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  1. I have comprehensive cover through Standard Insurance for my Hyundai Tucson. Having done a fair bit of research into insurance about 3 years ago when I bought it, they seemed to be better than the other companies I looked at. The issue I found was even with comprehensive cover the third party limits seemed relatively low. Probably okay for most claims. However if you hit and totaled an expensive car, of which there seem to be more of these days, and it was deemed your fault, it could leave you considerably short of their repair bill. Considering the difference in cost it might be better to stick with the basic TPL cover and self insure the rest. I had a truck scrape down the side of my car when it was parked and of course it didn’t stop. Caused damage to the two doors and front wing. The repair at a local, highly recommended, repair shop, not a mainstream dealer, came to just 15,000php. The quality of the repair and repaint was excellent. “You pays your money and takes your choice”, as they say!
  2. Exactly! My 13a (permanent) application wasn’t submitted to Manila until after the lawyers interview of course. He suggested it would take at least a month for the permanent 13a to be issued. In the end it took more than six weeks from the interview date. You certainly don’t have anything to worry about. Especially as yours has been approved, whereas mine hadn’t even been submitted to Manila when my probationary expired. I think the key is to not lose your receipt for the 13a application. That would be your ‘get of of jail free’ card should the need arise, which I very much doubt! The reference number on it would bring up the relevant paper trail regarding your application and current status.
  3. I was in the same situation earlier this year. My probationary 13a expired on the 26th March. I applied for the the permanent one in early January. Due to a couple of postponements on the part of the BI lawyer regarding our interview, my 13a was due to expire about a week after the BI interview. I asked him if I needed to get an interim tourist extension after 26th March and he said it was not required. After the interview I again asked the question to the BI officer who was handling my case and she confirmed that it was not necessary. The 13a ‘waiver’ will continue until it is finally issued, despite technically having expired on the 26th March. My permanent 13a was finally issued on the 5th May. No issue at all.
  4. Yes, there was. But it didn’t really answer my particular question. In then end I think he got his ACR card before he travelled.
  5. I have just received my 13A permanent visa. However my ACR-I card has not been issued yet. The issue I have is that my airline ticket validity to the UK for my wife and I, which was extended by the airline due to COVID, expires in about three weeks. If we don’t use it by then, we shall lose it! I asked the immigration officer what could be done if I haven’t received the ACR card by then and she advised me that I would have to travel to the BOI office in Manila to obtain a waiver. I/we would have to travel to Manila from Mindanao to obtain this waiver. My question is, has anyone had to obtain this waiver at Intramuros BOI? If so, is it something that can be obtained within a single visit? It would be helpful if we could obtain this waiver whilst on our way out of the country, rather than make a special, and expensive, trip just to obtain it. Any advice or personal experience would be gratefully appreciated.
  6. Yes, but it only keeps the mossies away whilst the the leaves are actually being burnt. When the smoke stops, the mossies return. I guess there must be some Philippine logic there somewhere!
  7. You only have to do the ‘oath ceremony’ if and when you are granted citizenship of the Philippines. You are just becoming a permanent resident based on your SRRV, not a Philippine citizen.
  8. Yes, not just 7 visits to the UK from the Philippines, but numerous (20 plus) times to Thailand where we used to live between 2011 and 2015. Strange we never heard of this seminar. All of those times we were boyfriend/girlfriend as we only got married in 2019. We never had a single issue with her leaving the Philippines. Some of the trips to Thailand were solo trips for her as I had permanent residence there but she was limited to 30 days in Thailand each visit. She would occasionally return to the Philippines on her own to take care of her farming business. Possibly it might have been something to do with her age that she never encountered a problem, as when we first exited the Philippines she was in her early 30’s. That age might be outside of the profile of someone who was likely to be trafficked.
  9. Thank you. Yes, my wife travels on a UK Visit Visa (the UK’s tourist visa). We always travel together, her first 4 visas were 6 month ones, then she got a 5 year visa which has just expired at the end of March. She currently has an application in with the UK embassy for a 10 year one which I am confident she will get in the next few days. I am pretty sure she won’t have a problem exiting the Philippines. But as we had never heard of this seminar thing I just wanted to ensure we dodged a bullet as we exit the country.
  10. Is this Seminar something new? My wife and I have travelled back and forth to the UK every year between 2013 and 2019 and didn’t know such a thing existed. Though due to the COVID pandemic our last visit to the UK was in 2019. We will be traveling to the UK again in June. Is it something that should concern us or is it for first timers exiting Phil’s?
  11. They began to appear in Cagayan de Oro about a year ago. There seems to be a lot more of them recently which is a good thing. But there are still a hell of a lot of smokey old jeepneys. At least things are moving in the right direction. I would also like to see more of the e-trikes like they have in Boracay.
  12. The paper itself, as far as I am aware, is a requirement. I guess it’s down to the local office to accept it or otherwise. That was my experience anyway. But it’s very frustrating to jump through all the hoops to be let down at the last minute through circumstances entirely outside of our control. My advice is to make sure there is sufficient time to effect a ‘plan B’ in the event something similar should happen to others.
  13. True. However the document I got from the British Embassy in Manila had an additional rubber stamp on it saying ‘The veracity of the information contained in this document cannot be authenticated’. Or words very similar. That turned out to be very unhelpful as the judge who was going to conduct the wedding picked up on it and refused to conduct the service. That was the day before we were due to get married. We had an almighty scramble to rearrange the wedding. Fortunately sister-in-law is good friends with the Mayor who kindly stepped in at the last minute to officiate!
  14. I have just had to get one of those for my amendment to permanent 13a. The lawyer I use had a template which he just amended as required and printed it off together with the "Affidavit of Guarantee of Authenticity” which is a different letter. Both you and your wife need to sign. He deals with many expats, so possibly the attorney you use offers a similar service.
  15. Welcome to the forum Mike and congratulations on your forthcoming wedding. There are two options open to you. A UK Visit visa, which is valid for a year and allows multiple entries to the UK, up to a combined maximum of 6 months. Or up to a single six month visit if you prefer. The other is a Spousal visa which I believe is valid for thirty months. You will probably be better off getting a UK Visit visa for your wife. There are a lot of bureaucratic hoops to jump through (proof of your history together, joint travels, emails, photos etc), but you will need to demonstrate a reason for her to return to the Philippines. Have you met your future wife in person? That will be important. If so, have you travelled anywhere, preferably abroad, with her? That would be helpful. It demonstrates she has complied with visa restrictions before. If I read your post correctly, she has a daughter living in the UK? That might be a red flag. UK visa staff might consider that a reason for her not to leave the UK! Has she visited the UK before? Her having a property in Davao would be a positive point. But the UK embassy in Manila will require quite a lot of convincing that your case is genuine. On a different note, regarding your fiancé. Has she been married before? If she has been married in the Philippines she would need to get an annulment before you can marry, which is not easy and very expensive. Currently divorce in the Philippines is not possible although there are rumors that may change. If she was married in the UK and divorced there that might make it easier. Just something else to consider. Good luck and I hope it all works out for you both.
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