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Philippines – Visa and Immigration Key Facts

Last Updated: September 2017

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Framework for Visa and Immigration Law

  • The Philippine Immigration Act of 1940.
  • Alien Registration Act of 1950.

Approval Authority

  • Bureau of Immigration.

Areas of Risk

  • Requirements for visas may change abruptly and without notice.
  • Unexpected delays in visa process from availability of the signatories and unexpected travel schedules of assignee while work visa is in process ; and
  • Corporate documents must comply as stated on Bureau of Immigration checklist.

Processing Times (principal visa category for international assignments)

  • Processing timelines reflect average time without any delays in process.
    2 – 3 months (9G VISA Long Term).
    2 – 3 months (47A2 Long Term).
    4 – 6 weeks (EO226 Long Term for ROHQ).

What are the fees charged by the Government for the main visa category (assuming a family of 4)

  • USD 3,500