Immigration Visa Services




June 17, 2020

BIR removes mayor’s permit as requirement in business registration

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has taken out the mayor’s permit as one of the requirements in business registration.

Commissioner Cesar Dulay pointed out that the BIR aims to expedite the process of establishing businesses in the Philippines.

It is continuously making reforms to ease the burden of entrepreneurs in submitting required documents.

-PTV News

Section 47(A) (2) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, as amended, allows the President to admit as non-immigrants, foreign nationals who are coming for a temporary period only, under conditions as he may prescribe. This consequently paved the way for the creation of special visas, under special laws, for investors or employees of PEZA and/or BOI-registered companies or those in the oil-drilling industries.

This type of visa requires the employer’s sponsorship and is valid for the duration of the contract/term of office or for one (1) year, whichever is shorter. It is a company-specific visa that limits the percentage of foreign national employees to less than 5% of the total workforce. Holders of this visa are exempted from ACR I-card requirement.

REQUIREMENTS:

BOI

1. BOI Application Form;
2. Duly signed undertaking in the form of Board Resolution;
3. An Understudy Information Sheet, Designation of Understudy, and Understudy Training Program (if applicable);
4. Authenticated passport with valid visa;
5. A Secretary’s Certificate authorizing the application of the Special Non-Immigrant Visa (for elective officers);
6. Affidavit of Support from BOI registered company;
7. Company organizational chart; and
8. Resume and bio-data of the foreigner applying for the visa.

PEZA
1. Letter of Request to PEZA on company’s behalf
2. Authenticated passport with valid visa;
3. A Secretary’s Certificate authorizing the application of the Special Non-Immigrant Visa (for elective officers);
4. Current service contract;
5. Resume and bio-data of the foreigner applying for the visa.

DOJ
1. DOJ application form;
2. Certificate of BOI/PEZA Registration and the terms and conditions;
3. Authenticated passport with valid visa;
4. A Secretary’s Certificate authorizing the application of the Special Non-Immigrant Visa (for elective officers);
5. Current Service Contract (for non-elected positions); and
6. Affidavit of Support from BOI/PEZA registered company.

Procedure:
1. Apply with the appropriate government agency (e.g. BOI, PEZA, DOA);
2. The government agency endorses the application to DOJ; and
3. DOJ approves the application and endorses to the BI for implementation.