Below is a message to myphilippinelife.com which illustrates the possible pitfalls of having Philippine officials to “facilitate” your business. This gentleman was awarded a Section 13 Quota visa. The quota visa is very desirable in that they are permanent and that you do not have to be married to a Filipino citizen to qualify for one. In those respects the quota visa is similar to the SRRV but do not require parking $10,000 to $50,000 indefinitely in a Philippine bank. Only fifty quota visas are available per year per nationality. This is a situation where the applicant might find it worthwhile to pay special help with his application and an immigration official with (or without) authority to issue a quota visa, to issue one.
Here is the email we received:
I applied for and was given a sec 13 quota visa more or less 5 years ago and done the renewal thing each year. The visa is a stamp on a passport, Sec 13 Quota and signed by the head of Immigration and i was also issued an I card . I went to a lot of trouble to submit a lot of documents , health, pychiatric (sp) , proof of ability to support myself/income , NBI and police stuff back home showing I did not have any legal problems . At the time i was younger than 50 and i have the recollection that the PRA visa would have cost $750/year to maintain ( i’ve forgotten the how i came to that conclusion) . My I Card was to expire in 2013 and I submitted an application for a new one. It seems that this application has been held up and was forwarded to an investigation unit because the officer who facilitated the quota visa got into trouble for monkey busines which made the other quota visas he had anything to do with suspect. I’ve done nothing improper and do you think i could forfeit/give up the sec 13 quota visa and apply for a special retirement visa. The fees i pay to come and go are high , they seem higher than the travel tax and departure tax combined or i’m sure i pay a lot more than 2100 plus pesos. The PRA visa is exempt from the travel tax but more importantly i’m not sure how to “demand” my i card be processed and if they want to take away the sec 13 it is ok with me and it may be less expensive . I don’t have a pension but i work and have income as well as employees and i pay all of the taxes and good wages and Pagibig (sp) and am legit and contributing and well what do you think? I also do not know if I can leave the country without an I Card having a quota visa stamp on my passport. Going to immigration is a nightmare and in my opinion i should be treated well as i feel i contribute and blah blah blah.”
Of course we have no idea what if anything untoward happened in this case, but it does illustrate the possibility that one has to be very careful when it comes to dealing with public officials offering special help for a price. This gentleman may lose his quota visa and the money that he paid to acquire it, or possibly worse.