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  1. I am a foreign national who wants to work in the Philippines? How can I do this legally?

You may apply for a Pre-Arranged Employees (Commercial) visa under Section 9 (g) and Section 20 of the Commonwealth Act No. 613 or Philippine Immigration Act of 1940 (PIA). This is a working visa that allows employers/proprietors [in the Philippines] to employ foreign nationals with skills, qualifications and experience that may be short in supply in the Philippines.

 

  1. What are the qualifications for me to be able to get a pre-arranged employee commercial visa?

A foreign national applying for a pre-arranged employee visa has to make sure that he/she has been hired by a Philippine-based company, who will be applying for his/her pre-arranged employee visa as his/her petitioner.

 

  1. How long will my commercial visa be valid?

You may have an initial period of one (1), two (2) or three years (3) validity on your 9(g) Pre-Arranged Employees – Commercial visa. You may also extend said visa for one (1), two (2) or three year (3) years depending on the Employer-Employee Contract.

 

  1. If I want to bring my family with me, what kind of visa may they apply for them to be able to live with me in the Philippines?

Your family may convert their Temporary Visitor’s visa as dependents under your Pre-Arranged Employees – Non-commercial visa. They will be granted with the same validity period with the principal applicant and may extend their visa.

 

  1. How long will it take for me to get my Commercial visa once I applied?

Processing of the Pre-Arranged Employees – Commercial visa usually takes forty (40) days, depending on the volume of applicants and provided that all the documentary requirements you submitted are complete.

 

  1. I am a missionary and I would like to render community service/s in the Philippines. How can I do this legally?

You may secure a Pre-Arranged Employees Visa for Missionaries under Section 9(g) and Section 20 of the Commonwealth Act No. 613 or the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940 (PIA).

 

  1. Is it necessary to prove that I am a member of an international missionary organization?

Non-immigrant foreign nationals holding the necessary visa under this category need to show proof of a bona fide membership in an educational or religious organization in the Philippines (Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines [CBCP] or Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches [PCEC]).

 

  1. What are the qualifications to be able to get this pre-arranged employee visa for missionaries?

A foreign national is qualified to apply for a pre-arranged employee visa – missionary once he/she has been endorsed by an educational or religious organization in the Philippines such as the CBCP or PCEC.

 

  1. How long will my missionary visa be valid?

You may have a one (1), two (2) or three (3) years initial period of validity on your Pre-Arranged Employees – Missionary Visa. Furthermore, you may also extend your visa for another one (1), two (2) or three (3) years in a total of a maximum period of ten (10) years.

 

  1. If I want to bring my family with me, what kind of visa may they apply for them to be able to live with me in the Philippines?

Your family may convert their Temporary Visitor’s visa as dependents under your Pre-Arranged Employees – Non-commercial visa. They will be granted with the same validity period with the principal applicant and may extend their visa.

 

  1. What if my children will study in the Philippines? Will they need to apply for a Student Visa?

BI accredited schools will allow your children to enroll in their schools with a visa status as dependents under your Pre-Arranged Visa. Thus, your children need not to apply for a Student Visa or a Special Study Permit (SSP).

 

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