IMMIGRATION INFORMATION

 

Foreigners visiting the Philippines, within 21 days must have a valid passport valid for at least 6 months at the date of entry and must have a valid return or onward ticket. Tourist visas from 21 to 58 days are available at Philippine consulates and embassies in your country. Visas can be extended at the Commission on Immigration located in Manila.

Visitors may import the following items duty-free:

On departure, international departure tax is currently at Php 550.00 (approximately US$ 15.00). Domestic airport departure tax on major cities is at Php 100.00

 

Visas

 

The Philippine Immigration Act provides seven visa categories for nonimmigrant, namely (1) temporary visitor, (2) transients, (3) seaman, (4) treaty trader or treaty investor, (5) foreign government official, (6) student, (7) prearranged employment. These categories are governed by reciprocity agreements with the country of the foreigner who seeks nonimmigrant status in the Philippines. Hence, these nonimmigrant visas are available only for foreign applicants whose countries grant similar visas for Philippine citizens who seek admission as nonimmigrant in any of these categories.

 

Types of Visas

 

 Extension for Pre-Arranged Employee (9G Missionary)

 

Definition:

 

 

This visa extension is applicable to a foreigner who was earlier granted a Prearranged Employment Visa under Section 9(g) (Missionary) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940 (C.A. 613, as amended).

 

 

 

 

Who Can Apply?

 

 

Extension of Missionary visas may be issued to aliens: (1) who are members of a religious denomination having a bonafide nonprofit organization in the Philippines; (2)whose purpose is for carrying on the vocation of a minister (or as a religious worker) of that religious denomination; (3) who shall be coming to the Philippines at the organization's request to carry on a religious occupation and (4) whose purpose shall be to study a fixed curriculum in order to accomplish and undergo proper formation training.

 

 

 

 

Requirements:

 

 

  1. Letter request from petitioner - organization
  2.  General application form duly accomplished and notarized (BI Form No. RBR 98-01)
  3. 2x2 picture to be attached to the duly accomplished application form
  4. Income Tax Return and financial statement of the petitioner organization
  5. Certificate of Assignment of applicant
  6. Barangay Certification that applicant is actually rendering missionary service in community/barangay
  7. Applicant's ACR and CRPE
  8. True copy of applicant's passport

 

If applicant will be accompanied by his/her spouse and unmarried children

  • True copies of the passport of the spouse and unmarried minor children
  • True copies of their ACR and CRPE, if already obtained, and documents showing admission status

 

 

 

 

Extension for Pre-Arranged Employee (9G Commercial)

 

Definition:

 

 

This visa extension is applicable to an alien who was earlier granted a Prearranged Employment Visa under Section 9(g) (Commercial) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940 (C.A. 613, as amended)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Can Apply?

 

 

 

Professors and teacher for educational institutions, doctors and nurses for hospitals, scientists, professionals and other workers for banking, commercial, industrial, agricultural and other business enterprises whose 9(g) visas are due for renewal or extension.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requirements:

 

1.

Letter request from the Petitioner Company

 

2.

General Application form accomplished and notarized (BI Form No. RBR 98-01)

 

3.

2x2 picture to be attached to the application form

 

4.

Latest ITR and proof of payment and financial Statement of the Petitioner

 

5.

Income Tax Return and proof of payment of taxes by the employee applicant

 

6.

Certified True Copy of applicant's contract of employment stating exact salary to be received by the applicant for the next year

 

 

7.

Alien Employment Permit (AEP) from the Department of Labor an Employment

 

8.

True copy of the applicant's passport showing admission status and updated stay

 

9.

Latest General information Sheet of the company

 

10.

