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Special Visas

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What is a special visa
Allows multiple entry to the Philippines
Has special conditions
Serves a special purpose
The holder of a ssrv kind of special visa
may reside in the Philippines without
securing extensions of his stay from the
Bureau of Immigration.
Who can apply for a special
visa?
A qualified non-immigrant foreigner
who shall actually employ at least ten (10)
Filipinos
The foreigner shall employ them in a lawful
and sustainable enterprise, trade or industry
A retiree who applies for a Special Resident
Retiree Visa (SRRV) has the option to enroll to
the program based from his retirement status
Who can apply for a special
visa?
Special Resident Retiree Visa (SRRV) has the option to
enroll to the program based from his retirement status
1. With Pension - 50 years old and above - the required
time deposit is US$10,000.00 plus a monthly pension of
US$800.00 for a single applicant and US$1,000 for couple.

2. Without Pension
35 to 49 years old - US$50,000.00 time deposit
50 years old and above - US$20,000.00 time deposit
Former Filipino Citizens (at least 35 years old, regardless of
the number of dependents - US$1,500.00)
Ambassadors of Foreign Countries who served and retired in
the Philippines, current and former staff members of
international organizations including ADB (at least 50 years
old) - US$1,500.00
Special Resident Retiree Visa
3. A resident retiree can bring with him, without
additional deposit, his spouse and child who is
unmarried and below 21 years old or if the
spouse is not joining, two(2) children (provided
they are unmarried and under 21 years of age.)
Additional children with the same qualifications
may also be allowed to join the principal retiree
provided there is an additional deposit of
US$15,000.00 per child. The said time deposit
however, is subject the same and conditions
with that of the principal deposit. This does not
apply to former Filipino Citizens.
Are SRRV holders exempted from Travel Tax?
PRA members who are holders of valid SRRV are
exempted from paying travel tax provided they have not
stayed in the Philippines for more than one year from the
date of last entry into the country.

Can SRRV holder own real property in the


Philippines?
No. If he or she is legally married to a Philippine citizen, he
or she may construct a residential unit on a parcel of land
owned and/or registered in the name of Philippine spouse.
Natural-born former Filipinos whose SRRV has been issued
may own/acquire a maximum area of 5,000 square meters
of urban land and three (3) hectares of agricultural land.

Where do I get the approval of the SRRV?


The approval of your application will come from the
Bureau of Immigration. The pre-evaluation of the
application is made by the Philippine Retirement Authority
where applications are filed.
With Pension
Completed Philippine Retirement Authority application
form;
Valid passport;
DFA Medical Examination Form No. 11 accomplished by a
licensed physician from the applicant's place of origin,
including AIDS Test, duly authenticated by the Philippine
Embassy/Consulate posted there or PRA Medical
Certificate (RSSC Form No. 002) accomplished by a
licensed physician in the Philippines;
Certification by PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite
deposit in the following categories; A. With Pension - 50
years old and above - the required time deposit is
US$10,000.00 plus a monthly pension of US$800.00 for a
single applicant and US$1,000 for couple.
Without Pension
B. Without Pension
35 to 49 years old - US$50,000.00 time
deposit
50 years old and above - US$20,000.00
time deposit
Former Filipino
Citizen/Ambassodors
Former Filipino Citizens (at least 35 years
old, regardless of the number of
dependents US
$1,500.00)
Ambassadors of Foreign Countries who
served and retired in the Philippines,
current and former staff members of
international organizations including ADB
(at least 50 years old) - US$1,500.00
How about the SPECIAL
VISA FOR EMPLOYMENT
GENERATION (SVEG)
Secure the CGAF from either at the Public
Information and Assistance Unit (PIAU) at BI
G/F Main Office or from the official BI
Website.
Submit the documents for pre-screening to
the Central Receiving Unit (CRU) or to the
frontline officer or staff of other Immigration
Offices able to process this transaction.
Get the Order of Payment Slip (OPS).
Pay the required fees.
Submit copy of Official Receipt.
Attend hearing. Please refer to the Official
Receipt for the schedule and venue of the
hearing and Image and Fingerprint
Capturing.
Proceed to Image and Fingerprint Capturing
Counter of the Alien Registration Division
(ARD) and submit requirements for ACR I-
Card application
Check website if visa application is already
approved.
If approved, submit passport for visa
implementation.
If ACR I-Card is approved, claim ACR I-Card.
General Requirements
Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate,
issued abroad or National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in
the Philippines;

Photographs, 2.4 cms and 5 cms. six (6) pieces each;

If the spouse is joining the applicant, Marriage Certificate or Marriage


Contract if the applicant's marriage was solemnized in the Philippines or
Marriage Certificate duly authenticated by the Philippine
Embassy/Consulate nearest the applicant's residence abroad if the
marriage was contracted abroad (under PRA rules, should the resident
retiree suffer an untimely demise, the surviving spouse who is a holder of
SRRV has the option to become the principal retiree using the original
principal dollar deposit as his/her qualifying deposit. If he/she chooses not
to, the law on succession shall apply);

If dependent/s is/are joining the applicant, Birth Certificate/s of


dependent/s born in the Philippines or Birth Certificate/s or Household
Register duly authenticated by the Philippine/Consulate nearest the
applicant's residence abroad; and

Payment (2,800 NOK)


How much does it cost?
CONVERSION TO NON-IMMIGRANT
VISA OF OFFSHORE BANKING UNIT
UNDER PD 1034
WHO CAN APPLY?

A foreign national who is assigned by any


foreign bank to work in its offshore
banking unit in the Philippines
HOW TO APPLY
Secure the CGAF from either at the Public
Information and Assistance Unit (PIAU) at BI
G/F Main Office or from the official BI Website.
Submit the documents for pre-screening to
the Central Receiving Unit (CRU) or to the
frontline officer or staff of other Immigration
Offices able to process this transaction.
Get the Order of Payment Slip (OPS).
Pay the required fees.
Submit copy of Official Receipt.
After evaluation of the visa application and
approved, submit passport for visa
implementation.
How much does it cost?