The 9(g) or Pre-Arranged Employee Visa Commercial is the most common type of work visa to be availed by a foreign national who are engaged in gainful employment in the Philippines. Please take note of the prerequisite which is the Alien Employment Permit issued by the Department of Labor & Employment.
This 9(g)visa entitles the holder multiple entries and exits into and out of the country while in a company which is duly registered under Philippine Laws. With the 9g visa, the foreigner is entitled to work and stay in the country for a duration approved by the Bureau of Immigration, which should correspond with his employment contract.
To be able to get the 9(g) visa, the following are the requirements to be submitted at the Bureau of Immigration:
- Joint letter request addressed to the Commissioner signed by the employer’s authorized representative and the foreign applicant
- 4 copies of the Duly accomplished CGAF with 2×2 id picture on a white background
- Copy of the original employment contract with job description
- Latest General Information Sheet, if corporation
- Latest certified true copy of the Mayor’s Permit
- Photocopy of the latest Income Tax Return
- Photocopy of the 1902 / 1904 BIR Form and a verified form of the TIN signed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue
- Photocopy of the Alien Employment Permit
- Notarized Certification of number of foreign employees
- Photocopy of the passport’s bio-page with latest admission and latest authorized stay
- Clearance certificate from the Bureau of Immigration
Please be informed that the approximate filing fee for the (9)g) visa type depends on the number of years or duration of employment contract. For 1 year, the filing fee is around Php 10,130.00; Php 17,170.00 and Php 24,210.00 for 2 and 3 years, respectively.
If the foreign employee is required to start working immediately during the pendency of the approval of the visa, he can apply for a Provisional Work Permit (PWP). For the requirements, just secure the same documents as listed above and submit it to the Bureau of Immigration. The request letter should specifically state that a foreign employee is requesting for Provisional Work Permit (PWP). A PWP is normally valid for three (3) months from the date of issuance or until the 9g visa is issued, whichever comes first. The filing fee for the Provisional Work Permit (PWP) is around Php 4,040.00.
Should you need further assistance, you may contact CBOS for assistance.
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