Philippines Long Stay Visas

Types of Philippines Long Stay Visas

Foreign nationals who enter the Philippines for long-term purposes must have the appropriate visa. The main types of Philippine visas issued for a longer duration include:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Philippine Work Visa, which is issued to foreigners who will work for a Filipino company

  • Philippine Spouse Visa, which is issued to the spouses of Filipino citizens and/or their dependent children.

  • Philippine Retirement Visa, which is issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines and have the necessary financial requirements to do so.


If you are considering moving to the Philippines, it’s important to note that Philippine long-stay visas are issued for six months to three years, depending on the type of visa you apply for and other determining factors, such as the duration of your work contract.

Applying for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa

You can apply for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa in one of two ways:

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Philippine Work Visa, which is issued to foreigners who will work for a Filipino company

  • Philippine Spouse Visa, which is issued to the spouses of Filipino citizens and/or their dependent children.

  • Philippine Retirement Visa, which is issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines and have the necessary financial requirements to do so.


If you are considering moving to the Philippines, it’s important to note that Philippine long-stay visas are issued for six months to three years, depending on the type of visa you apply for and other determining factors, such as the duration of your work contract.

Applying for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa

You can apply for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa in one of two ways:

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Philippine Work Visa, which is issued to foreigners who will work for a Filipino company

  • Philippine Spouse Visa, which is issued to the spouses of Filipino citizens and/or their dependent children.

  • Philippine Retirement Visa, which is issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines and have the necessary financial requirements to do so.


If you are considering moving to the Philippines, it’s important to note that Philippine long-stay visas are issued for six months to three years, depending on the type of visa you apply for and other determining factors, such as the duration of your work contract.

Applying for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa

You can apply for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa in one of two ways:

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Philippine Work Visa, which is issued to foreigners who will work for a Filipino company

  • Philippine Spouse Visa, which is issued to the spouses of Filipino citizens and/or their dependent children.

  • Philippine Retirement Visa, which is issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines and have the necessary financial requirements to do so.


If you are considering moving to the Philippines, it’s important to note that Philippine long-stay visas are issued for six months to three years, depending on the type of visa you apply for and other determining factors, such as the duration of your work contract.

Applying for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa

You can apply for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa in one of two ways:

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Philippine Work Visa, which is issued to foreigners who will work for a Filipino company

  • Philippine Spouse Visa, which is issued to the spouses of Filipino citizens and/or their dependent children.

  • Philippine Retirement Visa, which is issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines and have the necessary financial requirements to do so.


If you are considering moving to the Philippines, it’s important to note that Philippine long-stay visas are issued for six months to three years, depending on the type of visa you apply for and other determining factors, such as the duration of your work contract.

Applying for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa

You can apply for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa in one of two ways:

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Philippine Work Visa, which is issued to foreigners who will work for a Filipino company

  • Philippine Spouse Visa, which is issued to the spouses of Filipino citizens and/or their dependent children.

  • Philippine Retirement Visa, which is issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines and have the necessary financial requirements to do so.


If you are considering moving to the Philippines, it’s important to note that Philippine long-stay visas are issued for six months to three years, depending on the type of visa you apply for and other determining factors, such as the duration of your work contract.

Applying for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa

You can apply for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa in one of two ways:

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Philippine Work Visa, which is issued to foreigners who will work for a Filipino company

  • Philippine Spouse Visa, which is issued to the spouses of Filipino citizens and/or their dependent children.

  • Philippine Retirement Visa, which is issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines and have the necessary financial requirements to do so.


If you are considering moving to the Philippines, it’s important to note that Philippine long-stay visas are issued for six months to three years, depending on the type of visa you apply for and other determining factors, such as the duration of your work contract.

Applying for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa

You can apply for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa in one of two ways:

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Philippine Work Visa, which is issued to foreigners who will work for a Filipino company

  • Philippine Spouse Visa, which is issued to the spouses of Filipino citizens and/or their dependent children.

  • Philippine Retirement Visa, which is issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines and have the necessary financial requirements to do so.


