Foreign nationals seeking to work, do business, and/or
invest in the Philippines may apply for work authorization
and or the appropriate visa provide under the Philippine
Immigration Act, as amended (Commonwealth Act. No. 603)
or some other special law.
Visitor or Tourist Visas
Generally, a foreign tourist may enter the
Philippines without need of securing visa from the foreign
embassy or consulate (called the no-visa entry privilege
under Executive Order No. 408) provided he presents
an onward ticket. Said tourist is normally allowed an
initial stay of 21 days. (Although holders of Hong Kong-SAR
passports may stay an initial seven days. If the tourist
is a holder of a (Hong Kong) Certificate of Identity
(C. I.), he is required to secure a tourist visa before
entering the Philippines. If the tourist secures a temporary
visitor's visa from the Philippine embassy or consulate
abroad, he is generally given an initial stay of 59
days. (Although People's Republic of China (PROC) and
Hong Kong SAR passport holders may be given shorter
The PIA provides for three types of work authorization
An alien who will be occupying an executive, technical,
managerial , or highly confidential position in a company
for at least one year, but not to exceed five years,
may apply for a pre-arranged employment visa under Sec.
9 (g) of the Philippine Immigration Act.
1. Letter request from the petitioner-organization.
2. General Application Form duly accomplished and notarized
(BI from RBR 98-01)
3. 2x2 picture to be attached to the application form.
4. Articles of Incorporation, By-laws, SEC Certificate
of Registration of petitioner, if a corporation; or
DTI Certificate of Registration of Business Name and
application for Certificate of Registration of Business
Name duly accomplished and received by the DTI, in case
of single proprietorship.
5. Alien Employment Permit (AEP) from the Department
of Labor and Employment.
6. Income Tax Return and proof of payment of taxes by
7. Contract or agreement entered into for applicant's
service stating term or service and exact compensation
and other benefits to be received.
8. Bio-data of applicant.
9. Affidavit of support and guarantee executed by the
petitioner in favor of the applicant.
10. Certificate by Human resource Director/Personnel
Officer as to the number of foreign national employed
by the petitioner.
11.True copy of the applicant's passport showing admission
status and updated stay.
12. Other supporting documents, which will aid in the
evaluation of the application.
13. If the applicant will be accomplished by his/her
spouse and minor unmarried children under 21 years of
14. Marriage Contract and/or Birth Certificates of dependent
spouse and children.
15, True copies of passport of the spouse and minor,
1. The positioning company must sufficiently establish,
by obtaining an AEP from the DOLE, that no person can
be found in the Philippines, willing and competent to
perform the labor and service for which the alien is
hired and that the admission of the alien will be beneficial
to the public interest. the BI will not approve an application
for a 9 (g) visa until such permit has been secured.
2. Pending the approval of the application for a 9(g)
visa, even if alien is already secured an AEP, the employee
may apply for a Provisional Permit to Work (PPW), which
is normally valid for a period of three months from
the date of issuance.
3. The entire process of obtaining a 9(g) visa takes
about two to eight weeks. Applications of proposed employees
of BOI and PEZA registered companies as well as those
working with the TOp 1000 corporations are given priority.
4. 9(g) visas are valid for the duration of the AEP
or the employment contract, whichever is shorter.
5. 9(g) visas issued to dependents are co-terminus with
the duration of the visa of the principal.
Other types of work authorization
As an adjunct to a regular employment or business visa,
a temporary visitor or tourist may secure a Special
Work Permit (SWWP) or Provisional Permit to Work (PPW).
Special Work Permit.
An alien who enters the Philippines on a tourist visa
and intends to engage in a professional or commercial
undertaking not considered purely local employment,
amy apply for a special work permit (SWP). Among those
qualified to apply for SWP'a are:
1. Professional athletes competing only for a limited
2. Aliens of distinguished merit and ability entering
to perform exceptional temporary services, but having
no contract of pre-arranged employment; and
3. Artist and other performers, who wish to perform
in a country when the audience pays for the performance;
a. aliens coming primarily to perform a non-competitive
temporary service or to take non-competitive training
who would be classified as temporary workers or industrial
b. aliens authorized to search for hidden treasure;
c. movie and television crews filming in the country;
d. foreign journalists pursuing their profession in
1. Letter of request from the Petitioner Company
2. Photocopy of SEC registration, Articles of Incorporation,
and By-Laws of the COmpany
3. Affidavit of Support of the petitioner company
4. Certified true copy company of contract specifying
exact compensation to be earned.
5. Photocopy of passport with valid visa
7. Income Tax return of the COmpany
Provisional Permit To
Aliens who have contracts of employment with local entitles
and in whose favor petitions for regular work visas
(e.g. treaty trader of pre-arranged employment visas
under Sections 9 (d) of the Philippines Immigration
Act) have been filed by their employer, may be issued
PPW's pending the issuance of them to their regular
1. Letter of request from the Petitioner Company
2. Bio-data of alien
3. Photocopy of passport with valid visa
4. Stamped received copy of the application for a regular
work visa (i.e. treaty trader or pre-arranged employment)
5. Income Tax return of the Company
6. Contract of Employment/Certificate of Employment
7. Alien Employment Permit (AEP) issued by the Department
of Labor and Employment, if available.
visa under Section 47 (a) (2) of the Philippine Immigration
This visa is issued upon approval of the Secretary
of justice (Formerly the President) on public interest
or public policy considerations. Examples of industries
invested with public interest are companies engaged
in oil exploration, power generation, and infrastructure,
and those registered with the PEZA and BOI.
