PHILIPPINES: In-Person Application for Alien Employment Permit in Manila [UPDATED]

[UPDATE] A new DOLE-NCR advisory, issued 30 September 2019 and effective 15 October 2019, significantly modifies the new requirements introduced on 1 October 2019.

For Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs), only company representatives (not authorized agents) shall be allowed to file the AEP applications of their foreign nationals, while the personal appearance of foreign nationals will be required during the release of AEP cards.

For all other applicants, authorized agents such as consultancy firms and law firms can submit AEP applications and claim AEP cards.

On 25 September 2019, the Department of Labor and Employment in the National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR), which covers Metro Manila, announced that, from 1 October 2019, it would require foreign national applicants to personally submit their Alien Employment Permit (AEP) applications and collect the issued AEP cards from DOLE-NCR.

The new rules apply only to applications submitted to DOLE-NCR (in Metro Manila). Confirmation is pending as to whether the same rules will be applied by other DOLE regional offices.

Our Advice

Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact a Newland Chase immigration specialist for case-specific advice.

For general advice and information on immigration and business travel to the Philippines, please email us at enquiries@newlandchase.com