Yesterday, I received an email from a reader, her name is Leticia. Leticia is planning to move to the Philippines with her entire family. Thus, she has recently gone through the moving process and she had some observations to share regarding her 13a Resident Visa and the process of entering the Philippines. I want to share her update, and I will also interject some comments of my own.
Hi Bob, I have been reading your blog as well as many others prior to my move to PI. I am an American citizen, and just moved to the Phils with my whole fam. I just wanted to update you and your readers (if possible) regarding the 13A Visa. I processed most of my paperwork through the Consulate General of the Phils in Los Angeles.
Thanks for your note, Leticia. I got my 13G visa back in 2000, through the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco. I feel quite certain that many things have changed in the past 15+ years, so it is always good to hear updates from recent visa applicants, to get the latest scoop.
Although we got everything done in a timely manner (we started 3 months before our move because of re-acquiring citizenship, reporting births/marriage, passports, etc.), the Consular staff is still not sure of what applicants need for the medical clearance.
You bring up a good point, here, Leticia. I want to really encourage people who are moving here to check on things like Dual Citizenship and such. When we moved here, we did not check into this at all. We just got a 13G visa for everybody! So, I had a 13G as well as Feyma and all of our kids. At that time the Philippine Dual Citizenship act had not been passed yet. However, our kids were all eligible to be dual citizens by the right of birth, but we had not applied.
After the Dual Citizen Act became law, we decided for Feyma to go for it! She applied for Dual Citizenship, and also included each of our boys on her application. So, now, they are all citizens of both the USA and the Philippines. Nobody has to go through any visa hassles at all now, except for me. I have to go report at the BI each year, but everybody else lives here as a Citizen, yet they all also have the right to live in the USA as they wish as well.
For anybody moving here as a family, it makes a lot of sense to get dual citizenship for anybody who is eligible, in my view.
Also, we are only told to report to BI, but in reality we must report to the Bureau of Quarantine first, within 7 days of arrival to PI, to get the clearance stamp on our passport.
Yes, that is correct, and the Philippine Authorities have always been a bit unclear about that. When we came here in 2000, we went straight to the BI in Intramuros, only to find out that we needed to go to the Bureau of Quarantine, so we did it! This was also covered in Doug Thompson’s excellent article a month or two ago.
To acquire stamp of medical clearance, must have results/reports of each of following:
- Chest x-ray on film/CD
- Stool examination for ova or parasites
- Routine Urinalysis
- Blood Serology for syphilis (RPR/ VDRL)
- Bring extra copy to give to Bureau of Quarantine, and 1 copy to show BI (this copy will be returned to you immediately).
- If physical exam is completed in U.S. and medical exam is normal, leave Class A, B, or C uncircled on the form the MD fills out.
Again, excellent information, Leticia, and thank you for taking the time to share this with me and the rest of the LiP audience. I am sure this information will be helpful to many people.
As soon as one reports to the BI, the ACR I card application is started and one must pay that same day… most sites state we must wait 59 days, which is what I expected but is not what occurred.
Yes, you are correct. The people who have to wait for 59 days are tourists. For somebody with a Resident Visa, they are immediately eligible, and also required to get an ACR I-card right away.
Thank you very much for the blog and advice, it was very helpful.
And, thank you, Leticia, for reading, and for sending along this information! It is very helpful.
Leticia, I hope that you and the rest of your family enjoy a wonderful life in the Philippines!