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When you are sponsoring your wife or fiance to get a visa to come to the USA, you have to prove your financial capacity to support her.  What about if you are moving to the Philippines to be with your spouse, fiance or girlfriend?  Will she have to show that she is financially capable of supporting you?  I got this interesting question a while back and will offer you the answer in the video below.

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Another thing that I address in the video is some incorrect information that you will find all over the internet.  Lots of people think that you must show that you have $10,000 in the bank in order to get a visa to live in the Philippines.  Is this correct?

No, that is not correct at all.

So, how much do you have to show?  Well, watch the video above and you will find the answer!

No matter whether your spouse will move to your country or if you will move to the Philippines, it always seems that the governments on either end will impose hardships and trials on you and/or your spouse!  The best way to combat those issues is to be informed, know what to expect so that you can be prepared and remain calm through the process.  In my view, there is no better way to get through the visa/immigration process!

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Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur. Bob is an American who lived in Mindanao from 2000 until 2019. Bob has now relocated back to the USA.

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Bob New York
Bob New York
5 years ago

A good question with an appropriate answer. One reason for the talk of a figure of $10,000 may be that one of the SRRV plans calls for that amount under the provisions of just one of the SRRV plans. Another SRRV plan calls for $20,000 if I remember correctly. These are only two of many options there are for obtaining residency in The Philippines and there are other requirements for SRRV in addition to money in an approved SRRV Bank Account. Correct me if I am misinformed Bob, I think with a visitor or tourist visa that can be extended… Read more »

AJ UK
AJ UK
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob New York

Hi Bob NY

this website answers your questions on the SRRV

http://www.pra.gov.ph/main/srrv_program?page=1

Cheers

AJ UK

MindanaoBob
5 years ago
Reply to  AJ UK

Hi AJ – I am aware of the SRRV, but I was not talking about SRRV. I was talking about 13A Resident visas, for which there is not any published monetary figure.

AJ UK
AJ UK
5 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

I was answering Bob NY’s query about the SRRV amounts………hence I addressed it to Bob NY!

MindanaoBob
5 years ago
Reply to  AJ UK

Sorry, I am having some treatment on my eyes right now, and my vision is not good while this is ongoing. When I looked I just saw “Bob”, sorry I missed the NY part of it. But, I think Bob is correct that it has lead to confusion between the two among many people.

AJ UK
AJ UK
5 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

Walay Problema!

Hope the eyes are ok.

MindanaoBob
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob New York

Hi Bob – I never thought about that, but you are probably correct.. the $10k figure is because they are mixing it up with the SRRV requirements! Good catch.

Actually, the tourist visa can be extended up to 3 years! They changed it to 3 years about 3 or 4 years ago now. 🙂

Dave LaBarr
Dave LaBarr
5 years ago

Is their any guidance on how soon I should send my documentation for a 13A Visa to the Philippine Embassy here in the United States so that they will have adequate time to process the material and return it to me. I need it back before our scheduled trip but not so soon that the 6 month limit on the medical report and police clearance has expired.

God Bless,

Dave L.

MindanaoBob
5 years ago
Reply to  Dave LaBarr

Hi Dave,

When I filed my 13A, which was through the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco, it took about 30 days for the processing, so I would recommend using that time frame as a guide.

Dave LaBarr
Dave LaBarr
5 years ago
Reply to  MindanaoBob

Hi again Bob,

Thanks for the input.

God Bless,

Dave

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