The Philippine government has launched a new Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) visa that replaced the Special Nonimmigrant Visa.

Key Points:

  • Qualifying foreign nationals are now eligible for new PEZA visas.
    • The work visas are valid for up to two years and renewable 30 days before their expiration date.
    • PEZA visa holders and their dependents are exempt from registration requirements and have multiple entry privileges.
  • Foreign national who are approved to receive a PEZA visa will also receive a physical card not previously available for the Special Nonimmigrant Visa.
    • This card will serve official government issued documentation for the foreign worker.
  • PEZA-registered enterprises can submit their foreign employees’ PEZA visa applications to the PEZA zone administrator or manager where their enterprise is located.

Additional Information: Valid and preexisting Special Nonimmigrant Visas will retain their validity until their expiration date. After that, individuals can apply for a PEZA visa through the renewal process detailed here. More information regarding the new PEZA visa is available on this website.

BAL Analysis: The new PEZA visa will streamline application processes for foreign nationals and adjudication times by reducing the number of government authorities overseeing immigration application processing.

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