If you are considering moving to the Philippines, it’s important to note that Philippine long-stay visas are issued for six months to three years, depending on the type of visa you apply for and other determining factors, such as the duration of your work contract.

Applying for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa

You can apply for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa in one of two ways:

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Philippine Work Visa, which is issued to foreigners who will work for a Filipino company

  • Philippine Spouse Visa, which is issued to the spouses of Filipino citizens and/or their dependent children.

  • Philippine Retirement Visa, which is issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines and have the necessary financial requirements to do so.


If you are considering moving to the Philippines, it’s important to note that Philippine long-stay visas are issued for six months to three years, depending on the type of visa you apply for and other determining factors, such as the duration of your work contract.

Applying for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa

You can apply for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa in one of two ways:

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Philippine Work Visa, which is issued to foreigners who will work for a Filipino company

  • Philippine Spouse Visa, which is issued to the spouses of Filipino citizens and/or their dependent children.

  • Philippine Retirement Visa, which is issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines and have the necessary financial requirements to do so.


If you are considering moving to the Philippines, it’s important to note that Philippine long-stay visas are issued for six months to three years, depending on the type of visa you apply for and other determining factors, such as the duration of your work contract.

Applying for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa

You can apply for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa in one of two ways:

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Philippine Work Visa, which is issued to foreigners who will work for a Filipino company

  • Philippine Spouse Visa, which is issued to the spouses of Filipino citizens and/or their dependent children.

  • Philippine Retirement Visa, which is issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines and have the necessary financial requirements to do so.


If you are considering moving to the Philippines, it’s important to note that Philippine long-stay visas are issued for six months to three years, depending on the type of visa you apply for and other determining factors, such as the duration of your work contract.

Applying for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa

You can apply for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa in one of two ways:

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Philippine Work Visa, which is issued to foreigners who will work for a Filipino company

  • Philippine Spouse Visa, which is issued to the spouses of Filipino citizens and/or their dependent children.

  • Philippine Retirement Visa, which is issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines and have the necessary financial requirements to do so.


If you are considering moving to the Philippines, it’s important to note that Philippine long-stay visas are issued for six months to three years, depending on the type of visa you apply for and other determining factors, such as the duration of your work contract.

Applying for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa

You can apply for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa in one of two ways:

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Philippine Work Visa, which is issued to foreigners who will work for a Filipino company

  • Philippine Spouse Visa, which is issued to the spouses of Filipino citizens and/or their dependent children.

  • Philippine Retirement Visa, which is issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines and have the necessary financial requirements to do so.


If you are considering moving to the Philippines, it’s important to note that Philippine long-stay visas are issued for six months to three years, depending on the type of visa you apply for and other determining factors, such as the duration of your work contract.

Applying for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa

You can apply for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa in one of two ways:

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Philippine Work Visa, which is issued to foreigners who will work for a Filipino company

  • Philippine Spouse Visa, which is issued to the spouses of Filipino citizens and/or their dependent children.

  • Philippine Retirement Visa, which is issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines and have the necessary financial requirements to do so.


If you are considering moving to the Philippines, it’s important to note that Philippine long-stay visas are issued for six months to three years, depending on the type of visa you apply for and other determining factors, such as the duration of your work contract.

Applying for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa

You can apply for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa in one of two ways:

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Philippine Work Visa, which is issued to foreigners who will work for a Filipino company

  • Philippine Spouse Visa, which is issued to the spouses of Filipino citizens and/or their dependent children.

  • Philippine Retirement Visa, which is issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines and have the necessary financial requirements to do so.


If you are considering moving to the Philippines, it’s important to note that Philippine long-stay visas are issued for six months to three years, depending on the type of visa you apply for and other determining factors, such as the duration of your work contract.

Applying for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa

You can apply for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa in one of two ways:

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Philippine Work Visa, which is issued to foreigners who will work for a Filipino company

  • Philippine Spouse Visa, which is issued to the spouses of Filipino citizens and/or their dependent children.

