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Title: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: on January 24, 2008, 11:08:56 PM
Checklist of Documentary Requirements

For Applications for Conversion to Non-Quota Immigrant by Marriage
(Section 13, para. A)



    1. Duly notarized letter of application by the Filipino spouse;
    2. General Application Form duly accomplished and notarized (BI Form No. MCL -07-01);
    3. NSO authenticated copy of Birth certificate of Filipino spouse;
    4. NSO authenticated copy of the Marriage Contract of alien and Filipino spouse or authenticated by the Philippine embassy/consulate nearest to or in the place where the marriage was solemnized;
    5. Bureau of Immigration (BI) Clearance Certificate; and
    6. Plain photocopy of passport of alien spouse showing dates of arrival and authorized stay.






Checklist of Documentary Requirements

For Applicants for Amendment of Probationary Non-Quota Immigrant Visa to Permanent Resident Visa
(Section 13, para. A)



    1. Duly notarized letter request from the petitioner-Filipino spouse;
    2. General Application Form duly accomplished and notarized (BI) Form No. MCL-07-01;
    3. Valid ACR I-Card;
    4. Valid passport of applicant; and
    5. Bureau of Immigration (BI) Clearance Certificate.

Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: on January 25, 2008, 11:19:57 AM
All,

Below is the new Checklist for document requirements under Section 13, for 2008:




CHECKLIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS REQUIRED IN THE PROCESSING OF APPLICATIONS FOR, AND ISSUANCE OF VISA, CHANGE OF IMMIGRATION STATUS, VISA EXTENSION AND OTHER SPECIAL PERMITS BEFORE THE BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION (BI)
I. CHANGE OF IMMIGRATION STATUS UNDER PERTINENT PROVISIONS OF COMMONWEALTH ACT NO. 613, AS AMENDED

A.   Quota Immigrant Under Section 13 –

1.   General Application Form duly accomplished and notarized (BI Form No. MCL-07-01);
2.   Plain photocopy of the applicant’s passport showing admission stamp and authorized stay;
3.   Original copy of proof of actual investment in business in the Philippines of at least US$40,000.00 (bank deposits not accepted) or proof of applicant’s  special qualification which has advanced or will advance the Philippine national interest;
4.   Original copy of Medical Certificate issued by the Bureau of Quarantine and International Health Surveillance or a government medical institution with competence to certify that the applicant is not afflicted with any dangerous, contagious or loathsome disease and is mentally fit;
5.   Bureau of Immigration (BI) Clearance Certificate; and
6.   National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Clearance.

B.   Non-Quota Immigrant by Marriage Under Section 13(a) –

1.   Duly notarized letter of application by the Filipino spouse;
2.   General Application Form duly accomplished and notarized (BI Form No. MCL-07-01);
3.   NSO authenticated copy of Birth certificate of Filipino spouse;
4.   NSO authenticated copy of the Marriage Contract of alien and Filipino spouse or authenticated by the Philippine embassy/consulate nearest to or in the place where the marriage was solemnized;
5.    Bureau of Immigration (BI) Clearance Certificate; and
6.   Plain photocopy of passport of alien spouse showing dates of arrival and authorized stay.

C.   Child Born Abroad of Immigrant Mother Under Section 13(b) –

1.   Duly notarized letter request by petitioning mother;
2.   General Application Form duly accomplished and notarized (BI Form No. MCL-07-01);
3.   ACR I-CARD of mother;
4.   Birth certificate of child, duly authenticated by the Philippine embassy/ consulate nearest to or in the place of birth, with English translation, if written in other foreign language;
5.   Bureau of Immigration (BI) Clearance Certificate; and
6.   Plain photocopy of mother’s and child’s passport.

D.   Returning Resident Under Section 13(e) –

1.   Duly notarized letter of application with the statement that the applicant intends to reside permanently in the Philippines and justification why the applicant overstayed outside of the Philippines;     
2.   General Application Form duly accomplished and notarized (BI Form No. MCL-07-01);       
3.   Plain photocopy of the applicant’s passport with admission stamp;
4.   Bureau of Immigration (BI) Clearance Certificate; and
5.   ACR I-CARD; NICA Clearance.

If in the application, the applicant is joined by his/her spouse and unmarried minor children:

1.   Plain photocopy Passport of dependent; and
2.   Plain photocopy ACR I-CARD of dependent/s.     

E.   Returning Former Filipino Citizen Under Section 13(g) –

1.   Duly notarized letter of application;
2.   General Application Form duly accomplished and notarized (BI Form No. MCL-07-01);
3.   NSO authenticated copy of birth certificate of  the applicant;
4.   Bureau of Immigration (BI) Clearance Certificate; and
5.   Plain photocopy of passport, with English translation if written in other foreign language by the Phil. Embassy / consulate nearest to or in the place where the passport was issued.

