[Updated] The Philippines: Proposal of New Immigration Law

Last Updated on May 26, 2023

This article was initially published on 22 May 2023 and was updated on 25 May 2023 to reflect the latest information.  

25 May 2023 Update: The government of the Philippines officially approved several proposed changes to its immigration law, including the following: 

  • The allocation of more funds towards training for immigration officers, equipment and facilities.  
  • Raising the pay for immigration officers and other authorities involved in the country’s immigration procedures. 
  • Harmonizing regional and federal immigration procedures.  

According to the government, these measures will help to modernize the immigration process in the country.  

Key Points 

  • The Philippines intends to pass a new immigration law that will modernize the visa application process 


The government of the Philippines intends to pass a new immigration law that will modernize the visa application process. The law will introduce changes to the country’s visa categories and penalties applied to foreign nationals who do not hold the appropriate permissions to stay.  

What are the Changes?  

The government of the Philippines is in the process of drafting a new immigration policy for the country. According to the government announcement, these measures will raise salary requirements in the country and create new pathways for recruiting recently graduated students.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of the Philippines’ website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information. 

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