New rule for Filipinos traveling to Dubai

I would like to thank the Philippine Consulate in Dubai for giving me something to write today. Sadly, it won’t be anything but a rant.

So a cousin who lives in the Philippines want to come visit me in Dubai. I got her visa and plane tickets but was informed through hearsay* (there has been no official circular whatsoever) that there is a new policy for Filipinos traveling to Dubai on Tourist/Visit Visas: a document called “Affidavit of Support and Guarantee” containing the personal details of the sponsoring family member here in Dubai and declarations like “I guarantee that the subject (visitor) shall not be in any way or manner whatsoever a public burden in the UAE”, etc has to be notarized at the Philippine Consulate as this is a requirement at the Phillipine Immigration counters at the airport prior to departure.

Simply put, the new rule means: No notarization? (Even with an official visa issued by the UAE Immigration + plane tickets) Your butt stays put in the Philippines.

Unless maybe you agree to some “under the table” transaction which is a regular scene there.

The number of days to get that notarization: Ten working days, with a fee of 100 dhs (US$27). The amount won’t hurt much but the nuissance of going to the embassy and waiting for that ten working days is not a joke. I arrived at the consulate at 6:30 am because I was told people practically “camp” out there at the crack of dawn. I was already the 10th in the queue. There were countless others who have lined up for passport renewal, etc. The embassy does NOT open until 8:30 am but if you come at 8:30, expect to spend the rest of your day there until they close at 3 pm.

When I was finally called in after two hours of standing in the line, my documents were rejected because the first line in the Affidavit of Support and Guarantee, says “I, _____, of legal age, Filipino citizen…”

I am not a Filipino citizen anymore after acquiring Japanese citizenship through naturalization in 2003. I asked them to just cross out the “Filipino” part and just accept the document because regardless of the citizenship I am holding, I am a legal sponsor but was told, “This is not your embassy anymore. You have to go to the Japanese consulate to authenticate your signature and to ask for a document that certifies your nationality. Then you come back to us.”

What serious bullshit. They mean to say that non-Filipinos who want to sponsor relatives or friends living in the Philippines to come to Dubai need to go through an extra round of paper work that will cost them their time, money and sanity – the Japanese embassy doesn’t have a clue what the Philippine embassy requires, neither do they understand the need for it. Just for the record, the said document or the notarization is NOT required by the UAE goverment.

As a common sense and I bet in any international law, once a visa to the country of destination is issued, the traveller is cleared of all the requirement and has passed eligibility for entry. What the hell is the notarization hullabaloo of the “Affidavit of Support and Guarantee” for!? Oh, I get it, additional income stream for the Philippine government. Then just take the money and spare the people suffering outside your embassy gates hours before you even open. In the desert heat!

Please let’s not start with the debate that it’s with a good intention – to curb “human trafficking” that’s why the visa sponsor has to make a personal appearance at the consulate office. If the Philippine government is serious in preventing entry of would be unfortunate victims of human trafficking, I suggest they start cracking down on employment agencies shrouded with lies – sending women abroad, promising them good jobs while they end up as slaves in the Middle East, some going back home in wooden boxes. Totally heartbreaking.

AND? In all this circus, I heard there’s this miracle person called “THE FIXER”. He/she charges triple the amount at 300 dhs (US$81) but guarantees that you won’t have to be absent from your work, queue outside the embassy at dawn to submit your documents and queue again to get it after ten working days. Smooth operator, huh.

So what if a real human trafficker hires the efficient service of THE FIXER? Then so much for that “good intention”.

You can download the PDF version of the Affidavit of Support and Guarantee here.

* This new rule was reported in one of the UAE newspapers, Khaleej Times last September 20, 1010.

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UPDATE: Unjustified offloading of Filipino travelers to Dubai have been getting attention in the UAE lately, as posted in UAE newspaper Gulf News. Please read my recent blog post about this as there is information as to where to file your complaints if you have been victimized by corrupt airport officials.

580 thoughts on “New rule for Filipinos traveling to Dubai

  1. Hi i am a filipino passport holder in canada.. If i visit dubai coz my bf is based in dubai, im visiting from canada to dubai do i need the affidavit of support?

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  2. Hi Ms. Grace,

    Good day!

    I’m planning to visit visa my boyfriend by April. Ask ko lang what are the supporting documents required for a boyfriend/fiancee? Ano2 ung mga dapat ipresent sa IO? Tska kailangan ba tlga ng show money? minimum how much? Looking forward to your prompt reply as I am planning to book the ticket as soon as possible. Thank you so much! 😀

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  3. hi good day kailangan ko lang ng konting tulong kc may visit visa na yong anak ko 14 years old siya ang tanong is kailangan ko pa ba yong affidavit of support kong kukunin naman siya ng asawa ko sa pinas?kasi pareho kaming nandito sa dubai pareho kaming nag trabaho dto?please reply any idia anyone salamat .

