Flordeliza sent me a message today regarding her pending move to the Philippines with her American husband.
Here is Flordeliza asked:
My husband is medically retired from the US Army and we are planning to retire in the Philippines. This is probably a question that was asked before but I need to clarify for myself .I am planning to apply for my dual citizenship and I wanted to know if I needed to get my philippine passport as well? I live in New York and I plan to go back to the PI in September of 2011. I know it takes 10 weeks in order for the passport to get here, and I worry that I wont get it in time. Also with the balikbayan visa, my husband is entering the country with me, so is the only requirement our marriage certificate or should I get a report of marriage notorized in the Philippine Consulate here in NY? Thanks Bob and I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Thanks for your note, and congratulations on your coming move to the Philippines. Please thank you husband for his service to the United States!
Basically, what I would advise to you is to get your Dual Citizenship, and get your Philippine Passport. If you enter the Philippines on your US Passport, then you are treated as a foreigner here, legally. So, you will have to leave the country after a certain time, have to pay Visa fees and such, just like any other tourist. So, you certainly should get your Philippine Passport and enter the country using that Passport, giving you the rights and privileges of any other Philippine Citizen.
As for your husband, why don’t you apply for a 13(a) Visa for him? A 13(a) is a resident visa and he can stay here for as long as he likes, no worries about renewing visas, having to leave the country or anything else.
If you really want your husband to get a Balikbayan Visa, just request it upon entry, but remember that it is only good for 1 year, though, then he will have to leave, or convert it to a tourist visa.
Good luck on your move, Flordeliza!