aaron2

Dear Feyma: Questions about moving back and dual citizenship!

NEW articles daily! Subscribe below to receive daily updates with our new articles!

Please enter your name.
Please enter a valid email address.
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.

I have some inquiries from Rose about moving back here to the Philippines and about dual citizenship. I’ve known her and we’ve been friends on social media for years now. We’ve been corresponding there lately. I’ve seen pictures of her son ever since knowing her. At that time the son was still a baby, and now he is already getting bigger. He is a good looking kid. I’m just sorry to see that she lost her hubby when the son was still young.

Journey to the Philippines

Journey to the Philippines

BizzzBuddy - The Business that works while you sleep

Here’s her message to me: (I also asked her permission to post her inquiries here and she said it’s okay, she’s also eager to see and hear any advice from you guys)!

Some of our conversations:

Rose— “Good evening ate Feyma!!I been a blog follower of your hubby for along time. it is really fun to read all of the topic that he post all the time. and the fact that he is an American and living in our country instead of here in the US is very interesting. Anyway, let me tell you about my self.  I am Rose, been married for 11 years now and living here in the US. My husband passed away 2 years ago and left me with a very handsome boy, thank God!! Otherwise I’m gonna be so lost. Anyway ate Feyma, the reason I reach you out because, I have been planning to move back in our country. I been thinking to stay for 5 years or so. Being alone it is not easy. I have been thinking ever since that, if we’re there it is more less stressed because I have a family who can help me. my parents are still both alive so, it is really awesome for them to see their grand son. the only thing that I been worried is the money, I already have an American passport so nothing to worry with that. Questions, unsa man akong option since American citizen ko? l don’t have a plan to get a dual. Please, kindly help me? It will be a lot of help for me. I’m still thinking to dare to going back home although all of my friends are against of my decision. Thank you so much in advance, and have a nice day!! Rose

My reply:

Hi Rose, Thank you for following our site. Yep, my hubby is really in love with our country. Thank God kay he is not one of those foreigners here nga bad mouthing our country. It’s sad sometimes hearing them. But oh, well.

Firstly, sorry to hear about your loss. It must be hard on you then. But yeah, you’re lucky you really had a very handsome young man.

I advise you to really get the dual citizenship para it’s easier for you and your kid. You should get for the 2 of you. Anyway, you can get for the 2 of you since he is underage. Since you’re an American citizen its limited to own properties here. So better get your dual there, much easier to get it there.

We have more messages from each other. But I want to see what you guys will tell her. One thing I told her that if she wants to moved here now is the good time since the son, he is still young. That was really the best advice our kids pediatrician had given us when we told him that we are moving back here. Our kids were similar aged to the kid of Rose. One thing that Rose has to bring with her here will be plenty of patience. 🙂

Rose, It’s good that you’re thinking of bringing your son here to know your side of the family. It’s going to be a big adjustments for you and your son. Don’t be shocked if your son will asked you to go back to the US right away. You might feel the same way. But hey, it’s just normal. Give yourself time to adjust here before giving up and move back there. I’m going to tell you that moving back here it’s not easy. Just have patience and understanding. Good luck to you. If you have more questions feel free to ask.

Cheers!

Feyma

Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.

Most Shared Posts

29
Leave a Reply

avatar
10 Comment threads
19 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
11 Comment authors
MindanaoBobGlennRANDALL ROYNildaLuke Tynan Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Ronald McCarthy
Guest
Ronald McCarthy

I second Feyma’s suggestion to reacquire your Philippine citizenship. It’s a very easy process. It requires that you visit the Philippine Consulate or Embassy that services your location, take an oath and pay US$50. You would then apply for a Philippine passport. As long as your son is under 18 he will become a dual citizen in conjunction with yours. As a dual citizen you will not be bothered with visas or time limits and you will have all of the privileges of a Philippine citizen that you once had. You have the advantage of having family in the Philippines… Read more »

Rusty Bowers
Guest
Rusty Bowers

The biggest concern is the money. Certainly the boy is receiving money from SS, right? He should. We have friends that lost a husband and the child received money. Of course Bob would be able to advise her on ways to make money here. That is his field. There are many, right? She’d certainly live a stress free lifestyle. That is extremely important. Stress causes so many health problems. I wouldn’t set a timeline on when she’d want to return. I believe she said 5 years. 5 years will go by quickly. Or they could drag by if she’s set… Read more »

Rio Taggart
Guest

Thank you ate Feyma Bayoy Martin for posting my questions,it really help me a lot of what I really want to do.to all who give an idea,suggestions thank you so much guys.right now, I’m still weighing my decision,the concequences f I have to go back and enjoying taking care of my son,or stay here in the US and tackle all of the responsibility by myself.

