PHILIPPINES: Update to Special Non-Immigrant 47(a)(2) Visa Applications

February 18, 2020

Effective immediately, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Foreign National Unit (FNU) has begun requiring authorized agents such as consultancy and law firms to present a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) for the processing of Special Non-Immigrant 47(a)(2) Visa applications and related transactions.

The SPA should be signed by the authorized signatory of the PEZA-registered entity and the original should be provided to PEZA FNU. Authorized agents are allowed to submit an initial 47(a)(2) visa application for evaluation.

Recently (as we reported here), the Zone Office National Capital Region (NCR), which covers the entire Metro Manila, has begun to require a personal appearance by the principal applicant after the initial evaluation and before approval of the application.

Our Advice

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

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