If in the application, the applicant is joined by his/her spouse and unmarried minor children:

1.   Copy of marriage contract of applicant and spouse, duly authenticated by the Philippine embassy/consulate nearest to or in the place where the marriage was solemnized, with English translation, if written in other foreign language;
2.   Copy of birth certificate of minor unmarried children, duly authenticated by the Philippine embassy/consulate nearest to or in the place where the marriage was solemnized, with English translation, if written in other foreign language; and
3.   Plain photocopies of their respective passports.

F.   Temporary Resident’s Visa Under Section 13(a), in relation to Law Instruction No. 33 –

1.   Duly notarized letter of application by petitioning Filipino spouse;
2.   General Application Form duly accomplished by the foreign spouse and notarized (BI Form No. MCL-07-01);
3.   NSO authenticated copy of birth certificate of Filipino spouse;
4.   NSO authenticated copy of the Marriage Contract of the alien and Filipino  spouse, or if solemnized abroad, Marriage Contract authenticated by the Philippine embassy/consulate in or nearest the place where marriage was solemnized, with English translation if written in other foreign language;
5.   Bureau of Immigration (BI) Clearance Certificate; and
6.   Plain photocopy of passport/s of alien spouse and/or children showing dates of arrival and authorized stay.



II.
VISA EXTENSION UNDER PERTINENT PROVISIONS OF
COMMONWEALTH ACT NO. 613, AS AMENDED

A.   Temporary Resident’s Visa- Under Section 13(a)-

7.   Duly notarized letter request from the petitioner-Filipino spouse;
8.   General application form duly accomplished and notarized (BI Form No. MCL-07-01);
9.   Valid ACR-I-Card;
10.   Valid passport of applicant; and
11.   Bureau of Immigration (BI) Clearance Certificate.

Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: Flt Simulation on February 09, 2008, 07:29:58 PM

QUOTE: Below is the new Checklist for document requirements under Section 13, for 2008:
___________________________________________________

Immigrant by Marriage Under Section 13(a)

1.  Duly notarized letter of application by the Filipino spouse

2.  General Application Form duly accomplished and notarized (BI Form No. MCL-07-01)

3.  NSO authenticated copy of Birth certificate of Filipino spouse

4.  NSO authenticated copy of the Marriage Contract of alien and Filipino spouse or authenticated by the Philippine embassy/consulate nearest to or in the place where the marriage was solemnized

5.  Bureau of Immigration (BI) Clearance Certificate

6.  Plain photocopy of passport of alien spouse showing dates of arrival and authorized stay



I am a little confused here. Take the case of a foriegner marrying a Filipina here in the PI ... No childeren involved.

Since you now are eligigible to apply for a 13a (Change of Status from Temporary Visitor to Non Quota Immigrant by Marriage)

Before, to apply for a 13a, you also needed:

1.  Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage (Issued by the Embassy of the Alien spouse prior to your marriage)

2.  Joint Affidavit of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage (Notorized and signed, stating any previous marriage and the manner by which the marriage was dissolved)

3.  Joint Affidavit of Financial Capacity and Support (Notarized and signed. Executed by the Alien and the Filipina spouse with supporting documents showing capacity to support themselves)

4.  NBI Clearance (Of the Alien)

5.  Barangay Clearance (Obtained fom the Barangay Captain in the area you are residing in)

6.  Medical Certificate from the Bureau of Quarantine (That the Alien and unmarried children are not afflicted with any contagious, dangerous and loathsome disease)


Are these documents I listed above not required anymore to get your 13a visa?

Thank\'s :)

Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: on February 09, 2008, 08:02:11 PM
That is the general understanding yes. I have not heard from anyone yet who has been to Manila or Cebu who says otherwise. Certainly makes sense for them to drop the Barangay, Police & NBI clearance as the BI clearance will through up if you have anything against you on file. The items 1 & 2 are a nonsense as you have already got a marriage certificate which is NSO certified. So really there is only the Quarantine & financial side. Have copies of bank statements showing you have savings ( showed I had 1000 pounds in UK & same here & was enough) & Dept of Quarantine is close to Manila & Cebu BI if needed.
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: Flt Simulation on February 09, 2008, 08:25:21 PM
Thank\'s Kieth ...

Your right, it makes no sense to need the \"Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage\" and the \"Joint Affidavit of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage\" since you are already legally married in the PI prior to application of the 13a.

The \"NBI Clearance\" and the \"Barangay Clearance\" is silly too, since it only applied to the alien (foriegner)

It also would be nice if a notorized and signed \"Joint Affidavit of Financial Capacity and Support\" is no longer required ... Less paperwork the better, and just another paper that don\'t need to be notorized by an attorney.

The \"Medical Certificate\" would also be nice if it were in fact not required anymore just do to the fact that it was very involved (ie: Used to require a Chest X-ray, Blood Sample (Serology VDRL report), Stool Sample (Ova & Parasites report) and a Urine Sample ... and a trip to Bureau of Quarantine and International Health Sevices

Now, if they could speed up the process of actually getting the 13a visa ... From what I have heard, it took about 9 months or more to get it after going through all the mess of submitting all the required paperwork.

