Today, Henry wrote me an e-mail asking what his options are for living in the Philippines.
Here is Henry’s e-mail:
I am 48 years old, planning to live in Cebu next year. I do not plan to get married right away, perhaps in three years or so. I’ve read about the visa for retirees, but am too young to qualify.
I’ve been to the Philippines BI website, kinda got an idea of how to extend my first visa. Extensions up to a certain point and then leave for a period of time (24 hours?) and re-enter to get a longer visa after that.
Can you outline the time-line for when I ‘d need to renew the 1st, 2nd, 3rd visa and if there’s any way to eventually stay without re-entering for say, 6 or 12 months at a time? Thanks.
Hello Henry, and thank you for visiting my site and for writing in with your questions.
The Visa for retirees is called an SRRV Visa, which stands for Special Retirees Resident Visa. Actually, since you say you are 48 years old, you are not too young for an SRRV. The SRRV program is open for anybody over 35 years of age. The amount of investment requires is less at 50 years of age, perhaps that is what you meant when you said you were too young. But, at 48, you do qualify for an SRRV, if you are willing to invest $50,000 for the Visa.
But, yes, you can enter on a tourist visa and stay for up to 16 months. The initial visa which will be issued to you at the airport when you arrive is good for 21 days. Before the 21 day visa expires, you should visit the Bureau of Immigration office in the area where you are staying and renew the visa. For the first renewal, you can extend it up to 59 days (an additional 38 days over the 21 days you get when entering).
So, the next renewal will need to be done by the end of your 59th day in the Philippines (and remember, the day of your arrival counts as a day). Starting with the 2nd renewal, all renewals are good for 60 days. This, you will renew at these times:
At this point, you will need to leave the Philippines and return again in a day or two so you can start the process all over again.
Good luck, Henry!