  • Philippine Retirement Visa, which is issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines and have the necessary financial requirements to do so.


If you are considering moving to the Philippines, it’s important to note that Philippine long-stay visas are issued for six months to three years, depending on the type of visa you apply for and other determining factors, such as the duration of your work contract.

Applying for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa

You can apply for a Philippines Long-Stay Visa in one of two ways:

  • At an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines abroad; or

  • At the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, in which case you have to enter with a regular Tourist Visa and then convert it at the BI into the type of visa you need.

Philippines Work Visa

Foreigners who want to work in the Philippines will have to obtain a Philippines Work Visa. In addition to that, they also need a Work Permit. These two documents are issued by different governing bodies in the Philippines.

How to get a Philippines Work Permit?

There are three main types of Work Permits that the Philippines government issues:

  • Alien Employment Permit (AEP), for foreigners who have a long-term work contract with a company in the Philippines.

  • Special Work Permit (SWP), for foreigners who will work in a Filipino company or do a short-term assignment for up to 6 months.

  • Provisional Work Permit (PWP), for foreigners who still haven’t received a Work Visa but want to start working while they wait. This is valid for up to three months and will become void once the Philippines Work Visa is issued.


Your employer has to submit the application for your work permit at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Philippines. They must do this before you start working in their company.

It takes about 2-3 weeks for the DOLE to process an application for a Philippines Work Permit.

How to get a Philippines Work Visa?

Once the application for your Philippines Work Permit is approved, you have to apply for a Philippines Work Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means that you have to enter the country first with a short-term visa and then change it into a Work Visa in the Philippines.

The Immigration Bureau in the Philippines can take up to three months, so you have to keep extending your Tourist Visa while you wait. Additionally, if you want to start working before your Philippines Work Visa is issued, you have to get a Provisional Work Permit.

What documents do you need for a Philippines Work Visa?

The documents you have to submit when applying for a Philippines Work Visa are:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines in your country of residence or enter with a Tourist Visa and convert it into a Spouse Visa at the Immigration Bureau.

What documents do you need when applying for a Spouse Visa?

When you apply for a Spouse Visa for the Philippines, you need the following supporting documents:

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your spouse)

  • Passport of your Filipino spouse

  • Birth Certificate of your Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Your Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

    • If you and your spouse were married abroad: Marriage Certificate duly translated and notarized (if it is not in English) and Apostilled/legalized by the Filipino Embassy

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof you and/or your spouse have sufficient financial means to live in the Philippines

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 


Philippines Visa requirements for the dependent children of Filipino citizens

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • Birth Certificate of the Filipino parent issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and in Security Paper (SECPA)

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • If the child is above 15 years of age: A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in the minor’s country of residence.

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Retirement Visa

The Philippines Retirement Visa is issued by the by the Bureau of Immigration and the Retirement Program of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

Is is a permanent-stay visa issued to foreigners who want to retire in the Philippines. To be eligible, you will have to make a deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority. The amount you have to deposit depends on your age and whether you have a pension; if you are a former Filipino citizen aged at least 35, the deposit can be as little as US$1,500. However, normally, you would need to make a deposit of US$10,000.

You can have dependents with you, but the financial requirements will be higher for each dependent.

How to apply for a Philippines Retirement Visa?

You have to apply for a Retirement Visa at the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines. This means you need a Tourist Visa to enter the country and submit the application.

What documents do you need when applying for a Retirement Visa?

The documents needed for a Philippines Retirement Visa are:

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Proof of deposit in a bank approved by the Philippine Retirement Authority:

    • If you have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$10,000 and a monthly pension of US$800.00

    • If you do not have a pension (aged 35-49): A deposit of US$50,000

    • If you do not have a pension (over the age of 50): A deposit of US$20,000

    • If you are a former Filipino citizen over the age of 35: A deposit of US$1,500

  • If your spouse if joining you: Marriage Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • If your dependents are joining you: Birth Certificate, legalized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Note: All applicants must have a standard set of documents when applying for a Philippines visa in addition to the visa-specific documents detailed above.

Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV)

If you wish to settle in The Philippines and you are at least 35 years old, you may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).