Requirements of BOI:
1. BOI Application form
2. Understudy Information Sheet, Designation of Understudy
and Understudy Training Program.
3. Secretary's Certificate (for elective officers)
4. Organization Chart, Bio-data of the expatriate.
. Duly signed undertaking
6. Passport (photo copies)
7. Affidavit of Support (if dependent (s) is/are joining)
Requirements of PEZA:
1. Company's Letter of Request to PEZA
2. Secretary's Certificate/Certificate of Employment
3. Photocopy of Passport of Applicant
4. Bio-data of the Applicant
Requirements of DOJ:
1. DOJ Application form
2. BOI/PEZA Certificate of Registration its terms and
3. Passport (photocopies)
4. Secretary's Certificate (for elective officers) or
Contract of Employment (for non-elective)
5. Original affidavit of support (if dependent (s) is/are
6. Marriage Contract if husband/wife is joining
7. Birth Certificate/s of children if joining
1. The proposal employer applies with the appropriate
government agency (e.g. BOI, PEZA, Department of Agriculture)
for authority to employ an alien.
2. The appropriate government agency endorses the application
to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
4. This visa is generally valid from an initial period
of one year and is renewable from year to year.
Indian Visa Fees
Additional Visa Requirements
Information Regarding Indian Customs
Registration Formalities For Foreign
Important Web Sites
- Fill up the prescribed application
form and attach two pieces passport size picture.
- Present passport with photo copy
valid at least within six months.
- Attach Return Ticket or Airline
computer printout with ticket numbers.
- Please provide a photocopy of
- Validity of the visa starts from
the date of issue unless specifically endorsed, the
visa is not valid for restricted or protected areas.
- Extension of tourist visa is
not allowed. Change of purpose of visit is not permitted.
1 Year Visa
Long Term (For person of Indian
Transfer of Visa
(For Filipino National Only)
Acceptance of Application
Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12 nn
We do not accept 1996 Dollar Series.
Transit Visa (For
Long Term Visa
Transit Visa to Others
Government of India Arrival (Disembarkation)
Card For Indian Nationals
(For Joining Vessels)
- Seaman's book with photocopy.
- Contact of employment with photocopy.
- Sponsorship letter from India.
- Guarantee letter from the local
- Passport valid up to six months.
- Air ticket or booking confirmation.
- Invitation letter from India.
- Original sponsorship letter or
employment certificates from the local company.
Long Term Visa
- Marriage certificate (Married
to an Indian National)
- Birth Certificate (Indian Nationals)
- Passport copy of Indian national
- Admission letter from the recognized
Educational Institution of India.
- Satisfactory evidence of financial
- Passport of sufficient validity
to cover period of studied.
Transit Visa To
- Passport valid up to six months.
- Confirmed ticket for onward journey.
- Contract of employment (original
- Letter from the employer justifying
the appointment of foreigner.
- Two days processing for Filipino
nationals, please apply two days before your departure.
- For other nationalities, please
apply one week before your departure.
India Arrival (Disembarkation) Card For Indian Nationals
- Retain Disembarkation Card with
- Surrender it to Indian Immigration
Authorities when you arrive/return to India. This
will facilitate immigration clearance.
REGARDING INDIAN CUSTOMS
- Indian Customs require you to
declare goods in excess of free allowance, prohibited
or restricted goods and commercial goods at Red Channel
counter. Export or import of narcotic drugs, wildlife
and its product, commercial goods, and arms and ammunition
are prohibited/restricted. Attempt to export or import
these goods can lead to penal consequences, including
- Free allowance for residents
and tourists of Indian origin is normally Rs 25, 000/
- per passenger, including alcohol, liquor or wine
of two liters, and 200 nos. of cigarettes. However,
this free allowance is lower for passengers arriving
from Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, and China and for children
less than 10 years of age. One laptop computer(notebook
computer) imported as baggage into India by a passenger
of the age 18 years or above (other than member of
the crew) is exempted from the duty of the Customs.
- All tourists can import used
personal effects e.g. laptop, palmtop computer, reasonable
jewelry, free of duty if they are to re-export these
items at the time of departure. Tourists of foreign
origin can also import duty free gifts and souvenirs
worth Rs. 8 000.
- Passengers should declare foreign
currency in the currency declaration form if currency
notes, bank notes, or TC's are in excess of US$10
000 or equivalent, and in case of currency notes,
only these are to be declared if the same are in excess
of US$5 000 or equivalent.
FORMALITIES FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS
- If you were entering India on
a Student, Employment, Research of Missionary visa,
which is valid for more than 180 days, you re required
to register with the Foreigners Registration Officer
whose jurisdiction you propose to stay. This should
be done within 14 days of arrival in India, irrespective
of your actual period of stay.
- Foreigners visiting India on
any other category of long term visa that is valid
for more than 180 days, are not required to register
themselves if their actual stay does not exceed 180
days on each visit. If such a foreigner intends to
stay in India for more than 180 days during a particular
visit, he/she should get registered within 180 days
of arrival in India.
- The following categories of foreign
nationals are exempted form registration:
a) Those visiting in India on any short term visa
i.e. valid for 180 days or less.
b) Children below 16 years of age (irrespective of
any type of visa).
- Pakistan nationals are required
to register within seven days of their arrival in
- Ministry of Home Affairs www.mha.nic.in
- Ministry of Tourism www.tourisimindia.com
- Airport Authority of India www.airportsindia.com.in
- Bureau of Immigration www.immigrationindia.nic.in
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