DFA announces coverage of exemptions from temporary suspension of visa

Marje Pelayo   •   August 10, 2020   •   766

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

6 na Pinoy seafarer na matagal nang stranded sa karagatan, nakauwi na — DFA  

Maris Federez   •   December 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Nakauwi na sa Pilipinas ang anim na Filipino seafarer na ilang buwang stranded sa karagatan dahil naghigpit ng pagpapadaong ng mga barko sa Southern China bunsod ng banta ng COVID-19.

Sa mga larawang ibinahagi ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), dumating na kahapon sa bansa ang mga seafarer, sa pakikipagtulungan ng konsulada ng Pilipinas sa Shanghai, Xiamen, at Guanzhou sa China.

Gayunman, mayroong pa ring dalawampu’t tatlong tripulanteng Pilipinong stranded din sa China.

Kasalukuyan pang inaasikaso ng DFA ang mga ito para mapauwi na rin sa Pilipinas.

Ang mga naturang seafarer ay ilang buwan nang stranded sa karagatan matapos na tumigil sa operasyon ang kanilang sinasakyang Chinese-flagged vessels. —/mbmf (mula sa ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Joan Nano)

BI warns foreign nationals against fake immigration services

Marje Pelayo   •   July 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has warned the public against a circulating document from a Philippine-based company that is allegedly charging money to its employees, who are foreign nationals, for extra services that provide immigration assistance.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said he was able to obtain a copy of the said document which shows a breakdown of fees in exchange for immigration airport assistance.

Morente said based on the document, the company allegedly charged the following services with a hefty amount:
P5,000 for Airport Assistance Fee
P5,000 for processing fee
P20,000 for a Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Invitation Letter

“It seems that this company is using the name of government agencies to be able to charge such high rates to its employees,” he added.

The BI chief reiterated that the agency does not collect any ‘immigration assistance’ fees from foreign nationals.

The Immigration Bureau earlier released several advisories warning the public about individuals pretending to be BI employees involved in such fraudulent activities.

“Be wary of falling prey to these scammers. Immediately report to the authorities if you encounter such a modus,” Morente said, adding that they are now studying possible legal actions against said company.

Immigration Bureau arrests 36 foreign nationals during illegal gambling operations

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested 36 foreign nationals during a massive illegal gambling operation at the Double Dragon Plaza Tower 3 in Pasay City on Monday (April 19).

According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, they received reports of foreign nationals working without appropriate permits.

An investigation was conducted and has verified that the company is unlicensed and is not authorized to operate.

The 36 foreigners consist of 2 Chinese nationals, 2 Indonesians, and 32 Koreans.

BI Intelligence Chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr. reported that the company was discovered to be engaged in illegal live studio gambling.

“Apart from the live studio, they were also conducting illegal and clandestine online gaming operations,” he said.

“We initially rounded up 40 individuals but found 4 of them to be sufficiently documented, being permanent residents in the country. However, the other 36 were unable to present their passports and visas, and were caught in the act of working illegally,” he added.

Morente warned illegal aliens not to commit illegal activities.

“We call on all foreigners to legalize your stay,” said Morente. “Do not take advantage of the pandemic, because despite the challenges, our work never stops, and we will continue to arrest, deport, and blacklist any alien who dares to disobey our laws,” he warned. AAC

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