- The Philippine Bureau of Immigration and the Department of Justice have approved new immigration procedures that permit foreign nationals to apply for the 9(g) and 47(a)(2) work visas while outside of the Philippines for the first time
- This new policy omits the requirement of having to obtain a Travel Ban Exemption approval before traveling to the Philippines
- Foreign nationals who have their work visa applications approved while abroad will first obtain entry authorization from their local Philippine consular post. Upon arrival in the Philippines, they will visit an immigration office for visa implementation and other post-arrival requirements as necessary
The Philippine government has announced that foreign nationals may now obtain the 9(g) and 47(a)(2) work visas while abroad before traveling to the Philippines. Applicants who have their work visas approved while abroad will be able to obtain entry authorization from the Philippine consular post of their home country, and then have their visas implemented upon entry into the Philippines.
What are the Changes?
Previously, foreign nationals applying for work visas in the Philippines were required to first obtain a Travel Ban Exemption approval document before traveling to the Philippines and applying for their respective visa in-country. Now, foreign nationals are able to apply for the 9(g) or 47(a)(2) work visa through the Philippine consular post of their home country and travel to the Philippines once they receive entry authorization.
Applicants applying for these visas while abroad should anticipate longer visa application preparation and processing times. All required documents signed abroad must be legalized at a Philippine consular post before submitting a visa application.
Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. Envoy is not a law firm, and does not provide legal advice. If you would like guidance on how this information may impact your particular situation and you are a client of one of the U.S. Law Firms, consult your attorney. If you are not a client of a U.S. Law Firm working with Envoy, consult another qualified professional. This website does not create an attorney-client relationship with either U.S. Law Firm.