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Philippine Visas That Matter To You

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There are a huge range of visas that you can apply for to enable you to stay legally in the Philippines. However visitors and Expats living here make use of only a handful of these.

In this series we will look at each of the Philippine Visas that matter to you, in terms of:

a) The criteria for eligibility.

b) Where you can get each visa issued. Not all offices of the Bureau of Immigration are authorized to issue every type of visa. Whether that will change as resources are increased, or the limitation is based on other criteria. Whatever, we will try to keep you up to date with any changes.

c) The process involved in applying for and being granted that visa.

In the following pages we will look at:

    Who has visa free entry into the Philippines and who must have a visa prior to arrival
    What is the Visa Waiver period and how to apply
    What is an ACR Card and when is it needed
    Sec 9 Tourist Visa
    The Balik Bayan Privilege
    Sec 13 Permanent Residence by Marriage Visa
    Sec 13 Non Quota Visa
    Additionally we will look at some visas that have been introduced by subsequent legislation or proclamation of the President which are not classified by the Philippine Immigration Act as either being a Section 9 or Section 13 visa. These visas are called special visas and are issued to groups such as retirees, investors and entrepreneurs.
    SIRV Special Investor’s Resident Visa. This is a non-immigrant visa granted to foreign nationals and their dependents who have shareholdings in Philippine corporations engaged in the manufacturing or services sectors, involved in projects listed under the Investment Priority Plan, or are listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange. This visa is issued by the BI in coordination with the Board of Investments.
    SVEG Special Visa for Employment Generation. This is a non-immigrant visa granted to foreign nationals and their dependents who employ at least ten Filipinos in a lawful enterprise or business venture.
    SRRV Special Resident Retiree’s Visa. This is a non-immigrant visa granted to foreign nationals and their dependents who wish to retire in the Philippines. This visa is issued by the BI in coordination with the Philippine Retirement Authority.

    If you are wishing to apply for a visa not listed  drop us an email at mike@lifephilippines.org and we will try to assist you with the best information we can access