December 26, 2016

Expats’ Guide to Working in the Philippines

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  • Expats who are planning to work in the Philippines must secure necessary documents to have a hassle-free employment procedure.  To help you organize your job requirements and get ready for work, here are the following work permits and visa that you need to accomplish before starting your first day at your prospective employer:

    Alien Employment Permit

    An Alien Employment Permit (AEP) is a document issued by the Department of Labor and Employment which authorizes a foreign national to work in the Philippines. It is valid for one year or co-terminus with the duration of employment which in no case shall exceed five years. However, it is just one of the requirements in the issuance of work visa (9G) to legally engage in gainful employment in the country and not an exclusive authority for a foreign national to work in the Philippines.

    Applicants may apply for an AEP online via aeponline.dole.gov.ph.

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    Pre-arranged Employee Visa (9G Visa)

    A Pre-arranged Employee Visa (9G Visa) is a working visa that allows employers in the Philippines to employ foreign nationals with skills, qualifications and experience that may be short in supply in the Philippines. It is valid for an initial period of one, two or three years. It can also be extended to up to three years depending on the Employee-Employer contract.

    However, 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.

    For more details about the application process and requirements, visit immigration.gov.ph.

    Provisional Work Permit

    A Provisional Work Permit is issued by the Bureau of Immigration to foreign nationals who have pending application for pre-arranged employment visa.  It is valid for three months or until a working (commercial) visa has been issued in favour of the applicant.

    For more details about the application process and requirements, visit immigration.gov.ph.

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    Special Employment Permit

    A Special Employment Permit is issued to a foreign national who shall engage in gainful employment in the Philippines for three to six months.

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    For more details about the application process and requirements, visit immigration.gov.ph.

     

     

    Source: ble.dole.gov.ph, immigration.gov.ph

               
               
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