The Bureau of Immigration (BI) in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) aim to control and regulate the movement of persons to, from and within the Philippines to safeguard national security without necessarily restricting economic development. This mission empowered both government agencies to implement stringent frameworks that will ensure compliance by all foreign nationals who are staying here in the country either for work, business or tourism purposes.
Recent events showed series of arrests and major crackdowns involving illegal or undocumented foreign workers who do not possess valid work permit or visa. Violators of immigration rules and regulations face deportation and blacklisting. Companies hiring foreign workers without the proper work permit and visa may also face closure upon recommendation of the high-level inter-agency government committee. Both DOLE and BI emphasized its regulatory powers to continue with this campaign of legalizing the stay of any foreign national that wish to stay in the Philippines.
As a final note, any foreign national who earns income within the Philippines whether via local payroll or from outside source(s) are required to secure the necessary work permit or work visa or both. The duration of employment or assignment, function, nature of employment or assignment in the Philippines are some criteria used to determine the validity and type of work permit or work visa that may be applied for.
If you wish to know more about Philippine visas or any other related concerns, please send your email to [email protected].