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Dual Citizen

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It’s official! Micah is a dual citizen! Yay! We want to thank everyone who prayed as we processed his paperwork. He also has his American passport now, so he is ready to become a world traveler!  Sometimes I forget that he has never been to the USA because he was born here in Cebu!  He is going to love meeting our families and friends….and seeing snow for the first time!  Thanks again to all those who prayed!

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Approved!

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Good news! Elizabeth’s permanent residence status has been approved!  Now, she can leave and reenter the country as if she were a Filipino citizen and stay with no time restraint. The only maintenance this status requires is a renewal of her i-card (her identification) every 5 years. Thank you all for keeping us in your prayers!

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Paper Trails & Visa Work

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We have started the final stageThe Baranss of Elizabeth’s permanent residence paperwork!  We just took a trip to Manila for an official interview and were approved! With all of the forms complete, all we have to do is wait for final approval from two lawyers. Once we acquire this, paperwork for staying in the country will become much simpler.  Abigail, Micah, and myself are all dual citizens so it is not difficult for us to leave and return to the Philippines. However for Elizabeth, that is not the case. As an American married to a Filipino, she is automatically given a one year visa but at the end of that year she is required by law to leave the country. As you can imagine, an annual plane ticket is a pricey expense! However, once she becomes an official permanent resident she will no longer be required to leave the country each year. We hope to find out in April that she has become an approved permanent resident of the Philippines!

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Elizabeth’s Paperwork

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It has almost been a year since we moved to Cebu last March.  Being a dual citizen has made it so much easier for me and our children to process our paperwork and stay in this country.  Things are a little more complicated for my wife.  Because she is married to a dual citizen she has a yearly visa, allowing her to stay in the country longer than most.  However, it runs up after a year, at which point she would be required to leave the country and renew her yearly visa upon her return. As you can imagine a plane ticket can be a little pricey but praise the Lord we have found a better way!  By becoming a permenant resident of the Philippines, Elizabeth would no longer be required to leave the country, eliminating the cost of a yearly plane ticket. It’s a long process but we’re hoping to have Elizabeth’s permenant residency next year.  Please pray that all our paperwork would be approved and that there would be no complications!

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