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  1. I am an alien whose country has an immigration reciprocity agreement with the Philippines. I am also married to a Filipino. Am I qualified to apply for permanent resident visa?

Yes, under the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, Section 13 (a) you are eligible for permanent residency in the Philippines. This visa is issued to an alien on the basis of his valid marriage to a Philippine citizen.

To qualify for this visa, the applicant must prove that:

  • He contracted a valid marriage with a Philippine citizen.

  • The marriage is recognized as valid under existing Philippine laws.

  • There is no record of any derogatory information against him in any local or foreign law enforcement agency.

  • He is not afflicted with any dangerous, contagious or loathsome disease.

  • He has sufficient financial capacity to support a family and will not become a public burden.

  • He was allowed entry into the Philippines and was authorized by Immigration authorities to stay.


NOTE:
This visa is only available to citizens of a country which grants permanent residence and immigration privileges to Philippine citizens.

 

  1. What countries have reciprocity agreement with the Philippines?

    The following countries are those that grant permanent residence and immigration privileges to Filipinos:

  1. Algeria*

  2. Argentina

  3. Australia

  4. Austria

  5. Belgium

  6. Belize

  7. Bolivia

  8. Botswana

  9. Bosnia & Herzegovina

  10. Brazil

  11. Canada

  12. Cape Verde

  13. Chile

  14. Colombia

  15. Costa Rica

  16. Croatia

  17. Cuba

  18. Czech Republic

  19. Denmark

  20. Ecuador

  21. Egypt*

  22. El Salvador

  23. Estonia

  24. Finland

  25. Fiji

  26. France

  27. Gabon

  28. Germany

  29. Greece

  30. Guatemala

  31. Honduras

  32. Hongkong SAR

  33. Indonesia*

  34. Iraq

  35. Ireland

  36. Iceland

  37. Israel

  38. Italy

  39. Japan

  40. Latvia

  41. Lesotho

  1. Libya*

  2. Lithuania

  3. Luxembourg

  4. Macau SAR

  5. Malaysia*

  6. Malta**

  7. Marshall Island

  8. Mexico

  9. Micronesia

  10. Monaco

  11. Montenegro

  12. The Netherlands

  13. New Zealand

  14. Nicaragua

  15. Nigeria*

  16. Northern Mariana Island

  17. Norway

  18. Oman*

  19. Papua New Guinea

  20. Paraguay

  21. Peru

  22. Russia

  23. Saudi Arabia*

  24. Senegal

  25. Serbia

  26. Singapore

  27. Slovak Republic

  28. Slovenia

  29. South Africa

  30. Spain

  31. Suriname

  32. Sweden

  33. Switzerland

  34. Thailand

  35. Trinidad and Tobago

  36. Tunisia

  37. Turkey

  38. United Kingdom

  39. Uruguay

  40. USA

  41. Venezuela

*Limited to Filipinas married of these nationals

**Provided that the marriage took place before 24 April 2001 or the couple has been married for at least five years.

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