Well, I hope someone actually posts here there experience with the 13a under the new rules.

Ron,
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: kajj21 on March 06, 2008, 12:24:33 AM
can any one tell me what kind of visa i will need for when i come to live in the philippines i am comming there and going to marry a filipina can any one please help me thanks ken
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: on March 06, 2008, 09:19:26 AM
can any one tell me what kind of visa i will need for when i come to live in the philippines i am comming there and going to marry a filipina can any one please help me thanks ken

Hi Ken,

Welcome to the Forum. A little more info on your plans would help but if you get a 59 day Tourist Visa from your nearest Philippine Embassy, you can then extend that up to 2 years while processing your 13a after you get married. If you don\'t get from the Embassy then you can come without a visa & stay for 21 days, then extend. You will need an ONGOING ticket for the 21 days though even if you don\'t use it.

I suggest you read all the other posts in this section as most of your questions are answered there. Anything you still need to know after that...fire away.
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: modrobbo on March 14, 2008, 05:38:58 PM
Hi,

My situation is that my Filipina wife and myself work in the Middle East, we met here several years ago and got married at the British Embassy here.

We have properties in Manila as an invetment for when we retire there.

My question is can my wife apply for a 13a Visa for me here in the Middle East and if so what documentation would be required and any idea how long it takes to complete.

Mike.
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: on March 14, 2008, 06:08:41 PM
Hi,

My situation is that my Filipina wife and myself work in the Middle East, we met here several years ago and got married at the British Embassy here.

We have properties in Manila as an invetment for when we retire there.

My question is can my wife apply for a 13a Visa for me here in the Middle East and if so what documentation would be required and any idea how long it takes to complete.

Mike.

Mike,

Yes, you should be able to. Check out the Philippine Embassy in the country you are in. They will confirm what their requirements are but they are much the same as listed on the Forum. Your wife will need NSO copies of her birth certificate.  You will need certified copies of your divorce if you have been previously married.
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on June 13, 2008, 06:24:58 PM
Hello there everyone.

You\'ve all been waiting for someone to post a new 13a experience with the new guidelines well wait no more. Myrlita & I just came back from Cebu Thur 6/12. I hope that my experience will help others.

Well, let\'s see, we arrived at Mactan Tue 6/10 using Cebu Pacific at 10:20am. By the time we got our luggage and a taxi it was 10:35am. We went directly to the BI office in Mandaue City costing P100 by 11am. That was good right? Wrong! BI closes down for lunch from 11am - 1pm. Went there for nothing! So, we then go to the hotel to check in. Another P100 taxi fare. It was called Vacation Hotel Cebu. Not a bad place. It was P1950 per night. x2. Also we didn\'t have the forms yet notorized yet so after going back to BI the security guard directed us down the street on Burgos to an attorney named Salvo. He charged us P600 but he made sure all the paperwork was notorized, copied and in order as BI wants. After doing this and eating lunch we went back to the BI. We 1st went to the window marked receiving. They quickly glanced over the papers to see if all were there then directed us to the 2nd floor and to the left to see a lady named Alice sitting at a desk. She checks out the paperwork for errors. All in order. She said well done for most don\'t do it right the 1st time. One of the requirements is the BI clearance. I was told that a fresh clearance must be run for every BI transaction. In other words, the BI clearance I got in May was no good for it must be run that day. So if you haven\'t done so, fill out the request for BI clearance too. It costs P1010 so the total cost to apply is P2520. Alice then sends me back downstairs to the receiving window. You give them all the paperwork and your passport. They give you a queue number. After awhile, the cashier window calls your name and number. You then pay the P2520. They will give you 2 receipts. One is for the application fee, BI clearance & LRF for P2020. The 2nd is P500 for express lane fee. BTW, although they say in the website the express lane fee is optional, it\'s a lie!! There is no option. You WILL pay it so plan on it. After you get your 2 receipts, use the photocopier next to the stairwell and copy them for your records. Then go back upstairs to Alice. She then took the paperwork from me along with the 2 receipts and said to call tomorrow AM for an appt. So I called the next AM and Alice told me that the appt will be unneccesary and my paperwork is being forwarded to Manila for processing. I thanked her for her help. She told me it takes 1.5 - 3 mo to process and you must keep your current tourist visa extensions current untill they stamp your passport with the 13A. If approved, I will be given a return app\'t for fingerprinting and ACR processing. You won\'t need your spouse on the 2nd trip but you do on your 1st for they must sign the Gen app form in front of BI. I will add to this post after my 2nd trip to update you all as it happens.

A couple of helpful hints:

1.) They will want an official NSO copy of the Filipino(a) birth certificate and they keep it so I would order a copy from NSO.

2.) If you got married in the RP as we did, they will also want a certified NSO copy of your marriage certificate also which they keep so I would order them both at the same time and get them before you start the 13A process.

2a.) If you were married outside the RP, you will need an authenticated copy of your marriage certificate by the RP embassy closest to your last jurisdiction of residence.

3.) When you fill out the Gen App form, don\'t glue your picture on it as it says to. Hold on to the pic until they say the form is correct and let them staple the pic on for you. This way, you don\'t lose it if the form has an error.

4.) Foreigner\'s birth certificate no longer required. Also medical clearance, NBI & Barangay clearance and proof of financial capacity no longer needed.

5.) Filipino(a) spousal letter is still required and notorized. The copy online here in this forum works very well. Just substitute the appropriate words and names to apply to you.

6.) Plan accordingly. If you can only get a AM appt, you may want to fly in the eve before using PAL express for Cebu Pacific only does 1 round trip in the AM only and if you arrive after 10:30am, you will miss the appt. You may have to plan out the trip carefully to make it work. Learn from my mistakes.

One final thought. With only a few exceptions, I found the people in general in Cebu to be cold and unfriendly. Come to find out from Myrlita is that Cebuanos and Ilongos don\'t get along very well. And when they see me it\'s Cha-Ching! Good to be back home here in Bacolod City. Although it\'s physically dirtier than Cebu, the people are kinder and warmer. Put it this way, I was treated better by people from Manila then Cebu. I\'m only returning there because I have to.
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: Flt Simulation on August 04, 2008, 07:29:05 PM
From everyone that I have ever talked to, this 13a visa is a big pain to get. And there are charges along the way (but I am not sure how much the total will cost if you do it yourself)

And then, if you live away from Manila or Cebu, there is airline tickets and a possible hotel room that may be needed to visit the Imigrations folks in either of those cities.

Well, here is my question: There is a lawyer here in Bacolod that will get you a 13a visa for 45,000 pesos without hardly any work on your part .... Anyone here think that amount of money is fair in order so you don\'t have to put up with all the BS?

Thank\'s,
Ron
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: on August 04, 2008, 08:12:18 PM
From everyone that I have ever talked to, this 13a visa is a big pain to get. And there are charges along the way (but I am not sure how much the total will cost if you do it yourself)

And then, if you live away from Manila or Cebu, there is airline tickets and a possible hotel room that may be needed to visit the Imigrations folks in either of those cities.

Well, here is my question: There is a lawyer here in Bacolod that will get you a 13a visa for 45,000 pesos without hardly any work on your part .... Anyone here think that amount of money is fair in order so you don\'t have to put up with all the BS?

Thank\'s,
Ron

I think the answer is that it depends on how much you think your time is worth. There is a bit of running around and waiting in hot crowded rooms etc, but personally I don\'t think it is worth spending P45,000 to avoid it. If you have to travel to Manila, then take the opportunity to have a break and do some shopping. Every time we have to go to Manila for any reason, we stay for a week and \'shop till we drop\'  ;D ;D

Colin
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: on August 04, 2008, 08:47:56 PM
From everyone that I have ever talked to, this 13a visa is a big pain to get. And there are charges along the way (but I am not sure how much the total will cost if you do it yourself)

And then, if you live away from Manila or Cebu, there is airline tickets and a possible hotel room that may be needed to visit the Imigrations folks in either of those cities.

Well, here is my question: There is a lawyer here in Bacolod that will get you a 13a visa for 45,000 pesos without hardly any work on your part .... Anyone here think that amount of money is fair in order so you don\'t have to put up with all the BS?

Thank\'s,
Ron

Ron,

How can I best put this err no NO NO!

The whole process will cost you around P10,000 plus any travel & hotel costs. I don\'t know who you have been talking to but I did it last year before they streamlined the process (removing about 50% of the requirements - doh!) in January. These so called agents were charging P45 - 50K last year & the only bit of benefit was they saved you from the 30 mins with the BI attorney  :( and you still had to make at least 1 appearance & still would now.

You are not required to get Quarantine clearance now which was the real pain but even that still had to be done with an agent. All he does is some running around for you. Not even close for an extra P35K, more so now.

So, with respect to Steve, if he had done a little more homework & prep, got the forms notarized 1st. filled in the BI clearance etc it would have been a breeze. Additional cost over the charges, hotel & flight. Not even close to the P45K.

But if you have P35k burning a hole in your pocket & you don\'t have anything else to spend it on then ok.
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: on October 26, 2008, 11:15:31 AM
\"But if you have P35k burning a hole in your pocket & you don\'t have anything else to spend it on then ok.\"

How about Php30,000 and NO trips, run-a-rounds to anywhere, except to notarize the paper work and DON\'T have to put up with the Cebu City or Manila conditions?

I received my 4th Balikbayan one year entrance free to the Country in a row. I\'ve saved at least that much without the 2 month hassle of the visitors visa. Therefore, this cost looks interesting to me! BTW, other expats have used this method for the same reason I\'m looking at. NO HASSLE, NO TRAVEL!
B-Ray
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: imtheredrum on October 27, 2008, 06:17:26 PM
You can also have the 13a done in CDO. When I extended for the next two months in Tagbilaran, I mention my intentions about getting my 13a. The agent let me know to make sure my papers were notarized and I could get it done in CDO since I was going down to Mindanao or Cebu or Manila if I changed my travel plans.
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on October 27, 2008, 06:24:22 PM
You can also have the 13a done in CDO. When I extended for the next two months in Tagbilaran, I mention my intentions about getting my 13a. The agent let me know to make sure my papers were notarized and I could get it done in CDO since I was going down to Mindanao or Cebu or Manila if I changed my travel plans.
CDO? That must be something new. When I went for my 13a, I was given a choice of Manila or Cebu (Mandaue). God Bless....
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: imtheredrum on October 28, 2008, 03:52:34 AM
yes, apparently new... last may I was there and just did a 2 month renewal (did not inquire as to the 13a, wish I had.) They were all computerized then and they were proud that they had all this new equipment.  Even though the manager in Tagbilaran said I could file in CDO, I think I will call them directly to double check before I leave Bohol.  When he said CDO along with Cebu and Manila, I questioned him about the 13a and CDO a second time and he assured me that they could do that now....???  Still, a phone call may save me a lot more travel cost and time. LOL
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: c_a_p_t_a_i_n_r_o_n on March 17, 2009, 09:09:44 AM
Steve, don\'t you owe us an update, as promised ???? ;D
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on March 17, 2009, 11:08:28 AM
Steve, don\'t you owe us an update, as promised ???? ;D
I\'m going back to Cebu May 5th & 6th to start my 13a prob to perm. God Bless....
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: on March 17, 2009, 01:02:12 PM
A question I have in regards to the 13a.

I have the stamp in my passport, but haven\'t received my I-Card yet.

Do I need to check-in with the local BI Office or wait until I get the card issued?

I applied in Cebu last Dec. and was told a couple of times now, that the card hasn\'t arrive from Manila yet.
B-Ray
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on March 17, 2009, 01:22:14 PM
A question I have in regards to the 13a.

I have the stamp in my passport, but haven\'t received my I-Card yet.

Do I need to check-in with the local BI Office or wait until I get the card issued?

I applied in Cebu last Dec. and was told a couple of times now, that the card hasn\'t arrive from Manila yet.
B-Ray
If memory serves, you will receive a text message from the I-Card dept that your card is in assuming they have your cell number. You can also call the I-Card dept yourself at 032-343-3598 to inquire on your status. Make sure you have the application number handy for sometimes they ask for it. Figure on approx 3 months from the day you applied for it.
God Bless....
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: on March 17, 2009, 02:09:19 PM
A question I have in regards to the 13a.

I have the stamp in my passport, but haven\'t received my I-Card yet.

Do I need to check-in with the local BI Office or wait until I get the card issued?

I applied in Cebu last Dec. and was told a couple of times now, that the card hasn\'t arrive from Manila yet.
B-Ray
If memory serves, you will receive a text message from the I-Card dept that your card is in assuming they have your cell number. You can also call the I-Card dept yourself at 032-343-3598 to inquire on your status. Make sure you have the application number handy for sometimes they ask for it. Figure on approx 3 months from the day you applied for it.
God Bless....


I believe my temporary I-card was ready in a few weeks, but I did not collect it until my next visit to Manila several months later. The change to Permanent can be all done in the same day. I am not sure if we got special treatment because we were travelling from Palawan. I know we had to pay the lawyer that interviewed us P500 \'express\' fee which almost certainly went into his beer fund ;D

Colin
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: on March 18, 2009, 01:15:59 PM
Thanks guys! I do have an apt. number and since 3 months was offered as a target, I\'ll wait until the end of this month and contact the ones doing things for me. shucks I\'m paying them!! LOL
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: 71574 on April 15, 2009, 11:14:06 AM
I am a european, an airline pilot working in Asia for more than 15 years. I plan to marry a Filipina and reside and work in the Philippines as an airline pilot. Is there anybody out there who had the same case as I have? I see that airlines here only hire Filipino Citizens. Is there anyway I can get Citizenship by marriage?
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: jminoki on April 15, 2009, 11:35:37 AM
I am a european, an airline pilot working in Asia for more than 15 years. I plan to marry a Filipina and reside and work in the Philippines as an airline pilot. Is there anybody out there who had the same case as I have? I see that airlines here only hire Filipino Citizens. Is there anyway I can get Citizenship by marriage?


It looks like at least Cebu Pacific Airlines has at least one French pilot. See linked news article. What type of pilot are you? The French pilot was flying a large turboprop according to the article.
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/march/17/yehey/prov/20090317pro2.html
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: Gray Wolf on April 15, 2009, 08:47:42 PM
I am a european, an airline pilot working in Asia for more than 15 years. I plan to marry a Filipina and reside and work in the Philippines as an airline pilot. Is there anybody out there who had the same case as I have? I see that airlines here only hire Filipino Citizens. Is there anyway I can get Citizenship by marriage?

