes to PRA policies (not yet reflected on their web site) have added an additional category of Courtesy SRRV that is available to U.S. military veterans. 
 
What are the advantages of a Courtesy SRRV?
·      Option to Reside Permanently in The Philippines;
·      Multiple Entry Privileges;
·      Exemptions from:
- - Bureau of Immigration ACR I-Card
- - Annual Alien Registration
- - Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC)
- - Re-Entry Permit (RP)
- - Special Return Certificate (SRC) - - Customs Duties and Taxes with   
    respect  to the importation of household goods and personal effects up
    to USD $7,000;
- - Taxes on pension and annuities; and,
- - Travel tax, if stay in the Philippines is less than one year from the last
     entry date.
 
What are the eligibility requirements for a Courtesy SRRV for veterans?
The requirements for U.S. applicants are:
- - U.S. military veteran at least 50 years old with DD-214;
- - Pension or annuity of at least USD $1,000 per month;
- - Deposit of USD $1500;
- - One time application fee of USD $1400;
- - U.S. Police Clearance;
- - NBI Clearance;
- - Medical Clearance.

The PRA Rep. for Clark / Subic is:
MR. CARLO PONTI T. ZIALCITA
Officer-in-Charge, Clark-Subic Satellite Office
Mobile No.: 09184480102    09175406299
Email : carloponti_zialcita@yahoo.com

Ms. NOEHL D. BAUTISTA
Marketing Manager
Philippine Retirement Authority
29F Citibank Tower
8741 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City
Mobile NO. 09178553811
Tel No. 02-8481412

What are the annual fees for SRRV for veterans?
The annual fee is USD $360.  If the veteran served in the Philippines for at least two years, the annual fee is USD $10.
 
What is the role of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) in the SRRV program?
The PRA is your interface with the BI.  If you hold an SRRV, you are exempt from most BI reporting and fee payment requirements.

Another link here:
http://tinyurl.com/ml6faw2 (http://tinyurl.com/ml6faw2)



Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: cefox01 on May 27, 2013, 01:08:12 PM
this is great I need to see the official posting or when i go to the Bureau of Immigration I will ask about it. but if this is for real this will make my life so much easier.
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: Beancounter on May 27, 2013, 01:28:03 PM
That's excellent news, even though I do not qualify either by being an American or by being ex Forces. But it's still great news for several reasons.

1) It shows an ongoing comittment to SRRV, which I do intend to use when I retire there, and which for me is remains one of the cornerstones of my retirement policy, I've said before I reallt do understand why anyone would want to live in say Thailand, it's a beautiful country, but those visa runs would drive me insane.

2) It will build a bigger and stronger Western Ex-Pat retirement community, which will only help everyone who lives in the Phillipines to strengthen their position and give them more of a voice.

Fantastic news
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on May 27, 2013, 03:33:51 PM
Here are more additional info I found that may interest you and others, but still unofficial until you see it on the Immigration or PRA home website.
http://www.pra.gov.ph/ (http://www.pra.gov.ph/)   

http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=18&Itemid=37 (http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=18&Itemid=37)

This Courtesy Visa, it is not U.S. only and does not require specific service in the Philippines."retired military personnel who have provided military aid and training to the Philippine gov't via a defense treaty or any other similar agreement."
it also is available to "former peace corp volunteers and other similar organizations".
it is available to "scientists, physicists and top-rated engineers".
it is available to "high achievers in sports, arts and business".
there are a lot of ways to access this visa. anyone with a professional background, any military or gov't background might be approved.

In a way it's official enough, since the PRA Rep. has been walking people through the application process at PRA HQ in Manila. You know how long it takes some changes to make it to a computer. The NYC Consulate has been trying to get the biometrics upgrade to the passport into their website for a year and a half.

