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  1. Not updated yet with latest info. No surprise. But what do you expect when they can’t even get their date / time correct …..I’m in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (USA), their website says Philippine Standard Time. Here it was 25 Nov @ 12:12 pm and their website says the same…..not Philippine Standard time (which should have read 26 Nov @ 01:12 am).
  2. When applying for a tourist (pleasure) visa, at least in the USA, they do ask for financial statements to prove you can support yourself. But no specific balance or daily amount is stated. Proof of financial capacity a. Pleasure - photocopy of any of the following: latest bank statement, previous year's income tax return, most recent pay stub and an employment certificate from the employer indicating position and salary or affidavit of support. b. Business - letter from employer or sponsor of the trip indicating its specific purpose or nature, length of stay (inclusive dates), company guarantee or all moral and financial obligations to be incurred by the person while in the Philippines. http://www.traveldocument.com/forms/PhilDC.pdf
  3. Yes, you understood correctly. Online ceremonies via video conference are recognized as being legal by the Philippines. Back read from the beginning of this thread and you’ll find links and info for the Utah clerks office. In a nutshell, they don’t have any residency requirements and both spouses can be anywhere in the world when the ceremony is performed. The cost is low and the process is relatively easy. The BOI prefers (possibly requires) an apostilled marriage certificate if you enter the Phils without your spouse. And as I mentioned in a recent post, in addition to the other “normal” requirements, you need to file a ROM to get a tourist visa and include the stamped copy sent back to you from the consulate in San Francisco. You don’t have to wait for the PSA stamped copy, which will take 6 months to a year to get. The consulates and embassy in the USA also now require that you send in the visa application documents electronically first for “pre-approval”. But first double check with whatever one has jurisdiction over the area you live in as the rules seem “fluid”. Lol.
  4. The article only talks about lifting / amending the quarantine restrictions for “travelers”. It does not say anything about opening up for tourists and lifting the current restrictions placed on them. I interpret it to mean making easier for balikbayans and OFW’s to return. But the next logical step would be to open up for tourists again, however when has logic ever been part of their discussions.
  5. And for foreign spouses what they don’t tell you is that in order to get the 9(a) visa you must provide either a PSA stamped ROM (Report of Marriage), or the stamped copy of it sent back to you by the consulate / embassy (they stamp it to say it’s been registered and submitted to the PSA). The PSA stamped ROM will take 6 months to a year to get. The San Francisco consulate has jurisdiction over marriages in Utah. Due to the high number of ppl now getting married online the current wait time is up to 3 months to get the stamped copy back from them. For reference purposes they used to return them within a few days; occasionally within 24 hours. Or so I was told when I called. And (insert deity) forbid they add extra staff to help with the backlog! Already a month of waiting for me. Then likely another 3 weeks or so to get the visa.
  6. A day trip, or better an overnight trip, to Oslob to swim with the whale sharks might be a real treat for your kids. That’s of course if they’re open and operating the tours.
  7. Sounds like just more smoke and mirrors with the attempt to keep people pacified. Most likely 25% of the 28% of those so called international “travelers” who did arrive were returning OFW’s.
  8. Growing up that’s we used. My dad fashioned a grate to put in the bottom of the barrel out of some thick rebar ….. similar to the grating used for fireplaces, then punched a few holes around the base with a chisel. Every once I while we’d have to tip it over to clean out the ashes. The ashes went into the compost pile. Non burnables, like glass and larger plastic bottles went to the landfill (or a dumpster behind the local grocery store, lol).
  9. Can’t help with the one you’re looking for. What is it anyhow? But maybe you can find it on one the Philippines Consulates websites. When I was searching for a different one I found it there (San Francisco or New York - don’t recall exactly), but oddly it was not on the Washington DC’s website.
  10. Not quite. When transferring your drivers license all the DMV in Florida requires is two pieces of mail to show residency. A cell phone bill, bank or credit card statement meets their requirements. The same with the Tax Collectors office, which is the agency that handles vehicle registrations (private and small commercial, not IRP for large commercial trucks). As a side note, if you’re planning to keep a vehicle registered and use the mail forwarding address, then check the rates for that address with your insurance company. The one I use is considered a rural area; so my insurance rates are significantly less then had I used an address in a city like Orlando, Miami or even Tallahassee. Banks are only really tough on residency requirements when opening a new account. Once you have one, they don’t care where the mail goes.
  11. I wonder how many dumbasses book a flight only to be turned around when they try to check in for it or are actually allowed to fly there and get denied entry by the BOI.
  12. Plenty of Filipinos who don’t know who their fathers are. So what do they write? Hit n run? Anon Ymous? 🤣
  13. Although no one really knows the exact amount, it is estimated that only about 10% of the drugs coming into the USA are seized by law enforcement. Although the USA has more diverse “tastes” (cocaine, herion, meth and cannabis) then the Philippines, I would not be surprised if 10% is also about the same amount seized.
