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Acumen Global PEO Solution for hiring and payrolling expats post-immigration in the Philippines

Obtaining visas and work permits in the Philippines for your expatriate employees can be a major challenge for your company. In order to get work permits in the country for your expats, they must be sponsored by a locally licensed and incorporated entity. This can present a problem for companies like yours that are newly entering the Philippines market and want to test the waters before incorporating in the Philippines. It can also slow the progress of companies that are in the process of incorporating, preventing you from getting your key staff in place.

Work Permits For Expats Foreign Employment Solution

Acumen’s Work Permits For Expats Foreign Employment solution can help you with every aspect of obtaining business visas and work permits for your expats, by employing them on your behalf in the Philippines after the permits have been received. With Acumen, hiring your expatriate workforce in the Philippines is quick and easy.

Our solution is designed to manage all aspects of immigration and ensure that all local employment laws and regulations are strictly adhered to, so you can focus on growing your business. We help you legally onboard and compensate your expats in the Philippines with minimal headaches.

Let Acumen guide you through the documentation process and prepare all mandatory documents required for visas, work permits, and residence permits. Our one-stop-shop global PEO solution lets us become a single provider who both sponsors expat workers’ work permits and arranges employment on our client’s behalf. Which in its turn reduces the risk of visa rejection dramatically.

Acumen’s Expats Post-Immigration Employment Through a PEO solution can serve you in two ways:

  • As an interim solution prior to establishing your own company in the Philippines
  • As a long-term solution, allowing your foreign employees to live and work in the Philippines in full compliance with local employment laws. Our solution is a perfect fit for companies that want to operate in the Philippines without incorporating there.

Acumen’s PEO solution for expats post-immigration employment offers a viable alternative to directly hiring via your own foreign entity. Thanks to our many years of experience, Acumen has helped numerous companies like yours to take their first steps as they venture into foreign markets.

Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to tap into the Philippines economy and increase your revenue without legal complications.

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We help you navigate the full cycle for obtaining permission to work compliantly in the Philippines:

Work Permits in the Philippines: Requirements and Timelines

Under Philippines labour laws, any business wishing to hire a foreign national must present a valid document stating that the position cannot be filled by local workers. Employer companies can apply to the Philippine Bureau of Immigration and declare that they are in need of certain services that only an expat can provide, but approval is at the discretion of the Bureau.

Expat quotas are limited and must be validated at the time of application. Immigration and labor laws in the Philippines are designed to protect the country’s citizens, and without professional support, proving that your position cannot be filled with local talent can be a challenge.

Acumen International has extensive experience in helping our clients obtain visas and work permits in the Philippines. Our team of global experts stays abreast of changing laws and regulations, and knows how to navigate the conditions, timelines, and in-country requirements for expats imposed by the Philippines government.

As your #1 global partner, Acumen’s local expertise in hiring and payrolling expats in the Philippines can help you obtain the permissions you need to relocate your expat workforce there.

! Please Note: Acumen International is not an immigration service. We do not work with individuals who want to work overseas, but serve businesses that need to send their expats abroad. We do not provide any immigration support in the Philippines apart from our expat post-immigration employment and payroll through a PEO solution.

Obtaining a Visa in the Philippines

The procedure for obtaining a visa in the Philippines can vary, depending on the profession of the foreign citizen, their nationality, and other factors. COVID travel restrictions and lockdowns have forced many companies to pay close attention to how changing restrictions impact the difficulty of getting a visa.

! Note: Temporary COVID travel restrictions are in place in the Philippines that limit entry of certain foreign nationals, effective 22 March 2021. Those restrictions may impact the plans of expat workers traveling to the Philippines.

You can rely on Acumen’s team of global experts to keep you abreast of the latest in-country developments in the Philippines.

Contact us today to discuss your specific details. Certain restrictions may be in place, based on the employee’s position, salary, country of origin, and other factors.

Who is Eligible for Work Permits in the Philippines?

Foreign nationals who plan to work in the Philippines must secure a work visa from the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration, along with an Alien Employment Permit (AEP) from the Department of Labor and Employment. An AEP is required to secure a visa in the Philippines.

There are several types of employment visas and work permits for expat foreign employment in the Philippines:

9(G) Pre-arranged Employment Visa
The 9(G) is the most common type of work visa issued by the Bureau of Immigration. It allows for hiring expats to fill positions that require skills, qualifications, and experience that are difficult to find in the Philippines. To obtain a 9(G) visa, workers must have an AEP and have work permit sponsorship from a Philippines-based company.

A 9(G) visa can initially be valid for one, two, or three years, and may be extended for three years at a time. The duration of validity is dictated by the employee’s AEP.