The SRRV is granted by the Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA), and you may reside indefinitely in the Philippines with free entry and exit. Once the permit is issued you will receive a PRA ID card, which must be renewed annually.

The program comprises three categories, under which you may get your resident visa if you have a pension or you make a deposit at a local bank, or a combination of both.

Holding this visa, you may be able to work in the Philippines, as long as you obtain an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Under this program, you will also benefit from an income tax exemption over your pension and annuities, customs duties exemptions with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000, and a travel tax exemption if you stay in Philippines for less than one year from the last entry date.

 

SSR visa

This SSR visa category is aimed at active and healthy retirees. It requires you to maintain a fixed US$20,000 deposit in an approved retirement account. This money must stay untouched for the totality of your stay in the Philippines, though it can be withdrawn after you leave.

Repatriation of the deposit including invested profits, capital gains and dividends accrued from investments are guaranteed, upon compliance with Bangko Sentral rules and regulations.

Deposits may be converted to Philippine Peso (PHP) after 30 days of visa issuance. Deposits should be made at one of the following financial institutions: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Allied Bank, Philippine National Bank (PNB), Pacific Star Branch Only, Bank of China, Korea Exchange Bank, Tong Yang Bank and Unionbank.

The visa bank deposits are for the principal retiree and 2 dependents (spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old). An additional deposit of US$15,000 is required for each additional dependent, in excess of two.

To be eligible for Philippine naturalization, you must have resided in the country at least 10 years, not have been convicted of any crime during this period, own real estate worth not less than PHP5,000 or have a lucrative business, profession or lawful occupation, be able to speak Tagalog or English or Spanish and have enrolled your minor children in any of the public or private schools recognized by the Bureau of Public Schools of the Philippines. Additional requirements may apply.

Requirements

– Be at least 35 years old.
– Certification by a PRA shortlisted bank of the requisite deposit.
– 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.
– Police Clearance, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, issued abroad or a Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance, issued in the Philippines.
– Health Insurance Policy acceptable in the Philippines.


Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship is not recognized in Philippines. To become a citizen of Philippines, you must renounce your previous nationality.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport

  • Medical Certificate

  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)

  • Bank Statement

  • Original Police Clearance Certificate

  • Six passport-size photos

  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)

  • Evidence of Health Insurance

  • A Letter of Request for the Visa addressed to the Embassy/Consulate (by you and your employer)

  • Copy of the Employment Contract or another equivalent document stating your salary, position, the duration and the nature of your work at the company in the Philippines.

  • Photocopy of your employing company’s latest Income Tax Return (ITR)

  • Copy of your Work Permit, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines

    • Your employer has to obtain a Work Permit in the Philippines before you apply for the Work Visa

  • Document showing the number of foreign and Filipino employees working in the company

  • A Certificate of Police Clearance issued by the authorities in your country

  • Health Certificate, including an X-Ray, issued by an authorized medical practitioner

  • Any other documents as requested by the Embassy/Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines

Philippines Spouse Visa

The Philippine Spouse Visa is a permanent residence visa, issued to foreigners who are married to Filipino citizens. However, this type of visa is only available to passport holders of the following countries:

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Belize

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cabo Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cuba

  • Czechia

  • Denmark

  • Ecuador

  • Egypt*

  • El Salvador

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Fiji

  • France

  • Gabon

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Guatemala

  • Honduras

  • Hong Kong

  • Indonesia

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

  • Iceland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Latvia

  • Lesotho

  • Libya*

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Malta**

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mexico

  • Micronesia

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nicaragua

  • Nigeria

  • Northen Mariana

  • Norway

  • Oman*

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Russia

  • Saudi Arabia*

  • Senegal

  • Serbia

  • Singapore

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Tunisia

  • Turkey

  • United Kingdom

  • Uruguay

  • United States

  • Venezuela

*Only male applicants who are married to a female Filipino citizen are eligible.
**Only if the couple has been married for at least five years.

How to apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa?

You can apply for a Philippines Spouse Visa either at an Embassy or Consulate