Philippines – New Requirements and Restrictions for Special Work Permit and Provisional Work Permit

Posted on February 18, 2019

On January 29, 2019, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) issued Operations Order No. JHM-2019-002, prescribing supplemental guidelines for SWP and PWP issuance. A company applying for a Special Work Permit (SWP) for an employee must now submit, through its authorized… Read more »

Philippines – New Employment Permit Rules

Posted on December 8, 2017

  Effective December 1, 2017, the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) has issued revised rules for the issuance of employment permits to foreign nationals. What has changed? Supporting documents The following additional documents are now required in support of… Read more »

Philippines – New Document Requirement for 9(g) Visa Applications

Posted on August 28, 2017

Effective June 29, 2017, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) is now requiring an additional document in support of applications for conversion of a 9(a) tourist visa or a temporary visitor visa to a 9(g) Pre-arranged Employment Visa (Commercial). What is… Read more »

Philippines – Cancellation of Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card Requires Downgrading of Visa

Posted on August 28, 2017

The Bureau of Immigration announced that, effective immediately, foreign nationals wishing to cancel their Alien Certificate of Registration I-Cards (ACR I-Cards) are first required to downgrade their visa to a 9(a) temporary visitor visa. Previously, the requirement to downgrade the… Read more »

Philippines – Register for Annual Report

Posted on January 6, 2017

Foreign nationals residing in the Philippines with an Alien Certificate of Registration card must register for the 2017 annual report within the first 60 days of the year, from January 3 – March 3, 2017 at the Bureau of Immigration… Read more »

PHILIPPINES – Annual Report for Long-Term Visa Holders due by March 3

Posted on January 8, 2016

Foreign nationals in the Philippines holding long-term work visas and Alien Certificate of Registration IDs (ACR-I Cards) must appear in-person at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) office and complete their annual report before March 3, 2016. The Commissioner of Immigration… Read more »

PHILIPPINES – In-house Changes to Bureau of Immigration May Cause Processing Delays

Posted on December 11, 2015

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will undergo various internal changes that may consequently delay visa application and work permit processing times. The BI will implement the following changes: • Visa application hearings will be scheduled through a raffle. These outcomes… Read more »

PHILIPPINES – Companies Must Train Local Workers per Revised Employment Permit Guidelines

Posted on September 18, 2015

Beginning September 28, 2015, stringent revisions to employment permit regulations established by the Department of Labor and Employment will come into effect. The revisions will require that companies train two local workers for each foreign worker in non-managerial positions, in… Read more »

PHILIPPINES – Nationals of 41 Countries May be Admitted with Passports Valid for Under 6 Months

Posted on August 28, 2015

Effective 15 July 2015 nationals of 41 countries may enter the Philippines with a passport or official travel document valid for less than six months from the date of arrival. The usual passport validity required for entry to the Philippines… Read more »

THE PHILIPPINES – New Requirement for Companies Applying for 9(g) Visas

Posted on March 20, 2015

A change made by the Bureau of Immigration requires that companies filing a 9(g) Pre-Arranged Employment Visa application must submit a form evidencing the number of foreign workers in their workforce at the time of the application’s submission. All foreign… Read more »