Consular Services - VISA Section
CONSULAR INFORMATION BULLETIN NO. 04 Series of 2001
The granting of Philippine Visa is, in effect, only a form of pre-entry clearance. It does not grant permission to enter the Philippines. Immigration Officers have authority to grant or deny admission. Visa holders are subject to normal immigration control at the port of entry.
Application for a temporary visitorís visa should be made in person. In the case of a minor below 18 years of age, the application may be made for him/her by any person who, in the opinion of the Consular Officer, is responsible for his/her welfare. Applicants who cannot appear in person may send their applications duly notarized by anyone authorized by the UK government to take oaths, by post and should enclose a return, registered, stamped, self-addressed envelope.
Generally, all aliens are required to secure visa before entering the Philippines. The Philippines, however, has a 21-day no visa policy for bona fide British and Irish tourists who wish to visit the Philippines for not more than 21 days. Those who wish to avail themselves of this privilege should have a passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines and a plane or ship ticket valid for his onward or return journey to his/her country of origin or to the next country of destination, and a valid visa to that country if a visa is required.
The Philippine Immigration Officer at the port of entry determines the length of stay of a foreign visitor in the country. Normally, a visitor with a visa is given a 59-day stay in the Philippines. This is stated in the visa issued. Should a visitor desire to remain longer than their authorized initial stay of 59 days, he/she may request extension of stay from the Bureau of Immigration Office and pay the necessary extension fees. The traveller will also have to pay the Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC) and the corresponding Legal Research Fee (LRF) in the total amount of Philippine Pesos Seven Hundred Ten (P710.00) upon his/her departure.
A temporary visitorís visa may be valid for single or multiple entries. A single entry visa is valid for three (3) months from the date of issuance. A multiple entry visa is valid either for six (6) months or one (1) year depending on the fee paid. (Please refer to Schedule of Visa Fees).
A validity of an entry visa
should be differentiated from the length of stay in the Philippines. A
three-month validity means a person may enter the Philippines within three (3)
months from the date of issuance of visa. If a traveller is in possession
of a six-month multiple visa, this means that he/she may enter the Philippines
any number of times provided it is within the six-month period specified in the
Cholera and small pox vaccinations are not required for travellers from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. If a person, however, arrives in the Philippines from a foreign port infected with cholera, small pox or plague, typhus or yellow fever, he /she will be required to present on arrival a certificate of immunization for the above mentioned disease(s).
In cases where several
persons are included in one (1) passport, a separate application and payment
must be made for each person. All persons included in the passport must be
properly identified with a photograph affixed to the passport. Lack of
photograph is sufficient ground for denial of visa.
CONSULAR INFORMATION BULLETIN NO. 2 Series of 2000
An application for non-quota immigrant visa must be made in person. In the case of minor under eighteen (18) years of age, any person in the opinion of the Consular Officer, is responsible for his/her welfare may make the application for him/her. The minor, except in arms, shall be required to appear at the Embassy together with the person applying on his/her behalf.
A separate application must be made, and separate fee shall be collected for each person although several persons are included in a passport to be visaed.
WHO ARE QUALIFIED TO APPLY FOR NON-QUOTA IMMIGRANT VISA?
CONSULAR INFORMATION BULLETIN NO. 4, Series of 2000
Section 13 of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, as amended, provides for the admission into the Philippines of quota immigrants not exceeding fifty (50) annually for any one nationality. Stateless persons shall also have a quota of fifty (50).
Quota immigrant visas shall be issued to aliens of countries with which the Philippines has diplomatic relations and who grant the same immigration privileges to Filipino citizens.
In allotting quota numbers the Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration will accord preference to immigrants who are the fathers and mothers of Filipino citizens who are twenty-one (21) years of age or over and the wives, husbands and unmarried children under twenty-one (21) years of age, of aliens lawfully admitted into the Philippines for permanent residence and residing therein. Such preference shall be accorded only upon peition made therefore under the regulations prescribed by the Commissioner.