Income Tax Return of petitioner and proof of payment; audited financial statement

 

 

 

If applicant is accompanied by spouse and unmarried minor children

  • True copies of the passports of the spouse and the unmarried minor children
  • Birth Certificate of unmarried minor children if dependents are included in the application

 

 

 

 

Change of Status to Pre-Arranged employee (9G Visa)

 

Definition:

 

 

This change of status is issued to foreigners who are proceeding to the Philippines to engage in any lawful occupation, whether for wages or salary or for other forms of compensation where a bonafide employer-employee relationship exists. In determining the existence of an employer-employee relationship, the following elements are generally considered: (1) selection and engagement of employee; (2) payment of wages; (3) the power of dismissal and (4) the employer's power to control the employee with respect to the means and methods by which the work is to be accomplished.

 

Who Can Apply?

 

 

Professors and teacher for educational institutions, doctors and nurses for hospitals, scientists, professionals and other workers for banking, commercial, industrial, agricultural and other business enterprises may qualify for this visa

 

 

 

 

 

Requirements:

 

  1. General Application Form
  2. Alien Employment Permit 3
  3. Contract of Employment
  4. Curriculum Vitae to be signed by page

 

 

 

Change of Status to Treaty Trader

 

Definition:

 

A treaty trader is a foreigner who is entering the Philippines solely to carry on substantial trade or commerce between the Philippines and the country of which he is a national pursuant to an existing treaty of commerce and navigation.

A treaty investor is foreigner who seeks admission for the purpose of developing and directing the operations of an enterprise in the Philippines where (a) he has invested or is actively in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital or where (b) his employer has invested or is actively in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital, provided that such employer is a foreign person or organization of the same nationality as the applicant and that the applicant is of an overall supervisor or executive.

 

Who Can Apply?

 

Treaty trader visa applicant from the United States must establish that (a) he is proceeding to the Philippines solely for the purpose of carrying on substantial trade principally between the Philippines and the United States; (b) he intends in good faith, and will be able, to depart from the Philippines upon the termination of his status; and that (c) if he employed, his employer shall be foreign person or organization and shall be engage in duties of a supervisory and executive character, or if he is or is to be employed in a minor capacity, he has special qualification which makes his services essential to the efficient operations of the employer.

 

An applicant for treaty investor visa must establish, among others that (a) he seeks to enter the Philippines solely for the purpose of developing and directing the operations of an enterprise in the Philippines; (b) he seeks to enter the Philippines as a spouse or child of an alien (c) he is not applying for a nonimmigrant visa in an effort to evade the quota or other restrictions which are applicable to immigrants; (d) he intends in good faith, and will be able to depart from the Philippines upon the termination of his status; (e) the enterprise is one which actually exist or is in active process of formation, and is not a fictitious paper organization.

 

Upon proper application, a duly approved application under Section 9(d) (Treaty Trade/Investor) shall be for one (1) year.

 

Requirements

 

  1. Letter Request from the petitioner (single proprietorship, partnership or corporation)
  2. General application form duly accomplished and notarized (RBR Form No. 98-01)

 

Petitioner

 

  1. SEC Certificate of Registration, Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws and General Information Sheet, in case of corporation or
  2. DTI Certificate of Registration of Business name and application form for Certificate of Registration of Business name duly accomplished and received by the DTI, in case of single proprietorship
  3. Latest Corporate Income Tax Return and audited Financial Statement stamped "received" by the BIR
  4. Corporate Secretary's Certificate that the investor has maintained his/her investment in the business entity of petitioner (partnership or corporation) per Stock and Transfer Book, in case petition is based on investment or
  5. Owner's Affidavit (in case of single proprietorship) that he/she has maintained his/her capital in the single proprietorship, in case petition is based on investment or
  6. President's CEO's, Treasurer's, or Secretary's Certificate that trader - petitioner is in continuous engagement in the trade, submitting proof of trading such as LC's, Buyer invoices, Vouchers, etc.
  7. Treasurer's or Secretary's Certificate that investor-petitioner's majority share holding is owned by an alien of the same nationality as the applicant.

