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The 9G Visa: Explained

A Philippine work visa, also known as a 9G visa, gives its holder the right to work there. The name comes from the fact that it involves a change in status from Pre-Arranged Employee under Section 9(g) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940. You obtain a work visa for the Philippines from the Bureau of Immigration.

In essence, it grants foreigners permission to work legally in the Philippines. Additionally, having a 9G visa denotes that the holder is essential to the management or administration of the local or locally-based company where they work.

You must do the following to get a 9g visa Philippines

How To Get One

To begin with, your prospective employer must submit a petition on your behalf for you to be granted this visa. Assignments lasting longer than six months require an Alien Employment Permit, while those lasting less than six months typically require a Special Work Permit application (AEP).

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Along with your work visa application, you must also submit an application for a separate Philippines Alien Employment Permit (AEP) with the Department of Labor and Employment of the Philippines.

Please note that the Bureau of Immigration will not grant you a 9G working visa unless you have secured the AEP from the Department of Labor and Employment, underscoring the significance of having an AEP.

Eligibility

What makes one eligible to get the 9G visa is that any foreign individual going to the Philippines to work in any legal occupation to receive any compensation. 

The Requirements

Before you can apply for a 9G Visa, you need the following requirements:

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  • Duly accomplished application form;
  • Notarized document from your local or locally-based employer;
  • Alien Employment Permit from the Department of Labor and Employment;
  • Clearance certificate from the Bureau of Immigration;
  • Alien Certificate of Registration; and
  • Applicant’s passport.

Benefits

The benefits of a 9G visa are:

  • Without applying for a residential visa, those possessing a 9G working visa can work and remain in the Philippines.
  • The visa length is by the employment contract of the foreign employee. As a result, if the employer creates the labor contract, it may be extended.
  • For the time specified on the visa, the bearer may make numerous entries and departures into and out of the Philippines.
  • If the visa holder receives an extension, the dependent family members of the visa holder may also receive an extension for their temporary visas.
  • Employers’ promotions do not require visa holders to apply for a new 9G visa. They must submit a fresh Alien Employment Permit application.

The Process

The 9G Visa requires a thorough review and process before acquiring it. The process involves: the employers petitioning for their employees. An application for a special work permit may be made to the authorities if the assignment’s duration is fewer than six months. The assignee must apply for an alien employment permit if the assignment lasts longer than six months (AEP).

Wrapping Up

The most popular type of work visa used by foreign nationals engaged in gainful employment in the Philippines is the 9(g), also known as Pre-Arranged Employee Visa Commercial. 

While working for a company that is registered or licensed to conduct business and is in compliance with Philippine rules, this visa enables the holder to multiple entries and exits into and out of the country. 

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