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Philippines 13a Visa- Eligibility, Steps, Marriage Visa Requirements, How-To

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The Philippines 13A visa allows foreign spouses of Filipino citizens to apply for permanent residency in the Philippines. Often called a Philippine Marriage Visa, the 13a visa process can get complicated. Get detailed instructions on the eligibility, costs, requirements and copies of all required the application forms.

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(@Maged)
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Hi , can my philpino son sponsor me in philpines for permanent residency


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Maged,

Your son cannot sponsor you, however if you are married to a Philippine national, then you can qualify for 13a marriage visa. If you and your wife are outside the Philippines, then you can apply for a 13a Permanent Marriage visa at the Philippines Consulate or Embassy in your home country.

If she is in the Philippines, then you can enter the Philippines on a tourist visa/9a visa and apply for a 13a Temporary once you are in the country.

Here is more information about the 13a temporary Spousal visa.

If you would like additional assistance or have specific questions, feel free to contact us for a Personalized Visa Consultation.


   
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(@Justin Takeuchi)
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Will the 13a visa be a better choice then just getting the stamp every time I fly in to the Philippines? How long do the visa stamps time frame change if your married or is it still 30 days?


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Justin,

Thanks for reaching out. Your question depends on several factors. Additionally, "better choice" is subjective. A 13a marriage visa and visa stamps both have pros and cons. What is "better" for you? Cheaper? Less hassle? Longer duration? More permanence?
Without understanding your goals a bit more, it's hard to provide an adequate recommendation. To give you a starting point, consider the questions below:

1) What is your citizenship? Are you from a country that is allowed visa-free entry into the Philippines?
2) Is your Philippine wife also outside of the Philippines, and will you be traveling together?

If your answers to 1 and 2 are yes and yes, and if you only plan on staying a short time in the Philippines, then entering in using your wife's Balikbayan Privilege is the best option for visits less than one year.

If you would like a more personalized solution using your specific circumstances, please feel free to reach out.

https://nomadicfire.com/philippines-visa-consultation

Cheers,

Marco


   
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(@김정욱)
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is it possible to change TRV to 13A ?


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi,

13a eligibility depends on your citizenship. Are you from a country that the Philippines allows permanent residence?

https://nomadicfire.com/philippines-13a-visa-marriage#countries

Cheers,


   
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Hi Marco,

Application form and information for the 13a visa appears to be available via the London Embassy's website here:
https://londonpe.dfa.gov.ph/images/Forms/visaform3.pdf

Within the information it states the following:
"The non-quota immigrant visa is a one-year multiple entry visa which should be renewed in
the Philippines for three (3) consecutive years. On the fourth year (3rd renewal), the applicant may
apply for permanent residency in the Philippines. "

Your article here suggested to me that by making the application outside of The Philippines at a local embassy or consulate then there is just one application process to go through to get a permanent visa that does not include renewals. Have I missed something here?

Thanks for any clarification you may be able to offer.


   
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Hi Steve,

It does get confusing. Let me try and clarify.

There is a 13a PROBATIONARY which only lasts one year, and then you must apply for a 13a PERMANENT, which gives you permanent residency and does not need to be renewed (you will need to renew your ACR card, but that is different).

The criteria for applying for a 13a probationary or 13 permanent is whether your Filipino spouse lives in the Philippines or can easily travel to your home country.

If your spouse can travel outside the Philippines, applying for your 13a is easier in your home country because you skip getting a 13a PROBATIONARY and directly apply for 13a PERMANENT from the Philippine Embassy or Consulate.

If you apply for the 13a in the Philippines, you must go through the application process twice. Once for the 13a probationary, then again one year later for the 13a permanent.

Does that help clarify? Please get in touch with us if you would like additional assistance in applying for your 13a.

https://nomadicfire.com/philippines-visa-consultation

Cheers,

Marco


   
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(@Simon Bromilow)
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Can a balikbayan (1yr entry) be converted to 13a non quota visa instead of getting a tourist visa if we are already married? It would mean i can get an NBI after 6 months without home country police clearance reducing paperwork.


   
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Hi Simon,

You can enter the country under Balikbayan privilege if you are traveling with your Philippine spouse. After entering the country, you can convert to 13a marriage visa.

For the 13a, only the NBI clearance, not a police clearance from your home country is required.

If you would like additional assistance with your visa application process, drop us a line.

https://nomadicfire.com/philippines-visa-consultation

Cheers,

Marco


   
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(@Steve Devlin)
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I was told if you have a 13a visa,and you stay out of the philippines longer than one year,it will be revoked.Is this true?


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Steve,

The 13a is a permanent visa and will not be revoked unless your marriage situation changes (divorce, widowed, etc.). You can leave the Philippines and return with the same 13 visa.

Cheers,

Marco


   
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(@Scott)
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I cannot find the BI Annex A list of countries, I'm trying to find out if America(USA) is on the Annex A list, consequently if I'm required to get BOQ physical examination to process my 13A?


   
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(@Edlyn)
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Hi Marco,
Iam a filipina currently living in the Philippines still waiting for my husband to come back her in the Philippines. He us currently in his home country USA. My question is are you processing 13 a visa as permanent? How much it cost? Is ut possible to apply in his home country without my presence or it could be via virtual interview if it's needed. What do you think . We have been married since 2017. He visited his family in the US last July18,2020. And he us planning to come back this year.


   
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