Other Visa Categories and Extension of Period of Stay

Visitor Coming For Short-Term Course/Language Study

Foreigners traveling to the Philippines to join short-term, non-degree courses in the Philippines (i.e. language proficiency, computer courses) must apply for a temporary visitor’s visa and submit proof of acceptance to the course offered in the Philippines, through a duly-signed letter/certification issued by the accepting Philippine-based learning institution.

Upon arrival in the Philippines and acceptance by the school or institution, the student should apply for a Special Study Permit at the Bureau of Immigration’s Student Desk and present the following documents:

  1. Letter request for Special Study Permit;
  2. Certificate of Acceptance issued by the admitting Philippine educational institution/school accredited by the Bureau of Immigration to accept foreign students;
  3. Photocopy of passport reflecting the applicant’s authorized period of stay;
  4. Affidavit of Support and Proof of Financial Capacity; and
  5. Birth Certificate.

Focal persons and pertinent contact details for student visas and permits can be found at http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1830

Foreigners Coming to the Philippines as Volunteers from Foreign Volunteer Institutions

Pursuant to existing regulations, foreign nationals coming to the Philippines for a temporary visit to do volunteer work in the Philippines connection with their institution’s programs in partnership with a Philippine-based volunteer organization must be duly registered with the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) — the government agency mandated to promote and coordinate volunteer programs and services in the Philippines.

The local partner organization in the Philippines must coordinate directly with the PNVSCA (http://www.pnvsca.gov.ph/). The PNVSCA will endorse the application of the foreign volunteer worker to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo will only issue a 47(a)(2) visa upon receipt of the appropriate authority from Manila, pursuant FSC 216-98.

Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV)

The Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV) entitles the holder to reside in the Philippines for an indefinite period as long as the required qualifications and investments are maintained.

Interested parties can seek the assistance of the Philippine Trade and Investment Office in Tokyo, Japan, or read the details from the website of the Philippine Board of Investments.

Special Retiree Resident Visa (SRRV)

The Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) is issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) of the Republic of the Philippines under the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA). It entitles the holder to multiple-entry privileges with the right to stay permanently/indefinitely in the Philippines.

Interested parties can read more details from the website of the Philippine Retirement Authority.

Extension of Authorized Period of Stay in the Philippines

In case a temporary visitor visa holder’s stay in the Philippines will exceed the authorized period of stay, he/she must secure an extension of stay from the Bureau of Immigration and pay the corresponding immigration fees.

As of 10 June 2013, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) launched the Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE) program. Tourists may now avail of visa extensions for a maximum of six months under a single transaction with the BI. The LSVVE allows temporary visitors to prolong their stay in the Philippines without the need to frequently visit the Bureau of Immigration to process their documents.

No LSVVE shall be issued to non-visa foreign nationals whose stay exceeds 36 months, and visa-required nationals whose stay exceeds 24 months. Conversion to other visa category is also allowed.

The visa extension fees and Security Visa Sticker (SVS) cost P14,000.00 for visa-required nationals and P11,600.00 for non-visa required nationals, as follows:

Schedule of fees for visa-required nationals:

Extension Fee PHP 3,010.00
Application Fee PHP 1,810.00
ACR PHP 1,010.00*
Head Tax PHP 250.00**
ECC PHP 710.00***
Certification Fee PHP 510.00
I-Card PHP 2,100.00****
Express Lane Fee PHP 3,000.00
Express Lane Fee (Cert) PHP 1,000.00*****
Express Lane Fee (I-Card) PHP 500.00
Security Visa Sticker (SVS) PHP 100.00
TOTAL PHP 14,000.00

* PHP510.00 for fourteen (14) years old and below
**No Head Tax for those below sixteen (16) years of age
*** PHP210.00 for fourteen (14) years old and below
****Actual rate depends on USD=PHP foreign exchange rate
*****Double Express Lane Fee

Schedule of fees for non visa-required nationals:

Extension Fee PHP 3,010.00
Application Fee PHP 910.00
ACR PHP 1,010.00*
Head Tax PHP 250.00**
ECC PHP 710.00***
Certification Fee PHP 510.00
I-Card PHP 2,100.00****
Express Lane Fee PHP 1,500.00
Express Lane Fee (Cert) PHP 1,000.00*****
Express Lane Fee (I-Card) PHP 500.00
Security Visa Sticker (SVS) PHP 100.00
TOTAL PHP 11,600.00

* PHP510.00 for fourteen (14) years old and below
**No Head Tax for those below sixteen (16) years of age
*** PHP210.00 for fourteen (14) years old and below
****Actual rate depends on USD=PHP foreign exchange rate
*****Double Express Lane Fee

The implementation of the Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension program is limited to the BI Main Office in Intramuros, Manila until further notice.

Please request details on the procedure and fees from the Philippine Bureau of Immigration, or browse their website at
http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2008&Itemid=103
and
http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2007&Itemid=78.

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