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Special Work Permit – Commercial

A Special Work Permit (SWP) is granted to foreign nationals who will be engaging in gainful employment in the Philippines for three to six months without any extension/renewal. Should the foreign national be required to extend his work/project in the Philippines after the expiration of his SWP, he may apply for a 9g work visa and an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

Special Work Permit for Artists and Athletes

An SWP is granted to artists and athletes who will visit the Philippines for a duration of six months or less who shall be engaging in their respective professions as artists, entertainers, and performers or athletes in the country.

One of the documentary requirements for SWPs for artists and athletes is a letter request addressed to the Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration from the petitioning company/promoter/organizer stating the names of the artists or athletes including members of the production crew and all personnel involved in the event/competition/production.

Special Work Permit in the Philippines FAQs

Who can obtain Special Work Permit in the Philippines?

Foreign nationals who currently hold a temporary tourist visa and want to temporarily engage in legal employment in the Philippines for three to six months can apply for a Special Work Permit (SWP).

What are the requirements for Special Work Permit in the Philippines?

The requirements for obtaining a Special Work Permit (SWP) in the Philippines are as follows:

  1. Letter request addressed to the Commissioner by the petitioning company
  2. Duly accomplished Consolidated General Application Form (CGAF)
  3. Original Passport with valid entry visa
  4. Duly acknowledged Contract of Service indicating duration of service, compensation and benefits, and scope of duties
  5. Tax Identification Number (TIN) of applicant
  6. Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) Clearance Certificate

How to obtain a Special Work Permit in the Philippines?

To obtain a Special Work Permit (SWP), you must be a foreign national who currently hold a temporary tourist visa and want to temporarily engage in legal employment for three to six months in the Philippines as any of the following (not limited):

  1. Professional athlete visiting and competing for a limited period
  2. Artist, musician or other type of performer
  3. Professional/Specialist who can perform emergency or exceptional temporary services (but did not secure a pre-arranged employment visa)

What is the process for applying Special Work Permit in the Philippines?

The process for applying Special Work Permit (SWP) in the Philippines is as follows:

  1. Secure CGAF from BI’s main office or website
  2. Submit all required documents for pre-screening
  3. Get the Order of Payment Slip (OPS)
  4. Pay the required fees
  5. Submit copy of Official Receipt
  6. Get the approved SWP (for SWP without ACR I-Card)
  7. If with ACR I-Card, attend hearing (refer to official receipt for schedule and venue)
  8. In case of renewal application, the biometric data previously captured during the visa conversion shall be used in the printing of the renewed ACR I-Card
  9. Proceed to Image and Fingerprint Capturing Counter and submit requirements for ACR-I Card application
  10. If approved, claim SWP and ACR I-Card
Disclaimer: Immigration laws in the Philippines may change without prior notice. New updates on eligibility for visa application, documentary requirements, processing timelines, length of validity of visa, and other information related to your visa application may arise any time. We recommend that you consult with our Immigration and Visa Specialists to stay up-to-date.

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