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My 70 year old friend is considering marrying a young Filipina after he brings her to the USA on a fiancee visa. He has been coming here to escape the northern winters for the last 12 years, with nearly 6 month stays. I asked him if it would then restrict his ability to spend his winters here, and he said he didn't know. He hadn't bothered to find out but just figured that he could bring her back and forth with him. I told him I had my doubts. Most of our friends who have Filipina wives stay put in the USA until the wife satisfies green card requirements or obtain US citizenship before returning to the PI after a few years for a brief visit, so he will perhaps be in uncharted waters if he erroneously expects his annual long term stay here to continue after he marries and sponsors a Filipina wife to the USA for at least a few years while she fulfills her new immigrant status obligations. If anyone knows more about this, or where on the US immigration site or other legal web sites I might find this info, I would appreciate it and pass it on to him. I have done a cursory search, but located no details as of yet, but I do recall from the mentions of other Fil-Am friends, that some do exist. He hates northern winters and their attendant incurred costs of winter living at his age. He also lives on $1500/month and lives in efficiencies with no A/C while here, skimping on everything (Yes, he is a regular Mr. Koriput eating at carendaria's and staying at P 600/night places on his visa runs, preferring ferries to jets, to save on excess baggage fees, and taking jeepneys when possible.) In the event that he income qualifies to bring a young woman to the USA, I doubt that his life of cheap and easy winters in the PI will continue. But he thinks he can pull it off with no evidence to the contrary, optimistically dreaming and hoping with willful ignorance at this point. If anyone knows or remembers about a new Filipina wife's restrictions or complications on leaving the USA the first years after marriage, while fulfilling her legal obligations please inform me so I can advise him as to what he may be facing. Perhaps he thinks he can leave her at home in the US and come here alone in the winter for 2 or 3 months, but I told him that he will probably be financially and personally responsible for her, if that is what he is considering. Any thoughts, opinions or hard facts ?
I am thinking of applying for a Getgo Debit Card from Unionbank as it gives me an opportunity to store 9 different currencies in a cash wallet. We are off to Hong Kong soon and thought it might be a good way to carry our HK$. Has anyone used this, and are the exchange rates using the wallet currency storage better than banks or money changers in HK?
Hi Guys, I recently moved from The Gold Coast to Cairns in Australia. Since the move, I've discovered that I can actually now fly direct to Manila from Cairns in just over 7 hours! No more minor milk run via Singapore or KL with the accompanying 7-10 hour layover that I usually deal with. The only downside is I arrive at 3am but that's ok, my usual driver will be waiting for me. The question I have is this: What are they like to fly with? How do they compare with say Singapore Airlines (my usual carrier) or equivalent considering they are the "national" carrier? Any thoughts, advice, comments would be appreciated. Cheers, Brett
And one tip I learned is to be nice an polite to the person who is checking your luggage in. I have been told from a reliable source that they often send luggage to the wrong place on purpose when a flyer is nasty to them, so be polite and cheerful even if it hurts to do so. The complete story HERE