What is the change? Philippine authorities will soon require foreign nationals applying for Alien Employment Permits (AEPs) to submit applications and pick up their permits in person. Third parties will not be permitted to submit applications or claim AEPs once they are approved.

  • Implementation time frame: The change is set to take effect Tuesday, Oct. 1.
  • Visas/permits affected: AEPs.
  • Who is affected: Employers and foreign nationals applying for AEPs.
  • Business impact: The change will add to the steps foreign employees will have to take to obtain AEPs. Deloitte Philippines will still prepare all documentary requirements for the application and a representative will be accompanying them during the required appearance.

Additional information: The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued Advisory No. 19-08 last week, providing for the new rule to take effect in metro Manila on Oct. 1. The advisory said that between now and Oct. 1, authorities will continue to accept applications filed by authorized agents, e.g., consultancies or law firms.

Analysis and Comments: Companies should coordinate with foreign employees to be aware of this new appearance requirement beginning Oct. 1. Deloitte will monitor the implementation of this policy next week and will provide additional information as needed.

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