I spoke about yesterday the usefulness of online forums. I forgot to mention the best way to get new contacts and great information and that is through the Facebook groups about the Philippines. Here is a question on the 13 a and the replies. I have hidden the names for privacy, but as you can see joining groups like this are really helpful.
I’ve been here almost 8 years on a tourist visa… how to get a 13a request?
Any chance anyone who has gone through this process within the last 6 months has a complete and self explanatory list of the process / requirements? I’ve seen mention of this before with some people finding it easy, others a nightmare, with various accounts of what is and is not required.
Here’s what requirements I have gleaned from various websites… unfortunately, no two have been identical. I’ve put my queries in CAPITALS where clarification is needed. I really really hope to get this right first time so only one trip to manila is required… Thanks for any help.
I’m a UK citizen, married to a Filipina, no kids, no pension. I Can get 10,000 transferred to my bank temporarily to show proof of funds if necessary.
– Notarized letter of application by the Filipino spouse
– Accomplished and Notarized General Application Form signed by both
petitioner and applicant(BI Form No. RBR 98-01)
– Copy of the birth certificate of the Filipino spouse, authenticated by the
NSO (?WHAT ABOUT MINE?)
– Authenticated copy of the Marriage Contract by the NSO
– Immigration Clearance Certificate (?WHAT IS THIS)
– Barangay certificate that petitioner and applicant are resident of the
barangay and that they continue to live together as husband and wife.
– 2 x 2 picture to be attached to the General Application Form (?ONLY
– Copy of the foreigners passport showing the date of arrival and Visa
– copy of Alien certificate of Registration (ACR)
– Copy of Immigrant Certificate of Registration (ICR) (?WHAT IS THIS?)
– certification of a savings bank account with the minimum 10,000 US$ on
it to prove, that you can financially support your family
– Medical Clearance (?WHAT IS REQUIRED HERE?)
– Joint affidavit of the petitioner and the applicant stating that;
a. they are husband and wife and are living together
b. they are financially capable of supporting each other.
– Police Clearance from country of origin or residence prior to arrival in
the Philippines (?CAN I OBTAIN THIS WHILST IN THE PHILIPPINES?
– National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance.
Submit the papers, both make a personal appearance around a week later, pay about 20,000 Pesos in total for fees with at least 20 days left on your visa before applying. (?IS THERE ANY WAY TO SHORTEN THE TIME BETWEEN SUBMITTING THE PAPERWORK AND THE INTERVIEWS?)
Phew. Thanks for the patience needed from anyone who actually read all that!