Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Residence Visa for spouse of a Filipino citizen


The Philippine immigration authority issues a permanent residence visa (specifically the 13A Non-Quota Immigrant Visa) to the qualified non-Filipino spouse of a Filipino citizen. The 13A visa is issued only to nationals of these countries:

Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt (visa applicant must be a male and married to a female Philippine citizen), El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Fiji, France, Gabon, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hongkong SAR, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea South, Latvia, Lesotho, Libya (visa applicant must be a male and married to a female Philippine citizen), Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Malta (provided that the marriage took place before 24 April 2001 or the couple has been married for at least 5 years), Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Northern Mariana Island, Norway, Oman (visa applicant must be a male and married to a female Philippine citizen), Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia (visa applicant must be a male and married to a female Philippine citizen), Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.

The 13A permanent residence visa is not issued to nationals not included in the preceding list.

Requirements:

  1. Personal appearance of the applicant
  2. Accomplished visa application form
  3. Passport with at least six months of validity beyond the date of departure from the Philippines
  4. Beginning 01 October 2016, the Philippine Embassy in Singapore will accept only electronic passports and machine readable passports for visa applications. Non-machine readable passports (hand-scripted passports) will not be accepted for visa applications.

    Beginning 01 January 2017, Philippine immigration authorities will not allow entry into Philippine airports and seaports of foreign nationals holding non-machine readable passports.

  5. Two (2) photocopies of passport information page of the applicant
  6. Two (2) photocopies of passport information page of the applicant’s Filipino spouse
  7. Original and photocopy of applicant’s birth certificate
  8. Original and photocopy of applicant’s Filipino spouse’s birth certificate
  9. Original and photocopy of marriage certificate
    • If the applicant and Filipino spouse were married in the Philippines, the Philippine marriage certificate must have been authenticated by the Philippine department of Foreign Affairs
    • If the applicant and Filipino spouse were married in Singapore, the marriage must have been registered with the Philippine Embassy in Singapore
    • If the applicant and Filipino spouse were married in another country, the marriage must have been registered with the Philippine Embassy or Philippine Consulate-General in the country where the marriage took place
    • If the Filipino spouse was in a previous marriage before marriage to the applicant, the proof of marriage annulment must be presented
  10. Recent photograph, size 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm, colored and taken against a white background
  11. Photocopy of Singapore-issued IC (Permanent Resident IC, PE Pass, E Pass, S Pass, Work Permit, Student Pass, Dependant’s Pass)
  12. Certificate of Clearance (COC) issued by the Singapore Police Force (Application for the COC are made through the SPF e-services website at www.police.gov.sg/e-services under CERTIFICATE OF CLEARANCE). Before submitting the COC to the Embassy, the COC must be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tanglin, Consular Service Counter, 1 Sherwood Road, Singapore 248163).
  13. Evidence of sufficient financial capacity to live in the Philippine, such as, but not limited to, bank statement of accounts, CPF contributions, property deeds, certificates of stocks.
  14. Interview by the visa official.

After the completion of the above requirements, the applicant will be advised to have the following:

  1. Medical examination to be undertaken by a physician in Singapore (using the medical form issued by the Philippine Embassy).
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