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PHILIPPINES – Company Representative Now Required to Attend 9(g) Commercial Visa Application Interview

Effective 28 May 2014, a company representative is now required to attend 9(g) Pre-arranged Employment Visa (Commercial) application interviews, along with the applicant. Previously only the applicant was required to attend this interview.

Who Can Represent the Sponsoring Company?

  • If the employer is a corporation or partnership, it can be represented at the interview by an executive officer, as indicated in the Articles of Incorporation/Partnership or latest General Information Sheet (GIS).
  • A non-executive officer of the company may act as representative at the interview, provided they are authorized by the executive officers through a Special Power of Attorney.
  • A company with a single proprietor may be represented only by the registered owner, as indicated in the valid Certificate of Business Registration issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
  • Travel agents, liaison officers and legal counsels are not authorised to represent or appear on behalf of the employer, even if they hold a Special Power of Attorney.

Exemptions for Top 1000 Companies

Note that applications sponsored by the Top 1000 corporations in the Philippines are exempt from the interview requirement for 9(g) visas.

Action Items

  • Ensure that a suitable representative of the employer is available to attend the 9(g) Commercial Visa application interview.

This news alert was prepared using 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.