Foreign nationals must secure CNO first to get alien permit – DOLE

Marje Pelayo   •   November 18, 2019   •   603

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has added a requirement for foreign nationals who wish to work in the Philippines before they can be issued the approved visa and permits from concerned government agencies.

Under Department Order No. 205, series of 2019, foreign nationals are now required to secure a Certificate of No Objection (CNO) from DOLE.

The CNO attests that there are “no individual objects or protests against the interest of the foreign nationals to work in the Philippines and perform their desired jobs.”

“The guidelines cover personnel, participants, trainees, professors, technicians, and fellows entitled to 47(a)(2) visa under certain entities and programs of the Codified Visa Rules and Regulations of 2002 of the DFA,” the DOLE said.

It also applies to “foreign nationals employed and/or seconded in a foreign enterprise that has existing agreement, understanding or document of similar nature with the Philippine government agencies.”

To get a CNO, foreign applicants are required to submit the following documents to the DOLE Regional Offices which has jurisdiction on their intended area of worksite:

  • a letter request from the foreign enterprise/ entity or project implementer;
  • photocopy of passport bio page and entry visa/ latest admission with valid authorized stay, and
  • a certified true copy of the notarized contract of employment between the foreign national and its enterprise/ entity.

The DOLE Regional Office, then, shall grant or deny the issuance of CNO to the foreign national applicant within three working days after the receipt and evaluation of the complete documentary requirements and payment of the corresponding fee.

The DOLE regional director may deny the request for a Certificate of No Objection of a foreign national on the following grounds:

  • If the labor department has received a meritorious objection or information on the employment of the applicant;
  • Any misrepresentation of facts and submission of fraudulent documents;
  • Any derogatory information from the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).

Meanwhile, the following are exempted from securing the CNO:

  • Scholars, students, volunteers and personnel of International Organizations entitled to 47(a)(2) visa;
  • Foreigners exempted under Sec. 7 of the JMC No. 001, s. of 2019;
  • Foreign nationals who are required to secure an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Registered aliens urged to file annual report earlier than Feb. 29

Marje Pelayo   •   February 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Registered aliens have only until this February 29 to file their respective 2020 annual report to the nearest BI office, the agency announced.

According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, the BI will not extend the filing period and thus warned that failure to make the report will warrant the imposition of fines and possible prosecution under the 1951 Alien Registration Act.

Under the law, all BI-registered aliens who are holders of immigrant and non-immigrant visas, are obliged to make the annual report within the first 60 days of a calendar year.

“This includes foreigners who are living, working, and are studying in the Philippines,” Morente said.

One reason for this, Morente said, is for registered aliens to avoid crowds amid the potential health hazards of 2019 novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Syndrome (2019 nCoV-ARD)

“I therefore urge you to make your annual report now by visiting any of our participating field, satellite and extension offices throughout the country,” the BI chief added.

Registered aliens are reminded to bring the following documents before filing:

  • Passport
  • Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-Card)
  • P300 annual report fee
  • P10 legal research fee

BI Alien Registration Division Chief Atty. Jose Carlitos advised those who are currently abroad to make the report within 30 days from the date of their return to the country, provided they have secured valid re-entry permits.

Alien minors aged 14 years and below, meanwhile, should be under the duty of the parent or guardian who shall make the report on their behalf.

Morente added that senior citizens aged 65 years old and persons with disability (PWD) are exempted from personal appearance but are required to submit a Special Power of Attorney for their representative.

Application forms, guidelines and information on the conduct of the 2019 annual report can be downloaded from the BI website

Registered aliens may refer to the BI website for downloadable application forms and for the list of addresses of all BI satellite offices nationwide.

Taiwan gov’t includes foreign nationals in mask rationing amid nCoV outbreak

Marje Pelayo   •   February 6, 2020

TAIWAN — Filipinos working and living in the country are now allowed to purchase surgical masks under a new system imposed by the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA).

The new rationing system which starts at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday (February 6), allows all foreign nationals to use their national health insurance (NHI) cards or other forms of ID to obtain surgical face masks as protection against potential infection with the 2019 novel coronavirus .

Meanwhile, foreign nationals who do not have an NHI card can also purchase surgical masks by presenting a valid Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) or entry permit.

Under the new rationing system, Taiwan nationals and foreigners will be allowed to buy two masks per week based on the last digit of the ID number on the holder’s NHI card, ARC or entry permit.

Schedule of mask purchase will be as follows:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – ID numbers ending with odd digit
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays – ID numbers ending with even digit
  • Sundays – All Taiwan nationals and foreigners

The price of each surgical mask remains at NT$5 (US$0.16 or PHP8.50), according to NHIA, and will only be available in 6,000 drugstores and pharmacies contracted by the agency which are identifiable by the NHI logo on the storefront.

According to NHIA records, there are 50,000 foreign nationals in Taiwan who do not have NHI coverage.

These include students and other foreign residents who have been in Taiwan for less than six months; foreign or migrant workers who have not acquired their Alien Resident Certificates (ARCs); Chinese students who are not eligible for NHI coverage; and some foreign diplomats who have not enrolled in the NHI system.

The mask rationing program is Taiwan government’s latest effort to guarantee sufficient supply of masks in the country amid the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that has infected thousands in China and has spread to more than 28 countries across the globe.

Aliens in PH urged to pre-pay reentry fees at BI offices

Marje Pelayo   •   January 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines—All foreign residents in the country departing for vacation ahead of the Chinese New Year are advised to process reentry fees before leaving for abroad, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said.

BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina issued the appeal to reduce the volume of travelers lining up to pay their reentry fees at Immigration cashiers of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“We are expecting a surge of Chinese residents in the Philippines who wish to spend the Chinese New Year abroad,” said Medina.

“It may result in heavy congestion of our airports, which could be avoided if they process and pay their fees before heading to the airport,” he added.

Medina said aliens may proceed to BI satellite offices to pay before they proceed to the airport.

This would also lessen worries of not catching their flights as they could directly proceed to visa counters.

The Philippine Immigration law requires foreign nationals who are holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas to pay exit and re-entry permits every time they leave the country.

Official receipt of payment must be presented at Immigration counters before they can be cleared for departure.

“The BI has almost 60 offices nationwide that may cater to this need. It’s a very quick process, which will only take a few minutes,” Medina explained.

“We also have offices located in malls and other convenient locations,” he said. “Coming to the airport with the receipt at hand makes processing faster, allowing departing aliens to avoid the rush and relax before their flight,” he added.

The Philippines is home to thousands of Chinese immigrants and non-immigrants.

According to Chinese traditions, they should at least visit their homeland for the celebration of Chinese New Year, which is on January 25.


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