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Immigration Services - Philippines, Fiance or Fiancee U.S. visas, Passports
The information contained on this page are links to the immigration agencies for each government. Also included are shortcuts to forms needed in acquiring visas, passports, etc. Click on each title for a direct link to the source of information. You will need the Acrobat Reader to download these files online.

We do not charge any fees for these services. We are NOT tied to the USCIS and this is NOT AN OFFICIAL USCIS site. This is a public service link to their site and these are the answers to questions that we have been asked through the years. We  do not represent any of these offices. Please contact the USCIS, US Embassy, or the Philippine Consulate if you're unsure of the information.

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Frequently Asked Questions
I am an alien whose country has an immigration reciprocity agreement with the Philippines. I am also married to a Filipina. Am I qualified to apply for a permanent residence visa? YES, click here for more.
I am married to a Filipina.  Under your regulation  I am a restricted national, will I be eligible for a permanent residence visa? NO, click here for more.
Who are qualified for Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)? An alien spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old of any Philippine citizen may apply for TRV. TRV is valid for a probationary period of one (1) year. Thereafter, it may be extended every two (2) years. Click here for more
How do I get a copy of my Philippine Birth Certificate?  Click here for info
How do I marry someone in the Philippines?  Click here for info
Philippine law requires a citizen or subject of a foreign country to obtain a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage. It is issued by the diplomatic or consular offices of his or her country, prior to the issuance of a marriage license in the Philippines. This serves as a clearance or permit from the consul as an actual proof of the subject’s civil status and his/her eligibility for marriage.  Go to either the US Embassy in Manila or the US Consulate Office in Cebu.
I want to stay longer than 21 days in the Philippines. What do I need to do?
If no more than 59 days, you can get the visa from any Philippine Consulate.
If more than 59 days, then you have to get the extension from the Immigration office in the Philippines (Instamuros, Manila) or its subports throughout the Philippines.
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I want to adopt a child in the Philippines? Click here for info
Can a natural-born Filipino who is now an American own land in the Philippines?

YES. Any natural-born citizen who has lost his Philippine citizenship may acquire a private land up to a maximum area of five thousand (5,000) square meters in the case of urban land or three (3) hectares in the case of rural land to be used by him/her for business or other purposes. In the case of married couples, one of them may avail of the privilege herein granted (please see Republic. Act 8179, Sec 10).

A person may acquire not more that two (2) lots which should be situated in different municipalities or cities anywhere in the Philippines, provided that the total area of those lots do not exceed 5,000 sq. meters for urban land or three (3) hectares for rural land for use as residence. Click here for more info

Philippine Passport Questions?
Need a Philippine passport? How do I renew a Philippine passport? How do I change the last name on my passport? How can I replace a lost Philippine passport?  Click here for more info
Philippine Visa Requirements?
US passport holders visiting the Philippines as a tourist for 21 days at most.  A visa can be obtained if you want to stay longer than 21 days. IT MUST BE OBTAINED FROM THE PHILIPPINE CONSULATE OR EMBASSY PRIOR TO YOUR DEPARTURE IN THE U.S.

Basically, the applicant must fill up the application form and submit a passport sized photo, a passport whose validity is at least six months beyond the length of proposed stay in the Philippines, proof of financial capacity and a photocopy of the applicant's airline ticket or travel itinerary. Click here for more
Overseas Absentee Voting Act
An Act providing for a system of overseas absentee voting by qualified citizens of the Philippines abroad, appropriating funds therefore, and for other purposes.

Please read the rules carefully. Pay particular attention to Sections 5d and 24.

Overseas Absentee Voting Application for Registration and Certification Form

Documentary Requirements Needed for Absentee Voting Registration

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 Rules on Changing your Birth Name due to Typo.

Authority to correct clerical or typographical error and to change first name or nickname. – The city/municipal civil registrar, Consul General, including the Clerk of the Shari’a Court in his capacity as District or Circuit Registrar of Muslim Marriages, Divorces, Revocations of Divorces and Conversions, are hereby authorized to correct clerical or typographical error and to change first name or nickname in the civil register.

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