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Offline nwlivewire

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VISA TYPE FOR US MILITARY RETIREE?
« on: April 01, 2015, 05:20:27 PM »
Dear Forum Members:

I have recently retired from military service (USA).

I receive my VA compensation (100% P&T), SSDI, military medical retiree pay, and a State funded surviving spouse pension.

Did NOT serve any military time in the RP.  Have DD-214 (honorable medical discharge).

Want to use my Post 9/11 GI Bill and attend Silliman in Dumaguete (it's VA/GI Bill approved).

Would I qualify for that "special", lower cost VISA that I have read about on the internet where I only need deposit less money in one of their banks and not have to deposit a larger amount?

If so, what is that VISA called so I can get started on applying for the correct VISA?

I'm trying to verify if there really is a reduced cost, long term residency VISA for a US Veteran for the RP that requires less than 2,000 USD bank deposit.  Can I open a Philippine bank account in the USA before I arrive?  If so, what bank?

If I qualify for this VISA, can I get this VISA here in the USA BEFORE I get to the RP, or, do I just show up in Manila, begin the VISA process after I arrive, cross my fingers and hope everything clears quickly? 

Also wonder how long this process takes.  Any idea?

Do you have any current information on this or an official point of contact where I can get some accurate information?

Thank-you so much for any guidance you are able to provide.

I intend to be living in Dumaguete for 3-5 years while in school, but may very likely stay after graduation and live in the RP as my primary home base.

V/R,

nwlivewire




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Re: VISA TYPE FOR US MILITARY RETIREE?
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2015, 05:57:07 PM »
nwlivewire,

Return to your OP from Sep 4, 2014 last year when you asked the same quetions and we all answered you at that time and the same answers still stands:

http://www.livinginthephilippines.com/forum/index.php?topic=49526.msg63603#msg63603

and reread all of the comments, which I believe answered all of your questions the first time around.

BTW, the the Special SRRV for the retired U.S. military member or veteran of any branch of the military, I believe had to have served duty in the Philippines for at least 2 years.
But who can say, maybe just having a DD-214 could get you under the wire. I don't really know. Better to contact a PRA representative to be certain concerning this PRA Circular No. 16.
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Re: VISA TYPE FOR US MILITARY RETIREE?
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2015, 03:01:52 PM »
Thanks for the input.

I am getting ready to begin the "paper chase" here in the States for the documents that I can get notorized here at the Philippine Consulate in my State.  They can only red ribbon documents and cannot do VISAs.

Looks like I am about 9 months away from arrival to Manila.

And it looks like the "Vet Visa" is still in effect right now.

Hope the PRA folks give me the best possible deal when I get there.

Will keep you posted with an update on this process when I get to Manila.

V/R,
nwlivewire



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Re: VISA TYPE FOR US MILITARY RETIREE?
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2015, 11:00:31 PM »
Thanks for the input.

I am getting ready to begin the "paper chase" here in the States for the documents that I can get notorized here at the Philippine Consulate in my State.  They can only red ribbon documents and cannot do VISAs.

Looks like I am about 9 months away from arrival to Manila.

And it looks like the "Vet Visa" is still in effect right now.

Hope the PRA folks give me the best possible deal when I get there.

Will keep you posted with an update on this process when I get to Manila.

V/R,
nwlivewire

This "Vet Visa" you keep talking about does not and to my knowledge, never existed and you already said you did not spend time in the Philippines.  If I was you, I would not be basing any decisions and dreaming about the best deal they have because more than likely, you will not be getting it.
Whatever floats your boat.

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Re: VISA TYPE FOR US MILITARY RETIREE?
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2015, 11:34:40 PM »
Thanks for the input.

I am getting ready to begin the "paper chase" here in the States for the documents that I can get notorized here at the Philippine Consulate in my State.  They can only red ribbon documents and cannot do VISAs.

Looks like I am about 9 months away from arrival to Manila.

And it looks like the "Vet Visa" is still in effect right now.

Hope the PRA folks give me the best possible deal when I get there.

Will keep you posted with an update on this process when I get to Manila.

