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  1. Wow. Fighting with poorly trained & inexperienced airline staff over visa requirements is part of the fun of international travel, but when you lose the fight, it is devastating. Who did you book with to finally get her on her way? I think all airlines use a service called Timatic as the source of entry and transit information, but it takes some experience/education to read and use it properly. I butted heads with PAL and Delta when China began their transit without visa rules. Both times I had a printout from Timatic to show them; Delta just had to study the rule a bit (because it is written in stinted language), but for the PAL staff, it was as if I gave them the schematics for the Large Hadron Collider. PAL, after a 30 minute committee meeting, gave up and let me board. I imagine CebuPac would be as difficult. A printout of Kuwait transfer information from Timatic is the best proof CP screwed up. I don't have a source any longer for direct Timatic printouts. I did a search and see that you can still access Timatic data on the internet, but all I found were sites that give "user friendly" responses, but not the actual wording of the rules that airlines see and use. Maybe someone has a friend at an airline that can get direct access?
  2. Who are your friends?

    This forum continues to amaze me with the thought provoking questions and the frequent diverse and heartfelt answers. I have hundreds of filipino acquaintances from all walks of life, both in the PI and US, but none I would ever label as more than a casual friend. Substantive or even ‘thoughtful’ conversations seem impossible. A long-term expat I once asked about this said it is because we have nothing in common to discuss beyond banalities. Perhaps he was right, but I wonder.. Anyway, I didn’t really need to read this thread to learn that for many of you, your common living situations and honest communications have transformed the members of THIS FORUM in to your extended family.
  3. You raise a good point about disputed land owned by multiple heirs. Often the heirs cannot agree on disposition, or, I think even more common, the family in the house sell the property without telling the missing/overseas siblings! Several times I have been brought into consultations between the families and their lawyers when property is to be sold without proper notification and consent of all of the heirs. Each time the lawyer advises to don’t tell the hier, just sell it, and if the omitted brother/sister shows up later, deal with it then. Pretty shoddy legal advice by my western standards, but pretty much on par with all of the legal encounters I’ve seen here. The dysfunctional Philippine legal system is the underlying cause of many the problems in the country, but that’s best for a different thread!
  4. The Fiance form is easy enough to do on your own (despite now being 13 pages long!) but it never hurts to first talk to a lawyer to explain not only the process, but the true legal requirements that apply to your specific situation. A good question might be if, since you are already in the PH, whether it is better to just get married there and do a spouse petition. It takes a couple of months longer, but saves some money. In your case, it sounds as if you are going to have to come up with a plan to deal with the later affidavit of support. Living as an expat with irregular foreign income, as many do, can create a few hurdles to jump. Here’s the basic issues some people must face in such a situation. With a few exceptions, the petitioner MUST always file an affidavit of support, no matter what their income. If the petitioner does not meet the financial requirements, they can have someone else in the US file a 2nd affidavit, but the petitioner must still file a complete affidavit. The petitioner must list on their affidavit his gross income for the last three years as shown on the US tax returns, or provide a written reason why they were not required to file a tax return. ‘Ay, there’s the rub’ for some expats who failed to file their taxes, or if they did file, didn’t claim the self-employment income and pay ss taxes. There’s one other glitch with expats and Affidavits of Support. The affidavit is a binding contract between the signer and the US government. In order for a US court to have jurisdiction to enforce the contract, the signer must be ‘domiciled’ in the United States. This is normally only a problem with a spouse visa, sometimes causing the US citizen to return to the US first to establish ‘domicile’. However, often it is enough to just show that you have a place in the US to stay, opened a bank account and have a job offer. I think I may have rambled, veered off topic, and definitely put myself at risk of banishment for being boring.
  5. An affidavit of support is no longer required for a Fiance visa, but the consul does need some indication that you have sufficient income or assets to support your fiance. The affidavit of support based on certain poverty calculations you mentioned is filed when your lady applies to become a permanent resident. For a household of just two, you have to meet 125% of the 2017 poverty level, or US$20,300 for all states except Alaska and Hawaii). Also, the US$23,000 refers to "current income". If you are just using assets, the minimum would be $69,000. They make this way more complicated then need be.
  6. They are asking because of the Adam Walsh Act in 2006. The US gvnt can deny these petitions now if the US citizen has been convicted of certain offenses against a minor. For a fiance petition, an arrest and/or conviction for domestic violence is not a ground for denial as long as the victim was not a minor. The reason the form now asks about any serious criminal arrests and convictions is because the consul must give this history to the fiance at the visa interview. Supposed to protects the fiance from petitioners who may have a violent past.
  7. The End of an Era