  14. If vinegar does t work you can also try baking soda. Mix about a teaspoon or two into a liter of warm water. Add a squirt of mild dish detergent (helps the solution stick to the leaves). Spray n pray. Lol.
  15. What happened with the baggage? Amd thanks for the info about the flight change. I’m looking into PAL’s non stop flights from LAX and SFO now. Guess I should make sure to leave enough time between my connection from Florida.
  16. Set up a co-op. I can see small villages / communities doing the same to lower the cost per user. Like a lot of new tech, once it becomes more mainstream the cost will likely come down. I remember when satelliteTV started; you had to pay hundreds of dollars for the equipment and now if you sign a one or two year contract they give it to you for next to nothing and even occasionally for free.
  17. You get a PSA (Philippines Statistics Authority) stamped copy and it’s filed with them to make your marriage legal in the Phils. Also need to fill out their application, which can be found on the consulate’s website. They request you file with the PSA within a year after your marriage. Also, I’ve read that a PSA stamped copy of the marriage certificate carries more weight with immigration when entering the country (especially if you’re traveling without your spouse). However, it’s not required. As noted in the reply from the BOI, either a certified marriage certificate and/or an apostilled one was all they mentioned in their reply to me.
  18. This morning I received a reply from the legal department at the Philippines Consulate in San Francisco. Although they did not address my specific questions, I think their reply covered them all. Online marriages are legal. Re: Online / Proxy Marriage to a Filipino National Inbox PCGSF civil 10:00 AM (2 hours ago) to me Dear Sir, The online marriage is legal and binding and please find the checklist of requirement below for your reference. Thank you. CHECKLIST OF REQUIREMENTS - REPORT OF MARRIAGE (ROM) NOTE: INCOMPLETE DOCUMENTS WILL BE RETURNED TO THE SENDER 1 Report of Marriage Application Form All five (5) forms must be originally signed and notarized 2 Affidavit of Delayed Registration (Required if application is filed more than (1) year after the marriage. One (1) originally signed and notarized and four (4) photocopies of the notarized document 3 US Marriage License/Certificate (extended/long form indicating number of marriages contracted by both parties) One (1) original/certified true copy (CTC) or notarized copy and four (4) photocopies of the notarized document 4 For Online or Proxy Marriage One (1) original and four (4) photocopies of a notarized Affidavit of Explanation, stating that the marriage was held online and that the Filipino spouse was not in the U.S. at the time of marriage. 5 Proof of Filipino Citizenship of Bride/Groom (at the time of marriage) Five (5) photocopies of document showing proof of Filipino citizenship (e.g. US Naturalization Certificate and Dual Citizenship papers (Identification Certificate and Order of Approval), US Permanent Resident Card, Valid Visa or Work Permit) 6 Birth Certificates of Contracting Parties Five (5) photocopies of the birth certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), of the Filipino spouse and five (5) photocopies of the birth certificate of the foreign spouse 7 Valid IDs of Contracting Parties Five (5) photocopies of a valid photo ID of both bride and groom (e.g. passport, driver’s license or any government issued ID) 8 If the Filipino Citizen is a Widow/Widower Five (5) photocopies of PSA or foreign death certificate 9 If the Filipino Citizen is Annulled or Divorced PSA Marriage Certificate with Annotation of Annulment or Divorce OR PSA Advisory on Marriage with Annotation of Annulment or Divorce – Five (5) photocopies OR Judicial Recognition of Annulment (JRA) or Judicial Recognition of Divorce (JRD) - five (5) photocopies and Certificate of Finality – five (5) photocopies. (Note: JRD must be issued by a Philippine Court) 10 If Foreign Spouse was Previously Married or Widowed Foreign Divorce Decree/s / Death Certificate- Five (5) photocopies 11 Non-refundable Processing fee US$25.00 postal money order or cashier’s check payable to the Philippine Consulate General. Cash or personal checks will not be accepted. 12 Return envelope One (1) pre-paid self-addressed stamped legal size envelope: priority mail with tracking number. 13 Cover letter One (1) cover letter indicating request to report the marriage with contact information (telephone number, email address and permanent home address)
  19. First I’ve heard of that one. I did just read you need their Bureau or Quarantine’s health pass app to enter and be tracked. https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/ Maybe both are needed?
