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Moving to Isla Margarita ,Venezuela

I'm American--my wife Filipina---we are living in Manila,Philippines at present. We have decided to move to Isla Margarita,Venezuela(we haven't been there yet--we can always go somewhere else it its not 4 us.Are there any experts that 'know the ropes' as far as--------------- How to avoid paying 4 round trip tickets(the tourist visa requires a documented exit after your 90 day tourist time is up.) And,----can u apply for permanent residence on the isla, withOUT having to go to Caracas? And--->:) How do u access your American dollars there as u need them(Mine are in American Bank ,and I can wire transfer.. Rick and Mildy


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    Coming from the US or Philippines you will need to enter on the 90-day tourist visa. The next document you need is a 'Pase de Transeunte' which can only be provided with the signature of two Venezuelan witnesses and a letter from your employer in Venezuela. So you will have to find work before applying for the Pase de Transeunte, which will be valid for one year. From here you can apply for residency or continue to renew your Transeunte year-by-year until you reach the five years necessary for citizenship.

    The bad news is that it seems you have to visit the ONIDEX (Oficina de Identificacion y Extranjeros) in Caracas to get the Transeunte, residency and citizenship.

    Opening up a local bank account and having funds transferred from American Bank shouldn't be a hassle beyond the normal admin necessary. Best to consult with both banks beforehand.
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    hi everyone, i am planning to visit switzerland this coming May. Have been in switzerland twice before December 2008. I am currently holding a limited residence UK working visa which is due to expire on October 2009. A Filipino citizen. Please give me a brilliant advise if posibble. Mabuhay!
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    To babypatz. As a Filipino/Venezuelan living in Margarita and working in Caracas (really). I wouldn't recommend you coming to live in Margarita and or Venezuela for that matter if you haven't been here before. Why of all places in the world did you choose Margarita Island? Good luck anyway.
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    Do not go to Margarita. I was there 5 years and all our neighbours got robbed at gunpoint then we did too. It has one of the highest murder rates in the world, there is a killing nearly every day and it's only a small island.
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    The comment from Plexel about Margarita being so dangerous is bullshit. Site some referenced, Pixel.
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    Im looking to move to Venezuela from India. I know conversational spanish. I'll also need work (web designing, it tech etc) or photography (its a hobby, but i can convert it into a job if it needs be). Apart from that, I also have a diploma in journalism. Will any of this help ? how much money would I need to move permanently to Venezuela ?


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    I Moved from Pampanga, Philippines to Margarita Venezuela, I was married also to a filipina and still am, I first must say i bought a business in Margarita and had a hotel,, The venezuelan Embassy in manila in makati is a Joke, The guy who runs it last name Perez is a royal jerk, He will under no circumstances gice a visa to a filipina woman, no matter what you do, it took me over a year and a haldf and had to go over his head and had to go to caracas to speak to his superiors about overiding this idiot,, In all my wife was otally digusted as she was treated terribly by the venezulan and decided she didnt want to live there or go back there ever again, margarita used to be a dedent and cheap island to live on, today it is terrible and I suggest anyone going to live there or any place in Venezuela go for a few months before making this commitment, Hugo Chavez and his band of corrupt officials are terrible, there is a hug black market there and you cannot get U.S dollars or use western union, you must netrust your money to someone you know to give you the right black market rate and most will rip you off at any chance they can, the country is corrupt from top to bottom, I lived there 4 years and was there over 20 times prior but the last time I lived there was the last time I will ever go back, the banks will rob you, they closed my account while I was in manila for 6 month in a hospital away from my business and stole almost every penny I ever had, and i had a lawyer and she said there was no recourse, its gone, they assumed I was gone was my business and 250k, yes i am angry and frustrated that this goes on in the world today with no recourse your better off in the Philippines I lived inpampanga for 10 years my wife is from negors the officials there are corrupt also but no nearly as much as in venezuelan, the beaches have become a diumping gounds and everyone wants out but cant sell be prepared, for water shirtges, food shortages and elctric shortages, gas is dirt cheap the bes tthing about the place, the res stinks and the people mostly are crooks or cast outs from other counrtries looking to rob gringos.
  • Cabalen, Hi guys, I'm from Philippines and respect every view here in this post. Perhaps everyone in every place will experience good and bad things or incidents. 

