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  1. Hobbit, I can offer my reasoning to do this and why it seemed like a good thing... Aside from the application fee, the annual cost is about the same either way. You could (and I plan to) use the deposit for another investment after you have received your srrv, such as toward leasing your condo or apartment or home. They gave me papers to apply but I haven't looked them over yet. One benefit I like is that I don't have to go to BI any more and only go once annually to PRA and pay the fee. Another is that, it is lifetime so long as I continue to ante up the annual fee. No more applications. Thirdly, I don't have to leave the country if I stay up to the tourist visa limit of 36 months. One more, whenever I depart the country, I no longer need to obtain clearance. I don't need to buy an onward ticket to prove that I have a departure plan so returning from another country is very easy now. Lastly, I think, now that I have this visa, I could finally get the Philippine driver's license. There are actually a few additional benefits regarding work visas but I don't know anything about those. So the long and short is that it's not for everyone, but for some - like me - it seems like a good solution to long term staying here.
  2. Okay Jack, you are right. Cut and run... Yep... sorry I did that...
  3. Good question hk. But this is politics again, so with that I will pass...
  4. Don't worry... I got it... just not going there...hehehe...
  5. Agreed! When I picked up a rental truck from the South Side almost 50 years ago when I was a truck driver summers from uni, I knew there could be issues when I reached down to adjust the seat and found a baseball bat! Definitely not for playing baseball in the traditional manner.
  6. It sometimes seems like the whole world is going to hell in a handbasket. Look up the murder rate in Chicago too, for instance. >Chicago police say more than 50 people were shot, eight of them fatally, in gun violence over the weekend. Two people were stabbed to death, bringing the total number of homicides to 10. (June 3)AP, AP< taken from MSNBC news...
  7. I just needed to submit driver's license number, complete name and address and also some other identity verifications .
  8. That makes me wonder why the Prime Minister there hasn't declared marshal law?
  9. They told me I needed the "country of origin" police clearance even though I had been here for almost a year since and not been back to USA for over 1 1/2 years.
  10. There are also several levels - at least in Washington State - city police, county sheriff, state police. I Googled "police clearance," and it was very clear that the real authority was at the state police. Their website listed clearances as one of their services and they were very good about it. I even got a phone call here to ask a question about my name spelling to make sure they created the letter correctly. (I ordered a written letter to be sent to my mail forwarder in addition to getting the online version - I figure you can never be too careful. If you lived outside of P.I. in your home country, you must have police clearance from there. You also must have NBI clearance here if here for more than 30 days. I am sure somebody here will correct my guesses... Once all papers are submitted to PRA, allow one to two months. Mine took six weeks - mainly because Easter and other holidays slowed it down.
  11. No worries, Mate! Sounds good! Yeah... medical gets done locally but make sure it is recognized by PRA if done outside the country. PRA was super helpful and had lists of approved clinics, banks for the deposit. Here in Davao, there were several steps and it took two days of running around and, ahem, obtaining some samples... It was not expensive and not extensive. NBI takes a month - at least here - and another small fee... Oh, I forgot to mention. The DFA office in Manila that I went to was located near Mall of Asia. The internet showed others, but the hotel staff and even taxi driver told me to go to that one office - I think it is their main office?
  12. >Tommy, it wasn't made clear to me at the time, but can you complete the application process whilst on a tourist visa in PI? Each official I asked gave me a different answer.< Simple answer is yes. I did exactly that. There was an error on the PRA website that has perpetuated to some other places and forums giving one bit of wrong information... I have not looked at the website recently, so maybe they updated it - I suggested to them that they should. I see you are Australian so possibly things are a bit different, but here was my experience... They were very nice people at PRA here in Davao. They handed me a brochure which was up to date. According to the web page, foreign nationals must obtain a police clearance in their home country and have it "authenticated," by an embassy or consulate in that country. In fact, the woman at PRA told me that I could do this entirely while in the Philippines. I simply went online and was able to obtain a police clearance from the Washington State Police - for a fee of $10? or something like that. I received it immediately while online and printed out several copies. I had to make an appointment at the US Embassy in Manila for two weeks later. The embassy, there, does the authentication, which is - as I see it - simply a notarization stating that I, in person, presented that clearance to them and they verified my identity. I had to hand-write a note saying this was a true and accurate statement, and sign it. They told me exactly the working to use - very easy. Cost me US$50, I think? Then I went directly to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), filled out some paperwork (I brought several small passport type photos with me too you will need those) and took a number to wait. 45 minutes later my number came up. They checked my passport...again... I went to pay their fee for expedited service - maybe 500 pesos or so? - and told to return the next day at the same time. There it was waiting for me, correct and right on time. But I almost was not permitted inside because I didn't read the signs about "dress code" and was wearing flipflops... I begged the guard and entrance staff and they gave me a break. I was wearing a nice shirt and jeans so almost passed anyway.
  13. Brett... Let's open up a new topic since we have drifted off the original? Follow me here: https://www.philippines-expats.com/topic/30679-srrv-process-and-discussion/
  14. I just did the SRRV in May. I can confirm the $1,500 application fee. I can't say for the military version you are discussing, but the SRRV, itself was not really difficult, but there were just a number of hoops to jump through and - likely for anyone - a trip to Manila to the embassy for their blessing and also if you need the "Red Ribbon" authentication. Allow at least two days in Manila - expedited Red Ribbon processing costs a bit extra but seemed well worth it since I don't live there and stayed at a hotel. Expedited was 24 hours only.
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