V/R,
nwlivewire

This "Vet Visa" you keep talking about does not and to my knowledge, never existed and you already said you did not spend time in the Philippines.  If I was you, I would not be basing any decisions and dreaming about the best deal they have because more than likely, you will not be getting it.
IMHO, the best thing to do is just come on over on a regular 59 day tourist visa and see what the Philippines is all about aka "boots on the ground" to get your bearings straight and or get acclimated to the weather here first, before deciding on what type of visa to get when you are ready to enroll for college.
If you do not quality for the Special SRRV, then there is the every 6 month long stay visa extension aka LSSVE and lastly the Student Visa. Good luck and enjoy your short visit and or long stay in the Philippines.
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Re: VISA TYPE FOR US MILITARY RETIREE?
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2015, 01:19:06 AM »
Chuck,
Thanks for posting the article, good catch. Just hope it is what it is the way the author wrote it, because as the way it was worded that it only takes a DD form 214 to qualify for this New Courtesy SRRV For Veterans, over 50 years old, have a pension or similar benefit of over $1,000, served honorably in the military, have a DD Form-214 and or a retired military ID card, one may be eligible for this program and for the annual report some will pay $10 or $360, depending on if you served 2 years in the Philippines, in some capacity.
I'm still in the process of doing some of the SRRV paperwork requirement done while we're still here on vacation in San Jose, California. It's slow going here going through TRICARE to get all of our physical exams done, but coming along slowly, but surely. As soon as I can get all the documents certified at the San Francisco Philippine Consulate, we will be ready to return home in the Philippines to process the rest of my SRRV documents with the PRA folks in Makati and eventually finalize the rest of the process.
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Re: VISA TYPE FOR US MILITARY RETIREE?
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2015, 09:49:16 AM »
Thanks Chuck.  This is very similar to all I have been reading but is more concise.  I am sending an email to the OiC in Subic/Angeles City and give it one more shot.  Since I am only a regular vet, the only advantage to me with this would be the 1,500 USD versus 10,000 USD deposit.  It is still enough incentive to get the rest back and utilize it myself rather than them sitting on it for about the next 35 years.  I dealt with the Makati office in getting my SRRV and renewal and if this is correct, than they do not know squat about it there as I tried previously.
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Re: VISA TYPE FOR US MILITARY RETIREE?
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2015, 12:29:21 PM »
Hope it helps.
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Re: VISA TYPE FOR US MILITARY RETIREE?
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2015, 03:21:46 PM »
I have verified that there is no such thing as or was a "Veteran's SRRV".  At least there is not one for "pizz on you" us regular veterans.  There was recently one for veterans who are military retirees.  As of this point in time, it has been suspended though.  Damn, when I joined up, I wish or should have asked the Navy Recruiter if along with the benefits of military retirement earned from the U.S. government, that I would qualify for a special Philippine Retirement System SSRV at some point in time and save a bunch of money.  I probably would have stayed in just for that as the PRA was looking to make it easier for "brain gain" people.  Well, I guess I should throw the words "potential & possible" in there with their "brain gain".

No offense to Chuck, Art (Reserve), Lee or any of you guys on here who are okay.  At my old job, I have at times had an axe to grind with several or numerous military retirees thought they would and who attempted to trump me.  I just don't like when the PRA has 10k of mine on deposit and some people who are no better than me, they settle for 1.5k.

Yeah, you might say, get rid of the SRRV then.  Well, I have been highly considering it and looks like in the course of the next 5 years, I will be rid of it.  Right now, it is too convenient to not have to ever have gone to Immigration but I am not going to let them keep me from utilizing that money forever.
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Re: VISA TYPE FOR US MILITARY RETIREE?
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2015, 04:16:34 PM »
That's a bummer Bud,
I wish you had that in writing and to whom you spoke with! I guess my last resort is to get a 13a visa while we're still here in Northern California or forever stay as a Balikbayan or as a tourist on long stay visa extensions!   
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Re: VISA TYPE FOR US MILITARY RETIREE?
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2015, 05:36:58 AM »
Art...Contact Ms Ms. Scarlet L. Lachica, at either the PRA Office in Angeles City or the PRA Office in Subic who is mentioned in Chuck's post below.  Let her know you are a military retiree and see if you get any different response.  I get the impression sometimes that with the PRA, things are based on who you are and where you are and what you want and who feels like doing what that determines what kind of results you get.

