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For all the info on the Special Resident Retiree Visa go to the PRV website at:

http://www.pra.gov.ph/

Art, just a re(tired) Fil-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.

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cefox01:
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.

Beancounter:
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

Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am:
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://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

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