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  1. What is an ACR I-Card?

An ACR I-Card is a microchip based, credit card-sized, identification card issued to all registered aliens whose stay in the Philippines has exceeded fifty-nine (59) days. read more

  1. What is this transaction called Annual Report?

As provided in Section 10 of R.A. 562 or the Alien Registration Act of 1950 and existing regulations read more

  1. Who are classified as Philippine citizens?

Under the 1987 Philippine Constitution, Article IV, Section 1, it states that: read more

  1. What is a Hold Departure Order and under what reasons can this be filed?

A Hold Departure Order (HDO) prevents an individual to depart from the Philippines. read more

  1. Who should apply for an Emigration Clearance Certificate?

ECC has two (2) types, ECC –A (also referred to as regular ECC and ECC-B. read more

  1. What are the grounds for exclusion of foreign nationals arriving in the Philippines?

The grounds for exclusion are those under Section 29 (a) and (b) read more

  1. How long can i extend my stay in the Philippines?

Under Immigration Memorandum Circular No. SBM-2013-003 read more

  1. What is Republic Act (RA) No. 7919?

RA 7919 is a law passed by Congress to grant permanent resident status to qualified illegal aliens. read more

  1. What are travel requirements for Philippine citizens with tourist-purpose visas?

Unexpired DFA-issued passport (at least six-months valid) read more

  1. What is a temporary visitor’s visa?

Temporary Visitor’s Visa is available to foreign nationals who are traveling to the Philippines for these common purposes: read more

  1. I am a foreign national who wants to work in the Philippines? How can I do this legally?

You may apply for a Pre-Arranged Employees (Commercial) visaread more

  1. When is a student visa necessary?

A Student Visa is necessary if a foreign national, 18 years old and above, intends to take up a course higher than high school in the Philippines.read more

  1. I am a foreigner and married to a Filipino. How can I apply for an Immigrant Visa?

If you are a foreign national whose country also grants permanent residence and immigration privileges to Filipinos read more

  1. I am an alien whose country has an immigration reciprocity agreement with the Philippines. Am I qualified to apply for permanent resident visa? 

Yes, under the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, Section 13 (a) read more

  1. I am an alien whose country has no immigration reciprocity agreement with the Philippines. Am I qualified to apply for permanent resident visa?

You are not qualified to apply for a Permanent Resident Visa. read more

  1. What is this Returning Former Filipinos Visa?

This visa may be applied by a natural born citizen of the Philippines, who has been naturalized in a foreign country, and is returning to the Philippines read more

  1. Who are eligible under Balikbayan Program?

A Balikbayan, who may be either one of the following:read more

  1. What is a Waiver of Exclusion Grounds?

Under Section 29(a) (12) of the Commonwealth Act No. 613 or the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940 read more

  1. What is a Waiver of Exclusion Grounds?

Under Section 29(a) (12) of the Commonwealth Act No. 613 or the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, children below fifteen (15) years of age who are unaccompanied by or not coming to a parent, are classified as excludable. In order for them to be admitted into the Philippines, they must secure a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) from the Bureau of Immigration, upon proper coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). They may be allowed admission upon the approval of the Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

  1. What are the requirements for WEG application?

For a complete list of documentary requirements for the said application, click here.

  1. How do we avoid exclusion before arriving in the Philippines?

To avoid exclusion before arrival at Philippine ports:

  1. The minor’s guardian or legal representative shall, at least 72 hours before arrival, notify the Commissioner of Immigration in writing of intent to travel to the Philippines.
  2. he letter of intent shall include a request for the minor’s waiver of exclusion and the relinquishment of exclusion fees. Copies of the minor’s valid passport, visa (if required), return ticket and invitation from a parent or sponsoring entity shall also be attached.
  3. Finding merit in the request, the Commissioner of Immigration shall issue an Order that waives the minor’s exclusion. The order may also waive the exclusion fees; otherwise, a waiver fee of P3120 shall be imposed. The minor’s guardian or legal representative shall be given copies of this order.
  4. The Commissioner of Immigration shall send a copy of the Order to the Immigration Duty Supervisor (IDS) at the port of entry. This Order shall waive the minor’s exclusion and, if allowed, also the fees’ waiver.
  1. Can we avoid exclusion of minors who, without prior notice to the BI Commissioner, arrive at the Philippine ports?

