Naturally distributed across more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines is home to a diverse wildlife, majestic sceneries that can be traversed through land, water, and air and more than millions of warm smiles. The country has been very welcoming to all nations to showcase these beauties but is also known to be very keen in admitting visitors. It enforces a Black List Order (BLO) disallowing entry for foreign nationals who have convicted crimes in their respective countries or had not been convicted of any crime but are fugitives in their home countries.
As the Philippine BPO Industry expands, foreign investors continue to inject capital and resources into the economy, resulting in job creation for the local work force. A key to this unprecedented growth is the recently developed SVEG, short for Special Visa for Employment Generation, a non-immigrant visa which is enabling foreigners to create business opportunities in the Philippine market.
With any country that you may want to live and work in, there is the obvious nightmare of paperwork. The drama and trauma of obtaining a working permit (AEP) and a 9(g) visa which is an experience most foreigners recount with mixed emotions – shock, anger, outrage, frustration, dismay, and at times, even hopelessness. There is no other way to put it, but it is a process, a tedious one and one that is, like any of its nature, time-consuming and difficult.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) requires foreigners to secure an Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC) before departing the Philippines. There are two types of clearances available to various visa holders, depending on the nature of the foreign national’s stay in the Philippines. Recent stringent enforcement is intended to increase foreigner accountability before the foreigners leave the country.