DFA announces coverage of exemptions from temporary suspension of visa

Marje Pelayo   •   August 10, 2020   •   494

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced the coverage of the exemptions from the temporary suspension of visa issuance to foreign nationals. 

Pursuant to Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF- EID) Resolution No. 60 dated July 30, 2020, exempted from the temporary suspension of visa issuance include:

  • Foreign spouses
  • Minor children including those with special needs regardless of age
  • Foreign parents of minor Filipino nationals, including children with special needs regardless of age

The DFA said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) may allow entry of those covered under the above-mentioned exemptions starting Sunday (August 9) provided that they hold valid Philippine visas. 

This includes those who previously enjoyed visa-free privileges. 

Those concerned foreign nationals who wish to enter the Philippines, and fall under any of the mentioned categories, are advised to coordinate with the nearest Embassy or Consulate on the submission of documentary proof issued by Philippine authorities or foreign governments.

The implementation of these exemptions shall be in coordination with the BI and the Civil Aeronautics Board of the implementation.

Together with its Foreign Service Posts, the DFA said it is committed to tirelessly facilitating the concerns and needs of Filipino nationals, whenever and wherever possible, especially in these challenging times.

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Posted by Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines on Saturday, 8 August 2020

BI reminds registered aliens: 2021 annual report only until March 1

Marje Pelayo   •   February 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reminds all foreign nationals in the country that they have only until March 1 to appear in person to the agency for their 2021 annual report.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente stressed that this year’s annual report of aliens will not be extended.

Under the Alien Registration Act of 1950, all aliens with immigrant and non-immigrant visas are required to report in person to the BI within the first 60 days of every calendar year.

Morente warned that any failure to comply with the report may result in fines, visa cancelation, deportation, or imprisonment.”

Morente also advised foreigners who have not yet made the report to immediately register with the BI’s online appointment system at http://e-services.immigration.gov.ph to obtain their slots. 

Only 800 slots are reserved per day, Morente said, while Saturdays are reserved to accredited entities and remote reporting for bulk applicants.

Meanwhile, BI alien registration division chief Atty. Jose Carlitos Licas reminded that foreigners who are out of the country during the 60-day period can still make the report within 30 days upon their return to the country, provided their re-entry permits are still valid.

Aside from the BI main office in Intramuros, Manila, aliens may also report to the nearest participating BI field, satellite or extension office.

DFA advises passport applicants in Paniqui, Tarlac to check emails for rescheduled appointments

Marje Pelayo   •   February 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) Consular Office in Paniqui, Tarlac announced that due to some technical issues experienced by the DFA’s Passport Online System, the office conducted adjustments which affected appointments already lodged in the system.

The DFA explained that the glitch caused oversubscribing in the Consular Office Paniqui’s 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM appointment slots.

As a result, the Department has rescheduled the appointments of most of these applicants in the same CO. 

Affected applicants may check their emails for the new appointment allotted by the agency.

Affected applicants are requested to bring a printout of the email along with the application form, e-receipt and other documentary requirements during their new scheduled date.

The Department may also accommodate some of these affected applicants in other Consular Offices next week by emailing the nearest Consular Office listed in the DFA Consular Offices directory with the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Original appointment schedule in CO Paniqui
  • Preferred date and time of new appointment

The Department apologizes for the inconvenience this may have caused, and assures the public that the DFA-OCA is continuously working to further improve the delivery of its services to the public. END

Affected applicants who require urgent passport service may contact DFA OCA at the following contact details:

  • 0977-353-3942 (Globe)
  • 0961-567-9324 (Smart)
  • 0961-084-4185 (Smart)

DFA logs 25 new cases of COVID-19 among overseas Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   February 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 25 new cases of COVID-19 infection were reported among overseas Filipinos on Wednesday, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

This brings the total number of infected Filipino nationals outside the country to 14,041.

The DFA also reported 10 new recoveries among those infected, raising the recovery tally to 8,964.

However, two Filipinos recently succumbed to COVID-19, bringing the death toll among Filipinos abroad to 954.

The DFA, together with its Foreign Service Posts, assured that it remains fully committed to monitoring and assisting our nationals abroad amid the pandemic.

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