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13a Visa - Get it before you're here or after?

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The 13a visa is sometimes referred to as a spousal permanent residence visa.  It is for spouses of Philippine citizens and may obtained in your home country before relocating or obtained after you arrive in the Philippines.  If obtained in your home country, it is permanent beginning when you register it on arrival.  If you obtain it in the RP, it will be probationary for the first year and then you must go through the whole procedure again to make it permanent.  

For obtaining it in the US here is what the Honolulu Consulate has to say;

A non-quota immigrant visa may be granted to the spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age of Philippine citizens (13A) and to former Filipinos who have already acquired foreign citizenships including their spouse and unmarried minor children (13G). Following are the requirements for a 13A visa:

Passport (valid at least 6 months from date of application)
Duly accomplished visa application form (Form 3)
Six (6) 2 x 2 photos, applicant’s signature on bottom front
Documentary evidence to prove spouse's or either parent's Philippine citizenship and to show applicant's relationship to the Philippine citizen such as original birth certificate, Philippine passport, marriage contract.
Medical Examination Report (FA Form 11 - available at the Consulate) duly accomplished by a licensed physician and whose signature must be duly notarized; together with a life-size chest x-ray film and laboratory reports (original and two (2) copies.) Medical Examination Report should not be more than six (6) months from the date of application.
Police Clearance Certificate - Please apply 15 days before date of departure for the Philippines at the following address:

Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center
Kekuanao'a Bldg.,
465 South King St., Room 101
Honolulu, HI 96183
Tel No. (808) 587-3100 | (808) 745-4300

Evidence of sound financial status e.g. proof of real property, investment, bank certification, pension, notarized Affidavit of Support from a relative in the Philippines, attaching documents to substantiate declaration or claim
Personal Appearance for Interview
Visa Fee of $150 payable in cash or money order only

To obtain it once your in the RP here is what Immigration has to say;

13(A)    The wife or the husband or the unmarried child under twenty-one years of age of a Philippine citizen, if accompanying or following to join such citizen;

Checklist of Requirements for Non-Quota Immigrant by Marriage Under Section 13(a)

Duly notarized letter of application by the Filipino spouse;
General Application Form duly accomplished and notarized (BI Form No. MCL-07-01);
NSO authenticated copy of Birth certificate of Filipino spouse;
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;
Bureau of Immigration (BI) Clearance Certificate; and
Plain photocopy of passport of alien spouse showing dates of arrival and authorized stay.

The fees in the RP are;

Implementation Fee   P      1,000.00
Form    100.00
CRTV (Certificate of Residence for Temporary Visitor)
ACR (Alien Certificate of Registration)    1,000.00
Change of Status    600.00
Head Tax    250.00
Passport Visa    200.00
Legal Research Fee    50.00
Total    P      4,600.00
Express Lane Fee    500.00

Applying for 13a(Probationary) while in the Philippines.  I have heard that it is a requirement to have a Police Clearance from your home country.  While checking the BI website today that is a requirement if you have been in the Philippines for less than six(6) months since your last arrival.  If more than six(6) months NBI Clearance will do.  This is on the general instructions/checklist.



I have the checklist in front of me, it states:

If the applicant has been in the Philippines for more than 6 months
he shall, in addition to his Police Clearance from his country
of origin or residence, prior to his arrival in the Phil., attach to the
application a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance.

That's it, word for word. I've been here 7 years and went back to
Australia in Dec. to get the clearance and letter of financial capacity
so I can get my 13(a) sometime this year. I thought that I wouldn't
have to get an NBI clearance, but upon re-reading this and typing it
out for you, I re-interpreted it to mean that I have to. Dash it all,
who wants to queue up at NBI? But ...... I have an idea that somewhere
in the Forum is a post saying that now you can get NBI Clearance online!!!


Before, for sure if you can manage it.

