Philippines: Six-Month Extensions of Visitor Visas Now Available
Foreign nationals awaiting the approval of a work or dependent visa may now extend their 9(a) visitor visas for up to six months. Previously, the maximum was two months per extension.
Foreign nationals seeking to extend their stay in the Philippines, including Special Work Permit holders and foreign nationals awaiting the approval of a work or dependent visa, may now extend their 9(a) visitor visas for up to six months. Currently, the six-month extensions are processed only by the Bureau’s headquarters office in Intramuros, Manila.
Previously, these individuals were required to submit their passports to the Bureau of Immigration every one or two months for a 9(a) visa extension endorsement, which led to frequent trips to the immigration office and longer processing times.
Special Work Permit holders must hold valid 9(a) visas throughout the duration of their assignment. Foreign nationals awaiting the approval of a work or dependent visa must hold valid 9(a) status until their work or dependent visas are approved, which may take two to twelve weeks depending on the type of work visa.
In other visa-related news, the Bureau of Immigration is also implementing new visa extension stickers to replace ink stamps. The new stickers contain security and tracking features that prevent forgery and tampering.