9(g) Pre-Arranged Employees Visa/ 9(g) Working Visa
This type of Visa is the most common availed by foreigners who are engaged in any form of meaningful employment in the Philippines. 9(g) pre-arranged employee visa is a visa that allows foreigners in possession of it to be legible for employment in the Philippines. Employers of companies registered under the Philippines laws are therefore legally entitled to employ foreigners that the Bureau of Immigration has approved their 9(g) Visas for the duration specified in the Visa.
The application of the 9(g) Visa is stipulated in the Commonwealth Act No. 613 under section 9(g) and section 20. Similarly, the applicability of the visa is also provided for in the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940(PIA). This legal provision grants employers/proprietors in the Philippines to employ foreign nationals with experience, appropriate qualifications, and skills that may be of short supply in the Philippines. The foreigner holding this type of Visa is entitled to work legitimately and at the same time stay in the Philippines. The duration of the visa corresponds to the employment contract meaning that the foreigners will be able to see out their contracts.
In most cases, the Bureau issues pre-arranged employment contracts of 1, 2 and a maximum of three years that are extendable upon request. The processing duration of the visa usually takes an average of 40 days. The 9(g) Visa is only applicable to the specific employer meaning that in case the holder of the visa changes employer before expiry of the visa, the 9(g) Visa is relegated to the 9(a) visitors’ visa, and the process of securing another one through the new employer commences. However, for foreign employers that are promoted within the same company are exempted by the BI from being relegated to the 9(a) visitors’ visa. Instead, the promoted foreign employees have to apply for a new Alien Employment Permit (AEP) that corresponds to the new position and extend their 9(g) Visa along with their new AEPs.
The 9(g) Visa expires for the same period as that issued with an AEP, and It also expires together with the contract of employment whichever comes first. It is also important to note that expiry of visa that is issued to the dependent has the same duration as that visa that was the principal. Foreign citizens who come with firms that have registered with PEZA, BOI, and cooperation that are ranked among the top one thousand are advantaged with a monastery that they give unto them.
Benefits of the 9(g) Working Visa
- The visa duration corresponds to the contract of the employment and can be extended if the employment contract is extended by the employer
- Foreigners granted the visa have the privileges of both working in the Philippines and staying in the Philippines without applying for a residential visa again.
- Foreigners with the visa can have their families convert their temporary visa as dependents of the holder of the 9(g) Visa and be granted the same validity period subject to extension in case the holder of the visa commercial visa extends
- Foreigners children will not have to apply for the student visa or special permit visa provided they are studying in BI accredited schools as the 9(g) Visa recognizes them as dependents
- Foreigners given promotion do not have to apply for new 9(g) Visa as they only have to inform the BI through the application of new AEPs that corresponds to their new positions and the new duration holder of the Visa is at eligible to have multiple exits and entries out of and into the Philippines within the period stipulated on the Visa.
Documentary Requirements for 9(g) Working Visa
- Joint letter request addressed to the Commissioner from the applicant and the petitioner;
- Duly accomplished CGAF for Non-Immigrant Visa;
- Photocopy of passport bio-page and latest admission with valid authorized stay;
- Photocopy of Employment Contract, Secretary’s Certificate of Election, Appointment or Assignment of the applicant, or equivalent document, with details of exact compensation, duration of employment and comprehensive description of the nature and scope of the applicant’s position in the company;
- Photocopy of petitioner’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR) with the corresponding proof of payment (official receipt, bank teller’s validation slip, BIR’s eFPS payment details’ print-out or other similar evidence);
- For Corporations or Partnerships, photocopies of the following: Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Certificate of Registration;
- Articles of Incorporation;
- General Information Sheet (GIS) for the current year stamped received by the SEC;
- For Single Proprietorships, photocopies of the following: Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Certificate of Registration of Business Name;
- Mayor’s Permit;
- Photocopy of Alien Employment Permit (AEP) issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE); and actual publication of the applicant’s approved AEP or in the absence thereof, a Certificate of Publication issued by the Publisher;
- Notarized certification of the number of foreign and Filipino employees from the petitioning company;
- Special Temporary Permit for an applicant practicing a regulated profession under the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), if applicable;
- BI Clearance Certificate; and
- An original or certified true copy of Bureau of Quarantine Medical Clearance, if an applicant is a national of any of the countries listed under Annex “A” of Immigration Operations Order No. SBM-14-059-A who arrived in the Philippines on or after June 2014.
Procedure for 9(g) Working Visa application
- Secure the CGAF from either at the Public Information and Assistance Unit (PIAU) at BI G/F Main Office or the official BI Website.
- Submit the documents for pre-screening to the Central Receiving Unit (CRU) or to the frontline officer or staff of other Immigration Offices able to process this transaction.
- Pay the required fees.
- Submit a copy of the Official Receipt.
- Attend the hearing.
- Proceed to Image and Fingerprint Capturing Counter of the Alien Registration Division (ARD) and submit requirements for ACR I-Card application
- Check the website if the visa application is already approved.
- If approved, submit passport for visa implementation.
- If ACR I-Card is approved, claim ACR I-Card.
A pending application or awaiting 9(g) Visa approval, he or she who is wishing to live in Philippine together with an Alien employment permit (AEP), should continue to update his or her status of immigration by making an extension to temporary visitor’s visa. It is critical to keep in mind that you should confirm the employing firm is licensed or registered and recognized by Philippine laws before commencing the process of the AEP documents applications.
In case the foreign employee is needed to begin his job during a time which the processing of visa is in progress, he or she should take the alternative of acquiring the Provisional Work Permit (PWP) which allows the bearer of the PWP to begin assignment of the job while processing of 9(g) Visa and AEP is in progress. Once you submit AEP application fill the PWP application and results will be received after two weeks.