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  4. Ms. grace its urgent lang pakisagot po..with tourist visa aq at me prospect employer na aq..school credentials ko with red ribbon from DFA pero hindi attested ng UAE embassy Phils…NIrequired siya ng employer…Pede ko b siya iconcern sa Philippine Consulate in Dubai..pede b dito sya malagyan ng stamp? ano ang requirements? pano ko siya pede iprocess? Kc baka matagalan pa kapag sa phils ko ginawa

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  5. Jho, DHL in Philippines can do the UAE Manila embassy attestation for you. I suggest that you send via courier your school credentials having the red ribbon back to your family, and ask them to go to DHL and avail that service. DHL can process that within a week. Once your family get your credentials back, ask them to send it to you via courier as well as time is of essence. Courier from here to Philippines will be around 3 business days, DHL UAE Manila embassy stamp processing 1 week, and courier back to you another 3 days. All in all it should be completed within 2 weeks including the UAE foreign affairs attestation here plus the Philippine consulate stamping.

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      • Greetings!

        Mam Grace, ask po sana ako sayo. Papunta po ako ng Dubai. Kaso ang gusto ng Manager ko ay “tourist Visa”. Narelease po ang visa ko last june 24, 2013 at ma expire sya sa august 22, 2013. HIndi ko po karelatives ung mag sponsor skin. ang visa ko po ay galing sa Dhabian & travel tourism at hindi ko alam at hindi ko mabasa kung ano name ng sponsor ko dahil sulat arabi.
        para makapasa sa immigration ano p[o ba ang kailangan na documents para hindi ako maoffload?

        salamat at sanay masagot nyo po ang aking katanungan..

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      • Sorry I am not sure what the immigration will do with people having tourist visas issued by a travel agency. Anyone having the same and can you share your story?

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  6. advise sa kin ng employer ko is to have diploma certified by the consulate and the foreign affairs..nakapunta na k sa consulate office for the stamp and paid 100 for notarial seen and noted..
    balikan ko sya after 3 days then punta n ko sa DFA Dubai.
    Ang tanong iaaccept kaya ng DFA dubai yun kung walang tatak ng UAE embassy in the Phils. Me ganito b scenario na naencounter mo? Kindly advise Ms. Grace or the others n makabasa nito..salamat

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  7. Just to give information, no choice nga ako,
    Ms. Grace, pinadala ko docs ko sa pinas..required ngforeign affairs n maidaan muna sa UAE embassy, Phils ang docs ko before nila igrant papers ko..
    Hindi kya questionable yung docs ko sa pinas kc with notary na ng Dubai Consulate. makita nla n galing n dito ang docs ko..visit visa lang ako

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  8. Another concern, if the employment visa was approved within the preexisting visa , no need ba to exit?
    Isa ba sa requirement yun red ribbon ko before aq maapply ng working visa or before aq makakuha ng contrat sa employer ko?

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    • Jho, ganyan ang sistema nila, and it makes sense naman. Kasi iyong docs mo galing sa Pinas, kaya kahit may Manila DFA red ribbon kung iyong embahada nila doon sa atin e walang tatak bilang pruweba na “tunay” iyong dokumento mo at talagang may ganoon na nanggagaling sa atin, hindi nila tatatakan dito sa UAE.

      Walang problema sa UAE Manila embassy, hindi nila iyon papansinin na may Philippine Consulate Dubai noted seal na ang docs mo.

      For your other questions, on the first time you’re given an employment visa your credentials will be checked. Hence the rules of basing the salary to your degree/diploma/training. As a rule too, the certificates presented should be attested.

      You may and you may not have to exit. If I am not mistaken, there will be fees to pay so that you don’t have to exit anymore. There are rules and conditions too for that which should be met in order for you to have this option. Anyhow, be ready just in case of going to Kish or Oman – don’t worry, there are plenty of Kabayans that you’ll meet there 🙂

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  9. Hi, im going to bring my GF this May with tourist visa but without “Affidavit” form, is it possible to leave from Hongkong to Dubai with tourist visa only ? does anybody experience that! ,, pls i need your help .

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  10. Ms. Grace, employer said, hindi nmn mage cause of delay para sa working visa yung docs ko, they can wait..meaning pede nmn to follow…me job offer na. Nasa kanya n din yun approval ng working permit ..Sa ngayon hintay ko yun school credentials from Pinas…wala p q pinipirmahan anything..pano b yun sistema? ano b dpat hingen ko sa kanya? Or wait ko n makasubmit ako ng school credentials ko before ako magdemand ng contract? June 1 pa nmn start job

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  11. Good day everyone.

    Anyone here na nka alis to dubai using dummy ticket as return ticket po? I have my visit visa sponsored by my sister po, i also have aos and some supporting documents from my sister, and ticket with return dummy ticket. I am living this 3rd week of May po, I am worried because IO might question my dummy return ticket. Any advise you can give to those who had/has this situation.

    Thank you Ms. Grace for this site. A piece of advise from you will be a great help and relief.

    God Bless!

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  12. hi po!
    tanong ko lang kkung anybody here na naka try na mag cross country from cebu-hk-dxb kasi yan po ginawa ko tapos nag tour package ako ng hk para maka less ng expenses tapos nakalusot naman talaga ako sa imm.cebu kasi sinabi ko tour lang ako ng hk pero noong nasa hk na ako omgeeee hinold ako dun kasi daw di ako pwede mag tour.ask ko lang kung meron na ba dito naka try na ma hold sa imm.hk kasi yung passport ko ang stamp is departure pinas at arrival pinas lang.sayang yung money. if ever ba mag travel ako ulit going to dxb hindi ba ma question ang passport ko?appreciate po sa mga reply..thanks in advance

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  13. hi, pano po ba pag magtu tour muna ng malaysia bago mag-dubai? pano po pagkuha ng tickets…malaysia (RT+hotel ba) at dubai (RT din ba)? me nabasa kasi ako na nag hk muna…cebu-hk-dubai, pagdating sa hk di raw pwede mag tour? pano nangyari yun?