Q: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS UNDER THE PROGRAM?
A: Once you are an SRRV Visa holder, it opens the door to vast opportunities and benefits. These include:
1. Option to Retire Permanently
a. You may live, work and study in the Philippines
2. Multiple Entry Privileges
b. You may travel outside the Philippines and re-enter anytime
3. Exemptions from:
a. Income tax over your pension and annuities;
b. Exit and re-entry permits of the Bureau of Immigration;
c. Annual registration requirement of the Bureau of Immigration;
d. Customs Duties and Taxes with regard to the importation of household goods and
e. personal effects up to US$7,000.00;
f. Travel tax, if you stay in the Philippines is less than one year from the last entry date; and
g. I-Card
As an SRR Visa holder, the PRA can assist you in obtaining basic documents from other government agencies. These include, but are not limited to:
a. Alien Employment Permit
b. Driver's License
c. Tax Exemption/Extension Certificate
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance

The PRA Rep. for Clark / Subic is:
MR. CARLO PONTI T. ZIALCITA
Officer-in-Charge, Clark-Subic Satellite Office
Mobile No.: 09184480102    09175406299
Email: carloponti_zialcita@yahoo.com

Ms. NOEHL D. BAUTISTA
Marketing Manager
Philippine Retirement Authority
29F Citibank Tower
8741 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City
Mobile NO. 09178553811
Tel No. 02-8481412

Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: suzukig1 on May 28, 2013, 08:41:08 AM
Here's a link to a recent "Power Point" presentation on the SRRV by the PRA.

Philippines, among World’s Top Retirement Destinations
No.15 in “International Living” ‘s 2013 Annual Global Retirement Index

http://www.creba.ph/pdf/Philippines_among_Worlds_Top_Retirement_Destination.pdf
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: cefox01 on May 28, 2013, 09:08:28 AM
Retired military personnel who have provided military aid and training to the Philippine Government
via a defense treaty or any similar agreement. looks like you have to be something special not just in the military/

oh well would have been nice, if just served in military.
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: suzukig1 on May 28, 2013, 06:35:08 PM
Retired military personnel who have provided military aid and training to the Philippine Government
via a defense treaty or any similar agreement. looks like you have to be something special not just in the military/

oh well would have been nice, if just served in military.

Don't get discouraged.  It may just be an English "translation" thing.

Taken literally that statement makes it seem like you personally had to be involved in aiding the Phl government.

But the intention may be that anyone in the military of a country that aided the Phl government.

So you should contact the PRA.
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on May 29, 2013, 07:52:10 AM
Retired military personnel who have provided military aid and training to the Philippine Government
via a defense treaty or any similar agreement. looks like you have to be something special not just in the military/oh well would have been nice, if just served in military.
Well, for me it works as an option if I want to go with an SRRV or dual citizenship, because I'm a former Filipino Citizen and I served in U.S. military stationed here in the late 60s, but I haven't decided yet which way I'll go!
My BB stamp has expired and I'm now on a 6 month 9a tourist visa extension, good up to 24 months. 

Below are two documents sent to me today via email attachment from the PRA Clark/Subic Representative:
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: fred on May 29, 2013, 11:00:17 AM
Art.. Just wondering why you have not made the decision to become a dual citizen yet?
Do you think there maybe a downside?
Title: Re: About RA9225
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on May 29, 2013, 03:30:36 PM
Art, Just wondering why you have not made the decision to become a dual citizen yet?
Do you think there maybe a downside?
Really no downside, it's the best opportunity available to me in order to eliminate all the immigration hassles which we all go through as a tourist and yes, "Balikbayans" are still in a tourist status, but can stay the one year for free!
Mainly, it's just because of my U.S. citizenship certificate that maybe in question due to what the date is on it when I became a U.S. citizen also with an incorrect DOB, which I can not get changed according to USCIS in Nebraska, since both my parents are deceased and can't confirm to the incorrectness of my DOB and my RP birth certificate date is also in error, which also can not be changed under Philippine law. I was never registered with the U.S. Embassy at birth and I left the Philippines at the age of 7 on a Philippine passport, where I know a few of my Fil/Am friends already here and retired did not and could not qualify under RA 9225, because they left the Philippines on a U.S. passport, so therefore they can not show proof of being a former Filipino citizen!
Also out of laziness I've just haven't the urge yet to apply for my dual citizenship here in the RP, but maybe next year when we go on vacation in California, because it only takes about 45 minutes to do it at the San Francisco Philippine Consulate, which my wife did hers a few years ago without any hassles as long all the required documents are in order! Doing it here in the Philippines is so much of a hassle and that's one of other reason why I've haven't yet applied for my dual citizenship here!       
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: Gray Wolf on May 29, 2013, 10:16:43 PM
Please allow me to correct something for the benefit of others who will follow.  You do not "apply" for dual citizenship.  You simply avail yourself of Republic Act No. 9225 (RA 9225), the law also known as the Citizenship Retention and Re-Acquisition Act of 2003.

