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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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(@Mark S)
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What about the gay marriage/certificate? It seems wrong that they won’t accept it compared on the Western like one in the UK. They are more likely to a breach the Human Rights.
I am planning to get marry with my partner (we are gay couple and got engaged last year in May) who is currently living in the Philippines and I am looking/planning to move and live in the Philippines. We are both 33 years old (34 this year).
Are there any other visas can live long terms? I was hoping for 13a visa but this is making more difficult and I am stuck and not sure what to do. Any advice would be nice. Thank you.
(Sorry for the commented at the wrong page, now at the correct page!)


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Mark, You are correct. The government does not recognize gay marriage, which would make you ineligible for the 13a. Additionally, you are under the 50 year minimum age limit for the SRRV (retirement visa). The options would be to continue to extend the tourist visa or potentially look at the investment visa. If you have questions about either visa option, let me know. Cheers.


   
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(@Gary Thomas)
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How soon after I've married my phillpino wife can I apply for a 13a marriage visa


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Gary, you can apply once you have all your required documents, including your authenticated Marriage Certificate from the PSA. The PSA usually takes a few months to prepare the certificate after you register the marriage.


   
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(@Gary Thomas)
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Hi I was told I had to remain in the philippines for 1 year during the probationary period with my temporary 13a visa


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Gary, you don't. It is advisable to stay in the Philippines while your visa is getting processed, but once granted, you can come and go. However, you must convert your probationary visa to a permanent one in-country before the probationary visa expires or you will need to start over again. If you need help with your visa application or conversion, let us know.


   
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(@Steve Smith)
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Im a American citizen wanting to join my wife in the philippines. How much money is usually required in the bank for a 13a visa mand does it matter if it's in the husband's or wife's account ?


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Steve, the financial requirement is normally only required if you apply for a 13a visa from outside the Philippines. If you are already in the Philippines and apply for a 13a, then your financials are rarely brought up.


   
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(@mitch)
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what is the req.to get married with my chines bf here in phil.for 13a?


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Mitch, you can find a guide to marrying a foreigner in the Philippines here.


   
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(@Rebecca Jamero)
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Hello, your article is great. My Dad is married to a Filipino national and he would like to apply for a 13-A spousal visa. His spouse currently lives in the Phillipines and does not have a visa to travel to the US. Can he still apply for 13-A here in California if she mailed her original documents here-birth certificate, passport, marriage certificate? Or would he have to do it the PI?


   
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Hi Rebecca, Regrettably no. Husband and wife need to both be physically present during the 13a visa application process. Easiest way would be for your father to enter the Philippines visa-free, apply for the 13a Probationary visa with his wife, and entend the tourist visa as necessary until the 13a is granted. If he needs help or has any other visa questions, have him reach out.


   
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(@Emma Sykes)
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Hi my husband would like to apply for 13A visa, in order for that to happen do I need to have a valid Philippine passport? I’m also divorced from my former husband which could be a problem since there’s no divorce in PI. Any advice? Thank you


   
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Hi Emma, You don't need a passport. Two valid and up to date forms of government ID should be good. Here is a list of accepted IDs. For more information on what is required, I suggest reading the following two articles


   
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(@Justin)
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Thank you Marco.
I am about to embark on this journey. I was just wondering can I apply as UK citizen at the jakarta philipine foreign embassy for the foreign spouse 13 A. ? Do you have someone who can help? ..


   
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