With a number of visa types available here in the Philippines, having the proper visa for you and your employees can be quite challenging. With non-compliance to the country’s Immigration Law bringing about serious results, such as fines and blacklist, it is extremely important for you to consult with professionals in dealing with immigration concerns.
lucky365’s team of specialists assists individuals and local and foreign companies’ employees with obtaining appropriate visas and permits with different government agencies, depending on your requirements.
Open for 21 days to almost all nationalities, the tourist visa is generally for short visits. Tourist visa can be extended by written application and payment of the required fee prior to the expiration of a valid stay.
A Special Work Permit (SWP) is granted to foreign nationals who will be engaging in gainful employment in the Philippines for three to six months without any extension or renewal. Should the foreign national be required to extend their work/project in the Philippines after the expiration of their SWP, they may apply for a 9(g) work visa and an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).
A Provisional Work permit (PWP) is issued by the Bureau of Immigration to a foreign national during the probation of an application for pre-arranged employment visa. The validity period of a PWP is three months from the date of issuance.
An Alien Employment Permit (AEP) is a document issued by the Department of Labor and Employment that allows a foreign national to work in the Philippines. An employee must be petitioned by their company and it must generally be shown that no person found in the Philippines is willing or competent to perform the service for which the foreign national is hired. AEPs are valid for a period of one (1) year, unless the employment contract, consultancy services, or other modes of engagement or term of office for elective officers, provides for a longer period.
A 9(g) is the most common type of work visa for foreigners entering the Philippines to engage in a lawful occupation. In general, it must be shown that the services of the foreign national are indispensable to the management, operation, administration, or control of local or locally-based firms. The companies must petition their employees to obtain this visa.
Section 47(a)(2) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, as amended, allows the President to admit as non-immigrants, foreign nationals who are coming for a temporary period only, under conditions as he may prescribe, such as investors or employees of PEZA or BOI-registered companies.
For foreign nationals who shall invest at least USD75,000 in existing or new corporations in the Philippines who have not been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, been afflicted with any loathsome, dangerous or contagious disease; have not been institutionalized for any mental disorder or disability; applicant is at least 21 years old. SIRV holders can stay in the Philippines as long as their investment subsists and is entitled to import used household goods and personal effects tax and duty-free as an alien coming to settle in the Philippines for the first time.
Issued to foreign nationals and overseas Filipinos, under the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA). It entitles the holders to multiple-entry privileges with the right to stay permanently in the Philippines.
NOTE: Additional Visa Deposit – US$15,000 per dependent in excess of two (2)
NOTE: Retiree must be shown to have a pre-existing condition (except contagious disease) and in need of medical care and services. Show proof of monthly pension remitted to the Philippines equal to at least US$1,500
NOTE: Additional Visa deposit – US$15,000 per dependent in excess of two (2) except for Former Filipinos
NOTE: To cover one (1) dependent only.
Regardless of if you are a Filipino citizen of a foreign national, we provide assistance with both tourist and business visa processing for countries that require this of you. We have assisted several nationalities with attaining a visa for the countries listed, but not limited to, those below:
|Bahrain||France||Japan||Singapore||United States of America|
Processing Time: 1 MONTH
To switch to another type of visa, whether your current visa is valid or expired, one must first revert current visa to 9(a) Temporary Visa. Visa holders must undergo the procedure of downgrading to continue their stay in the Philippines without any immigration problems in the future.
Processing Time: 3 DAYS
For foreign nationals leaving the Philippines who have stayed in the country for six (6) months or more, depending on the applicable ECC type. Without the proof that ECC has been processed properly, such as a receipt, one can be denied from departure at the airport.
Processing Time: 2-3 DAYS
NBI Clearance is issued by National Bureau of Investigation of the Philippines that indicates if there have been any criminal cases that have been filed against an individual. If the same name as a foreign national is on the blacklist, the Bureau of Immigration may require him/her to acquire NBI clearance upon visa application.
Requirements for NBI Clearance: