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  • Acts as the primary enforcement arm of the Department of Justice and the President of the Philippines in ensuring that all foreigners within its territorial jurisdiction comply with existing laws1; 

  • Assists local and international law enforcement agencies in securing the tranquility of the state against foreigners whose presence or stay may be deemed threats to national security, public safety, public  morals and public health and;
  • Acts as chief repository of all immigration records pertaining to entry, temporary sojourn, admission, residence and departure of all foreigners in the country.


In the discharge of its broad functions, the Bureau through its Board of Commissioners, exercises administrative and quasi-judicial powers over the:

  • Regulation of the entry (arrival), stay (sojourn), and exit (departure) of foreign nationals in the country;
  • Monitoring of the entry and exit of Filipino citizens in compliance with Philippine laws and other legal procedures;
  • Issuance of immigration documents and identification certifications on non-immigrant, immigrant and special non-immigrant visas;

  • Issuance of special permits in relation to the enforcement of immigration laws (e.g. Special Work Permit (SWP), Provisional Permit to Work (PPW), Special Study Permit (SSP), re-entry permits, clearances, etc.);
  • Extension of stay of temporary visitors and implementation of changes of status as provided by law;
  • Administrative determination of citizenship and related status;
  • Investigation, hearing, decision and execution of orders pertaining to exclusion, deportation, and   repatriation of foreign nationals;
  • Implementation of Hold Departure Orders, Blacklist, Watchlist, Immigration Lookout Bulletin Orders  and Alert List Orders;
  • Cancellation of immigration documents upon violation of immigration laws and procedures;
  • Investigation, arrests and detention of foreigners in violation of immigration regulation and other Philippine laws; 

  • Accreditation of schools and learning institutions that can officially accept and enroll foreign students; and
  • Accreditation of law firms, liaison officers, travel agencies and other individuals and organizations transacting with the Bureau of Immigration

1[Ledesma, An Outline of the Philippine Immigration and Citizenship Laws, 2006 Rv., p.12] 


The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is principally responsible for the administration and enforcement of immigration, citizenship, and alien admission and registration laws in accordance with the provisions of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940. It also plays a role in the enforcement of RA 9208, also known as the Anti-Trafficking In Persons Act of 2003.


To control and regulate the movement of persons to, from and within our country in contributing to national security and development.


We are committed by 2025 to be regionally and internationally recognized as providing excellent, efficient, effective and innovative immigration service.


The Bureau of Immigration is committed to provide our stakeholders a culture of excellence towards providing internationally recognized immigration services leading to effective, efficient and innovative border control and management.



We do everything out of love of country.


We do what is right even if nobody is watching.


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P - Personnel Management and Enhancement
- Agency Coordination
- Transparency and Good Governance Programs
- Refinement of Rules, Regulations, Procedures, and Policies
- Infrastructure Improvement
- Organizational and Structural Reforms
- Technology Advancement



Personnel Management and Enhancement

  • Continue the implementation and introduction of new personnel/HR management programs/initiatives with the unwavering support from the DOJ and BI top management

  • Improve further the merit and disciplinary schemes to attract the best qualified applicants to beef up the BI workforce

  • Create a program to enhance the health and wellness benefits and facilities

  • Conduct continuous training for employee to attain professionalism and strengthen administrative mechanisms

  • Maximize participation in international and local capacity building activities to attain personnel career and professional advancement

  • Adopt a Career Development Program

Agency Coordination

  • Review and formalize the inter-agency coordination bodies to establish point persons and define the regular meeting schedule in order to avoid conflicting functions and effective implementation of existing laws

Transparency and Good Governance Programs

  • Ensure the regular updating of the Citizens Charter to achieve transparency and accordance with the DOJ and CSC policies

  • Ensure strict implementation of ARTA, SPMS, BI Citizen’s Charter, Code of Ethics for Government employees, R.A. 3019, and other applicable laws on the use of fake/fraudulent documents to procure immigration documents

  • Ensure strict implementation of the Procurement Law (R.A. 9184)

Refinement of Rules, Regulations, Procedures and Policies

  • Refine the existing systems and procedures (e.g. VIMS, IDR, SPMS, GAD initiatives, alignment of policies, etc.

  • Implement fully the Integrated Communication Plan (ICP) (communication of changes down the line)

  • Secure ISO 9001:2008 certification and sustain compliance

  • Improve the security features of accountable and immigration issued documents

  • Strengthen international cooperation to achieve immigration best practices

  • SMO (TWGs) to address conflicting policies/guidelines on a realistic approach and avoiding red tapes by revisiting documentary requirements on visa applications and the like consistent with the changing time

Infrastructure Improvement

  • Improve existing physical infrastructure through opening, transfer, rehabilitation and construction of new BI office buildings

Organizational and Structural Reforms

  • Pursue the passage of the New Philippine Immigration Law with possible inclusion of a provision immunity from suit to immigration officers in their regular performance of Anti-TIP/AIR profiling/operations at international airports and seaports

  • Upgrade salary grade of employees/personnel to minimize ills of corruption --- policy on compensation conflicting with existing rule (e.g. OT pay)

  • Institutionalize the all ad hoc divisions, sections, and other units of the Bureau (VCD and Anti-Fraud, Certification and Clearance Section, and AOD)

  • Create the Strategic Management Office (SMO)

Technology Advancement

  • Update the Information Systems Strategic Plan (ISSP) to effect the upgrading, and modernization of ICT resources and adoption of new technologies (e.g. Biometrics System, Online Services)

  • Create proposal to include in our budget (GAA) for the upgrade/acquisition of IT equipment for efficient and automated data management



Direct Line (+632) 8524-3769
Trunkline (+632) 8465-2400


Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines 1002


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