 

Applicant

 

1.       Photocopy of Passport

2.      Bio data with 2x2 picture

3.      Affidavit of Guarantee

4.      Contract of employment, assignment or Corporate Secretary's Certificate of Election showing exact compensation applicant subject to withholding tax and duration of employment or assignment

 

If applicant will be accompanied by his/her spouse and unmarried minor children

 

  1. Photocopies of the passports of the spouse and unmarried minor children
  2. Certified true copies of marriage contract
  3. Birth certificate of children

 

Requirements for a Special Work Permit (SWP)

 

  1. Letter request from the Petitioner company
  2. Photocopy of passport with valid visa
  3. Bio data
  4. Photocopy of Sec registration, bilaws Articles of Incorporation of the company
  5. Affidavit of Support from the Petitioner company
  6. ITR of the company
  7. Certified true copy of contract specifying compensation earned

 

 

 

 

 

 

attach 2x2 colored

photo of  applicant

using permanent glue

 
 


REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION

 

GENERAL APPLICATION FORM

(CHANGE OF ADMISSION STATUS) 

 

Warning and Directions:

1.)    Indicate “N/A”  if Not Applicable. Do not leave any space blank. Print all information.

2.)    Application forms not properly accomplished will  be  summarily denied.

3.)    Giving of false information by the applicant/representative is a basis for summary denial

of application.

4.)    Only B.I Accredited Representatives are allowed to represent applicants.

5.)    The CERTIFICATION on page 2  is  an  integral  part  of  this  general application form.

An  application  unaccompanied  by  the  Certification  will  be  summarily  dismissed  /

denied.  All documents submitted to the Bureau must conform to the representations   in

the Certification.

 

STATUS OF ADMISSION AT THE TIME OF ENTRY

INTO THE PHILIPPINES:____________________________________________

DATE OF ENTRY : __________________________________________________

 

CHANGE OF STATUS APPLIED FOR: __________________________________

 

PERSONAL DATA:

NAME:

 

                 (SURNAME)                                         (FIRST NAME)              MI                            

 

Sex: Female_____ Male _____           Height _________cm.         Weight _________________ kls.        Age _____ yrs.

 

BIRTHDATE:_____________ BIRTHPLACE:__________________ CITIZENSHIP: _____________________________

 

ADDRESS:

_________________________________________________________________________   _________________________                                                                                                        ______________

                                (In the Philippines )                                                                                                             ( Telephone No. )

___________________________________________________________________________________

                                ( In Home Country )

 

PASSPORT NO.____________________  Place Issued _________ Date Issued ____________ Valid Up To ____________

 

Applicant’s Authorized Representative: _________________________________________________________________

 

B.I Accreditation No._________________________

 

CIVIL STATUS:   [    ]  Single           [    ] Married                    [    ] Divorced/Legally Separated                   [    ] Separated In Fact

 

NAME  OF SPOUSE:

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

  (Place of Birth)                        (Date of Birth )         (Citizenship)             (Age)

 

CHILDREN (unmarried children below twenty one ( 21 )  years of age ) : Use additional sheet if necessary.

   NAME                                AGE                                         BIRTHDATE/ PLACE                         SEX

____________                    _____                                    ___________________                    _________

____________                    _____                                    ___________________                    _________

____________                    _____                                    ___________________                    _________

 

 

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN ASIDE FROM NATIVE LANGUAGE:

 

1 _____________________________ 2 _________________________________

3 _____________________________

 

 

CHARACTER REFERENCES IN THE PHILIPPINES:

               

                                Name                                                                                      Address

 

1. ________________________________________________________________________________________________

2. ________________________________________________________________________________________________  3._________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

BI Form No. RBR 98-01                                                                                                    Page No.  (2)

 

For applicants for pre-arranged employment visas [Section 9 (g)]

 

NAME OF PETITIONER – COMPANY/ORGANIZATION : ______________________________________________

ADDRESS OF PETITIONER :   _______________________________________________________________________

Date of Incorporation:________________________________________________________________________________

Name of Petitioner’s representative: ____________________________________________________________________

Position in the company: ______________________________________________________________________________