Yes.

  1. The minor’s guardian or legal representative presents copies of the minor’s passport and attaches these to filled-out Waiver of Exclusion (WE) forms obtained from IDS.
  2. After determining that the filled-out WE forms are in order, the IDS shall note “Approved for Payment” and direct the minor’s guardian or legal representative to pay a P3120 waiver fee for each unaccompanied minor. Payment shall be made to an authorized cashier at the port of entry. The cashier shall retain a copy of the WE forms.
  3. After payment, the minor’s guardian or legal representative shall present WE forms’ official receipt of the payments to the IDS. (The IDS shall note the serial number of official receipt and the total receipt’s serial number below the admission stamp and cancelling the receipts.
  4. The IDS shall then direct an Immigration Officer (IO) to admit the minor, after noting the official receipt’s serial number below the admission stamp and cancelling the receipts.
  5. The IO detaches the copy of the WE forms and retains a copy of the minor’s passport, for the Bureau of Immigration’s database.
  1. What are travel requirements for Philippine citizens with tourist-purpose visas?
  1. Unexpired DFA-issued passport (at least six-months valid)
  2. Unexpired visa (if visa-required at final destination); and
  3. Return ticket. 
  1. When are additional documents required?

Consistent with anti-human trafficking, -human smuggling, and -illegal recruitment laws, additional documents shall be required after (1), when:

  1. Passenger discloses a doubtful, false or suspect travel intent;
  2. Passports and travel documents/visas are counterfeit, fraudulent, falsified, simulated or tampered; and
  1. Passenger’s totality of circumstances manifests a well-founded certainty of human trafficking, smuggling or illegal recruitment.

2.1. What are considered under 2(c)?

  1. Age/Health;
  2. Educational attainment;
  3. Financial capability for travel;
  4. Travel history, if any; and
  5. Final destination.
  1. What are documents required for sponsored-travel?
  2. Philippine Embassy or consulate-authenticated Affidavit of Support with Undertaking showing:
  1. 4th civil degree of consanguinity relationship between sponsor and the passenger, e.g., pinsang buo or affinity, e.g., bayaw/hipag/biyenan);
  2. Sponsor’s financial capacity and legal status; and
  3. Sponsor’s contact information; and/or
  1. Philippine Embassy or consulate-authenticated Affidavit of Support with Undertakingshowing:
  1. Sponsor’s financial capacity and legal status;
  2. Sponsor’s contact details; and
  1. Sponsor’s corporate registration papers, if applicable.
  2. In cases of a local sponsor traveling with the passenger, a duly notarized Affidavit of Support and Undertaking which shall contain the following:
  1. Sponsor’s financial capacity;
  2. Sponsor’s undertaking is for passenger’s tourist travel with intent to return;
  3. Sponsor’s complete residential address of the sponsor and contact details; and
  4. Sponsor’s corporate registration papers, if applicable.
  1. What are OFW travel requirements?
  1. Unexpired passport;
  2. Unexpired and POEA-conforming visa;
  3. Validly-issued travel tickets; and
  4. POEA/PESO-database issued E-receipt or OEC.
  1. What are departure requirements for emigrant Philippine citizens?
  1. Unexpired passport;
  2. Immigrant visa or residence card;
  3. CFO-emigrant registration sticker (ERS); and
  4. Validly-issued travel ticket.

      The ERS is obtained by:

  1. a)   Registration at Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO); and
  2. b)   Attending the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS).  
  • Children of emigrants aged 12 years or below are exempted from attending the PDOS but shall register.
  • Children of emigrants aged 13 years or above shall attend the Peer Counseling Program.
  1. When shall a DSWD-travel clearance for travelling Filipino minors be required?

A Filipino minor (below 18 years of age) shall secure a DSWD-issued Travel Clearance if:

  1. A Filipino minor is traveling ALONE to a foreign country; or
  2. A Filipino minor is traveling to a foreign country accompanied by a person other than his/her parents.