Yes, but it requires several years of residency.  What would you do in the meantime?   ???  You could explore the possibilities of marrying your Filipina, obtain a 13a visa and then perhaps you would gain the capacity to work as a pilot.  All of these, however, require years.  I hope you have a better plan.  Do you have a girlfriend yet?   ;) 
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: stella on May 15, 2009, 09:27:01 PM
 Hi, everyone;

 I just want ask about notarized application letter from Filipino spouse, Where i can get it this. My husband and I wants to apply for a 13(a) visa.
 Please help me.

 thanks!
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: stella on May 15, 2009, 10:08:15 PM
 Hi

 I just want to ask about notarized application letter from Filipino spouse, Where i can get this. My husband and I wants to apply for a 13(a) visa.
 Please help me.

 thanks! 
 
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: on May 16, 2009, 07:35:06 AM
Hi

 I just want to ask about notarized application letter from Filipino spouse, Where i can get this. My husband and I wants to apply for a 13(a) visa.
 Please help me.

 thanks! 
 


The letter is simply a request from you that your husband be granted a 13a visa. I can\'t remeber the exact wording, but if you go to a notary that is familiar with the 13a proceedure, they we tell you what to write and notarize it. If you are applying in Manila, there are dozens of \'touts\' outside the Bureau of Immigration and they will take you to a lawyer/notary who will sort out all the paperwork for you. Just make sure that you have copies, and originals, of all the official papers relevant to you, your husband and your marriage. And a good supply of 1x1 and 2x2 photographs  ;D

Colin

Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: imtheredrum on May 16, 2009, 09:21:53 AM
Hi

 I just want to ask about notarized application letter from Filipino spouse, Where i can get this. My husband and I wants to apply for a 13(a) visa.
 Please help me.

 thanks! 
 


There is a sample letter that you can download and cut/paste from the BI web site.... short and to the point.
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: dutch expat on May 16, 2009, 10:23:03 AM
The application letter you will find here http://immigration.gov.ph//index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=42&Itemid=99 (http://immigration.gov.ph//index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=42&Itemid=99).
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: Bryan G on October 15, 2009, 08:30:03 PM
I processed my 13a visa in the Philippine embassy in London and it could not have been easier - nice people to deal with and helpful to a fault. I then processed my I-card at Intramuros which was relatively simple - the whole thing did not take long. One of the things to make it easier is to arrive at opening time - usually not crowded and the personnel are still in a good mood - later on some moron will give them a hard time and spoil their day.
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: uk on October 15, 2009, 10:17:10 PM
same here only took me 45 Min\'s in immigration and then back 2 weeks later to collect my permanent ARC card
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: don/dez on October 21, 2009, 03:29:52 AM
From everyone that I have ever talked to, this 13a visa is a big pain to get. And there are charges along the way (but I am not sure how much the total will cost if you do it yourself)

And then, if you live away from Manila or Cebu, there is airline tickets and a possible hotel room that may be needed to visit the Imigrations folks in either of those cities.

Well, here is my question: There is a lawyer here in Bacolod that will get you a 13a visa for 45,000 pesos without hardly any work on your part .... Anyone here think that amount of money is fair in order so you don\'t have to put up with all the BS?

Thank\'s,
Ron


Do you have the lawyers name and or address or phone number?

Don/Des
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Yippee-ki-yay 8)
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: graham on October 21, 2009, 06:25:20 PM
Jeff,

Have you been in touch with the BoI CDO? I just renewed my visa there last week. I seriously doubt that they can process a 13a visa. When I left last Sept. to go back to OZ they told me that they could do the Exit Clearance Certificate (ECC)

When I actually went there to obtain it, the answer was Davao/Cebu/Manila. Had to do a round trip to Davao. If your not close to CDO I can go to the office there for you and find out for definite, I\'m not that far away.

Graham


yes, apparently new... last may I was there and just did a 2 month renewal (did not inquire as to the 13a, wish I had.) They were all computerized then and they were proud that they had all this new equipment.  Even though the manager in Tagbilaran said I could file in CDO, I think I will call them directly to double check before I leave Bohol.  When he said CDO along with Cebu and Manila, I questioned him about the 13a and CDO a second time and he assured me that they could do that now....???  Still, a phone call may save me a lot more travel cost and time. LOL
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: imtheredrum on October 21, 2009, 07:29:47 PM
I processed my 13A papers in CDO for 0 pesos, however, they wanted 35,000 pesos to send the papers to Manila.  I am in the process of building on a lot on Bohol and am there a few days a month so I took my paperwork and from Bohol, a 350 peso ferry to Cebu and when to the BI in Mandaue. my cost was 12,500 P for the first year I-card.  A seminar is always scheduled within two weeks of your accepted application which you have to attend.  I explained to the magistrate that I would be returning to Mindanao and my attendance would be difficult... 2,000 P into the drawer... no receipt for that one :o ... but the seminar was waved!

I have several friends that have paid from 40k to 55k to get their card. They are happy.  My case was a bit different because it was not a big inconvenience to get to Cebu to do it myself... besides the other 30 some odd k help finish the water well on the lot...
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: on December 29, 2009, 01:58:10 PM
The application letter you will find here [url]http://immigration.gov.ph//index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=42&Itemid=99[/url] ([url]http://immigration.gov.ph//index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=42&Itemid=99[/url]).


