Many Foreigners still believe that the Philippines is a Country where one can hide from international Law Enforcement Agencies. Maybe that was the case 20 years ago, but today in 2022 the Government is going to great lengths to quickly locate and deport such Aliens, ending with being Blacklisted by the Bureau of Immigration. Working together with INTERPOL has proved to be Advantageous for both sides. Furthermore, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Labor and Employment, and the Bureau of Immigration have all become much better networked in recent years and the so-called "Special Task Forces" they have put together have been showing some great successes as a result.
The Philippines is no longer a Paradise for “Petty Criminals” and Tax Evaders; on the contrary! New international Agreements have helped ensure that many Foreigners face the possibility of their illegal Activities being discovered at any time, even if they have flown under the radar for years.
As a Service Provider in the Philippines, we have surprisingly been asked to assist with investigating many criminal matters during the recent Pandemic, especially in the area of Investment Fraud, in order to help bring the perpetrators to Justice. It turned out that well-organized organizations have built up a network, especially in Europe and the USA, in order to gain the Victims' trust before taking their money.
We strongly recommend every prospective buyer who wants to retire in the Philippines, i.e. wants to invest his long-saved capital in a property, to undergo comprehensive advisory Services in advance based on Philippine Legal Practices. This advice can save you a lot of money and time in the long run. Our advice covers the following areas:
- Legal Requirements for the Purchase of an Apartment or Property
- Tax Considerations
- Infrastructure details such as Hospital, Utilities, Crime, etc. in your chosen area
- Health and other types of Insurance
- Visa Questions – Lifetime Visa, Retiree Visa, or Investor Visa (Pros and Cons of each)
- Work permit YES / NO
- Perspectives on being self-sufficient in the Philippines
- Philippine Driver's License
- Bank Accounts, Credit Cards, and other financial tools