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Offline Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am

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Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
« Reply #120 on: February 26, 2015, 12:02:20 AM »
Oh OK! It's one of those European cuisine in a frozen box.
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Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
« Reply #121 on: March 08, 2015, 04:38:44 AM »
Hi all! Just checking in from now warmer San Jose, Ca. It's around noon Saturday Mar 7, so the weather is now more to my liking, but it still gets around in the mid 50s and 60 deg F. in the early morning. I think my hay fever allergies is returning, because I'm beginning to get itchy and watery eyes and now constantly sneezing. If my hay fever allergy gets worse, it will be time to return to the Philippines as long I get my new U.S. passport back in about 2 weeks from today and get all of our physical exams done.
All of my paperwork for my SRRV is coming along fine, which consists mainly my physical exam. I already got my police clearance which only cost $16 by personal check in about week since the San Jose Police Department was under staffed and only certain hours and days that their department was open. As soon as we return, I'll need to do an NBI clearance and then take it to get certified at the Philippine Consulate or main BI office and then to the Makati PRA office to submit all of my documents to get my SRRV.
We did make it to Burger King and to our favorite Jack in the Box for their two small regular tacos for 99 cents and other eateries of course. 
OK here for now til my next update.
   
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Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
« Reply #122 on: March 08, 2015, 07:00:48 AM »
I still don't understand why so people are talking all the time about the local police department having done their clearance and I was made to by local authorities to get mine from the FBI.  Other than the fact that I initiated my PRA app in the US, I don't know what it could be.  Sure, I did not then have to get one from the NBI after I got here for good but having to go through the FBI delayed my fly out for a full month and cost me a month hotel stay after my townhouse lease was up.

I better not say FBI anymore in this post.  That is three times and that means there is a good chance of it throwing a flag.

No knock on you Art.  More power to you and everyone who can do it.
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Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
« Reply #123 on: March 08, 2015, 07:15:02 AM »
My friend did his in Cebu and was told he needed an FBI clearance, I am not sure anyone really knows what is needed.
:) Happily married since 1994 & live part of the year in Cebu and the rest in S. Florida.

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Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
« Reply #124 on: March 08, 2015, 09:03:43 AM »
Art.

Why don't you apply for 13a through the consulate in San Fran, think that would be cheaper since you are already there in USA.  All so it would be permanent 13a.
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Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
« Reply #125 on: March 08, 2015, 10:06:47 AM »
Just my preference Chuck so I won't have to deal with the BI folks, but with just the PRA Reps in Makati and plus the PRA has a few benefits that a 13a visa holders don't have, just in case I want to use it. Besides the bank security deposit is only $1,500 for retired US military members who served or were stationed in the Philippines for at least 2 yrs.

http://pra.gov.ph/main/srrv_program2/2?page=1
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Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
« Reply #126 on: March 08, 2015, 10:19:21 AM »
I still don't understand why so people are talking all the time about the local police department having done their clearance and I was made to by local authorities to get mine from the FBI.  Other than the fact that I initiated my PRA app in the US, I don't know what it could be.  Sure, I did not then have to get one from the NBI after I got here for good but having to go through the FBI delayed my fly out for a full month and cost me a month hotel stay after my townhouse lease was up.

I better not say FBI anymore in this post.  That is three times and that means there is a good chance of it throwing a flag.

No knock on you Art.  More power to you and everyone who can do it.
The PRA requirements I believe only mentioned police clearance and when I went to our local San Jose Police department, they only issue Visa Police Clearances without being finger printed. I even asked why and they said that is the minimum requirement for a Police Visa Clearance. Besides, a police clearance wasn't required if one has been in the Philippines for more than 30 days, but I got one anyway just in case, since it wasn't any hassles in getting one.  :o 
(See thumbnail attachment below to see the PRA SRRV requirements)
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Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
« Reply #127 on: March 08, 2015, 12:14:39 PM »
Art,

I was just looking at SRRV requirements on documents.  The police clearance has to be validated by the embassy/consulate.  If they follow the same rules as police clearances for 13a, the clearance will need an apostlle from the California Secretary of State before the consulate will stamp it. JMO. ::)
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Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
« Reply #128 on: March 08, 2015, 10:02:15 PM »
Art,

I was just looking at SRRV requirements on documents.  The police clearance has to be validated by the embassy/consulate.  If they follow the same rules as police clearances for 13a, the clearance will need an apostlle from the California Secretary of State before the consulate will stamp it. JMO. ::)

I don't know about California but Florida required that too.  If I sent it through the mail for authentication.  Since I went to the Philippine Embassy in D.C. in person, I did not need to send them to the state.
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Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
« Reply #129 on: June 07, 2015, 10:49:40 AM »
We just got back home this morning 8am! Our PAL flight out of SFO was delayed 4hrs.
Good to be home after spending 4 months in San Jose, Ca.
After a few days rest, we'll be headed for the PRA office in Matkati to submit my SRRV application.
I did get a BB stamp in my new U.S. passport.
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Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
« Reply #130 on: June 07, 2015, 06:24:51 PM »
Welcome back to sanity.
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Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
« Reply #131 on: June 07, 2015, 07:43:35 PM »
Good to know you got home safe.
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Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
« Reply #132 on: June 07, 2015, 07:45:43 PM »
Welcome home.
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Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
« Reply #133 on: June 07, 2015, 10:50:11 PM »
Thanks for all the welcome back guys! Took a nap all afternoon, feel a lot better!
Yeah, it's good to be home!
The fast pace and expensive life in California just isn't for us anymore!
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Re: Check in thread for just saying hi
« Reply #134 on: June 08, 2015, 03:20:11 AM »
Welcome home Art, nice to know that you consider thw Philippines 'home' after the years you have spent retired here. It must mean you are happy, and at our age happiness is something we all need.
Based in the UK, and part time in our San Fernando, Pampanga house