Bob is an American who has lived permanently in Mindanao since May 2000.
Doing it here involves a lot of hassles, extra paperwork, takes months to process, and will probably require some extra money on this end. If your spouse is a former Citizen you will be applying for a 13(g) visa.
With either of these visas you are also allowed to work in the Philippines!
The only requirement is that once per year (in January/February) you are required to check-in at the Bureau of Immigration office.
Moving to the Philippines is probably one of the most significant events in most people’s lives, ranking right up there with marriage and death. John joined the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine in mid-2008.
The decisions one needs to make are not easily answered and are complicated by the fact that for each question, you will receive fifty different answers from other expats, websites, books, and family. Should the person asking the question look into it? However, the fact of the matter is that most of the international schools are in Manila, not near beaches. If you are not able to absorb currency fluctuations, then you cannot afford to live here.