Types of Working Visas in the Philippines
There are several types of working visas available in the Philippines, each with its own specific requirements. The most common types of working visas are the 9(g) Pre-Arranged Employment Visa and the Special Work Permit.
The 9(g) Pre-Arranged Employment Visa is issued to foreigners who have been offered employment by a Philippine-based company. The employer must apply for the visa on behalf of the employee, and the visa is valid for one year, renewable annually.
The Special Work Permit is issued to foreign nationals who will be working in the Philippines on a short-term or temporary basis. The permit is valid for a maximum of three months, and it cannot be extended.
Requirements for a Working Visa in the Philippines
The requirements for a working visa in the Philippines vary depending on the type of visa you are applying for. Here are some of the common requirements:
Passport: A valid passport with at least six months’ validity from the date of entry into the Philippines.
Visa Application Form: The completed visa application form with a recent passport-size photo.
Proof of Employment: This is applicable for the 9(g) Pre-Arranged Employment Visa, and it includes an employment contract or an endorsement letter from the Philippine-based employer.
Police Clearance Certificate: This is a requirement for the 9(g) Pre-Arranged Employment Visa, and it must be issued by the police department in your home country or the country where you have resided for the past six months.
Medical Certificate: A medical certificate issued by a licensed physician in the Philippines.
Alien Employment Permit (AEP): The AEP is issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and it is a requirement for all foreign nationals who will be working in the Philippines.
Other Requirements: Other requirements may include a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance, a birth certificate, and a certificate of marriage (if applicable).
How to Apply for a Working Visa in the Philippines
The application process for a working visa in the Philippines can be completed in three steps:
Step 1: Apply for an Alien Employment Permit (AEP)
The first step in the process is to apply for an Alien Employment Permit (AEP) from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The AEP is a requirement for all foreign nationals who will be working in the Philippines. To apply for an AEP, the employer must submit the following documents to the DOLE:
Accomplished application form
Step 2: Apply for a Visa
After obtaining the AEP, the next step is to apply for a visa. The employer must submit the visa application on behalf of the employee. The application must be submitted to the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the foreign national’s home country.
Step 3: Arrive in the Philippines
Once the visa is approved, the foreign national can travel to the Philippines and start working. Upon arrival, the foreign national must register with the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and obtain an Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR).
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