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    • hi gigi sa travel agency ka mag pa book ng ticket at hotel reservation, my tourist visa ka na rin ba? gus2 mo sabay tau, sbi ng friend q medyo mahigpit na rin ang hk at sg kya plan q sa kl un daw ang in ngaun. please pwede makuha ng cel# mo pra magsabay tau

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      • hi Girlie, no visa yet…balak ko pa lang mag-request this year ng visit visa sa brother ko. ina-aral ko pa dapat gawin kasi ayaw ko mabulilyaso pag-alis, sayang ang panahon at pera. yung pinsan kasi ng friend ko ay na-offload pero yung kasabay nya ay nakalusot, same docs naman sila at parehas visit visa. parang di ata tumama ang sagot nya sa IO na humarap sa kanya. btw, paalis ka na ba this year, sa kl ka dumaan ha?
        ok tong blog na to, dami kong natutunan, thanks to Ms. Grace. 🙂

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      • hi cgr next week pa kc hintay q pa din ung ticket q manggaling sa sponsor q, kabado na nga aq e first time q kc mag travel ng tourist visa pero galing n q doon.

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      • hi gerlie,,,inform mu naman ako pag ok ung travel mu KL to dubai…kasi parang nahihirapan din ako thinking na ang daming offloading na nangyayari,,,mag proprocess palang ako sponsor ko eh yung college closed friend ko ,,, ayaw ko din magsayang ng pera pwera lang effort hehehe … pls add me in my fb acct https://www.facebook.com/ ,,,thank u

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  14. hi,may pinsan ako sa dubai,sya yung mag invite sakin ,,,ang tanong ko sana kung pwede ang tatay ko ang magbigay o kumuha ng AOS para sakin,at kung pwede yun ang ipresent s immigration dito?sana po may makasagot

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  15. hello po,, ms. grace ask ko lng po,, i just came back from abu dhabi and i resigned already. i am planning to go back to dubai s tourist.. what are the requirements po pra mkbalik ako as tourist? actually meron na po akong AOS .. hhnpin po ba sa immigration ang OEC na gnamit ko before when i had my vacation last year? please acknowledge po..thank you so much

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  16. hello ms.grace, ask ko lng po,, kggling ko lng po kc ng abu dhabi and i worked there for 2 years,, may 2013 ntapos ang contarct ko then i resigned. kbblik ko lng po last july 2013 and kukunin po ako ng brother ko sa dubai as tourist, probably september 1st week ang flight ko .. may possibility po ba na ma offload ako sa immigration? ano po need ko prepare na requirements aside sa AOS, Visa, roundtrip ticket and passport? pls be advise. thanks po. GODbless..

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    • It might be safe to bring documents to prove your relationship to your sponsor. In this case, birth certificate of your brother and your own.

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  17. hi, tanong po sana kung paano mag-book ng flight sa kl papuntang dubai? kailangan bang magpa-book sa travel agency o hanap na agad ng available flight sa airport mismo?

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  18. Hi! Alis po ako ng Dubai ngayong Aug 20 ask ko lang po kung ganun parin po ba kahigpit ung immig ngaun and ano po ba mga docs ang need ko.di ko po kamag anak ung nag visa sakin..tito po sya ng boyfriend ko. thanks!

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    • hi ms kitkat, plan ko rin by oct may visit visa sa dubai non relative rin ang mag sponsor saken close friend lang. Can u please leave here a comment pag nakarating ka na ng dubai by aug. 20 pra nman makapagprepare ako. anu po pala nakaindicate sa affidavit of suppport mo?
      thanks

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  19. hi ms grace, just want to ask kng anu ba magandang isasagot sa IO since hndi nman relative ung mag sponsor sau friend lang, base kasi sa mga nabasa ko na naooffload eh pag tinatanong cla ng IO kng kaano ano ung sponsor meron isa sabi distant relative nadeny sa immigration. dba hndi nman cgro cla iissuehan ng Phil consulate sa dubai ng affidavit of support kng hndi pwede mag sponsor ang friend. hndi ba naka indicate sa affidavit of support ung relation ng sponsor sa mag totour? bakit po kailangan pa itanong ng IO kng andun nmn na.
    thanks po

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    • That’s the problem – the Philippine Consulate just issues and issues AOS papers without saying anything. That is, if it is acceptable that the sponsor is a relative or just a friend. They only care about the fee they are receiving from the AOS applications, nothing more.

      Good luck when you face the immigration officers at the airport as you have read here, there are many who got offloaded when their sponsor is only a friend.

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  20. hello po ,
    ask ko lang pag ba na iSCAN kana sa ibang bansa , ibig ba sabihin nun pang long life na ung record mo sa bansa na yun???????????

    reply me ASAP

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  21. hi Ms. grace,
    heard na RT daw need ngayon sa tickets pag pupunta ng dubai?
    me computer access na nga ba mga IO sa mga dummy tickets lang? malaki daw po kasi chances ng offloading pag dummy ticket lang ipe-present mo? kailangan daw round trip talaga ang kukuhanin mo to prove na babalik ka at di maghahanap ng trabaho, tama ba yun?
    please advise po. salamat.

