What is the change? Officials in Metro Manilla have said that Dec. 20 will be the last day to submit Alien Employment Permit (AEP) applications before the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

  • Implementation time frame: Dec. 21-Jan. 1. Normal operations are expected to resume Jan. 2.
  • Visas/permits affected: AEPs.
  • Who is affected: Employers submitting AEP applications in Metro Manilla.
  • Impact on processing times: Processing times may be delayed during the holidays.
  • Business impact: Businesses may need to make slight adjustments to schedules and start dates because of the filing restrictions.

Analysis & Comments: AEP applications should be submitted no later than Dec. 20 if employers want processing to begin before the holiday. Employers should also note that applications will be limited to 150 per company on Dec. 19 and 20. The release of AEP cards will continue through Christmas week, except on Dec. 24 and 25.

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