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Philippines/13A Visa-Police clearance question


Wobbles wrote at 2013-04-10 03:21:29
Why not just get your 13a visa in the Philippines. It's my understanding that a Police clearance from your home country is not a requirement. Only the local NBI clearance for which I also understand is only a search of your conduct in The Philippines. Please correct me if I am wrong because this is the route I am taking. Too expensive a process to do it in Australia.

TeeJay wrote at 2014-02-13 00:45:52
As of the end of the 4th quarter 2013 the Bureau of Immigration or BI in the Philippines is now requiring a police clearance (though it is very unclear what that requires)from the country or origin. In my case the U.S. and I am already here. A real pain. It also has to be sent to the Philippine consulate in your home country for authentication and then sent back to you. It may be a hassle in your home country but it is a much bigger one if you are already in the Philippines. There is also a time limit on the police clearance for submission to the BI with your SRRV or 13A visa application. You also need to have your means of support paperwork authenticated by the Philippine consulate.  


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