    I have been in Venezuela for less then a year and my experience could be called in a phrase "there must be more to life than this".

    Few months after the death of the late president when I came in after having traveled to Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, I have noticed the great margin of difference between Venezuela and those 3 countries. I was shocked but I needed to continue normally because I thought it was all part of knowing the country. 

    But to the best of my knowledge and conscience if it had not been for a purpose, I never would have been to Venezuela. One of the things very common is violence for many reason scoring it 1 murder every 22 minutes according records. What hurts most it that based on stats 4 out of 100 murders were only solved. How about the 96? 

    In my first month I was robbed by the 3 policemen when our bus passed in a certain checkpoint. That made me so paranoid whenever a policemen enters a bus. If you are lucky is a police to rob you of money, if not really lucky you'll have a gang or robber who will rob you inside the bus. Of course you can not complain and you can't trust no one. Even the resident don't trust nobody. If someone happens to be victimized by a violence of a crime, it's better to get silent or you'll be silenced forever. 

    After 2 months in Caracas, just 3 meters away we saw riding in tandem on a motorbike shooting under a broad daylight a poor car owner and they took away his dead body inside the car so as to finish the task in less than 1 minutes. Really fast it happened. In the state where I used to live, I have heard 7 murders only within a month. There are more deaths by way of violence which I was not able to hear. 

    In my less than a year, I could hardly see milk, and cooking oil on the supermarket not even in Caracas. 

    In our place, seeing a milk and cooking oil on the supermarket is almost a miracle. 

    According to my conversations with the people who were born and raised in Venezuela, It's really very different back then. What may have seemed to be paradise back then is just like hell today, they say. 

    Yes, the dollar is a robbery here, and with the inflation rate which is 62% yearly of 8% monthly, some uncontrolled prices of goods and service keep increasing. It means to say that after a year, a 100 bolivar bread will cost 150 bolivar (or much) on the next year. 

    In Margarita, there are not Venezuelan there that survive and go well day by day, but you'll need to have 'GREAT BALLS OF FIRE" to survive. Balls I mean balls down below. Because whenever you encounter threat from criminal elements or crime or injustice from supposedly caretakers of security, you need balls not to fight, and you need balls to keep living. 

    I wish to hear good reports from Venezuela but there seem to be none. Best wishes to those who plan to get there. Take precautions, act cunningly, make research on the currency and how to exchange. Good luck. 
  • I unfortunately lived in Isla De margarita for a few years. It's safer than the mainland where I was held at gun point by security in Gold Fingers near Lecheria, disco and robbed of 200 Euros. With the police as corrupt as anyone I id not report it as I feared they would be in on it. I was also held up at gun point on the beach there. Isla De Margarita is safer than the mainland but if you live in a house it is a question of when you will be robbed at gun point and not if. If you must live there I suggest you fly under the radar. Dress with vests, sandals and shorts and live in an apartment with front security. When you are approached by someone with a gun never put up a fight and give up everything immediately. You will find the black market and money system is a pain. Before Chavez took over you could take money from ATMs from your bank at a fair rate. For the last 10 years the banks will take 40% of the value atleast making Venezuela the most expensive country in the world unless you use their black market system which is officially illegal.
    unfortunately most of the foreigners you will find there too are bad ( not all) drug dealers or mules and will rob you too. If you speak with 80% of Venezuelans they will tell you Venezuela is the greatest country in the world. its a beautiful country where the civilisation and political climate has ruined it. You will also hear that tourism is going great in Margarita. In fact the zones which used to cater for many foreign tourists is now dead and just dangerous places at night only frequented by Venezuelans
  • I don't understand wanting to move to any place you haven't been. My advice would be to get a backpack and travel round the area first on a traveller's visa and then wait until you find a place you fall in love with. If you follow the tourist trail you can always earn money along the way. I used to buy jewellery in India/Thailand/Indonesia and then sell it along the way as it was easy to carry, but there are usually plenty of jobs along the trail if you don't mind what you do.
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