So, this is the new state of Resident Visas in the Philippines. Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine.Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur who is based in Davao.As I mentioned earlier in this article, your ability to get a Resident Visa (13 Series) is based on being Married to a Philippine Citizen (13A) or a former Philippine Citizen (13G).Over the past few years, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has started cracking down on this.
Here in Mindanao, Bob has resided in General Santos City, and now in Davao City. In addition to applying for the visa in your home country, you can also apply after you arrive in the Philippines, but I would strongly recommend that you do the application before coming to the Philippines. When you apply for your resident visa, if your spouse is a Philippine Citizen you will be applying for a 13(a) visa.Doing it here involves a lot of hassles, extra paperwork, takes months to process, and will probably require some extra money on this end. If your spouse is a former Citizen you will be applying for a 13(g) visa.In the past, even if you had an annulment or divorce, they did not revoke your 13 Series Resident Visa.But, for the past few years, more and more, the BI has started revoking resident visas for those who are no longer married. If your spouse is a Philippine Citizen, or a former Citizen of the Philippines, you can qualify.