I got a note yesterday from Valerie.
Here is what Valerie had to say:
hi im valerie im a permanent resident in singapore because my husband is sinngaporean im planing to do a singapore citizenship but my question is what if i get the singapore citizenship then i want to go back in philippine for retirement and also because my parents is a filipino can i apply a permanent resident in philippine…
Thank you for writing. Actually, yes, if you become a Singaporean Citizen you will still be able to stay permanently in the Philippines in the future should you choose to do so.
You will actually have a couple of options:
- If you want to stay for a relatively long visit, but not stay permanently, as a former Philippine Citizen, you can get a Balikbayan Visa, which will allow you to stay one year with no additional costs or hassles. At the end of the year, if you still want to stay, you may convert your Balikbayan Visa to a Tourist Visa, and you can extend that up to an additional 16 months. In addition to you, your husband may also avail of these visas.
- If you want to actually live permanently in the Philippines, as a former citizen of the Philippines, you would qualify for a 13(g) Resident Visa. Under a 13(g) you can stay here for as long as you wish. Once each year (either in January or February) you must go to the Bureau of Immigration office in your area and check in, paying a tax of P300. Again, your husband would also qualify for this resident visa as well.