I hear from a lot of people looking for a way to stay in the Philippines as basically a permanent resident. If you are married to a Philippine Citizen, or a former Citizen, it’s very easy to get a Resident Visa (13 series visa). If you are not married, it is very hard to get a permanent stay in the Philippines. Sure, you can hop on the Tourist Visa treadmill, keep running and taking care of renewals of your visa all the time, etc. It gets old, though, having to jump through hoops, and then having to leave the country at least one time every two years.
On Monday, though, President Arroyo took an action that may just make that treadmill obsolete. President Arroyo has signed Executive Order 758, which may make it easy to stay in the Philippine for the long term. Under EO 758 (details are limited at this time) people who provide employment for 10 Filipinos can stay in the Philippines indefinitely! Yes, indefinitely – in other words, as long as you keep 10 employees for some kind of business, you can stay! No need to keep making visa runs every two years, etc.
This can kill two birds with one stone too. You see, a lot of people ask me how they can make money in the Philippines, enough to support their lifestyle. Well, if you start a business in the Philippines, you can probably employ 10 Filipinos, and also earn enough money to support your lifestyle too! There are so many underserved needs here in the Philippines, and there are literally hundreds of ways for you to fill those needs with a small business. I have businesses here that I have started for under $100, so it can be done, and you can make a nice living here. For a business that would employ 10 people, you will almost certainly need to invest more than $100, but your investment can still be relatively small, certainly much less than you would invest in such a business in your home country.
If you are looking for a way to stay here for the long term, this may be an option to look at! It’s good for you, it’s good for at least 10 Filipinos that will have a job, and it’s good for the country in general! Then again, if you are looking for what kind of business you could start here, why not check out my book, “49 Ways to Make a Living in the Philippines“. It’s $49 (just $1 for each idea that I present to you!), and if you buy the electronic version, you can download it immediately after payment is made. I’m not just trying to get money from you here, but I genuinely think that this book can help you make a go of living in the Philippines! I offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied, no questions asked! How can you go wrong?
After a while, more details of this new way to stay for the long term should come out, and we’ll know the details! What I see so far looks promising!