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  1. Rye83

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    Quota Visa - Philippines

    The Quota Visa is an immigrant visa for foreign nationals that are citizens of countries that have diplomatic ties with the Philippine that grant Filipinos the same immigration privileges under the principle of reciprocity. Each country will be granted up to 50 per calendar year. You can apply for this visa at the BoI Main Office in Manila according to the BoI website.

    To apply for this visa you will need to do the following:
    1. Download and print the CGAF. (Attached to this thread or you can download from the official BI Website.)

    2. Submit the documents for pre-screening to the Central Receiving Unit (CRU) or to the frontline officer or staff of other Immigration Offices able to process this transaction.

    3. Get the Order of Payment Slip (OPS).

    4. Pay the required fees.

    5. Submit copy of Official Receipt.

    6. Attend hearing. Please refer to the Official Receipt for the schedule and venue of the hearing and Image and Fingerprint Capturing.

    7. Proceed to Image and Fingerprint Capturing Counter of the Alien Registration Division (ARD) and submit requirements for ACR I-Card application

    8. Check website if visa application is already approved.

    9. If approved, submit passport for visa implementation.

    10. If ACR I-Card is approved, claim ACR I-Card.
    Cost:
    P18,830.00 + $50 (USD) for ACR I-Card

    Source: BoI - Quota Visa

    I know there is at least one member here that has a Quota Visa. If anyone would like to share their experience (and comment on any discrepancies/inaccuracies) please feel free to add to this thread.

    Note: I have heard there is quite a lot of corruption and bribery involved to get a "guaranteed" approval for this visa. I could be completely wrong on that as I have no personal experience with getting this visa. I'm also not sure what happens if you don't make the list for the year you applied....though I would think that it would roll over to the next year.
     

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    I done a google search for quota visas and this website/forum came up.

    I have signed up specifically to find out more about the visa (but there seems to be lots of good information on here worth reading too) as there seems to be or at least used to be ways to optimise the process. Is this still the case?

    I done a search and read about a couple of members that claimed they had a fixer who would take care of most of the requirements for a set fee. That thread was dating way back to 2010/11

    ⌛ - Quota Visa.

    so whether these guys are still active on here, if that’s still possible under the new government or even if they are still up to speed with how the quota visa works today is another matter.

    After reading through the application process my main issues are remitting the $50K US and/or being of value to the national interest or something like that. I shouldn’t have any problem showing that I’m financially and think I could put a good case to being of value if needs be.

    If it’s a case that there is no getting around depositing the money in a PI bank account and show the proof of such, how is this even possible without being a resident to set up a bank account in the first place? On top of that you have to provide addresses and such, again if you don’t live in then PI how is this expected?

    I have looked into SSRV visas which for $20k I can get that visa but that money is fully locked away while the visa is active whereas with the quota visa you are free to do with the $50K US as you please once the visa has been approved, that’s my understanding.

    I also can’t see any other charges for the quota visa once approval has been granted?

    Any members here who can chime in with some factual advise would be appreciated.
     
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    I know of only 1 member active here that has gotten a quota visa but there could be more.

    I think to them "to the national interest" means "do you have money?" and not much else:

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    We understand that "including but not limited to" means that there are other things that would qualify you for the visa that aren't on the list...but Filipino government workers are almost certainly not going to get that and will deny anyone that doesn't have at least one of those 3 things checked off. Especially when the US is only allowed 50 quota visas per year (there are a lot more than 50 people applying for that visa). Immigration is likely going to select those that have every single box checked and throw away the rest. Why make special considerations when you have people that fall directly into the requirements and no effort needs to be put into thinking about it?

    If you can't meet every check box or you don't know someone who is connected in the government then your chances are slim and you will be out at least 20k php just for applying.

    Note: this is just my opinion. I have not been through the quota visa process myself.
     
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    Well yes I know of one also (Maybe the same member) but it cost him an awful lot more than what was asked. In the end he got married which to him (I believe) should have meant a Refund BUT:banghead: we know where we are :bag:
     
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    I have known more than a few who did it that way, but not since the Duterte regime. The only one I know of who has got a quota visa since Duterte claims to have followed every step as outlined in the BI requirements for a quota visa and done it by the book.
     
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    I agree that as An American you would need
    To have a strong case to put forward or a big brown envelope.

    But for smaller countries who have diplomatic ties the conditions should be less onerous. How can I find out what countries have diplomatic ties to The Philippines?

    I have also read on another website that you don’t need to meet any of the above requirements if there is not many applicants from a country for this visa it’s simple a matter is applying but I need to dig a bit deeper into that as to whether they are speaking from experience or whether it’s a rumour.

    As per the link I posted previously, a poster on here claimed he paid $5K and nothing else was needed. It would be great if this type of situation could still be available today but with duterte the risk may not be worth the reward for many of these workers unless you were willing to be very generous.
     
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    It's going to be nearly as difficult for an Australian. You can't walk too far in the Philippines without running into Aussie.

    You should probably only be concerned with countries you have a citizenship with. It probably won't make much of a difference for you if the Philippines has great diplomatic relations with Mongolia.

    See, you should only be concerned about diplomatic ties the Philippines has with countries that regularly spell the word rumor wrong. That list is short, and they all have decent diplomatic relations with the Philippines. You should be good to go. :wink:

    I was offered a quota visa for P250k at one time. I didn't trust them. Many people have been busted with fake visas and stamps from these pricks. Do it the right way and get receipts. That way if it gets screwed up you have at least a nub of a leg to stand on in court.
     
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    Just received my 13 Quota Visa
    1st applied in 2008
     

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    They cleaned up a lot of corruption with the quota visa during Aquino and Duterte's time but likely some still left (it IS the Philippines after all). Before this visa was a joke and you stood no chance unless your paying an insanely high bribe. Back during Arroyo and before most all the Quota visa's were bought up by wealthy Chinese who would claim any nationality along with being Chinese and not need to prove it and often paying millions even 10's of millions peso's for one quota visa. Keep in mind this is/was pretty much the way so a foreigner could own land and a business fully. Its also how so many Chinese got so deeply into owning and running many of the major business's in the Philippines.

    Still I'm betting there is a fair amount of corruption left with it and a few specific nationalities more likely to be bought out and off limits to us average folks, top on the list of likely no chance I would say is the US.
     
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    so whether these guys are still active on here, if that’s still possible under the new government or even if they are still up to speed with how the quota visa works today is another matter.

    After reading through the application process my main issues are remitting the $50K US and/or being of value to the national interest or something like that. I shouldn’t have any problem showing that I’m financially and think I could put a good case to being of value if needs be.

    If it’s a case that there is no getting around depositing the money in a PI bank account and show the proof of such, how is this even possible without being a resident to set up a bank account in the first place? On top of that you have to provide addresses and such, again if you don’t live in then PI how is this expected?

    I have looked into SSRV visas which for $20k I can get that visa but that money is fully locked away while the visa is active whereas with the quota visa you are free to do with the $50K US as you please once the visa has been approved, that’s my understanding.

    I also can’t see any other charges for the quota visa once approval has been granted?

    Any members here who can chime in with some factual advise would be appreciated.
     
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