You may have an initial period of one (1), two (2) or three years (3) validity on your 9(g) Pre-Arranged Employees – Commercial visa. You may also extend said visa for one (1), two (2) or three year (3) years depending on the Employer-Employee Contract.
Processing of the Pre-Arranged Employees – Commercial visa usually takes forty (40) days, depending on the volume of applicants and provided that all the documentary requirements you submitted are complete.
I am a missionary and I would like to render community service/s in the Philippines. How can I do this legally?
You may secure a Pre-Arranged Employees Visa for Missionaries under Section 9(g) and Section 20 of the Commonwealth Act No. 613 or the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940 (PIA).
Non-immigrant foreign nationals holding the necessary visa under this category need to show proof of a bona fide membership in an educational or religious organization in the Philippines (Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines [CBCP] or Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches [PCEC]).
A foreign national is qualified to apply for a pre-arranged employee visa – missionary once he/she has been endorsed by an educational or religious organization in the Philippines such as the CBCP or PCEC.
You may have a one (1), two (2) or three (3) years initial period of validity on your Pre-Arranged Employees – Missionary Visa. Furthermore, you may also extend your visa for another one (1), two (2) or three (3) years in a total of a maximum period of ten (10) years.
If I want to bring my family with me, what kind of visa may they apply for them to be able to live with me in the Philippines?
Your family may convert their Temporary Visitor’s visa as dependents under your Pre-Arranged Employees – Non-commercial visa. They will be granted with the same validity period with the principal applicant and may extend their visa.
BI accredited schools will allow your children to enroll in their schools with a visa status as dependents under your Pre-Arranged Visa. Thus, your children need not to apply for a Student Visa or a Special Study Permit (SSP).