Since a couple months an incredible increase of permanent stay visa applications have been observed. Is it the bad economical situation in the US and Europe? Maybe… . Fact is, that more and more people arrived in the Philippines with little luggage and “some cash savings” and asked for the requirements to stay here for good. It’s not such easy, my dear readers. The checklist is becoming longer and longer, and you need to process some documents in your home country (duly authenticated by a Philippine Embassy or Consulate there). During the next days, I try to explain the latest informations for it. If you are still in your home country and you plan to move here, inform yourself and go first to your nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate. It’s easier to start processing all documents already in your home country.
If you are already living in the Philippines and if you are married to a Philippine national you have to apply for “Change of Status from Temporary Visitor to Non Quota Immigrant by Marriage under Section 13a of Philippine Immigration Act (PIA) of 1940, as amended.
1. Letter of application (applicant AND Filipino spouse)
2. General application form DULY accomplished AND notarized (it’s BI Form No. RBR 98-01)
3. 2×2 picture to be attached to the application form (just be prepared for more or less 15 pictures for the future)
4. Birth Certificate of applicant AND Filipino spouse; in the absence of a birth certificate of the Filipino spouse, submit the following:
a) Certification of the Local Civil Registrar or the NSO (National Statistic Office) of its loss or non-availability
b) Any public document which establish the Filipino citizenship of the spouse
c)Affidavit of two disinterested persons indicating nationality of the parents of the Filipino spouse, and his/her birth place and birth date of applicant.
(To be continued!)