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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

Special Work Permit (SWP) is a work permit intended for short term assignments/employment of up to 6 months. A locally registered company must be willing to serve as the Petitioner. The SWP is good for 3 months during the initial application and extendible for another 3 months. During the course of the SWP validity, the status of the foreign national remains as tourist. Thus, tourist visa extension must be undertaken if necessary.

The approval of the SWP normally takes between 2 – 3 weeks. Upon issuance, the Bureau of Immigration will grant an Official SWP order of approval which will serve as the permit to work.

SWPs are usually issued, but limited, to:
• Professional athletes visiting and competing only for a limited period;
• Foreign nationals who perform emergency or exceptional temporary services, but did not secure a pre-arranged employment visa; and
• Artists, musicians, and other performers.

1. Letter of request from the Petitioning Company.
2. Notarized copy of applicant’s passport with valid visa.
3. An Affidavit of Support of the Petitioning Company.
4. Authenticated true copy of employment contract specifying exact fiscal compensation to be earned

1. Secure the Consolidated General Application Form (CGAF) from the Bureau of Immigration;
2. Submit the documents for pre-screening for processing;
3. Secure the Order of Payment Slip (OPS);
4. Pay the required fees;
5. Submit a copy of Official Receipt; and
6. Claim the approved SWP upon presentation of photocopy of receipts