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  22. hi everyone,
    my question is same as your @gigi like now na may promo seat sale ang cebu pacific… and then hindi available yung date na gusto ko pabalik… so ang na purchase ko lang is mla-dxb…. then hiwalay na booking date na yung pabalik ko if im still waiting for seat sale for the specific return date (dxb-mla).. may issue po ba re: tickets? need talaga na both ways are purchased on same date?
    thanks in advance po:)
    >j10<

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  23. Good Day,

    Ms. Grace,
    Do you have any update for the new rules in visiting a friend here in UAE?
    I’ve seen one from Gulfnews just recently, “NO EXPAT WILL BE ALLOWED TO BRING FRIENDS ON VISIT TO UAE”
    Is it confirmed? I’m worried, im planning to apply my boyfriend for a tourist visa:-( Is there any possibility he can visit here if this reports has been confirmed?

    I would appreciate if you can give some advise.:-) Many Thanks.

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    • You can always sponsor your boyfriend (or friends) through a travel agency here in Dubai. However, your problem will be the corrupt Philippine Immigration officers in Manila. They have this ridiculous rule that only blood relatives are allowed to fly out and they make the others suffer by offloading or asking for bribes (escort services).

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      • My boyfriend just arrived yesterday here in UAE, I’m the one who sponsored him as my FIANCE in the AOS… Just complete all the requirements. Goodluck!

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      • i want to ask ano req.hiningi sau fr the consulate or embassy para sa AOS?did they ask letter of invitation?gusto ko kcing kuni ung GF ko.thanks.

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  24. Thanks Ms. Grace 🙂

    He’s planning to come by October, hopefully he won’t experience that offloading thing 😦 We’ll try to provide documents as we can. What choice do we have?…
    Anyways,than you for this site it reduced my fears after reading all these. It’s a great help..Godbless All 🙂

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  25. Hi everyone., cno ba pede ko makasabay.? Visit visa din ako and my aos was applied by my cousin., (distant actually ) but we have the same last name which is so scary pa rin.. My ngtip saken na much better daw if clark to dubai mas less hassle pero upon reading this blog meron pa rin daw na ooff load kahit complete dox.:-( Now im thinking to travel to malaysia or hk first before going to dubai so i wont waste money and effort pero mas ok pag my kasabay para teamwork.. First time to travel to dubai kaya ngaun pa lng restless na ko.. Tnx sana may makasabay ako..

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    • Hi Bette.. I believe we’re on same situation.I’m planning to go to Dubai and visit my cousin by month of November. Just like you, this is gonna be my first time to travell overseas and I also have in mind to travel first in Singapore and Malaysia. Im fromn Cebu. I definitely would love to talk to someone whose of same situation with me.

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      • Hi mafe.. I wish to be there in dubai this october., cousin ko din mgssponsor sakin actually distant relative ko pero pareho kme ng last name., have you started everything ba?

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  26. Hi Miss Grace. I live here in Cebu, single, 22 years old.I plan of going to Dubai by November 2013 to visit my cousin and her sons. She just delivered her second baby last month and I wish to see my nephews for the first time. My cousin will take all the expenses except for the plane ticket. Im incharge of the plane ticket. My saving is only 40 thousand pesos and I just recently resigned from my current employer effective on Sept.28,2013 since I will be helping my father’s campaign by October. Should this situation affect my application? By month of november I cannot declare any job. Please help.

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    • And please if you have free time,indicate the step by step process. Like if I should buy the ticket first or what. This will be my first time to travel overseas. More powers and God Bless

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      • Will your cousin arrange for the visit visa? Will she be the visa sponsor, or she will take from tourist companies? It would be good for you to clarify these with her as there are visa packages that can be availed in Dubai. You may opt to send your ticket fee to her and she will do the rest.

        If you opt for direct flight, you’ll have ask your cousin to arrange for you an Affidavit of Sponsorship from the Dubai Philippine Consulate. You have to show that to the Manila immigration prior to boarding.

        Immigration will ask a lot of questions as it would be your first time to travel out of the country. And you’re going to Dubai. Just browse through the thread, specially the later ones and you’ll know what to prepare and what to be prepared for to avoid getting off-loaded.

        Should you decide or your cousin not to avail the AOS, then you would have to visit another country (HK, Thailand, SG), complete with return tickets and hotel bookings as a tourist, check out in their immigration if you have checked in baggage after arriving (you have to collect your check-in baggage, or else it won’t arrive with you on your next flight!), and then check in again for the actual flight to Dubai. Of course, you should not let the Manila immigration know that you’re actually going to Dubai.

        Good luck!

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      • Thanks m.. my cousin will take the processing of my visa. She said that I just have to buy the ticket and send it to her and she’ll take care of the rest. She also mentioned about getting AOS in phil consulate in dubai but dont exactly know what to do next. Maybe ill inform her about the packages you’ve mentioned above so we can have a guide on what to do next. Anyway, thank you for the immediate response. I’m planning to buy a two way ticket within this week and send it to her. God bless:)

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      • That is good then, that she’s arranging for the AOS. The AOS takes around 10 days to process, and from the news that there are now fake black market AOS (a reason why some get offloaded), it will be better that your cousin does it herself there in Philippine Dubai consulate.

