Philippines – Holders of 47(a)(2) Visas May Be Subject to Pay Immigration Fee at Point of Each Departure

What has changed

Effective immediately the Bureau of Immigration released an Operations Order that certain holders of 47(a)(2) Visas will be subject to pay immigration fees upon departure from the Philippines every time they leave the country.  If applicable, the fee is payable per person and at the time of each departure from the Philippines.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • The Operations Order states that certain holders of 47 (a)(2) Visas shall only be exempt from payment of the immigration fees, if it is specifically indicated in the endorsement issued by the Department of Justice.
    • The endorsement will read “free from payment of visa and immigration fees”
    • Fee exempt visas will clearly indicate the word “EXEMPT” when endorsed

The absence of the word “EXEMPT” in the endorsement will indicate to the visa holder that the immigration fees will be enforced upon departing the Philippines.  In order for the “EXEMPT” endorsement to to be issued, the visa holder must work for a company categorized by the Department of Justice as being exempt.

Going forward, all fee required visas will clearly indicate the following directive when endorsed: “To secure ECC/SRC upon departure”

  • ECC= Emigration Clearance Certificate
  • SRC = Special Return Certificate

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Emigra Worldwide recommends that all foreigners who hold a  47(a)(2) visa to prepare a P2,880.00 ECC/SRC fee for their next departure from the country and a P2,170.00 for all subsequent departures.  These payments can be paid at the airport and must be paid in cash.  Receipt will be issued upon payment.
  • The fee for children under 14 years of age is lower at P2,130.00 for the initial travel and P1,670 for all subsequent departures.
  • While this Operational Order has immediate effect, the implementation at the departure points may not be uniform.  There may be occasions where the payment of the fee is not enforced.
  • It is also recommended that foreign employees travel with their Alien Employment Permit (AEP) card as further proof of their current status within the Philippines.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your clients.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.