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pachador
12-26-2007, 01:57 PM
Good news for basketball fans pending in the Philippine Senate. Thats why email all the Philippine senators to pass this bill:

Philippine Immigration Act of 2007 or Senate Bill 1614* -introduced by Senador Enrile - for discussion by the lawyer posters in this forum....will this help us in our search for foreign bball players for the National team?

Relevant sections pertaining to our search for a 7 foot devil and deserving foreign bball players or forreigners born in the Philippines, e.g. Alex Compton

Sec. 37. Non-Quota Immigrants. - The following immigrants, termed "nonquota
immigrants", may be admitted without regard to numerical limitation and
immigration reciprocity:
a) The spouse of a citizen: Provided, however, that the abandonment and failure
to give support by the alien spouse to his Filipino wife and family, legal
separation or termination of the marital status by annulment or divorce where
the cause is attributable to the alien spouse, shall constitute grounds for
cancellation of the immigrant visa issued to the alien spouse if such event occurs
within two (2) years from the date of their marriage.
b) A child born to an alien mother during her temporary visit abroad, the mother
being a lawful permanent resident of the Philippines, if accompanied by or
coming to join the mother who applies for the admission of the child within five
(5) years from the date of the child's birth;
c) A child born subsequent to the issuance of the immigrant visa of the
accompanying parent, the visa not having expired;
d) A woman who was formerly a citizen of the Philippines and who lost her
citizenship by reason of marriage to a foreign national or the loss of Philippine
citizenship by her husband, including her family members accompanying or
following to join her;
e) A foreign national who had been lawfully admitted into the Philippines for
permanent residence, who is returning from a temporary visit abroad to an
unrelinquished residence in the Philippines;
f) A natural born citizen who become a naturalized citizen of a foreign country, and
is returning to the Philippines for permanent residence therein, including his
spouse and minor children accompanying or following to join him;
g) A foreign national legally adopted by a citizen; and
h) Spouse of a foreign national who has been granted a permanent resident visa.

Sec. 40. Status of Children Born to Foreign Nationals. - A child born in the
Philippines to parents who are foreign nationals and lawful residents of the Philippines
shall be deemed a native-born permanent resident. However, a child born to parents
who are both non-immigrants shall be deemed a native-born non-immigrant or
temporary resident and may remain in the Philippines only during the period of
authorized stay of the parents, unless he reaches the age of eighteen (18) while
continuously residing in the country, in which case he may apply for naturalization
under this Act.

Sec. 36. Quota Immigrants. - Subject to conditions set forth in this Act, there
may be admitted into the Philippines immigrants, termed "quota immigrants", not to
exceed two hundred (200) of any one nationality based on immigration reciprocity, for
any one calendar year, and upon allotment by the Commissioner of the corresponding
quota number. In the allotment of quota numbers, the following order of preference
shall be observed:
a) First Preference - those whose service and qualifications show a high educational
attainment, technical training, specialized experience, or exceptional ability in the
sciences, arts, professions or business as would reasonably enhance and
contribute substantial benefits prospectively to the national economy, or cultural
or educational interests or welfare of the Philippines, including their family
members, accompanying or following to join them, who shall likewise be allotted
individual quota numbers.

razor
12-26-2007, 02:24 PM
Sec. 40. Status of Children Born to Foreign Nationals. - A child born in the
Philippines to parents who are foreign nationals and lawful residents of the Philippines
shall be deemed a native-born permanent resident. However, a child born to parents
who are both non-immigrants shall be deemed a native-born non-immigrant or
temporary resident and may remain in the Philippines only during the period of
authorized stay of the parents, unless he reaches the age of eighteen (18) while
continuously residing in the country, in which case he may apply for naturalization
under this Act.



No dice. Under Sec. 40 of this pending bill, Compton and others like him who were born in the country can only be granted permanent resident status not citizenship. Granting them outright citizenship is unconstitutional.

What I would like to see though are the proposed provisions on the naturalization process hoping that there be less stringent procedures and requirements, e.g., shorter residency period, for some foreigners possessing exceptional skills, talent, etc.