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I overstayed in the Philippines for 8 years but i am currently married to a Filipino.  If he would petition my stay for permanent residency, will i still be paying for the overstay penalty?

Also i was born here in the philippines with both foreign parents but i havent updated my profile to native born, will this help in lowering penalties? Ive been in the philippines my entire life under SIRV but i used to be dependent of SIRV which expires automatically when you reach 21 and i didnt know that since i am no longer with my parents.

I doubt that anything your spouse could do in regards to your residency would lower the over staying penalties. Depending on your current nationality and its dual citizenship laws your best option would be to apply for Filipino citizenship based on "soil" meaning since you were born here you are Filipino. Spend a few hours reading botht he DFA and Philippine Immigration websites, both with extensive content and join 4 or 5 of the larger Philippine internet forums and yahoogroups so you can enquire there also.


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Bill and Lorna Collings


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.


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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Luckily, my wife and I have been semi-retired since we were 30 years old, almost 30 years.

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3000 to 4000 world travelers and guests on a budget pass through our guest house style Townhouse Hotel / Hostel each year since 1986 so we do get a lot of feedback and share a lot of experiences with people which we can then pass on to help others with their questions and problems

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