        If she’s your actual sponsor in the tourist visa, then all she needs to do is courier the original visa copy (it’s pink in color) and the AOS to you via DHL. DHL was having that visa courier package, as I did for my mother almost 3 years ago. Hopefully that service is still offered by them.

        If, however, she uses tourist agencies for your visa, they might prefer that the tickets are purchased from them as well since the tourist agency will be the visa sponsor.

        Try to discuss with your cousin, and choose the best options. Again, good luck 🙂

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      • thank you M. your advices are such of great help. ill talk to my cousin later on what we should do/. again, thank you and More powersssssss 😉

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  27. Hi,ask ko lng po…kc nkabook ako going to dubai on sept 26 as tourist.mahigpit daw po ang phil immig pag tourist visa,so kumuha po ako ng tour package going to sg for 3 days.arrive ako s sg on sept 26 ng unaga then flight ko dubai sept 26 ng gabi.ok lng po b un? O kailngn ko tapusin ung tour ko bago ako mag exit ng singapore? And mhigpit p b sa singapore immigration pag plabas kn going to dubai?

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    • You don’t need to stay in Singapore long. Singapore immigration don’t care when you exit their country, whether you will go back to the Philippines or get on an ongoing flight to Dubai or somewhere else.

      Good luck and please come back to comment if you have successfully landed in Dubai!

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      • hi ms grace..ask q lng po qng need b orig. oec ung ddalin kasi naoffload aq at un ang hinihingi sken?ang problem q bka hindi umabot ung oec ng sponsor q qng ippacourier nya p..kasi sept 22 n po ang rebooking flight q..sana mtulungan nya po aq..tnx

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      • Through which courier ba niya ipapadala? Kasi mas mabilis kung instead na sa address mo, sa nearest center nila from your place niya ia-adress. Dun mo na lang collect iyong courier, tatawagan ka rin naman e, and mata-track mo rin naman ang movement ng pouch. Kung may DHL malapit sa inyo, doon na lang i-address kasi 2-3 days mo pa makukuha after nila ma-receive sa center kung sa actual address mo ise-send.

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      • dq lam qng san nya pindala..ung visa q kasi aramex nya pindala..pero meron nq soft copy ny oec nya..pinscan nya p rin tpos send lng skin tru email..db nila ttanggapin qng scan copy lng ung ippakita q sa kanya..ung cousin q kasi ndi p xa umuuwi ng pinas…please help..i have 4 days left n lng..b4 my flight..tnx

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  28. Hi ms grace., juz wanna ask ., pano ung cousin ko na mgssponsor sakin walang oec., ? Since 2007 pa xa sa dubai and till now d pa xa umuuwi ng pinas.,? Would it be a big problem? And one more thing pareho kme ng last name pero super lau namin as relative kaze mga lolo pa namin ang mgpinsan.. Need ko pa ba ipakita b. cert ng both father namin or enuf na ung samin ng sponsor ko tutal naman pareho ng apelyido., thanks po..

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  29. ate grace please answer naman po

    ask ko lang pag ba na iSCAN kana sa ibang bansa , ibig ba sabihin nun pang long life na ung record mo sa bansa na yun???????????

    reply me ASAP

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  30. hi ms grace ,

    ask ko lng po ok lang po magtour dubai via hk ? mangagaling po ako ng hk 2 days ako sa hk then from hk – dubai , hndi mahgpit ang immigration ng hk pag dun ako mag eexit ? may naka try na po ba dto ng ganun? pls reply po sa oct 24 na po ang flight ko kasi. thanks

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  31. Hi,
    Very wonderful article provided by you, which is very helpful to online travel information UAE, Middle East-The Nation’s largest Travel, Leisure and Tourism sector business guide offering UAE nationals, residents and visitors, useful and up-to-date information

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  32. ask lng sa inyo. di po bamahihirapan ang asawa ng pinsan ko buo sa immigration, kung ang nag-sponsor sa kanya ang ang father ko na nasa abu dhabi. anu po kailangan na ibang documents aside sa mga affidavit na yan? anu po kaya possible questions? please help… thanks

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  33. The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iphone and tested to see if it can survive a thirty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

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    • Hi Tom,

      Same here, sana din looking for makakasabay .. i booked my flight already February next year…MLA-HK-MLA then HK-DUBAI-MLA pero wala pa naman ako ticket ung papunta Dubai on process pa naman ung Visa ko..

