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PHILIPPINES: Authorised Agents Now Require Special Power of Attorney to Assist with Special Non-Immigrant 47(a)(2) Visa Applications

Effective immediately, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Foreign National Unit (FNU) has begun requiring authorised 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 authorised signatory of the PEZA-registered entity and the original should be provided to PEZA FNU. Authorised agents are allowed to submit initial 47(a)(2) visa applications 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.

This alert was prepared with information provided by Follosco, Morallos & Herce.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2021 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.