Note: For more information, you may click following link: http://www.dswd.gov.ph/faqs/travel-clearance-for-minors/

  1. What are exceptions to the DSWD-issued Travel Clearance?

These minor children shall be exempt from the DSWD-issued Travel Clearance:

  1. Those of Philippine Foreign Service or diplomatic corps officials;
  2. Those living abroad with Philippine emigrants, subject to child-trafficking regulations;
  3. Those with unexpired alien passports;
  4. Adopted children, subject to a court-issued adoption order with Certificate of Finality;
  5. Illegitimate children with biological mother.  For biological father, subject to proof of lawful custody;
  6. Those with proof of unexpired visa for permanent residence outside the Philippines;
  7. Those accompanied by a court-appointed guardian, subject to proof  of guardianship;
  8. Those accompanied by a solo parent, subject to a Social Welfare Office-issued ID. If illegitimate, subject to a Local Civil Registrar-issued Certificate of No Marriage.

Note: For more information, you may click following link: http://www.dswd.gov.ph/faqs/travel-clearance-for-minors/

 

  1. Who must present a Travel Authority?

Employee/Official/Officer

Issuing Authority

Cabinet members and equal-ranked officials

Office of the President

OP-attached GOCC and GFI heads

Office of the President

All OP-attached agency heads

Office of the President

GOCC and GFI officials and employees

GOCC or GFI head

officials and employees of GOCCs and GFIs attached to the Office of the President

Heads of GOCCs and GFIs

Officials and employees of agency heads

Department head

Provincial Governors and Mayors of Highly Urbanized Cities or independent component cities

DILG Secretary

State University and College (SUC) heads

CHED Chairman

Officials and employees of State University and Colleges

Respective SUC heads

Technical and Vocational School (TVS) heads

TESDA Chairman

officials and employees of Technical and Vocational Schools

Respective TVS heads

Government officials and employees traveling abroad while on leave of absence

Respective department heads

Government officials and employees with the rank of Assistant Secretary and above who will travel abroad while on leave of absence

Office of the President

  1. What are arrival requirements for Philippine-destined alien tourists?

9.1. For aliens with diplomatic or bilateral agreements with the Philippines:

  1. Unexpired passport;
  2. Unexpired entry visa; and
  3. Validly-issued return ticket.
  • Non-visa required aliens shall be admitted an initial 30-days.

9.2. For aliens without bilateral agreements with the Philippines:

Unexpired passport;

  1. Unexpired entry visa; and

(Philippine Foreign Post (PFP)-listed highly restricted aliens shall secure visa only at the PFP in their country of origin or legal residence.)

  1. Validly-issued return ticket.

Note: The passport shall have at least six months’ validity beyond intended stay, unless the alien belongs to a non-visa required country who may be admitted into the Philippines with less than six months’ valid passports upon arrival and whose embassies/consulate extend or renew their passports in the Philippines.

  1. Who are exempt from the “six-month passport validity” rule?
  1. Philippine passport holders;
  2. Former Filipinos and their dependents (immediate family members);
  3. Permanent residents and holders of other special visa categories requiring temporary residents (with valid ACR I-Cards);
  4. Passports of recognized foreign-government officials;
  5. Visa under CA 613, Sec. 9, except Sec.  9(a), and 47(a)(2)  where visa validity extends beyond passport expiration date, provided, an embassy or consulate is maintained in the Philippines;
  6. Those admitted by the Commissioner on humanitarian grounds; and
  7. Pursuant to Operations Order No. SBM-2015-026, nationals of the following countries may be admitted into the Philippines with passports of less than six (6) months validity from date of arrival:

Angola

Argentina

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Benin

Brazil

Cambodia

Canada

Chile

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Ecuador

France

Germany

Greece

Iceland

Indonesia

Ireland

Isreal

Italy

Japan

Korea

Kuwait

Laos

Mexico

Myanmar

Netherlands

New Zealand

Niger

Norway

Papua New Guinea

Peru

Portugal

Romania

Saudi Arabia

Singapore

Spain

Switzerland

Thailand

Turkey

United Kingdom / GBR

United States of America

Venezuela

 
  1. Who are exempt from the return ticket requirement?       
  1. Philippine passport holders;
  2. Former Filipinos and their dependents (immediate family members);
  3. Permanent residents and holders of other special visa categories   requiring temporary residents (with valid ACR I-Cards);      
    1. Passports of recognized foreign-government officials;
    2. Visa under CA 613, Sec. 9, except Sec.  9(a), and 47(a)(2)  where visa validity extends beyond passport expiration date, provided, an embassy or consulate is maintained in the Philippines; and
    3. Those admitted by the Commissioner on humanitarian grounds.
  1. Who can enter the Philippines without entry visa?
  2. Aliens from these countries may enter the Philippines without a visa, for an initial 30-days: 

