Visa Application for Immigrant Visa
On the Temporary Suspension of Visa Issuance and Visa-free Privilege
19 March 2020 – The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) informs the public that it is temporarily suspending visa issuance in all its Foreign Service Posts effective immediately and will be valid and effective until further notice. The temporary suspension of visa issuance is in light of Proclamation No. 922, dated 08 March 2020, declaring a "State of Public Health Emergency" throughout the Philippines; and Proclamation No. 929, dated 16 March 2020, declaring a "State of Calamity" throughout the Philippines due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). With the temporary suspension, all visa-free privileges including those based on Visa Waiver Agreements, those under Executive Order 408, s.1960, and for holders of Hong Kong and Macau SAR passports, Macau-Portuguese passports, and British National Overseas passports, are likewise temporarily suspended, effective 22 March 2020.
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BI Memorandum dated 20 July 2020
Based on the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Memorandum dated 20 July 2020, pursuant to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) Resolution No.56 Series of 2020 dated 16 July 2020, foreign nationals with existing and valid long term visas shall be allowed to enter PH effective 01 August 2020. These visas include:
A. Section 13 series of Commonwealth Act No.613, as amended
-- 13 quota, 13A, 13B, 13C, 13D, 13E, 13G visas
B. RA 7919 Visa
-- Legal residence status granted to certain foreign nationals through a Social Integration Program in the
Philippines under certain conditions as provided under Republic Act No. 7919
C. EO 324 Visa
-- Foreign nationals who have acquired permanent residency under Executive Order No.324
D. Native – Born Visa
-- Foreign nationals born in the Philippines whose parents, either or both, are lawful permanent residents.
Only those with valid and existing visas at the time of entry will be allowed. No new visas under these categories may be issued.
This is without prejudice to applicable immigration laws, rules and regulations.
This exemption also covers dependents of aforementioned nationals.
Per IATF Resolution No.56, the entry of abovementioned foreigners is subject to the following conditions:
a) With pre-booked accredited quarantine facility;
b) With pre-booked COVID-19 testing provider; and
c) Subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers.
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Exemption of Foreign Spouses, Children and Parents of Filipino Nationals from the Temporary Suspension of Visa Issuance: https://bit.ly/3fG0hDg
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) informs the public that pursuant to Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases(IATF- EID) Resolution No. 60 dated 30 July 2020, foreign spouses, minor children including with special needs regardless of age, and foreign parents of minor Filipino nationals, including of children with special needs regardless of age, are exempted from the temporary suspension of visa issuance to all foreign nationals.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) may allow entry of those covered under the above mentioned exemptions starting 09 August if these foreign nationals hold valid Philippine visas. This includes those who previously enjoyed visa-free privileges. However, those with existing visas need not be issued new ones.
Those concerned foreign nationals who wish to enter the Philippines, and falls under any of the mentioned categories, are advised to coordinate with the nearest Embassy of Consulate on the submission of documentary proof issued by Philippine authorities or foreign governments, except those inconsistent with Philippine regulations (e.g. same-sex marriage and common-law spouse certificates).
The implementation of these exemptions shall be in coordination with the BI and the Civil Aeronautics Board of the implementation. The DFA, together with its Foreign Service Posts, commits to tirelessly facilitate the concerns and needs of our nationals, whenever and wherever possible, especially in these challenging times.
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