WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Wanting to travel to the United States but don’t have a visa?
Certain countries are part of the Visa Waiver Program in which their citizens are not required to obtain a visa to visit the United States for tourism, business, transit, medical and short study purposes for up to 90 days per visit.
Then there’s also a convenient way to secure a visa waiver — electroncally. It’s called ESTA or Electronic System for Travel Authorization.
Among those eligible for ESTA are Philippians, by virtue of their being Greek citizens who are entitled to the visa waiver.
Philippi, is a hill town of Kavála, Greece, overlooking the coastal plain and the bay at Neapolis.
Now, that’s different than the Philippines, even if its citizens are mistakenly referred to as Philippinos.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Just days after a group of Philippine (Makabayan) legislators filed a bill to grant Philippine citizenship to 71-year-old Australian missionary Sr. Patricia Fox, President Donald Trump offered the nun U.S. citizenship.
Fox was ordered deported following charges that she violated the terms of her temporary stay in the Philippines. She was accused of participating in political activities which is prohibited under the Constitution.
The Adobo Chronicles spoke with Trump and asked him his rationale for the U.S. citizenship offer to Fox.
The President said that this was consistent with his earlier pronouncement that he would welcome immigrants from white countries.
Many will recall that Trump had questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal.
We could not get hold of Sr. Fox to ask her if she would accept Trump’s offer.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – She violated the law and the conditions of her temporary stay in the Philippines. Now, she is using the law to avoid deportation.
Sr. Patricia Fox, a 71-year-old Missionary nun was ordered deported after violating Philippine immigration law that prohibits foreign visitors from participating in political activity while in the country. She was supposed to have left on May 25 but the timeline was extended to June 18.
But Fox is not waiting for June 18. She practically avoided immediate deportation by marrying a 35-year-old Filipino priest. That marriage entitles her to apply for Filipino citizenship after 5 years — that is, when she turns 76.
The Adobo Chronicles could not verify if the Filipino priest had left the ministry. But we think so since Catholic priests are not allowed to marry. We also don’t know if this was a case of love at first sight.