1. Andorra

2. Angola

3. Antigua and Barbuda

4. Argentina

5. Australia

6. Austria

7. Bahamas

8. Bahrain

9. Barbados

10. Belgium

11. Belize

12. Benin

13. Bhutan

14. Bolivia

15. Botswana

16. Brazil*

17. Brunei

18. Bulgaria

19. Burkina Faso

20. Burundi

21. Cambodia

22. Cameroon

23. Canada

24. Cape Verde

25. Central African Republic

26. Chad

27. Chile

28. Colombia

29. Comoros

30. Congo

31. Congo, Democratic Republic

32. Costa Rica

33. Cote d’Ivoire

34. Croatia

35. Cyprus

36. Czech Republic

37. Denmark

38. Djibouti

39. Dominica

40. Dominican Republic

41. Ecuador

42. El Salvador

43. Equatorial Guinea

44. Eritrea

45. Estonia

46. Ethiopia

47. Fiji

48. Finland

49. France

50. Gabon

51. Gambia

52. Germany

53. Ghana

54. Greece

55. Grenada

56. Guatemala

57. Guinea

58. Guinea-Bissau

59. Guyana

60. Haiti

61. Honduras

62. Hungary

63. Iceland

64. Indonesia

65. Ireland

66. Israel*

67. Italy

68. Jamaica

69. Japan

70. Kazakhstan

71. Kenya

72. Kiribati

73. Korea (ROK)

74. Kuwait

75. Kyrgyzstan

76. Laos

77. Latvia

78. Lesotho

79. Liberia

80. Liechtenstein

81. Lithuania

82. Luxembourg

83. Madagascar

84. Malawi

85. Malaysia

86. Maldives

87. Mali

88. Malta

89. Marshall Island

90. Mauritania

91. Mauritius

92. Mexico

93. Micronesia

94. Monaco

95. Mongolia

96. Morocco

97. Mozambique

98. Myanmar

99. Namibia

100. Nepal

101. Netherlands

102. New Zealand

103. Nicaragua

104. Niger

105. Norway

106. Oman

107. Palau

108. Panama

109. Papua New Guinea

110. Paraguay

111. Peru

112. Poland

113. Portugal

114. Qatar

115. Romania

116. Russia

117. Rwanda

118. St. Kitts and Nevis

119. Saint Lucia

120. St. Vincent and the Grenadines

121. Samoa

122. San Marino

123. Sao Tome and Principe

124. Saudi Arabia

125. Senegal

126. Seychelles

127. Singapore

128. Slovak Republic

129. Slovenia

130. Solomon Islands

131. South Africa

132. Spain

133. Suriname

134. Swaziland

135. Sweden

136. Switzerland

137. Tanzania

138. Tajikistan

139. Thailand

140. Togo

141. Trinidad and Tobago

142. Tunisia

143. Turkey

144. Turkmenistan

145. Tuvalu

146. Uganda

147. United Arab Emirates

148. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

149. United States of America

150. Uruguay

151. Uzbekistan

152. Vanuatu

153. Vatican

154. Venezuela

155. Vietnam

156. Zambia

157. Zimbabwe

*Brazilians and Israelis are given 59-day stay based on existing agreements.

  1. Indians may be granted a visa-free entry for an initial stay not exceeding 14 days under the Foreign Service Circular No. 36-12, provided, that they possess:
  • Unexpired US, Japanese, Australian, Canadian, Schengen, Singapore or UK visa or permanent residence permit;
  • A national passport valid at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated stay;
  • Return or onward ticket to the next country of destination;
  • No Bureau of Immigration (BI), National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), and the International Police (Interpol) derogatory record.

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