Dual citizenship is the result of reacquiring your Filipino citizenship.

If you walk into the BoI office and advise them you want to apply for dual citizenship you will at the very least cause confusion and could cause a serious misunderstanding resulting in you having to "explain" a lot of stuff.  Trust me, with government entities you don't need to create any more confusion.

Just ask for the necessary forms to avail yourself of RA 9225.  Keep it simple.   ;) :)
Title: Re: About RA9225
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on May 29, 2013, 11:16:44 PM
I was just answering Fred's question! This  topic about the SRRV Program is to not confuse the processing/application issue by crisscrossing this RA9225 subject into it, which in it's self is a separate topic on it's own and there is already a category for it here: http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php/board,61.0.html
This SRRV topic just stated the fact that former Filipino citizens, retired military and others qualified can avail the program under the SRR Courtesy Visa who have aided and trained to and or with the Philippine government! 
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: Gray Wolf on May 30, 2013, 12:24:28 AM
Art,

I was simply (I thought) pointing out for the benefit of others who will follow and read these posts (which I also stated) that you do not "apply for" dual citizenship.  It is something that is a fact once you have availed yourself of RA 9225.

Just keeping it real, buddy   :)
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: fred on May 30, 2013, 08:36:20 AM
Art, Just wondering why you have not made the decision to become a dual citizen yet?
Do you think there maybe a downside?
Really no downside, it's the best opportunity available to me in order to eliminate all the immigration hassles which we all go through as a tourist and yes, "Balikbayans" are still in a tourist status, but can stay the one year for free!
Mainly, it's just because of my U.S. citizenship certificate that maybe in question due to what the date is on it when I became a U.S. citizen also with an incorrect DOB, which I can not get changed according to USCIS in Nebraska, since both my parents are deceased and can't confirm to the incorrectness of my DOB and my RP birth certificate date is also in error, which also can not be changed under Philippine law. I was never registered with the U.S. Embassy at birth and I left the Philippines at the age of 7 on a Philippine passport, where I know a few of my Fil/Am friends already here and retired did not and could not qualify under RA 9225, because they left the Philippines on a U.S. passport, so therefore they can not show proof of being a former Filipino citizen!
Also out of laziness I've just haven't the urge yet to apply for my dual citizenship here in the RP, but maybe next year when we go on vacation in California, because it only takes about 45 minutes to do it at the San Francisco Philippine Consulate, which my wife did hers a few years ago without any hassles as long all the required documents are in order! Doing it here in the Philippines is so much of a hassle and that's one of other reason why I've haven't yet applied for my dual citizenship here!       

Art..
Do you still have that old Filipino passport?
You say that there maybe an error on your birth cert.. Does the DOB contradict your birth date on other documents?
That said,were you born in the Philippines or in the U.S? In other words,are you a natural born Filipino?
I think I read somewhere that former (natural born) Filipino`s can reacquire their citizenship in front of a local notary public..
Have you actually tried to go through this process?
It must be pretty frustrating paying all those visa fees knowing that you should really be paying nothing!!
Cheers,
Fred.
Title: Re: About RA9225
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on May 30, 2013, 09:02:20 AM
Fred,

Lost the old RP passport in the late 60s, an affidavit of lost will do! I do have an RP birth certificate and yes I went through the process once when my wife did hers a few yrs ago, but I was missing a document and haven't yet went back after getting my required document replaced! My visa extensions aren't that costly, it's no big deal! 
The RA9225 application has to be done at a Philippine Consulate or in the BOI in Manila! I can wait, just lazy that's all!   
Title: Re: SRRV
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on July 16, 2015, 05:13:33 PM
You all can now congratulate me, because I finally just got my Expanded SRRVisa and I.D. Card today this afternoon at the Makati PRA office.
I can now stay indefinite in the Philippines and my annual report is only once every 3 yrs ($10 annually) and I will never have to set foot in a BI office ever again for an ACR I-Card. My SRRV I.D. Card acts as my ACR I-Card, ECC, departure/re-entry permit, but the travel tax has to be paid if one has stayed in the Philippines over a year, including myself.
I do not need the new color coded ACR I-Cards that's now being issued to everyone, because my SRRV I.D. Card was issued by the PRA folks, which the BI has already approved it for them.
So, no more BB stamps and or tourist visa extensions or annual BI ACR I-Cards for me!   
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: bigrod on July 16, 2015, 05:39:00 PM
Congrats! ;D
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: piozam13 on July 16, 2015, 07:56:42 PM
Well done!  Congratulations!   What a relief?
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: Lee2 on July 16, 2015, 08:37:22 PM
Congratulations Art, glad you no longer have to deal with all that bs. 
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on July 16, 2015, 09:00:47 PM
Very good.
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on July 17, 2015, 12:40:31 AM
Thank you all well wishers! Yes, it's a great feeling not having to do a balancing act anymore with immigration when one's visa is about to expire! Being a permanent resident eliminates all the hassles, but then again the Philippines isn't for everyone. "Different Strokes For Different Folks" has always been my motto. So good luck to each and everyone to their own desires where and or when they decide to stay for the long haul or not! Luckily we all have options, don't we?  ::) ??? ;)
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: wildbill on July 30, 2015, 04:51:00 PM
CONGRATS TO YOU ART.....im sure you will be more at rest living out the rest of your dream now... very good.
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on July 30, 2015, 06:12:42 PM
Thanks Bill,
Yeah, it sure is a load off my mind. It couldn't have come at a better time when I'm getting tired of doing visa runs every year and or every once every 3 yrs after all of my 6 month tourist visa extensions was about to expire. At least now with my SRRVisa is for a lifetime and I will never have to set foot in another BI field and or regional office ever again, because the PRA office in Makati takes care of my annual report and renewal of my SRRV I.D. Card once every 3 years, which only cost $10 per year, which I paid in advance for 3 yrs. So, my next trip to the PRA office in Makati will be on July 16, 2018.     
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: wildbill on July 30, 2015, 11:46:34 PM
Art thats dam good for sure....happy for you too...right now im still BB but its ok with me for now..
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on September 30, 2015, 06:08:53 PM
This may interest U.S. vets and retired military members. I just read this on another forum that shows that changes have been made to the Courtesy and Expanded SRRVisa.
"There is no longer a requirement for directly serving "boots on ground", (tour of duty) in the Philippines to obtain the Expanded Courtesy SRRVisa"
"All Courtesy and Expanded Courtesy SRRVisa holders are not subject to the annual US$360.00 PRA Annual Fee (PAF), as are the holders of the other schemes of the SRRVisa".


See page 18 of the 2015 SRRV guidelines where it now states that $10 is now the current cost of an annual report for the Courtesy and Expanded SRRVisa applicants.
This type of a permanent resident visa for former military members is a lot less of a hassle in obtaining compared to that of the 13a visa and once obtained, one will not ever have to step inside a BI office office ever again and one's annual report of once every 3 years is optional.
So, is the PRA's $1,500 bank security deposit, $1,400 application fee and annual fee of $10 too much for this type of permanent resident visa and only takes two visits at your local PRA office to process?
Sure a 13a visa is cheaper, but a lot more hoops to jump through with at least half a dozen visits to Manila and even trying to terminate or cancel a 13a visa is just as difficult to do.
(see thumbnail attachment below of the new 2015 SRRV guidelines).
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: Majal on October 13, 2015, 01:04:04 AM
Art...I'm definitely looking into this...and I have told my brother in-law and relatives about this also. its probably out of the topic, am I understanding it right that dual citizenship has more relevance to properties and tax than anything else?
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on October 13, 2015, 01:25:10 AM
You are better off getting your dual citizenship, if your qualify under RA9225! It will only cost you $50 and just a few hrs at your nearest Philippine Consulate for the processing, not including the cost of a Philippine passport.
I only went the Expanded SRRVisa route, because I was not quailified to apply for dual citizenship under RA9225, because I was not a naturulized u.S. citizen and my father was a U.S. citzen when I was born and of which the Philippine Constitutional Law of 1935 also denys me to acquire Philippine citizenship even though I born in the Philippines!
But with an SRRVisa, you can include your husband on the application too and you both will never have to set foot in a BI office ever again! The SRRV is a permanent resident visa for life as long you do not terminate it for some odd reason and the annual report and your I.D. renewal can be done once every 3 yrs.
Anyway you have a long way to go still before retirement. Just take advantage of the Balikbayan Program for many yrs to come without too much hassles and it's free!
We used the BB stamp for almost 15 yrs, before doing our permanent resident status. 
Title: SRRV Info - anecdotal update.
Post by: lost_in_samoa on October 14, 2015, 08:01:23 AM
I just finished my SRRV application.  Sky will conduct the swearing in ceremony at my farm.  She wants to see our domes.

