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I have a boyfriend who is a an ex US sex offender for 12 years now.. and he is still under probation.. but he asked from the court that he can travel outside american and the court approved his petition to travel.. and he needs to have passport to enter Philippines.. and he is worried that he would be denied to enter due to his record as sex offender and he is still on the list..of his state.. please let me know if our country philippines is prohibited him to see me? if yes.. what country that you can refer us in order that we meet each other.. I have known him for 1 year and we have already a strong feelings to each other.. and im talking him two times a day in the telephone aside from emails we have.. and we are planning to be married as long as we see each other.. please give me some advise on this..

Annabelle

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Annabelle, I understand that the American laws have labeled many guys as sex offenders who would not be considered such in most countries in the world. In the Philippines it's fairly common and acceptable that a 25 to 28 year old guy marries a 16 or 17 year old girl with or without parental consent but in the States that would be considered a sex offender. Anyway to answer your question the best thing to do, first is for him to get a USA passport issued, then join 5 or 6 yahoogroups like ours, "lifeinthephilippines" or
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MAG-ANAK/?yguid=5242675
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Philippine_Living_Island_Paradise/?yguid=5242675
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/streetwisephilippines3/?yguid=5242675
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/retireinphilippines/?yguid=5242675
or http://www.theworldoffilipinas.com/forum/index.php
http://www.theworldoffilipinas.com/forum/index.php

All of the forums and philippines related groups above have 1000s of members who are married to Filipinas, courting them, or planning to relocate or retire to the Philippines and are very helpful when answering questions. A few members may also be on the sex offenders list or know somebody who is. Before 2010 I would have told your and your BF no worries, buy the ticket and you will be issued a tourist visa upon arrival but since 2010 I do know of one or two Americans have been prevented from entering because of their past records. So after asking questions and waiting for answers from the websites, forum and groups above your BF can decide if he should buy the airline tcket to the Philippines to come see you. GOOD LUCK! Mabuhay from Boracay! http://www.casacamillaboracay.com If you need a place to stay near the Manila airports try our guest house; http://www.hotelmanila.com  

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Feel FREE to ask us about traveling, living, relocating, retiring and investing in the Philippines. Guests from 93 countries, the latest being a female PHD from Uganda, make our place in Manila an incredible meeting place for world travelers who exchange travel stories. We understand both the joys and the hardships of living and traveling in the Philippines.

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I arrived in the Philippines in January 1980 to travel for 2 months; I stayed 4 months before reluctantly leaving. I met my Filipina wife, Lorna. an incredible stellar, "one in a million" individual in 1983 in Seoul and we moved to the Philippines in 1986 and opened our 3BR house to world travelers on a budget. After welcoming thousands of guests from 93 nations our place has grown to 38 bedrooms in 5 townhouse units, 4 of which are attached but will never lose its "Home away from Home" atmosphere. Almost everyday at The Townhouse Hotel there's a party-like social scene with vibrant, almost magical energetic conversations between our guests who have the pleasure to meet each other and share their life's many experiences.Often three groups with conversations in different languages are going on at the same time. So we've been exposed to every kind of person from all over the world and shared their experiences. Since arriving back in the Philippines Nov 2011 from traveling for 8 months my wife and I have been busy buying land, building houses and expanding our Boracay beach front resort, Casa Camilla for 16 months. Hopefully we'll be finished by the end of 2013 with a total of 50 apartments, 44 units for yearly stays and the six units in our house to be saved for short term stays.

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some college 2-1/2 years - no degree - I've been traveling since I was 18, almost 30 years.

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