    "Travel slowly". What an exquisitely relaxing phrase. Enjoy it!
  8. I'm not saying you are wrong with your inference, but as to the timing of the attack, we need to remember that this firefight was started by the AFP with a 'surgical operation' in Marawi in a failed attempt to capture Abu Sayaf's leader Isnilon Hapilon. It was then the full Maute group mobilized and joined the fray. Questionable mission planning? Mamasapano redux?
  9. Reading the link above, I see probationary/temporary/permanent residents under section 13 visaholders are exempt from these particular employment restrictions. For other people, as we all have seen, ‘irregular’ employment is very common! Like many smaller countries, the Philippines picks and chooses provisions of US immigration laws and then modifies the provisions for their own use. The public publication of job and wage details is taken from two sections of US law that *sometimes* require an employer to prove there are no US workers available before hiring a foreigner. These detailed job postings can sometimes be seen in the back financial sections of the Manila Bulletin. It is interesting seeing how low the wages are for some of the professional positions.
  10. To jab or not to jab

    In never had a cold until I had a girlfriend. I won't elaborate....but it seemed a reasonable tradeoff at the time. Is anyone worried about the quality/handling of the solutions in the Ph? From my limited understanding of medicine (everything I know I learned on M*A*S*H), the compound has limited shelf life and must be kept at a specific temperature. I'm sure there are some top notch med facilities, but some of the hospitals and med offices I've visited did not leave me very confident in their quality control procedures!
  11. A trip to HCMC Vietnam

    The Lonely Planet guidebook used to have a warning about crossing the streets in HCMC. Advised to keep walking at an even speed - never slow down or stop - and the bikes will find their way around you. My preferred method was to find some very old people crossing and just hide behind them! Mogo- was it the War Relics Museum you visited? When I was last there I recall seeing some old signage on the property calling the place something like the 'US Aggression War' museum. An interesting place....
  12. Not any more. Philippine law used to force any Filipino that took citizenship in another country to lose their Filipino citizenship. That changed in 2003 when Philippines finally recognized dual citizenship and allowed those who lost citizenship to reacquire their PI citizenship.
  13. There is a lot of good information in this thread. Of course, different personal circumstances will sometimes lead to different answers. For example, children born abroad to a Filipino citizen (father or mother) are considered ‘natural-born’ citizens. If the Filipino parent lost their Philippine citizenship before the child was born, but then re-acquired Filipino citizenship before the child reaches 18, the child is a Philippine citizen. There used to be a lot of different passport combinations people used to enter and leave different countries, and most of the time it did not make much difference as long as the US citizen used the US passport when entering the US. This has changed in recent years (at least ‘recent’ to me!) so now it is important to match the passport info on the airline ticket with the passport to be used when entering the US. Recall that all the behind-the-scenes security checks are performed pre-arrival based on the passenger manifest and identifier data provided by the airline. Boarding with one passport and entering with another may lead to some additional questions upon entry. Also, I wonder if there have been some technological improvements the last couple of years in the Philippine entry/exit data records. Twice at entry I’ve had them swipe my passport, then ask if my wife was traveling with me, and once the officer politely engaged me in a conversation about one of my two-day trips that happened years ago on a different (now expired) passport!
  14. I lost my ear for morse code decades ago, but with your husband's youthful experience I bet he could still play a code key like a pro!
  15. Wow, DXing! Haven't heard that term in a long time! I probably have an old notebook somewhere full of QSL cards from long ago. You mention FM, but I wonder about reception considering the terrain? I would think medium-wave reception from other countries would be possible and interesting, IF AM bands are in use in SE Asia. I remember when I first went to PH in the 80's, outside shortwave receivers and ham equipment were banned without special government permission. The internet has sure changed those hobbies. kc
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