  20. If the Philippine BOI will allow her to leave, then Thailand would be my suggestion as you don't need to lock yourself into a hotel room for the quarantine period. Under some new rules you would be able to travel to Phuket and roam around there freely. You must stay in a gov approved hotel and you can not leave Phuket (the entire province) for 2 weeks to travel to other domestic destination, but you're allowed to travel back out of the country at any time. So realistically you could meet her there, stay one night and fly together back to Manila the next day (but I'd stay at least a few days if not longer to enjoy Phuket). There are other travel restrictions and rules for entry; you can read about them here: https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel-to-thailand/no-quarantine-phuket-sandbox-plan Another reason for suggesting Phuket as there are non-stop flights to/from Manila. I don't know how much international travel experience your wife has, but for someone new to it, a non-stop flight is certainly the easiest......no connections to deal with nor risking her getting lost in an airport and missing her connection.
  21. Quite true. Your original reply to the OP was absolutely correct.
  22. Thanks for the info and I'll look into getting or at least starting the 13(a) process from the USA. From all I've read in the past, It seems the easiest route to get one. I've known the lady for about 5 -6 years (she's not the one you met me with in Cebu a few years ago, but she is also from there....something about those Cebuana's that keeps me coming back for more; more of what.....I don't know ). She's in her 30's, has a good government job, owns some properties and is well respected in her province. Lets just say over the past few years our friendship has grown significantly and we have become very very close; our marriage would be mutually beneficial in more ways than just allowing me come back this year. I really don't think the Phils will open for tourists until mid 2022 at the earliest. Due to my business here in the USA that would mean waiting until October / November 2022 before I could return. So I'll take your bet Tom and raise you 2 San Mig's!
  23. Know might also be the answer.....as in who in immigration she knows; or could also be how many blue no's she needs to bribe someone, lol
  24. GS - As it's based solely on my own personal experience I know what I'm about to say won't be proof to you, but it's more than enough proof for me (and likely for many others too) that the vaccines are working and I feel they should be mandated (as they likely will be). As a preface: my cousin "P" is 73 about 35-40 lbs overweight, has emphysema and mild arthritis; her daughter "J", my second cousin, 44 years old, in excellent health = right diet, worked out regularly, heavily into kayaking and jogging, not overweight, well toned. Her husband "M", 47, in excellent health also. My cousin had gotten two shots of the Pfizer vaccine in March / April; her daughter - unvaccinated (due to her age and her not really wanting it until it was fully FDA approved.....which it is now btw); her husband vaccinated, 2 shots of Moderna at the end of last year (he's an EMT, so got it early). I'm early 60's, not in good health - I smoke cigarettes, am about 20-25 lbs overweight and have some other health issues that would be considered "comorbidities". I got both shots of the Moderna vaccine back in April. In early August we had dinner together at my cousins house. Two days later my cousin called to say she wasn't feeling well and was coughing uncontrollably. Later that night J took her to a walk in clinic. Both tested positive for COVID, the next day J started showing flu like symptoms. I tested positive as well as M; within a day or so we all were sick. We were all prescribed Amoxicillin and OTC cold meds (NyQuil or similar). Because of our ages and comorbidities, my cousin and I were also prescribed Dexamethasone (a corticosteroid) and also told to take 2000 mgs of vitamin D and 500 mgs of vitamin C daily (the Dexa depletes vitamin D). We were all told that if the symptoms become worse or if there was no improvement within a week then go to the ER. Within a 3 days after taking the meds my P, M and I all felt improvement. J got worse and had to be hospitalized. So GS (or any other anti-vaxers), take it or leave (I really don't care), here is my proof: P, M and I = all vaccinated; yes, the Delta variant broke thru and infected us (by whom and where we have no idea); yes, we all got sick, but we RECOVERED and are all now doing well. J = unvaccinated; we buried her earlier this week.
  25. Ok, now I'm totally confused (I know, nothing new, lol). After my above posts I decided to look into what you meant by getting a "PSA marriage certificate". My research led me to the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco, which would have jurisdiction over Utah marriages. Reading through the checklist of requirements for submitting a Report of Marriage it mentioned "For online or proxy marriage". So I decided to send an email to the legal department at the consulate. Here is the relevant part of that email: It is my understanding that due to the pandemic the rules for marrying a Filipino national have been relaxed somewhat. According to the Family Code of the Philippines, the couple and the official must be physically present in the same place and at the same time. Reading online it now appears that online video conferenced marriages are now allowed. Also, in reading through the checklist of requirements for submitting a Report of Marriage (ROM) to the consulate for the PSA, item 4 states: For Online or Proxy Marriage - One (1) original and four (4) photocopies of a notarized Affidavit of Explanation, stating that the marriage was held online and that the Filipino spouse was not in the U.S. at the time of marriage. Needless to say I'm somewhat confused as to the legality of online / proxy marriages. So my questions to you are: If the husband and wife must still be physically present and if the official who would solemnize the marriage can be in another location? Or ..... can all parties be in different locations (proxy marriage)...... Specifically, can my Filipino fiance be in the Philippines, the official be in the state of Utah (where video conferenced weddings are legal) and me be in my home state in the USA? Once I get a reply from them I'll update accordingly.
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