Pastor Bud
Guest
Pastor Bud

Rose I think it would be nice to return to the Philippines. I have lived here now for almost 9 years with my Filipino Wife. One problem you might want to consider. There is an immigration ruling here in PI, if you are returning from another country where you gained your Citizenship, you can make one trip back and bring a container of household goods and pay no taxes on it. You are considered a returning Filipino and they will allow you one trip with one container of your personal belongings. If you get your Duel Citizenship in the States… Read more »

gezel
Guest
gezel

I got my dual citizenship in the UK and last January 2015 we went home for good we shipped a lift van of our possession on my name and paid no taxes as I am a returning Filipino. I never heard of this ruling that if you get your dual citizenship in a foreign land your balikbayan privilege is null and void.
Ps: my advice get dual citizenship for you and your son.

Ronald McCarthy
Guest
Ronald McCarthy

Gezel is correct. Returning Filipinos are exempted from paying duty on household goods. This includes someone who has naturalized abroad and have reaquired their Filipino citizenship (dual citizens).

Rusty Bowers
Guest
Rusty Bowers

Ron, I know someone who sent their household goods, via a large container on a boat, and they had to pay customs. They’d also shipped their car with the household goods.

The wife is a Filipina and the husband is an American. Is there anything they can do to get there money back?

Rusty?

Ronald McCarthy
Guest
Ronald McCarthy

I have no idea what paperwork your acquaintances submitted with their household goods or if they have a prayer of getting any of their duty back. One thing certain, automobiles can’t be included with household goods!

Rusty Bowers
Guest
Rusty Bowers

Thanks Ron. Nope they don’t have a prayer getting any money back.

Rusty

Rusty Bowers
Guest
Rusty Bowers

Yes, life is a lot less stressful (as I posted earlier) but the lack of money might be a concern. Doesn’t seem to be with Bob though. He could definitely give some pointers. I’ve often thought about a thrifty nickel type business.

A 5 year time frame is nothing. So, I guess I’d think why even go through the process.

Rusty

Rio Taggart
Guest

Hello guys!! I hope everyone has a productive positive day!!sorry I didn’t say anything for a while.again,thank you so much for the advices,suggestion.anyway, the reason why I put a timeline for staying there is because, for my son future.right now as everyone knows that he is getting a money from the SSl and it will stop when he turned 18.

Rusty Bowers
Guest
Rusty Bowers

Rio, I can now understand the timeline. Then again I can’t. I just wouldn’t give myself a timeline. If you do it will become a waiting period. You know, “Now we can return to the States where I can make some money” type of plan. Your son’s college will be a lot less expensive here. Plus if you pick the right college your son will have an American certified degree. He might really love it here. It is all how you approach moving/living here. If your positive he will be also. Dread it and he will too. Kids feed off… Read more »

Rio Taggart
Guest

I know that’s along way to go,i have to go to the SSl office to talked to them about it.I’m getting crazy and crazy and confused about going back home,but for sure everybody’s gonna be happy specially my families.sorry I scrambled my topic here.I’m so anxious thinking of going back,but I’m still worried at the same time being single parents is not an easy task.how about a bank account?it is possible if I can keep my account and getting a money with out any issues?

Rusty Bowers
Guest
Rusty Bowers

Rio,

Ron McCarthy is very wise. He’s been living here for sometime. He’s a great resource.

Rusty

Ronald McCarthy
Guest
Ronald McCarthy

You can certainly keep your bank in the US if you wish. Access to your funds can be done a number of different ways, some more expensive than others. You could have SS checks directly deposited in Philippine banks as well, if you so wished.

I’d only add that you would find much family support if you move, but you may find that opportunities may not be as plentiful. You have much to consider.

Luke Tynan
Guest
Luke Tynan

Good Afternoon, I would suggest as many have already Dual Citizenship for you both. Several reasons 1) You both can own land 2) mush easier to go back and forth. 3) No time limits of stays( here or in the US) Also the College cost here in the Philippines is so much cheaper your son would do well to due the major education here, the if his heart is set on going back to USA for work he can do only needed classes for US competencies shorter time in US schools means less debt. I have suggested to my grandkids… Read more »

Rusty Bowers
Guest
Rusty Bowers

That is very true that eating here is much healthier. Of course kids tend to eat at fast food joints here or in the States. I’ve said that one can eat in the States, on a Dennys’ special, for what they do at a healthy restaurant here. However, there is a huge difference between eating at a greasy Dennys and at a healthy restaurant in the Philippines. Try and order Guaynabo/lemon grass juice at Dennys. Nope. Or eating malungay (spelling) in an omelet in the States. But then they have spinach. But does Spanish grow outside one’s home. Rusty

Glenn
Guest
Glenn

I just started following this blog site. Question for you. If my wife has a dual citizenship….at some point am I allowed to get one?

MindanaoBob
Guest

You are only eligible for Dual Citizenship if you were born as a Philippine Citizen. If you are a foreigner, then the answer is no, it is not available to you.

SIGN UP TO JOIN OUR GIVEAWAYS & INFO NEWSLETTER

Make sure you've signed up to our newsletter to get exclusive newsletter only content! Also be updated about all our important events and other important info that our readers rely on.

SIGNUP FORM


Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.