• 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] 

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