Philippines: Clarifying Guidelines Issued on Work Authorization for Foreign Nationals

The Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Justice and the Bureau of Immigration have issued joint guidelines to clarify the current rules and procedures on the issuance of work authorization to foreign nationals. These changes are set to take effect 15 days after publication in a newspaper of general circulation. However, publication is yet to take place and therefore, the exact date of effectivity is not yet clear. Key changes in the joint guidelines include:

  • A detailed list of foreign visitors who now require a short-term Special Work Permit (SWP) when entering the Philippines;
  • A limit on the validity of Provisional Work Permits to six months without possibility of renewal.
  • Fragomen is closely monitoring this situation and will report on further developments in this issue.

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