BI FORM 2014-12-001 Rev 0 This document may be reproduced and is NOT FOR SALE
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 G E N E R A L I N S T R U C T I O N S
To avoid summary dismissal/delay in the processing of your application/petition,
please be advised of the following:
1. The Consolidated General Application Form (CGAF) is written in English language. Enter legibly all the information required
into the appropriate spaces on the form. If the information required is not applicable, please write “N/A”. Do not leave any
item blank. The Bureau will not act on application forms that are incomplete and incorrectly accomplished. Your answers
must be in English and all entries must be in CAPITAL LETTERS using English characters only. Letters like ñ, é, ü and ç
are not recognized by the system. For instance, please enter names like “Muñoz” and “Sémonin” as “Munoz” and
“Semonin” respectively.
2. The CGAF must be accomplished in two (2) ORIGINAL copies. The first copy shall be submitted together with all the
documents pertaining to this application and the second copy is intended for application of Alien Certificate of Registration
Identity Card (ACR I-Card) to be submitted in a separate folder.
3. All documents required for submission must be complied with, arranged in the order as listed in the Checklist of
Documentary Requirements (CDR), compiled in a legal size (8½ x 14 in.) folder and shall be submitted within the prescribed
period, if applicable. Otherwise, your application or petition shall not be accepted.
4. All sworn statements or affidavits must be original and duly notarized.
5. All civil registry documents issued in the Philippines (i.e. Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate, etc.) must
be original and issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) of the Philippines.
6. All foreign documents must be original and authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post (FSP), which has
jurisdiction over the place of issuance, or by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) if said document is issued by the local
Embassy in the Philippines, with English translation if written in other foreign language.
7. If the application is filed by an authorized representative, attach a photocopy of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Accreditation
Identification (ID) Certificate or an original Special Power of Attorney (SPA) for EACH applicant with a photocopy of a valid
government-issued ID of attorney-in-fact.
8. The original valid passport of the applicant must be submitted to the Central Receiving Unit (CRU) personnel or concerned
frontline officer for scanning. Thereafter, it shall be returned.
9. It is recommended that you seek legal advice from lawyers and/or BI-accredited entities.
- more at the back -
Please read carefully the above-stated General Instructions
before proceeding with the completion of the documentary requirements.
1. Joint letter request addressed to the Commissioner from the applicant and the petitioning Filipino spouse;
2. Duly accomplished CGAF (BI Form 2014-00-001 Rev 0);
3. Marriage Certificate or Marriage Contract;
4. Birth Certificate or certified true copy of BI-issued Identification Certificate as Filipino citizen of the Filipino spouse;
5. Photocopy of the Filipino spouse’s valid government-issued ID (i.e. Passport, SSS/GSIS ID/ PRC ID, Driver’s License,
TIN, or Voter’s ID);
6. Photocopy of passport bio-page and latest admission with valid authorized stay;
7. Valid Police Clearance from country of origin or residence, if the applicant has stayed in the Philippines for less than six
(6) months;
8. Valid National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance or National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Clearance, if
the applicant has stayed in the Philippines for six (6) months or more from the date of latest arrival; and
9. BI Clearance Certificate.
Checklist of Documentary Requirements for EACH Dependent
1. Duly accomplished CGAF (BI Form 2014-00-001 Rev 0);
2. Photocopy of passport bio-page and latest admission with valid authorized stay
3. Birth Certificate/Family Register or its equivalent, evidencing the relationship with the petitioner;
4. Valid NBI Clearance or NICA Clearance for dependents 15 years of age or above, if he/she has stayed in the Philippines
for six (6) months or more from the date of latest arrival; and
5. BI Clearance Certificate.
[To be filled out by Authorized BI Personnel Only]
This is to certify that the documents submitted in support of the application of _________________________________
 (Name of Applicant)
______________________________ are complete and in accordance with the provided checklist.
Central Receiving Unit Evaluator:
_______________________ ___________________
Signature over Printed Name Date
Note: Submission of additional supporting documents may be required by the Bureau for further verification and evaluation of application.
This is what is posted on the BI website and appears to be current as of March 2014.   Don't doubt you at all Graham, just saying what I saw.



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