POSITION TO BE OCCUPIED BY ALIEN IN THE COMPANY: __________________________________________

JOB TO BE PERORMED BY ALIEN IN THE COMPANY: _______________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

Primary purpose of the Company   _____________________________________________________________________

Alien Employment Permit No.   _________________________________ Valid Until  ____________________________

Duration of Employment Contract    ____________________________________________________________________

ACTUAL COMPENSATION SUBJECT TO WITHHOLDING TAX  _______________________________________

(Certified True Copy of the contract is attached)

Reason for alien’s employment/ engagement : ____________________________________________________________

                                                                              

 

CERTIFICATION

 

                         I hereby certify under oath that all the information in this general application form consisting of  two  page including the page on which this Certification is written contains true and correct information about myself  as   an applicant . I furthermore warrant that I have complied with all the requirements of the Bureau of Immigration with respect to my application / our petition for __________________________________________, for the change of status to : _________________________________________________ and that I submitted duly certified copies of documents issued under the official seal of the officer having legal custody of  their originals in the Philippines and  foreign documents with their official translation into English duly authenticated  by  the consul / embassy official in the foreign service of the Philippines in the foreign country, in compliance with  the  requirements of the Bureau of  immigration. I understand that my application can be denied summarily by the Bureau if it finds any   statements  herein to be false, if any documents submitted are found to have been falsified, or  if   I fail  to  comply  with all the  requirements of the Bureau of Immigration with respect to my application / petition without prejudice to  whatever recourse the Bureau of Immigration shall take in accordance with applicable laws in the Republic of the Philippines.

 

Date executed : ________________________

Place executed : _______________________

 _________________________________________________________

 ( Applicant’s / Petitioner’s Representative Signature over printed name)                                              

 

___________________________________

(Applicant’s Signature Over Printed Name )                                                                  

CTC/ACR/Passport No.    _______________

Place of Issue:   _______________

                                                                                                                                Date of Issue:   _______________________

Republic of the Philippines ………………)

City / Province of ___________________) S.S.

 

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO BEFORE ME THIS ___________ day of _________________________in the City / Province of ________________________________  AFFIANT  EXHIBITED  HIS / HER   CTC  /  ACR  /  Passport

No.__________________________ Issued at _________________________________  on _________________________

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                NOTARY PUBLIC

                                                                                                                                Until December 31, 2004

                                                                                                                                PTR No. _____________

                                                                                                                                IBP O.R. No.

                                                                                                                                Book No. _____________

                                                                                                                                Page No. _____________

 

 

ASSESSMENT OF FEES / PENALTIES, when applicable

 

                                                                                                FILING FEE O.R. NO.  ________________    Date __________

                                                                                                EXPRESS FEE O.R. NO. _______________   Date __________

                                                                                                PROCESSING FEE O.R. NO.____________   Date __________

 

CHECKLIST OF REQUIREMENTS (FOR NON-RESIDENT FOREIGN NATIONALS)

                (Original documents, when applicable, should be presented for validation)

 

A.      DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED

          [   ]  NEW                                                                                                     [   ]  RENEWAL

 

a.  For Elective Positions

 

[   ]   Letter request                                                                                                               [   ]   Letter request

[   ]   Application Form duly accomplished                                                                      [   ]   Application Form duly accomplished

[   ]   Board Secretary’s Certificate on                                                                               [   ]   AEP Card previously issued

        Election of Foreign National                                                                                      [   ]   Board Secretary’s Certificate on

[   ]   SEC Registration/Article of Incorporation/By-Laws                                             [   ]   Election of Foreign National    

[   ]   Photocopy of passport                                                                                              [   ]   Photocopy of Passport

 

b.  For Non-Elective Positions

 

[   ]   Letter request                                                                                                               [   ]   Letter request

[   ]   Application Form duly accomplished                                                                      [   ]   Application Form duly accomplished

[   ]   Curriculum Vitae signed by Foreign National                                                         [   ]   AEP Card previously issued