When an alien desiring a quota immigration visa appears to be entitled to preference status, the consular officer acting upon his application should inform him that his relative in the Philippines may petition the Commissioner of Immigration for preference status for him. However, should the relative be abroad, he may appear before any Philippine consular officer and execute the petition in behalf of the applicant. The petition should be filed with the consulate which in turn will forward the same to the Department for transmittal to the Commissioner.
Every immigration visa applicant is presumed
to be a non-preference immigrant applicant unless he establishes to the
satisfaction of the consular officer and the immigration officer that he is
entitled to preference status. The allocation of a quota number to
non-preferred immigrant applicants shall be made on a first-come, first-serve
basis and only after allocation of numbers to preferred quota applicants.
PROCEDURE IN FILING PETITION FOR QUOTA
CONSULAR INFORMATION BULLETIN NO. 5 Series of 2001
Upon representation of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Tourism adopted a liberal interpretation of the Balikbayan Law to benefit all the balikbayans.
No visa shall be required, as a privilege, for a maximum stay of one (1) year for the following, everytime they enter the country to visit regardless of the frequency of their travel: former Filipino citizens (specifically Filipinos who have been naturalized British or Irish citizens) and their families.
The traveller has to declare before the Philippine Immigration Officer at the port of entry that he/she is availing of said privilege and has to present his/her current British or Irish passport plus any of the following documents:
This privilege is extended as well to families of Filipino citizens (i.e. foreign spouse and minor unmarried children) provided:
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CONSULAR INFORMATION BULLETIN NO. 9 Series of 2000
The holder of a re-entry permit who desires its extension must make an application for its extension in the form of an affidavit sworn to before a Philippine consular officer who shall forward the same to the Bureau of Immigration Office in Manila.
The application for extension shall be made sixty (60) days before the date of expiration of the permit. The prescribed extension fee is £ 108.00*
The affidavit should contain the following information:
Source: 1995 Regulations of
the Department of Foreign Affairs
CONSULAR INFORMATION BULLETIN NO. 3 Series of 2000
PROCEDURE IN APPLYING FOR A SPECIAL INVESTORíS RESIDENT VISA (SIRV)
PERSONS ENTITLED TO SIRV:
Any alien who is able to prove the following qualifications may be issued the Special Investorís Resident Visas:
CONSULAR INFORMATION BULLETIN NO. 12 Series of 2000
1. A prospective secondary graduate foreign student (at least 18 years of age) while abroad applies in writing for admission directly to any Philippine school of his choice by submitting the following documents, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy:
a. Five (5) copies of Personal History
Statement (PHS) forms duly accomplished by the student-applicant. PHS forms may
be secured from the Philippine Embassy or from the school of his choice;
2. The school, having been satisfied that the academic requirements are complied with, issues a NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE.
3. School indorses a copy of the Notice of Acceptance together with the Personal History Statement and authenticated Transcript of Records to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), copy furnished the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
4. DFA, Manila approves applications and authorizes the Philippine foreign establishment abroad concerned on the issuance of a student visa. Upon approval of the issuance of a student visa, the DFA- Manila also informs the school concerned on action taken, copy furnished CHED.
5. The Consular Officer issues a student visa upon receipt of the authority from DFA-Manila and after evaluation of the applicantís identity and admissibility based on the submission of the following requirements.
a. Three copies of completed FA Form No. 2;
6. As soon as the foreign student arrives in the Philippines with a student visa 9(f) marked in his passport, the school secures for its foreign studentís Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) and Certificate of Residence for Temporary Students (CRTS) at the Bureau of Immigration, Manila.
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CONSULAR INFORMATION BULLETIN NO. 03 Series of 2001
I, ___________________________, residing at ________________
That I wish to apply for Waiver of Exclusion Ground (W.E.G.) on behalf of my above named son/daughter.
That I am giving full consent to my above named son/daughter to travel for a short holiday-visit to the Philippines from ________________ to _____________.
