A country that is performing remarkably well in times when other countries clearly struggle. The economy is growing rapidly and the government is implementing new plans and policies to create an attractive environment for business to start and grow. 

So working in the Philippines is great, but living there is even better. There are seven thousand breath-taking islands with endless possibilities to enjoy their beauty. The cost of living is incredibly cheap; food, local transport and housing will cost you hardly anything but the best things the country offers are even free. Sunsets, white beaches, clear blue water, great temperatures and the most welcoming and friendly people in the world. 

The majority of Filipino’s are Catholic and you can see biblical writing and drawings on almost every jeepney, the most common used form of public transport in the cities. Filipino and English are both official languages in the country, which makes it even easier to communicate with the warm-hearted locals. 

Business in the country is based on trust so take time to socialise and preferably meet new business contacts through a third party. Before a deal is closed, there is often an exchange of gifts. These should be nicely wrapped, and opened later in private. 

Philippines Residency

Long Stay Visitors Visa

When you arrive in the Philippines, citizens of most countries can get a 30 day visitor visa.  You can then apply for a long stay visitor visa extension.  This visa is for 6 months and can be renewed.  The official website for this visa is located here.

Investment Visa

Philippine Special Investor's Resident Visa (SIRV) -If you invest more than US $75,000 in approved investments or shares of stocks in existing, new or proposed corporations the Philippines, you can apply for the SIRV residency permit.

Special Resident Retiree's Visa (SRRV)

The Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) is a visa for those wishing to retire to the Philippines or make an investment.  It is a multiple entry visa with special tax and other concessions.  There are a few option as follows:

  1. Deposit US$20,000 in an accredited bank 

  2. Invest over US$ 20,000 in Real Estate if you are over the age of 50 

  3. Prove a pension of at least US$800 for single / US$1,000 for couple if you are over the age of 50

  4. Invest over US$ 50,000.00 in Real Estate if you are between 35 and 49 years of age.

  5. For retirees who are unwell and need medical care over the age of 35 years, you can get this visa if you have a monthly pension of at least US$1,500.00, a health insurance policy and make a bank deposit of US$10,000

Work Visa

Immigrants who want to work and live in the Philippines can apply for a ‘Pre-Arranged Employees’-visa. Your future employer can apply and hire someone with skills, experience or qualifications that are short in supply in the country so it is necessary to find an employer that offers you a position.  The visa is valid for one, two or three years and depending on your contract they can be extended for a maximum period of three years. Special visas are available for family members who are moving with you. 

GDP Per Capita
$2,587  (Rank: 121)
Disposable Income
$331  (Rank: 152)
Life Expectancy
68.50  (Rank: 123)
Education Index
61.00%  (Rank: 106)
Corruption Index
35%  (Rank: 100)
Murders Per Year
4,947  (Rank: 179)
Crime Index
39.77  (Rank: 49)
Environmental Protection
44.02%  (Rank: 114)
Gender Equality
78.60%  (Rank: 7)
Annual Tourists
4,833,000  (Rank: 54)




Filipino, English (both official)



Population Density

348 per square km

Philippines Citizenship

Citizenship by Birth

If you were born in this country, you are most likely a citizen.

Citizenship by Descent

If one or both of your parents were citizens when you were born, you are probably also a citizen.  

Citizenship by Naturalization

After living in the Philippines for 10 years you can apply for citizenship by naturalization.  You need to be over the age of 21, own property and have a way of earning an income.


Quality of Life

Rank: 63

Cost of Living

Rank: 99


Rank: 49

Average Temp.


Rank: 39

Resources & Links

The passport for the Philippines allows you to travel to 64 countries without a visa.

Its global rank is 130.

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