      Wat do you think po? February, ….. 🙂

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  34. alright im back… (sorry super long heheh)
    heres an update.. thank god i passed the pinas immigration, so im here na in dubai, arrived yesterday.. i had an hr interrogation grabhehhh! so here’s the story. i had my tourist visa, ticket both ways but both ticket was purchased on a different date, my aos is sponsored by a foreign friend, and i am working as freelancer. I didnt bother to show the IOs the AOS since my sponsor is not a relative and i thought it will create a big problem so instead i told the IO that i dont know anyone in dubai. Since im not currently working obviously i have no company id to show and i have more reason not to come back as well. But the main issue that the IO was pointing at is me not surviving the dubai trip for 2 weeks based on the show money i stated in the form, though i already told her that i have a debit card. To prove that im financially capable and to prove my connections online (i mean i earn through a crowd sourcing site, so i get paid via paypal which is connected to my bank account) i prepared a bank certificate, bank statement, copies of contracts dealt with previous online clients and the copy of my online account. The IO didnt even bother to know the reason behind my travel, she didnt even suspect of me finding a job in dubai. Talagang ang point nya is to prove na hindi ako pwede mag travel dahil kulang daw money ko. Nilagay ko kasi sa form was usd1,200 (show money) then she computed the hotel expenses and food allowance, kulang nga naman hahah but i insisted na meron nga ko debit card and marami akong baon na food sa bagahe kasi nga budgeted trip to! then she asked again do you have this usd1,200 in your hand, (wala kaya) so sabi ko ulet yan nga po yung nasa debit card. IO looked at me with disbelief you can never survive 2weeks in dubai, pero i insisted pa din na laging may pumapasok na money sa card ko, yun ang purpose ng bank statement ko. Natakot akong sumagot ng oo sa show money kasi feeling ko talaga magbibilangan kami ng money literally. I also told her i was confused with the “show money” term since it was my first time to fill up such form eventhough i had previous travels in Asia. Paikot ikot lang kami so dapat talaga consistent ang sagot mo.. Dapat eye contact, yung may sindak pero may pag galang pa din hehe… so the IO said she wasn’t totally convinced (daw) but still she allowed me.. she wrote in the form “monitor arrival date based on the return ticket” (pero syempre di pa ko uuwi nun, i dnt see anything wrong kung sulitin ko ang 30days validity or mag extend pa ko, basta ba hindi ako magtatago, right??) she even attached in the filled-up form the original bank certificate, bank statement and the copy of my online account (captured by print screen), she was also asking a copy of my visa, but we were interrupted so she forgotten to ask it again… and about the ticket, since it was purchased in diff date, she asked an airline staff to check my return ticket, syempre confirmed yun hahaha (lusot), regarding the hotel – hindi naman nila ask yung OR and hindi rin nila check kung confirmed or hindi, coz i told them that my hotel booking is reservation lang talaga and payment is upon check-in, basta copy lang from website na nagpa reserve talaga ng room… that’s it.. oh and one more… since freelancer ako, i was asked kung nagbabayad daw ako ng tax… syempre hindi.. sinabi kong hindi talaga, kasi kung sinabi ko na oo, panigurado hihingi ng ITR yan, eh di lalo ako napahamak. Pati occupation ng parents and siblings tinanong, hindi nga related sa travel yung interrogation na yun, its more on your financial status, pero case to case basis din talaga =) she even wanted to see the online stuff that i do, i’m willing pero wala ko laptop and net connection, sa phone ko na lang daw, sabi ko luma po phone ko sabay tawa heheh, means hindi talaga ako nervous and im confident na papasa ako sa immigration.
    SALAMAT sa blogsite and sa lahat na nagshare ng stories nila, very helpful po talaga !! so im returning the favor by sharing my story, hope it will help someone too. Wish you luck guys, kita kits sa UAE!

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    • hi driz,
      kailangan ba talaga round trip ang plane tickets? kung sa dxb manggagaling ang ticket, ok lang ba dummy ang pabalik o mabe-verify ng IO if it’s just a dummy ticket at one-way lang talaga ito? paki ha. salamat.

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      • hi gigi,
        yes pina check ng IO yung return ticket if its dummy or confirmed.
        in my case confirmed naman ticket ko since its a promo ticket ok lang na ginastusan ko.
        Wish you luck!

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      • Walang problema sa dummy ticket if its from a legits travel agency.

        Instead of paying the full amount of return ticket price, just go for the dummy one.

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    • Hi Driz,

      May work ka na po ba jan nakuha sa UAE?

      Ask ko po if yes, nag exit ka pa din ba ng UAE para sa employment visa processing mo or hindi na? kahit d pa expire yong Toursit Visa mo need ba talaga un?

      Your response will be great of help po talaga… Salamat 🙂

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      • Kailangan talaga mag exit from DXB to any country ang mga tourist / visit visa holder if may employment visa na sila, may mga case na A to A lang ang sitwasyon depende kung gaano kalakas ang company na nag isyu ng employment visa sayo.

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      • Thank you Xris,

        another tanong po,

        pag ma hire ka po ba jan, cno ung sasagot ng expenses like medical, residence visa application and other documents needed? Personal po ba un or company?

        Thank you..

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      • It depends on the size of the company, Jeff. Some companies shoulder everything (visa, medical and exit expenses) while most only pay for your visa or visa and medical.

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      • Additional tanong po pala,

        If mag exit sa Kish or Oman, pwede ba na bumali agad like overnyt stay lng or mga hapon, possible ba yun?just to let them know lng na nag exit ka, or need talaga na ma procesing muna ung employment visa, ma receive ko yong copy before i can go back to UAE?

        Thank you, ulit sa advice.

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      • Ok po. Ms Grace..

        but can i apply for a visit visa again if no feedback yet from the employer once the 14 days stay in Kish Island expired? is it possible? then apply again for another job or start job hunting again?

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    • hi gigi,
      yes pina check ng IO yung return ticket if its dummy or confirmed.
      in my case confirmed naman ticket ko since its a promo ticket ok lang na ginastusan ko.
      Wish you luck!