I tired to download the letter, but the link does not open up.  I want to start my 13a visa paper work and would like to see the letter and what wording is used in it.  Can someone send me a letter they used so I can see it..or what wording is use in this letter...you can PM me.

Much appreciated if someone would do this for me.
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: uk on December 29, 2009, 02:11:26 PM
hi marko

just checked the site and this is why maybe try again tomorrow


quote form bi site

Downloads 
NOTE: The Bureau of Immigration downloadable links are currently undergoing scheduled maintenance. All forms can be requested through the Immigration National Operations Center 1-800 hotline (524-3769) or email us at xinfo@immigration.gov.phThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . 
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: on December 29, 2009, 03:13:52 PM
hi marko

just checked the site and this is why maybe try again tomorrow


quote form bi site

Downloads 
NOTE: The Bureau of Immigration downloadable links are currently undergoing scheduled maintenance. All forms can be requested through the Immigration National Operations Center 1-800 hotline (524-3769) or email us at xinfo@immigration.gov.phThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . 


I check this download about 2 months ago and still had the same prpblem, I was hoping I would  be able to download it now but still having the same problem..
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: GregW on December 30, 2009, 02:12:58 AM
If you\'re looking for the 13a spousal request letter here is a generic one that you can feel free to use.
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(your name & her name),

(your address),

To whom it may concern,

I request that my husband\'s, (your name), status be changed from \'Temporary Visitor\' to \'Non Quota Immigrant\' due to our legal marriage. We were married in (town, city) at the (name of church, judge\'s office or wherever the marriage took place) in my home town of (town, city) on (date & year).

We have resided at the above address, which is fully paid for (or rented), since (date & year).

Having obtained and provided the required documentation and affidavits, I request that the application be processed.

(signature of your spouse)

(date & year of signing)



Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: abw on January 04, 2010, 12:28:19 PM
I processed my 13A papers in CDO for 0 pesos, however, they wanted 35,000 pesos to send the papers to Manila.  I am in the process of building on a lot on Bohol and am there a few days a month so I took my paperwork and from Bohol, a 350 peso ferry to Cebu and when to the BI in Mandaue. my cost was 12,500 P for the first year I-card.  A seminar is always scheduled within two weeks of your accepted application which you have to attend.  I explained to the magistrate that I would be returning to Mindanao and my attendance would be difficult... 2,000 P into the drawer... no receipt for that one :o ... but the seminar was waved!

I have several friends that have paid from 40k to 55k to get their card. They are happy.  My case was a bit different because it was not a big inconvenience to get to Cebu to do it myself... besides the other 30 some odd k help finish the water well on the lot...

Ouch, you paid P12,500 for your I-card? Are you sure this is correct, because according to the BI website, the fees should only be P2,880. Even if you add the cost of the 13a visa, that should still only total a bit over P9000. And if someone wanted to charge 40-55K to process all this, I\'d be running very quickly in the opposite direction;)
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: imtheredrum on January 04, 2010, 08:11:45 PM
For sure you are not looking at all the fees... I think the BI site has them spread over two pages but 12,500 is correct.  Unless things have changed in the past 6 months. I went on line and did the math and then again I verified it with Mandaue BI cuz I walked in the door with the print out and matched it up to the one they have posted on their wall. I will say that the cashier tried to nail me for an extra 500 which I caught and had them redo the receipt before I paid. The total in March 21,2009 was 12,500 pesos with all the separate fees totalled up.  The 2800 fee you refer to would not cover one 60 day tourist extension and do you really think the Philippine Govt. would be that stupid to let that happen.  This country is all about processing papers and processing the money out of your pocket and into theirs.

If someone will do that for you at 2,800p, you just bought yourself a counterfeit card.
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: aerosick on January 04, 2010, 10:52:31 PM
From another Website:

13(A) VISA FEES (http://www.immigration.gov.ph//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=204&Itemid=43)

Fee for section 13(a) initial one year probationary period: PhP 6,070

Fees for amendment of 13(a) visa from probationary to permanent resident: PhP 4,700

Total: PhP 10,770

=====================

ACR I-CARD SCHEDULE OF FEES (http://www.immigration.gov.ph//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=110&Itemid=43)

INITIAL RP/SRC ISSUANCE: PhP 2,880

RP/SRC RE-ISSUANCE: PhP 2,170

AMENDMENT/S: PhP 1,010

ANNUAL REPORT: PhP 310

Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: imtheredrum on January 05, 2010, 02:13:47 AM
From another Website:

13(A) VISA FEES ([url]http://www.immigration.gov.ph//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=204&Itemid=43[/url])

Fee for section 13(a) initial one year probationary period: PhP 6,070

Fees for amendment of 13(a) visa from probationary to permanent resident: PhP 4,700

