I got an inquiry from Mike today. Mike has 4 questions! He is going to keep me busy answering, but that’s OK.
Here is Mike’s e-mail to me:
Ok, my questions are thus:
1. My wife is dual citizen, she doesn’t need a visa, but I can get a 13(a) visa?
2. Do I need to place a certain amount of money in a Philippine bank for a 13(a), like you do with the SRRV?
3. If I ship a 40 ft container of household goods, will I need to pay duties and taxes on the contents?
4. If I ship a container, must it arive no latter than 45 days after my wife arives, to receive the no tarrif charges?
You are full of questions today! That’s good, though, it will keep me out of trouble for a while!
Here are your answers:
1. Yes, because of your wife’s Philippine Citizenship, you are qualified to be issued a 13(a) resident visa in the Philippines.
2. No, there is no need to deposit even 1 Peso for a 13(a). That’s one of the huge benefits of a 13 series resident visa, if you qualify – which you do!
3. With a 13 Series resident visa, you can ship up to $7,500 worth of household goods into the Philippines without paying any duties at all. Now, there are some items which are not allowed, such as a car, firearms and alcohol. Also, while the limit is $7,500, I have never seen that enforced. I have always seen them just accept any amount, as long as it is legitimate household goods. If you were shipping in bulk merchandise to sell or something like that, then that would not be allowed, but if you are legitimately shipping in your belongings so that you can live here, it is likely that they will not stick to the legal limit of $7,500.
4. While that is the law, it is not strictly enforced. Also, the time limit could be after your wife arrives, or after you arrive, since it can be brought in under her Philippine citizenship, or under your Resident Visa.
Good luck on the move, Mike!