Here are my observations,

1.)  For us the security deposit was a big hassle.  You cannot make it at the Landbank branch.  The landbank has a M.O.U. with PRA that states that your deposit must come from a bank.

Our bank branch had very outdated information on how to do the transfer.  So it took two hours of debate before I managed to get the VP of the bank to call Sky directly.  After that things went smoothly.

So my advice is to do some research and due diligence with your bank branch BEFORE you try the deposit.

2.)  For those applicants who have been in the R.P. longer than 6 months you only need to produce a NBI security/police clearance.

BUT, as we found out, you must provide a Barangay residence certificate stating that you have been in residence more than 5 years.  We also presented an additional notarized affidavit attesting that the Barangay prepared certificate was accurate.

It appears that there is a 5 year minimum residence requirement imposed by BOI for those SRRV applicants that present only a NBI clearance and not a clearance from the originating country security/police services.


Neither of these things were show stoppers.  Just minor inconveniences that I wish we had known about before hand.

All in all the process was very smooth.  And Sky is to be commended in the highest possible terms.
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on October 14, 2015, 09:27:22 AM
Congratulation in obtaining your SRRVisa. You didn't mention what type of SRRVisa you obtained, since there are different types available depending on age and amount of the bank security deposit.
Here's the new pdf up to date "2015 SRRV Guide":  http://www.pra.gov.ph/As_in_detailed_SRRV_Explanation_090613_2.pdf (http://www.pra.gov.ph/As_in_detailed_SRRV_Explanation_090613_2.pdf)
I recently obtained my SRRV what's called the "Expanded SRRV" which I recall now Chuck provided this link just last year: http://tinyurl.com/oq954pc (http://tinyurl.com/oq954pc) for U.S. military members, retired or not and doesn't matter if a member did a tour of duty in the Philippines or not. The bank security deposit is only $1,500 with a $10.00 annual report fee and can be done once every 3 yrs including one's I.D. renewal at one's nearest PRA office.
I recently obtained my expanded SRRVisa at the Makati main PRA office, but accomplished my physical exams and obtained all of my required documents while on vacation in N. California just this past February and finally obtained my SRRVisa and I'D. card on July 18 of this year and I did not require an NBI and or Barangay clearance included with my SRRV application, just my police clearance from my home town's police department in person, luckily was only a few miles away from where I was staying and only cost me $16 paid with a personal U.S. check and the letter was mailed after a week or I could have just picked it up in person. 
My next visit to the PRA office in Makati is on July 18, 2018, 3 yrs from now to renew my annual report and I.D. card and I will never have to step foot inside a BI office ever again! "Knock on wood"!  ::) ??? ;)   

Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: bigrod on October 14, 2015, 09:38:04 AM
LIS,

Thanks for the information on the NBI clearance and Barangay Residence requirement.

Chuck
Title: Re: SRRV Info
Post by: lost_in_samoa on October 14, 2015, 10:05:55 AM


You didn't mention what type of SRRVisa you obtained

I recently obtained what's called the "Expanded SRRV" for U.S. military members


That is exactly the option that I chose.  We did our application through the Subic/Clark satellite office with Sky.

I have been doing the "Balikbayan suffle" for 5 years now. 

We came here from a tiny island territory of the US.  Getting a police clearance from them would be time consuming and problematic at best.

I opted to wait until the last 6 months on my current Balikbayan stamp to apply for this residence visa. 

The 5 year minimum requirement, if it is a requirement and not just an added thing for our specific case, took me by surprise.

Depositing the $1500 was a nightmare.  Took half a day at the Landbank branch, only to be sent packing to our local bank.  At first they told us we had to travel to Manila to a specific Makati branch to do the deposit.

That went over like a loud fart in church with me.  So the "debate" started and finally ended two hours later with the branch VP calling Sky directly.  After that it was pretty smooth sailing.


Thanks for the information on the NBI clearance and Barangay Residence requirement.


Your very welcome.  Hope I help someone else.