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  35. Hi, Grace and to all,

    Nakabili ako ng promo ticket sa cebu pacific kaso problema ko kasi ung cousin ko na sponsor ko gusto nya via CEBU-DUBAI, ung nakuha kong ticket MANILA-DUBAI. Ung ticket nabili ko is rebooking lang pwde hindi pwde rerouting so, ang magagamit is ung return ticket. Tapos gagawin ko sna bibili ako ng CEBU-DUBAI ticket bale di ko na lng gagamitin ung nabili kong MANILA-DUBAI TICKET. Pwde kaya na magkahiwalay ung Booking Reference # sa ticket, di kaya ako maqquestion sa immigration tapos ipaparebooking ko pa ung return ticket nabili ko kasi Sept ung flight e gusto ng cousin ko sabay sna kami papunta dun. Uuwi kasi ngayong June balik nya this July.

    Hope po masagot nyo hinaing ko. Kng sino man naka-encounter nito, pakishare lng po. Malaking tulong po un sakin.

    Thanks and God bless!

    Lei

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    • @ lei…. ang ticket ko is magkahiwalay din ang reference number since, magkaibang date ko yun binili dahil nga promo tickets… so ang ginawa lang ng IO is pina verify yung return ticket if confirmed or no.. dahil nga marami daw kasi gumagamit lang ng dummy ticket… And kung kasabay mo pupunta pa dubai ang pinsan mo which is your sponsor… i think its more advisable, less hassle sa interview ng IO pag kasabay mo na mag fly away ang sponsor. =)

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      • Mabilis lng ba makahanap ng work sa dubai kahit wala kang maisubmit ng employment certificate kasi nag-AWOL ka nung pagpunta sa dubai? Employed pa po kasi ako kaso di po ako nagresign pra di mahirapan mey maipakita ng company id sa immigration officer bale vacation leave lang ako sa pinas.

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  36. Hello po, si sarah po e2 before na po akong nag ask regarding sa mga pinoy na naooffload sa immigration lalo na fiance ko lang po kumuha sakin … thanks God at nakalusot naman me at ngaun kasal na din d2 ..

    ask ko lang po sana , kung anu procedure nang pag kuha sa parents kahit tourist lang …??
    at magkano kaya magagastos ko sana matulungan nyo po ako ulit ????

    plsss ASAP..

    Sarah

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    • Hi Sarah,

      Glad to know your experience was great and congratulations.

      About having your parents come here via tourist visa, you can either apply for the ticket + tourist visa package at any travel agencies (I use Al Rais Travel, located in Al Mankhool) or you can apply directly at immigration for family visit visa which is either 1 month or 3 months. But the family visit visa has minimum salary requirement of 6,000 dirhams.

      Email me if you still have questions 🙂

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      • ufff i think this will be the problem ma salary is 5k only ms. grace then planning for 2 weeks only , pano po yan … pero ung hubby ko mas malaki salary sakin kya lang hnd nman cguro pede ang son in law ???

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  37. Hi po! Balak ko din po magtourist sa uae kaso 2nd cousin ko lang po ang nagssponsor sakin. bday gift po kase sakin yun from my bf na nagwowork din po sa sa uae,nagtulong lang po sila ng cousin ko para maiayos mga kelangan ko pati ticket ko nadin po (with return ticket) Ok lang po ba na sabihin ko po sa immigration na nandun din po ang bf ko sa uae?at pde pong magsupport sakin. Doubt po kase ako sa sponsor ko,the fact na 2nd cousin ko lang sya.. So kukunin ko nalang mga docs nila pareho if ever. Oec,emirates id,contract etc. Employed pa po ako and mabibigay ko naman po mga docs about sa employment ko. May credit card and payroll atm din po ako. Aside sa bday gift,we r going to celebrate our 3rd yr anniversary nmin ng bf ko. Pls.sana po mabgyan nyo po ko ng payo.

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    • hi anne, kung doubtful ka and confident ka naman and financially capable ka para mag tour sa UAE then pwede mo na rin palabasin na tourist ka without any sponsorship? employed ka naman and with credit card. If you traveled out of the country before then its also an advantage. Case to case basis din kasi. advantage kung may kakilala ka sa uae to financially support you. pero pwede rin nila isipin na maghahanap ka din ng work at hindi tour ang pinunta mo.

      Sa case ko kasi nag doubt din ako sa sponsor ko.. since ka doubt doubt naman talaga kasi yung affidavit of support ko since hindi ko naman talaga relative. Anyway, hindi ko na lang pinakita yung document. kasi confident naman ako na papasa ako sa immigration.. pinakita ko yung bank certificate and soa but i am earning thru online, wala ko company ID (ikaw employed, more reason to come back to pinas – pakita mo lang din pati leave form mo, worst is kung pati itr eh hingin din) and meron na ko previous trips from other countries. my parents are working and all siblings are college graduates. single and i just want to tour. wag mo lang talaga bigyan ng ibang idea ang IO na hindi ka capable mag travel para hindi ka maoffload.

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      • May cousin po ako i visit visa ko pero ang problema po hindi kami pareho ng apelyido.tanong ko lng po possible po b sya makalusot sa immigration sa atin sa pinas?need ur help..thanks.

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      • oo naman, kahit saan pa bilin ang ticket as long as confirmed.. Kasi alam ng IO ang mga dummy ticket.. kaya basta ma confirm lang nila na valid ang return ticket okay na yun… yun ang alam ko! kasi ako sa pinas ko naman binili ang ticket ko at magkaibang month ko pa binili.. kumbaga hiwalay na bili.. kasi nga nag aabang ako ng promo.. pina validate lang sa staff kung dummy or confirmed ang return ticket. wala naman ako naging problem dun

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      • Thank you driz..
        Anxiety attacks na kase,malapit na ang flight ko. Yes im financially capable nmn and papakita ko nlng bank statement ko kase nagpapadala nmn regularly bf ko sakin..
        So its better na wag nalang magpakita ng aos? Pano po kung tanungin kung san ako mag-stay?
        Hotel reservation po ba papakita ko?

