Hi, my name is Kevin, I was married in Nueva Ecija in 2007 , my wife is still in the philippines and has never been here to the USA , I returned to the USA with plans to work and save the money we would need to build our house and live comfortably. The industry I am in is become very bad and my plans have not gone well. My wifes family has told me to just come home and get my visa and they would help us financially if needed , they just want me home .will my visa be denied if I can not show the financial requirments . My plan now is to just get the money needed for all of the fee’s for my 13a and just come home . I have a few things I want to bring with me when I do come. ie a computer and 2 two way radios for my hobby . please let me know what my options are as far as financial requirments Thanks I cant wait to come back to PH and be with my familyHi Kevin, I am sorry to hear that your plans have not worked out. Unfortunately, the US has really had severe economic problems, and it seems that it did deeply affect the industry in which you work. Under the Philippine law, in order to obtain a 13 series resident visa, you must be able to show proof that you have the financial capacity to support yourself and not become a burden to the State. They do not specify an actual amount of money. It is left to the discretion of the person who is interviewing you and making the decision on your visa. If you cannot meet the financial burden, in the eyes of the interviewer, yes, your visa will be denied. However, it does not really need to be a huge sum of money, in my experience. I have heard of people on very limited budgets being able to obtain a resident visa. Being married to a citizen of the Philippines does give you a big advantage after all. You said in your note that you just want to get together enough money to pay the fees for your 13(a) visa. Those fees are very minimal. If that is all the money you can come up with, I am afraid that it is almost certain that you will be denied. You said that your parents are willing to help you financially. Is it possible that they could put like $10k or so in your bank account so that you can show those records to the Philippine authorities? That would be helpful in obtaining your visa, I am sure. Do you have any kind of regular payments (I suspect you are too young to be receiving Social Security, but I am talking about that type of thing) that you could show? Basically, Kevin, I would advise you to do whatever you can to build up a nest egg, even a small one. Keep in mind, though, that the Philippines is going to be a tough life if your money is so limited. Have you considered petitioning your wife to come to the States. Perhaps you and her could both work and start building up some savings, then return to the Philippines in 5 or 10 years in a much better financial position. I think it’s worth a try, if possible. Good luck to you Kevin.
I got a note from Kevin today. Kevin is worried about the financial requirements for a resident visa in the Philippines. Here is what Kevin had to say: