PHILIPPINES – Updates on PEZA Visa

September 15, 2023

The following changes in the document requirements will take effect immediately for Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Visas:

  • The Understudy Training Program (UTP) or Skills Development Program (SDP) submission is no longer a pre-requisite to obtain a PEZA visa. However, this may still be requested by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) authorities.
  • Downgrading of PEZA Visa will normally require foreign employees to leave the country in order to apply for a new visa in the Philippines. An exemption on the Order to Leave (OTL) requirement is available for foreign employees who need to undergo downgrading as a result of changing their position, title and job position while they remain working for the same employer. Downgrading applications for such cases will now be required to provide an original and duly accomplished employment contract and notarized undertaking stating that they will be immediately applying for a PEZA visa.
  • PEZA visa applications filed less than 30 days to visa expiry will no longer require a letter to the Director General.

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