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Philippines/13A Visa-Police clearance question


Hello my question is about the new 13a visa requirement to get a police national clearance along with the regular NBI clearance. Back in the states I was once arrested for possession of marijuana and after completing a 5 week course, charges were dropped by the state. Now this way about 5 years ago and is my only arrest ever so my question is when I go for a police national clearance will this arrest come up on my record?
I'm confused here about it seeing as how the charges were dropped so I wasn't sure if this would reflect on it or if it would come back as me having a clean record!
My reasoning for asking is because it's a very personal and private situation to me that my wife is not aware of and I'd like to keep it that way but I'm worried upon going for this new clearance requirement that it will be brought up from my past!
Any help is appreciated with this please, very concerned with my religious standings here now in the Philippines. Thanks.

Jacob, It's hard to say but I doubt it; we both know that arrests in the States for MJ and other controlled substances number in the hundreds of thousands or millions. I'd say chances are your previous arrest will NOT show up during this NBI clearance but if it does you are still welcome to stay in the philippines by extending your tourist visa every 16 to 24 months , 2 months at a time, leave the country for a day and start the whole process over again. Or if married be issued a Balikbayan visa one year 3 weeks and renew it one year leave the country and start over again. Also you can apply for SRRV special resident retirement visa. So GOOD LUCK! You can also join about 5 or 6 Philippine yahoogroups with 1000s of members who may be able to help you from personal experiences.

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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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