Foreign nationals who intend to work in the country for over six
months may now apply for an Alien Employment Permit (AEP) or
Certificate of Exemption/Exclusion (COE) through their
“Essential foreign workers, through their Philippine-based employers,
may now apply for AEP/COE and 9(g) work visas at their concerned DOLE
regional offices before entering the country,” Department of Labor and
Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a news release
Bello earlier issued Labor Advisory No. 16, series of 2021, or the
Issuance of AEP and COE for Foreign Nationals Intending to Come to the
Philippines for Long-term Employment.
“Under the new guidelines, issuance of the work visa may be done at
Philippine Consulate General at the foreign national’s place of origin
and will no longer require an entry stamp from the Department of
Foreign Affairs,” the advisory stated.
All documentary submissions for the AEP and COE shall still be based
on earlier released guidelines (Joint Memorandum Circular No. 001,
series of 2019 and Section 3 of Department Order No. 221, series of
2021), except for the copy of the valid visa which shall be submitted
within 30 working days upon arrival and completion of the 14-day
The lead time for the issuance of the AEP is five working days upon
completion of labor market test or publication in a newspaper of
general circulation while three days after receipt of the application
Once granted, the Philippine-based employer may proceed with the
application of an appropriate work visa with the Bureau of Immigration
or other visa-issuing agencies, according to the latest advisory.
For more information about AEP application and issuance, visit the
DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment website and Facebook page.