The Philippine’s Bureau of immigration (BI) recently suspended its “Order to Leave” (OTL) for foreigners who have overstayed their visa during the pandemic.

Key Points:

  • As of Sept. 9, BI suspended the OTL for foreigners overstaying their temporary visitor’s visas who have:
    • Reached the 24-month maximum stay for visa-required nationals.
    • Reached the 36-month period maximum stay for non-visa required nationals.
    • Overstayed as of March 1, 2020, regardless of whether they have been in the country beyond the total allowable period.
  • Foreign nationals who have overstayed their visas are still required to pay immigration fees and penalties but are not required to leave the country.

BAL Analysis: BI made its decision to suspend the OTL due to COVID-19’s effects on domestic and international travel. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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