Today, I got a note from Ann.
Ann wants to move to the Philippines and live here permanently. Here is her question:
I am 74, widowed and would like to obtain a permanent resident visa. I am financially secure. No, I am not interested in PRA. Would appreciate a simple and independent plan of action please. thanks
Hello Ann, thank you for writing. It’s a pleasure to meet you.
The truth is, Ann, that your options are very limited. Basically, the very best way to obtain a permanent resident visa is to be married to a Filipino, either a Citizen or former Citizen of the Philippines. However, since you are not married to a Filipino, the only real option you have is to go for an SRRV (Special Retiree’s Resident Visa) through the PRA (Philippine Retirement Authority). But, you said you were not interested in following that path.
Here are a few more options:
- There are quota resident visas that you can apply for. However, I have been told that there are very few such visas given out, and the odds of getting one is very, very slim.
- You could come here on a tourist visa and stay for up to 16 months. At the end of 16 months you will need to leave the country. You can just take a quick flight to Hong Kong or Thailand or some other nearby place, then come back in a day or two. It might make a good chance to go do some shopping or sightseeing in another land. If you do this, you will have to renew your tourist visa roughly every 2 months at a cost of about $60 each time you renew.
- There is a Medical tourism visa that is in the works. It may be available now, although I have not heard that it has been issued yet. That visa will allow you stay in the country for 6 months.