Her email is: pra.clarksubic@gmail.com

I am just tired of messing with this any talking about it anymore.  I am retired over two years now.  The last three years of my work career, I was insulted, I don't know how many times, by the agency in DoD that I busted my azz for 34 years.  Stuff like insults and the azzes trying to throw their weight around had never used to even phase me but once the azzes in D.C. cut out our pay raises those last few years and those insults increased tremendously, I began getting tired of them and began to despise working for the federal government.  Hence, it was time to throw in the towel and get out. 

Now, I am here but I sure didn't come here to let the PRA insult me with their "brain gain" philosophy.  I wish you luck with seeing if you can get it but like I said, I am tired.

Note:  Above I meant to say, Ms Lachia is mentioned in the link provided by Chuck but not actually mentioned by Chuck himself in his post.
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Re: VISA TYPE FOR US MILITARY RETIREE?
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2015, 12:17:58 PM »
I just got off the phone using Skype and spoke with a nice lady PRA Rep at the PRA Makati office and she explained to me that the SRRV aka the EXPANDED version for U.S. retired military is still available and on going. Here below is a copy of her email and attachment. (you may not be able to download or view the attachments).
I guess I have the charm about me and can get the information I need by speaking Taglish with these PRA Reps at the Makati office.

clientrelation (clientrelations@pra.gov.ph)
To: XXXXXX@msn.com

clientrelations@pra.gov.ph

4 attachments (total 848.5 KB)
SRRV EXPANDED Program for U.S. retired military
https://blu184.mail.live.com/mail/ViewOfficePreview.aspx?messageid=mg_SUbraPk5BGJbAAjfeSlxA2&folderid=flinbox&attindex=0&cp=-1&attdepth=0&n=16956763
Application_Form_for_Principal_-_English.pdf
Medical_Form.pdf
DBP_Remittance_Instruction_Form.pdf
 

Dear Art,

Thank you for your email and interest in the retirement program of the Philippine government. You are applying under the SRRV Expanded for retired US military personnel for 50 years old and above. Kindly see the attached list of requirements including the forms.
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RE:clientrelation  Add to contacts  5:08 AM  Apr 16, 2015
clientrelations@pra.gov.ph

Dear Mr. Art,

The SRRV Expanded Courtesy is still available for foreigners 50 years old and above retired from military service. Please refer to the list of requirements in my previous email. Thank you.

Very truly yours,

NARICRIS B. SISON
Market Specialist
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Re: VISA TYPE FOR US MILITARY RETIREE?
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2015, 02:25:23 PM »
Anyone in the Makati area, the PRA has a Briefing on Retirement Programs of the Philippines.
The Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) is a government-owned and controlled corporation mandated to attract foreign nationals and former Filipino citizens to retire, invest and reside in the Philippines. PRA is a government organization centered on the promotion of the Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) – a non-immigrant multiple-entry, indefinite-stay visa. With the SRRV, the holders may stay in the Philippines for as long as they want without giving up their citizenship.
Throughout our 29 years of existence, PRA has actively contributed in promoting the Philippines as an ideal retirement destination because of our reasonable cost of living, world-class healthcare services, warm tropical weather all year round, and the hospitality of Filipinos is known worldwide.
As a manifestation of the Authority’s aggressive promotional campaign, the PRA Marketing Team spearheaded by the Client Relations Division will conduct its Briefing for potential retirees on April 30, 2015 Thursday 2:00 pm at the PRA Briefing Room, 29th Floor Citibank Tower, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.
In view of the foregoing, may we invite you or your representative on the said Briefing to know more about the benefits of the Special Resident Retirees Visa (SRRV). Attendance to the above-mentioned briefing is for free.
For further assistance, please feel free to contact us at (02) 848 1418 and look for Ms. Naricris Sison to confirm your attendance. You may also directly e-mail clientrelations@pra.gov.ph. Please visit our website at www.pra.gov.ph for more updated news and information.
Thank you and we look forward to your support.

Very truly yours,
NARICRIS B. SISON
Market Specialist II
clientrelation (clientrelations@pra.gov.ph) 
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