That I am designating Mr./Mrs. ____________________________ as my sonís/daughterís travelling companion and guardian with whom my child will be residing while in the Philippines.
Further, I guarantee full support for, and defray all expenses of my
son/daughter during his/her stay in the Philippines.
Embassy of the Philippines)
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this ___________ day of ____________
2000, in the City of London, United Kingdom.
Pre-arranged employment visa under Section 9(g) of the Immigration Act of 1940, as amended are issued to aliens proceeding to the Philippines to engage in any lawful occupation, whether for wages or salary or for other form of compensation where bona fide employer-employee relation exists. They may be professors, and teachers for educational institutions, doctors and nurses for hospitals, scientist, professionals and other workers for banking, commercial, industrial, agricultural and other business enterprises.
The spouse and children under twenty-one (21) years of age of an alien coming under pre-arranged employment may be issued visas under Section 9(g), if accompanying or following to join employee within a period of six (6) months from the date of his admission into the Philippines.
Requirements in the Application for Pre-arranged Employment Visa
(a) SKILLED WORKER. A pre-arranged employment visa under Section 9(g) shall be issued only upon authorization of the Department of Foreign Affairs. The petition shall be made under oath by the employer or his representative in the form and manner prescribed by the regulations. The petition shall state fully the nature of the service for which the non-immigrant is being hired, the probable length of time for which he is to be engaged, the wages and other compensation which he is to receive, the reasons why a person in the Philippines cannot be engaged to perform the service for which the non-immigrant is being hired and why the non-immigrantís admission would be beneficial to the public interest.
The petition shall be made under oath by the employer or his representative in the form and manner prescribed by the regulations. The petition shall be accompanied by a certified copy of any written contract or agreement entered into for the applicantís service and shall contain such additional information as may be deemed material. Documentary proof of all allegations made in the petition shall be required, including the allegation that no person can be found in the Philippines willing and competent to perform the labor or service for which the non-immigrant is being hired.
(b) UNSKILLED WORKER. Persons coming to perform unskilled manual labor in pursuance of a promise or offer of employment, express or implied, are excluded from entry to the Philippines.
Venue of Issuance of 9(g) Visas
Pre-arranged employment under Section 9(g) visas shall be issued by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the applicantís country of origin, upon prior authorization by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Visa Fee: £286.00*
Source: 1995 Revised
Regulations of the Department of Foreign Affairs
CONSULAR INFORMATION BULLETIN NO. 11, Series of 2000
A. Foreign Media Representatives
1. Foreign newsmen and journalists visiting the Philippines must file their visa applications with the corresponding Philippine Embassy/Consulate which forwards the request to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila for consultation with the International Press Center. A temporary visitorís visa may be issued by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate once the application is given favorable indorsement by the International Press Center.
2. All foreign newsmen and journalists must report to the International Press Center, National Press Club Building, Intramuros, Manila upon arrival in Manila for accreditation.
3. The initial period of stay for foreign mass media resentatives is fifty-nine (59) calander days and is extendable up to one(1) year. They are advised to report to the International Press Center before their 59-day stay expires so that they may be given proper assistance in extending their stay.
4. Prospective Philippine employers of foreign correspondents to be based in their bureau in the Philippines for more than a year will have to file directly with the Bureau of Immigration for their employeesí working visas.
B. Foreign Cinema and Television Groups Going to the Philippines to Film Documentaries and Other Motion Pictures Productions.
Foreign cinema and television groups going to
the Philippines to film documentaries and other motion picture productions may
be issued visas only upon prior authority of the Department of Foreign Affairs,
Manila. They are required to submit to the Consular Officer at the
corresponding Philippine Embassy/Consulate the following:
Letter of request and visa applications may be filed with the Philippine Embassy not less two(2) weeks before the scheduled departure of the crew members. Visas shall be issued as soon as clearance from authorities concerned in Manila is received by the Embassy.
Filing of application for visa should be made in person. Applicants who cannot appear in person may send their applications duly notarized by anyone authorized by the UK government to take oaths.