9(D) Treaty Trader’s Visa
The 9D visa is valid for up to two years, and is reserved for foreign nationals whose country has a bilateral trade agreement with the Philippines, which currently includes the United States, Japan, and Germany. To qualify, foreign workers and/or their employers must be engaged in substantial trade with the Philippines, with a minimum investment of $120,000 USD in trade with the Philippines. Workers must be of the same nationality as the employer and hold supervisor or executive status. They must intend to leave the country once their work contract expires or is terminated.

Provisional Work Permits
Prior to obtaining a visa, foreign workers may be eligible for a provisional work permit (PWP), provided that they have an AEP and their visa application is pending approval. A PWP is only valid for up to 6 months.

Special Work Permits
Special work permits (SWP) are issued to expats for up to 6 months, for work contracts of 6 months or less.

Work Permit Timelines and Documentation

The multiple types of work permits in the Philippines include various steps, procedures and timeframe for obtaining them, depending on the type that is needed. Learn the details below:

Documents for work permit in the Philippines, main applicant

Work Permit typeTerms and conditionsDocuments RequiredValidity
Alien Employment Permit (AEP)This document is needed to apply for a long-term work visa that is valid for up to three years. Some applicants are exempt from obtaining AEP (diplomatic and foreign government officials, representatives and owners of the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) accredited companies, temporary foreign residents)Completed application form Copy of employee’s passport with a valid visa Copy of employment contract and related documents Copy of current AEP (if expired or expiring soon) Copy of mayor’s permit or business permitThe Alien Employment Permit is valid for one (1) year
9(G) Pre-arranged Employment VisaNeeds to be filed by companies to sponsor foreign nationals in the Philippines.The most common visa type for highly-skilled workers that cannot be found locallyNotarized certification of number of foreign and Filipino employees Completed application form Copy of the employment contract and Articles of Incorporation Certified copy of AEP Proof of publication of the applicant’s AEP Bureau of Immigrationn clearance certificate Alien certificate of registration PassportValid for one, two, or three (1, 2 or 3) years but not longer than the AEP length
9(D) Treaty Trader’s VisaIssued for the citizens of the Philippines’ trade agreement partners (US, Japan, Germany)Proof of at least $120,000 USD investment in trade between Philippines and partner state Proof of intent to leave the country after contract expiration Proof of nationality sam as employer Proof of job position as supervisor or executiveValid for up to two (2) years
Provisional Work Permit (PWP)Allows applicants to work while waiting for work visa approvalEmployment contract Notarized copy of passport with a valid visa Alien Employment Permit (AEP) Letter from petitioning company ITR (Income Tax Return) of the companyValid for up to six (6) months with AEP
Special Work Permit (SWP)For short-term contracts up to six (6) monthsLetter request from petitioning company Notarized copy of applicant’s passport with a valid visa An Affidavit of Support of the petitioning company An authenticated true copy of employment contract specifying exact fiscal compensation to be earnedValid with 9(A) tourist visa for three (3) months, with possible three (3) month extension

You can leverage Acumen’s one-stop-shop global PEO solution for work permit sponsorship of your selected expat employees in the Philippines and subsequent post-immigration compliant employment and payrolling them on your company’s behalf.

! By having a single provider sponsoring a work permit or visa on your behalf and employing your expats in the Philippines, you reduce the risk of visa rejection.

Additional Benefits of Acumen’s Global PEO Solution

Unlike other global PEOs, Acumen International can provide extra benefits to your expats beyond work permits and employment. These benefits are paid as mandatory Workers’ Statutory Monetary Benefits in the Philippines or as part of a voluntary compensation package, created to help you retain top professionals. Benefits may also include office space, medical insurance, business expenses and more.

Contact our team today to discuss your specific details.

Acumen’s Global PEO Solution for Expats Post-Immigration Employment in the Philippines

Thanks to our many years of experience, Acumen International has developed excellent solutions to meet your specific needs for business expansion in the Philippines. Let our global team of experts handle all your long-term international hiring needs, to protect you from the potential liabilities of hiring expatriate staff in the Philippines. Let Acumen take care of your HR management and administrative tasks, so you can focus on your daily business operations and development goals.

Acumen helps companies like yours take the first steps toward international growth, quickly and risk-free. We provide practical solutions to burdensome immigration procedures in 190 countries, which can be tailored to meet your specific needs for the global mobility of expat employees. Acumen’s expertise in global immigration support lets us offer your company a comprehensive solution, to ensure that your international employees obtain their required work permits in the Philippines. We compliantly employ your expat workforce on your behalf, post-immigration, via our Global PEO solution.

Leverage the extensive experience of Acumen’s global team to expedite the immigration process for your expatriate personnel, and have them employed on your behalf through our Global PEO in the Philippines. Partner with Acumen to maximize your chances of permit and visa approval in the Philippines, so you can expand your business, risk-free.

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