Effective May 28, 2014, a company representative is now required to attend 9(g) Pre-arranged Employment Visa (Commercial) application interviews, along with the applicant. Previously only the applicant was required to attend this interview.
Who Can Represent the Sponsoring Company?
- If the employer is a corporation or partnership, it can be represented at the interview by an executive officer, as indicated in the Articles of Incorporation/Partnership or latest General Information Sheet (GIS).
- A non-executive officer of the company may act as representative at the interview, provided they are authorized by the executive officers through a Special Power of Attorney.
- A company with a single proprietor may be represented only by the registered owner, as indicated in the valid Certificate of Business Registration issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
- Travel agents, liaison officers and legal counsels are not authorized to represent or appear on behalf of the employer, even if they hold a Special Power of Attorney.
Exemptions for Top 1000 Companies
Note that applications sponsored by the Top 1000 corporations in the Philippines are exempt from the interview requirement for 9(g) visas.
Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.