Philippines Country Profile

For more details visit Philippines Passport Ranking
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  • Passport Score
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  • Access to the World's GDP
  • Access to the World's Surface Area
  • Access to the World's Population
  • Access to the Unesco Sites
Citizenship and Naturalization
Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
  • Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
    No provisions
Naturalization - Standard Conditions
  • Minimum residency period
    10 years
  • Physical presence requirement
  • Language test
    Yes, English, Spanish, or other official language
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
  • Can minor children naturalize?
  • Can naturalized parents pass citizenship to a child born abroad?
  • Can you lose naturalization due to prolonged absence/ naturalization elsewhere?
Naturalization - Your Spouse is a Citizen
  • Living IN the country: Residency/marriage requirement
    5 years / 0 years*
    Only male applicants married to FEMALE citizens can apply after 5 years of resdiency. No special provisons for female applicants.
  • Living ABROAD: Marriage requirement
    Not allowed
  • Language test
    Yes, English, Spanish, or other official language.
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
Naturalization - Other Beneficial Provisions
  • Your child is a citizen
  • Citizens of specific countries
"–": The provision has not been analysed.
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  • Taxation Type
A tax resident of a country with a RESIDENCE-BASED tax system pays taxes on their WORLDWIDE income. However, if you lose tax residency status there (e.g., by moving out), the country will generally stop taxing you.

Residence-based taxation applies to citizens only. Foreigners living in the country enjoy territorial taxation.
Schiff Sovereign's Take on Philippines
It can be notoriously difficult for Western foreigners to live in Asia: You physically stick out, the language is hard to learn, and the culture is mystifying.

But the Philippines is different: It’s English-speaking, fluent in American culture, and simply feels more familiar to Westerners.

It’s also generally much easier to integrate in the Philippines than, say, in China or Thailand.

The Philippines’ amazing islands make the country an incredible place to live. And it’s a good hub for cheap flights to explore the rest of Asia, too. 

Plus, it’s amazingly inexpensive to boot. Chances are that you will be able to afford regular massages, household staff, regular meals out, etc.

Fortunately, the country’s Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) makes obtaining residency easy for retirees over 50 years old. (Until 2020, you could be as young as 35 and still qualify.)

The country’s capital, Manila, is a great city to live in, especially if you’re the adventurous type. As one person we know puts it, “If you're a person with a lot of vices, then you would find Manila to be quite convenient.”

So for retirees, adventurous families, and digital nomads alike, the Philippines can tick a lot of boxes.

There are drawbacks. The country is corrupt. The infrastructure is in a nascent state. The region is susceptible to natural disasters. And there is visible poverty almost everywhere. (The high-end Makati business district of Manila almost feels like a different country.)

But there are also a lot of opportunities.

Some entrepreneurs we know export services from the Philippines. One of them employs more than 500 workers in his call center.

Salaries are very low by Western standards, and people are English speaking, so it can be a great place to set up such a business.

There’s also some other very meaningful investment opportunities in the Philippines. In the 4th Pillar – our investment-related newsletter – we have found some great, deep-value companies located there.
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Philippines Overview
  • Region
  • Capital City
  • Largest City
  • Currency
    Philippine peso
  • Languages
    Filipino, English
  • Population
    112.6 million (12th)
  • Life Expectancy
    70.1 years (169th)
  • GDP (Nominal)
    $401.7 billion (40th)
  • GDP/Capita
    $3,567 (143rd)
Useful Data
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Cost of Living
    Very cheap (2/7)
  • Climate
    Average (3/5)
  • Safety
    Average (4/7)
  • Pollution
    Polluted (4/5)
  • English Proficiency
    High (2/5)

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