Total: PhP 10,770

=====================

ACR I-CARD SCHEDULE OF FEES ([url]http://www.immigration.gov.ph//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=110&Itemid=43[/url])

INITIAL RP/SRC ISSUANCE: PhP 2,880

RP/SRC RE-ISSUANCE: PhP 2,170

AMENDMENT/S: PhP 1,010

ANNUAL REPORT: PhP 310




Yes those numbers look familiar... the only one missing is the 2000 I had to pay to the Magistrate\'s drawer so I did not have to travel back to Cebu 10 days later from Mindanao for the seminar... I seem to have lost the receipt for that payment Ha Ha Ha
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: uk on January 05, 2010, 09:34:18 PM
taken from bureau of immigration website

ACR I-CARD SCHEDULE OF FEES     
ISSUANCE       -       US$50 ( Peso equivalent )
RE-ISSUANCE  -      US$20 ( Peso equivalent )

a. Lost card
b. Damaged card
c. Rejected card
- ( wrong entries or information printed in the card due to fault
    or negligence of the applicant )
d. Amendments

RENEWAL      -        US$50 ( Peso equivalent )

a. Expiration of one (1) year validity of the card
b. Re-registration upon reaching the age of 14
c. Change of Visa Status
d. ACR Replacement (Alien Registration Act of 1950, as amended)

INITIAL RP/SRC ISSUANCE

 RP/SRC P1,400.00
ECC-B
 P   700.00
Head Tax P   250.00
LRF 
 P     30.00
Express Lane
 P   500.00
Total
 P2,880.00

RP/SRC RE-ISSUANCE RP/SRC
 P   700.00
 ECC-B  P   700.00
Head Tax P   250.00
LRF
 P     20.00
Express Lane
 P   500.00
Total P2,170.00


AMENDMENT/S

Change of Address
 P   500.00
 
 Express Lane
   
Change of Name/Nationality/Civil Status/etc.   
Amendment  P   500.00
Express Lane  P   500.00
LRF
 P     10.00
Total P1,010.00


ANNUAL REPORT

 Annual Report
 P  300.00
 
 LRF  P    10.00
Total
 
 
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: uk on January 05, 2010, 09:43:16 PM
for more information on visa\'s check website below.

http://immigration.gov.ph/
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: aerosick on January 06, 2010, 10:12:42 PM
Just a reminder to do your annual report to the local BI during the 1st 60 days of the year. A bargain at just P310.

Billy
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: RDHAWES on January 22, 2010, 10:39:06 AM
Hi,,

The sample Filipino(a) spousal letter has been deleted from this site.
 Does anyone know where I can find one. We are uncertain what is required. Ref: 13a VISA

Thanks

Rob
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on January 22, 2010, 12:02:16 PM
Hi,,

The sample Filipino(a) spousal letter has been deleted from this site.
 Does anyone know where I can find one. We are uncertain what is required. Ref: 13a VISA

Thanks

Rob
Here it is. Hope it helps. God Bless....
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Your & her name,
Your address,
*,
*,
*,
Zip code.


To whom it may concern,

I request that my husband, YOUR NAME, status be changed from ‘Temporary Visitor’ to ‘Non Quota Immigrant’ due to our legal marriage. We were married in TOWN at the (Where Married Here) in my home town of  TOWN on DATE & YEAR.

We have resided at the above address, which is fully paid for (OR RENTED), since Date & YEAR.

Having obtained and provided the required documentation and affidavits, I request that the application be processed.





-----------------------------------------

TYPE WIFES NAME HERE & SIGN ABOVE.
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on September 17, 2010, 01:10:52 PM
I did not see in this thread, what the lawyer will ask during the interview?   I have an interview with  a lawyer at the BOI in Mandaue at the Cebu District Office on Nov 18th, I just filed my 13A visa papers today.  So does anyone know  what questions  he  will ask and what documents I should bring along?  And what will he cost me???
I didn\'t have an interview. My paper work was merely forwarded to Intramuros. God Bless....
Title: Re: New Section 13 visa requirements ~ 2008
Post by: imtheredrum on September 17, 2010, 01:21:48 PM
Besides asking for a 5000p payment with no receipt, there are no questions... I told him that for 5k I wanted a receipt, for 2k I did not care for a receipt... this payment was for a waver for a non existant seminar that I would have to attend. This seminar is not listed on the national BI requirement and payment list. I did not payed 2000 for the temp card and refused the 5k for the permanent card.  My papers took an extra month to process... hmmm

in CDO on Mindanao they want 45k and Butuan 40K for handling the 1st year temp card and again the same for the permanent card. As I was coming from Gingoog City (north central Mindanao) the ferry was only 2200 and I stop over at my place in Bohol.  Other than the Lawyers fee to wave the seminar the other fees are right as posted on the BI Website...
Title: New Section 13 visa requirements 2008
Post by: WarnerTug on January 17, 2019, 12:39:15 AM
Due to do out at the end of June, anyone used the new online visa yet or are they still accepting currency at the airports?

Regards

Linda and Tom