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      • Hi anne,
        Bank statement or bank certificate.. mag balance inquiry ka na rin just in case doubtful talaga sila. kasi ako pina balance inquiry pa… hindi lang natuloy kasi naistorbo yung IO.. For the hotel booking, pakita mo lang yung print out ng reservation… Normally naman kasi ang payment talaga ng hotel is upon check-in. Ako kasi ganun ang sinabi ko since totoo naman talaga… tsaka wag ka lang malilito sa pag sagot. Computin mo na rin how much ang food, ang hotel, ang tour… kasi sila mag cocompute nyan sa yo then sasabihin nila hindi enough ang pocket money mo. Pero syempre case to case pa din. Basta relax ka lang sa mga out of this world na questions! Wish you luck anne

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    • Hi Anne! I’m just wondering if passed thru immigration?Can you share with me your experience with the IO? I’m going to Dubai kasi on September. And yung Sponsor ko is 1st Cousin ng Mom ko. Hndi din kmi mgakaSurname or Middle Name. But I’m Capable to travel naman.. I have work here and I’ve been to 2 Different Countries before as tourist. Hope you could give some tips and advise.. thank you

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  38. Good day! I’m going to dubai this month. Ang meron akong papers are visit visa, affidavit of support, valid passport, nso birth certificate. But in my visa yung trabaho ko is Sales Representative. Kailangan ko pa ba talagang kumuha ng leave of absence letter? May Company id ako kaso mahihirapan akong manghingi ng leave of absence. Then may part time job ako kaso iba position ko. Pwede po bang dun ako manghingi ng leave of absence sa part time ko? Saka yug sponsor ko is mother ng GF ko. Sasabihin ko sa interview is ninang ko sya. Manghihingi pa kaya sila ng supporting documents? Thanks po sana may reply agad 🙂

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  39. Hi Ate Grace,

    Gusto ko lang po sanang itanong balak ko po sana umuwe ngaung Feb 2015 sa pinas
    and ang end of contract ko ay 22 jan 2015, tapos po hinde nako mag renew ng employment visa
    mag huhusband visa nalang po ako,

    what my concern is kailangan ko pa po ba ng OEC certificate ?

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  40. Mgbabakasyon po aq s pinas ngyn june hanggang july 13, 2015. Ang employment visa ko po ay mg expired s july 29, 2015 kelangan ko po bang mg p renew ng maaga bgo aq mgbakasyon o ok lng po pgdting ko n galing bakasyon. Mgkakaroon po b aq ng problema s immigration s atin Pg blik ko s dubai Kung d n renew ang visa ko.tnx!

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  41. Hi Ate Grace,

    Im back again , may gs2 po ulit sana akong itanong , regarding naman sa parents ko, if gs2 ko po silang kunin for visit visa for 1 month , anu po bang procedure??? at saan agency po ang maganda , nasa abu dhabi po ako ngaun..

    Thanks and regards

    Sarah

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  42. Hi! Is the AOS still needed kahit Emirates Airlines ang sponsor ko? Wala ko hotel booking kasi sa bahay naman nila ako mag stay. Pasensya kung I need to ask this kahit nasabi mo na na tourist visa entries from manila need this AOS. Kasi sabi naman ng katrabaho nia na same sponsor sa akin hindi naman need yun.

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  45. hi po..i need a help po ako ay nag sponsor sa pinsan ko. papunta uae flight na po niya sa 26 lahat po ng papers niya naipadala ko.kaso po may mali po ako sa affidavit niya insted na pinsan ko siya nailagay ko aunt..so na upset ako grabe..pwde po ba baguhin yun at ipabura ko nalng ng liguid paper kasi kamay sulat ko lang naman yun..but she has a proof and birthcertificate na mag pinsan kami…

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  46. Good day!

    Hello po Ms. Grace,

    May itatanong po sana ako regarding AOS, Ganito po kase yun, i already applied for my
    Parents (Mum and Dad) and my little sister 9 years old are travelling with them, pero sabi
    po ng Officer sa Philippine Embassy hinde na daw po need ng sister ko ang AOS kase kasama
    naman po daw ang parents ko (Totoo po ba yun wala po bang issue sa immigration natin??? ) ..
    so ang kinunan ko lang ung Mum and Dad ko, na released na po
    nila, ang kaso po eh ung binigay lang sakin eh ung AOS certificate na may red ribbon wala pong
    attachment, ang sabi lang eh iattached ko lang ung mga requirements na isinubmit ko sa knila
    while processing the AOS,. (Passport ko, ng traveller, Visa & Trade License ng Agency , Salary Cert and
    Housing Contrac) ung sa bahay po nakaname sa Asawa ko.

    Kailangan ko pa po bang iattached ung marriage cert namin at Paspoort id ng asawa ko along duon sa
    affidavit of support?? at tsaka ung birth certificate namin? or kapag hinanap lang tsaka nila ipakita???

    Plz help nyo naman po ako sa aking mga katanungan..

    regards
    Sarah

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