- 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. To file for the said order, a criminal case should be pending before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) and order should begiven by the RTC directing the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to hold the departure of the person/s named. If in case the case does not fall on a HDO, you may refer to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for an application for an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order.
- How do I verify if there is a derogatory record against me?
You may file for a request for verification at the Clearance and Certification Section of BI. Just present your passport and pay the respective fees applicable for the said transaction.
- How do I lift the derogatory record against me?
For lifting of a derogatory record, one must first get a dismissal of case from the Clerk of Court of the RTC which issued the order. Submit the case order together with a letter of request to BI and pay the respective fees applicable for the said transaction. Once the Order has been approved, the BI will transmit it to the airports and other offices for implementation.
- What is a Black List Order and under what reasons can this be filed?
A Black List Order (BLO) disallows a foreign national entry into the Philippines. One of the common reasons for inclusion in the BL is that a foreign national has violated the Philippine Immigration law/s such as overstaying.
- How do I lift the BLO against me?
You may apply for BLO lifting by filing a letter of request addressed to the Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration (BI). You may seek assistance of a lawyer to make arrangements and submit the documentary requirement/s for your request.