[   ]   Duly authenticated Contract of Employment/                                                        [   ]   Renewal of Employment Contract

        Letter of Appointment                                                                                                [   ]   Photocopy of Passport

[   ]   SEC Registration/Articles of Incorporation/By-Laws

                                                                                                                (for corporation)

[   ]   BDT Certificate of Registration and

        Original Application (for single proprietorship)

[   ]   Joint Venture Agreement (if applicable)

[   ]   Photocopy of passport                                                                                                             

 

 

EVALUATION AND ACTION TAKEN

 

1.        ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION OF APPLICATION

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

2.        EVALUATION OF OBJECTION/S FILED WITH THE REGIONAL OFFICE

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Recommendation:

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

______________                            _______________                   ___________________

        EVALUATOR                              DATE RECEIVED                    DATE RELEASED

 

3.        RECOMMENDATION:

 

FORAPPROVAL____________________________________________________________________________

                                       ____________________________________________________________________________

    

 FOR DENIAL    ____________________________________________________________________________                    

                                       ____________________________________________________________________________

 

   

 

  ______________________________             ___________________________      

                     EDP CHIEF                                                    DATE RECEIVED                              

 

DATE RELEASED_______________

 

4.        ACTION  TAKEN

 [   ]  APPROVED                                          [   ]  DENIED

 

   _____________________________                 ___________________________           

                REGIONAL DIRECTOR                                       DATE RECEIVED                              

 

DATE RELEASED_____________________

 

 

 

PAYMENTS                        AMOUNT              OFFICIAL RECEIPT NO.                       DATE OF

                                                                                                                                                PUBLICATION

   Filing Fee                            ____________    _____________________               ________________                    

   Publication Expenses       ____________    _____________________               ________________          

   Permit Fee                           ____________    _____________________               ________________

   Fines/Penalties                  ____________    _____________________               ________________     

 

AEP NO.   ____________________ DATE ISSUED ________________

PERIOD OF VALIDITY:  ____________________TO _________________      

 

 

Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT

REGIONAL OFFICE NO.______

 

 

1 X 1

 

ID PICTURE

 

 

 
 


ALIEN EMPLOYMENT PERMIT (AEP) APPLICATION FORM 1

(For Non-resident Foreign National)

 

 

 

 

PERSONAL DATA

(Please supply all required information.  Misrepresentation, false statement or fraud in this application or in any supporting document is ground for denial of this application or revocation/cancellation of the permit.)

 

 

NAME: ___________________________________________SEX:________CITIZEN:______________________________________________________________________________________________________

                      (Last name)        (First name)         (Middle name)

 

TAX IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (TIN): _____________________

 

CIVIL STATUS _______________ DATE OF BIRTH: _________

PLACE OF BIRTH _______________________ 

 

NAME OF SPOUSE _____________________________

CITIZENSHIP: _______________________________

ADDRESS________________________________________________________________

e-mail _____________________

 

PERMANENT

ADDRESS ABROAD______________________________________________________________

 

PASSPORT NO._____________________________

PASSPORT VALID UNTIL ___________________

PLACE OF ISSUE_____________________DATE OF ISSUE_______________________

VISA_______________________________VALID UNTIL___________________________

LENGTH OF STAY IN THE PHILIPPINES_________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

EMPLOYMENT:

 

POSITION/S______________________________________________________________________

Occupation Code___________________________________________________________________________

Place Assignment________________________________________________________________________

NAME OF EMPLOYEE_________________________________________________________

Name and Address of Employer ________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________________________

e-mail Address___________________________________________Tel. No._________________

 

NATURE

OF BUSINESS_____________________________________________________________________     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
                                                                                                                                                                                               

___________________________________            _________________________________

            SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT                                               Date Filed

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

                                                                                                                                                                                         Right Thumbmark

 

 

 

 

 

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this ______day of________________20____. Affiant exhibited his/her Passport No.___________________________issued at __________________

on____________________20_________.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                         NOTARY PUBLIC