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|MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO.RPL – 11- 003|
Subject: GUIDELINES IN THE PROCESSING OF APPLICATIONS FOR QUOTA IMMIGRANT VISAS UNDER SECTION 13 OF COMMONWEALTH ACT NO.613, AS AMENDED, ALSO KNOWN AS THE PHILIPPINE IMMIGRATION ACT (PIA) OF 1940, AS AMENDED
Pursuant to Sec.3 of the PIA of 1940,as amended, the Officer-in-Charge issues The following guidelines for quota immigrant visa application under Sec.13,PIA are
1. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS.-
1. An immigrant is a foreign national departing from abroad to reside Permanently in the Philippines. An immigrant may either be quota or
2. Sec.13 of the PIA provides for the admission into the Philippines of quota Immigrants not exceeding fifty (50) of any nationality for each year.
3. Under the principle of reciprocity, quota immigrant visas shall not be issued to foreign nationals of countries with which the Philippines has no
4. Quotas terminate at the end of each calendar year and unused quota numbers cannot be utilized for the following year. Consequently, a quota
1. In allotting quota numbers, the Commissioner of Immigration shall accord preference status to applicants in the following order of priority:
national interest of the Philippines; and
(ii) Those possessed of sufficient capital for a viable and sustainable investment in the Philippines.
1. To qualify for a quota immigrant visa, the applicant must establish that:
(ii) He does not Belong to any class of excludible or deportable foreign nationals enumerated under Secs.29 and 37 of the PIA, respectively;
(iii) There is a reciprocity arrangement between his country and the Philippines based on but not limited to Department of Foreign Affairs
circulars and issuances; provided, that this requirement shall be waived in case stateless persons;
(iv) He is among the preferred classes of foreign nationals as specified in Item II hereof.
2. The allocation of a quota number to a non-preferred immigrant applicant shall be on first come-first served basis and only after allocation of
IV. DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS. -
1. All applicants shall complete the documentary requirements enumerated In the accompanying CHECKLIST OF DOCUMENTARY
1. All applicants for change of admission status and issuance of visa to quota immigrants shall be placed under the Visa Issuance Made Simple
(iii) Original or True copy of the Official Receipts evidencing payment of the I-Card fees.
3. The I- Card shall be released within 24 hours from the time the I-Card applications is filed.
VII. FINAL PROVISION.-
1. All previous circulars, orders, and/or instruction inconsistent herewith are deemed repealed, amended, and/or modified accordingly.
(Sgd) RONALDO P. LEDESMA
NOTICE TO ALL APPLICANT/PETITIONERS
To avoid the summary denial/delay of your applications/petition, please be advised of The following:
CHECKLIST OF DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS
FOR APPLICATIONS FOR CONVERSION TO QUOTA IMMIGRANT
1. ( ) Notarized letter-request stating that
a. he is possession of a valid passport (or equivalent document) and visa at the time he files his application;
b. he does not belong to any class of excludible or deportable foreign nationals enumerated under Secs.29 and 37 of the PIA.
c. he is possessed of qualifications, skills, scientific, educational, or technical knowledge which will advance and be beneficial to the national interest of the Philippines.
he has sufficient capital for a viable and sustainable investment in the Philippines.
2. ( ) General Application Form duly accomplished and notarized (BI For No.MCL-07-01);
3. ( ) Plan photocopy of the applicant’s passport showing admission stamp and
4. ( ) Proof of applicant’s special qualifications
Academic degrees, awards, certificates of recognition, and other documents attesting
to applicant’s special qualification, skills, or knowledge.
( ) Proof of financial capacity of investment, including but not limited to:
b. ( ) Duly-certified documents evidencing ownership/purchase of a condominium. Condominium unit(s) acquired within four(4) years
c. ( ) Duly-certified documents showing ownership of or investment In an existing corporation, business, enterprise, or concerns. Shares of stock or other equivalent proof of ownership in a corporation or concern acquired within four(4) years prior to filing the application may be considered.
5. ( ) Original copy of stamp issued by the Bureau OF Quarantine and appearing
In applicant’s passport or travel document, and a certification from a government
health institution that applicant is physically and mentally fit.
6. ( ) Bureau of Immigration (BI) Clearance certificate.
7. ( ) National Intelligence Coordination Agency (NICA) Clearance.
8. ( ) Clearance from the Law Enforcement Agency of the applicant’s country of origin
or residence, provided. That this requirement may be waived if the applicant has
stayed in the Philippines more than two years; and
9 ( ) National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance.
This is to certify that the documents submitted in support of the application/petition for __________________________________ are complete and in order.
( Sign over printed name )