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Bureau of Immigration Annual Report (AR)

Annual Report According to the Bureau of Immigration’s website, March 3rd is the deadline for the Annual Report (AR) requirement which applies to all registered aliens and ACR I-Card holders except for those holding Temporary Visitor’s Visas or Tourist Visa holders. Typically, the AR should be done in the first 60 days of the year […]

Philippine Retirement Authority and the SRRV

Retire in the Philippines With SRRV. I just came across this information about the retirement system that the Philippines government has in place for immigrant retirees, published by the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA). The link provided below will take you to the PRA site that lists all the available options that pertain to the Special […]

TRICARE for Retired U.S. Military in the Philippines

TRICARE Health Care Coverage Since arriving in the Philippines over two years ago, and aside from the normal “getting old” symptoms, I’ve been fortunate that my health remains good and that aside from some very minor things, I’ve never had to rely on the use of my TRICARE Overseas Program benefits. TRICARE is the health […]

Live in the Philippines…And All The True Advice!

Bad Advice – Can Be Worse Than No Advice At All! I seem to have this penchant for confronting people online – especially when I  suspect know they are providing erroneous advice to folks whom are looking  for  information. Rarely do I provide advice on issues I know little about, and  when I  do, at a […]

A New Stance on Philippines Immigration

Taken from the SUN STAR Cagayan de Oro By Alyssa C. Clenuar Wednesday, August 20, 2014 FOREIGNERS, who want to stay in the Philippines, whether as tourists or immigrants, will now be required of their biometrics. Under the Comprehensive Alien Mapping Program or the Alien Registration Project created by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the […]

Departing the Philippines – Exit Clearance’s

As we prepare to depart the Philippines for a short trip to Guam, I felt the need to review the Bureau of Immigration’s policy on Emigration Clearance Certificates (ECC). There seems to always be some confusion on the Bureau’s latest rules on ECC’s. NOTICE! Since posting this article, I have posted new and updated information […]

Bureau of Animal Industry, Philippines – Beware of New Scam!

Recently I posted an update on the trouble I was having getting connected with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) in Metro Manila. It seems their published email address is no longer valid, has been changed, and a possible oversight by the BAI by not updating that address on their website may have led to […]

Shipping Household Goods (HHG) to the Philippines

Keep in mind the date of the original posting of this article (June 2013). While it does indicate the complexities that are involved with shipping HHG to the Philippines, one should do updated research on requirements as they apply today. For example, rules as applied to Balikbayan shipping have since changed. Use this post only […]

In the Philippines, Timing is Everything!

If you have been thinking of retiring and moving to a warmer climate with a lower cost of living, it may be comforting to know that the Philippine economy is emerging. Actually, it is Booming! A move now (or in the near future) could be the just the right time for