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Student Visa

The applicant for student visa, having means sufficient for education and support in the Philippines, must be at least eighteen (18) years old and seeks to enter the Philippines temporarily and solely for the purpose of taking up a course of study higher than high school at a university, seminary, academy, college or school, approved for foreign students by the Commissioner of Immigration

The student applicant must first communicate with the school concerned and comply with the school’s institutional requirements.

Said school shall forward the application package to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for approval. Once approved, the application package shall be endorsed by CHED to the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID), if approved, it will be forwarded to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The DFA will inform the Philippine Embassy for issuance of the student visa. The Philippine Embassy shall then notify the student accordingly.

  • The student visa is issued in Philippine embassies/consulates abroad. It is not issued in the Philippines.
  • The student visa is initially valid for one year. It is renewable every succeeding semester.
  • Exchange Student Visa - 47(a) (2)
  • 47(a)(2) visas are issued to officially designated exchange professors, researchers, and students coming from foreign universities with an existing Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the University of the Philippines
  • 47(a)(2) visas are valid until the end of the exchange agreement or scholarship contract
  • The visa is generally processed and issued here in the Philippines. It can also be issued through Philippine embassies or consulates abroad
  • It can be renewed if the scholarship or agreement is extended for a definite period of time
  • Exchange fellows and students are requested to immediately report to the OSA upon arrival in Philippines.

Requirements for Student Visa

  • Personal appearance;
  • Two originals of duly accomplished application form;
  • Original passport valid not less than six months beyond intended period of stay in the Philippines;
  • Two (2) photographs;
  • Original and one (1) photocopy of birth certificate, verified and authenticated at the Philippine Embassy;
  • Original and one (1) photocopy of affidavit of support executed by parent/s or legal guardian to be authenticated in the Philippine Embassy;
  • Two (2) photocopies of parent/guardian’s passport data page;
  • Original and one (1) photocopy of transcript of records authenticated at the Philippine Embassy;
  • Original and one (1) photocopy of certificate of good moral character authenticated at the Philippine Embassy;
  • Original and one (1) photocopy of police certificate authenticated by the Philippine Embassy;
  • Original and one (1) photocopy of medical examination reports, including X-ray film contained in an envelope authenticated at the Philippine Embassy;
  • Duly accomplished Personal History Statement forms from the school concerned;
  • Original and one (1) photocopy of comprehensive list of student’s possible contact persons in the Philippines;
  • Diploma is required for student applicant who will pursue graduate studies (authenticated at the Philippine Embassy); and
  • Payment (2,250 NOK)

Procedure for Visa Application:

Step 1: When a school's requirements are met it sends a Notice of Acceptance (NOA) to the student. A duplicate copy is submitted to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), together with the certified true copy of CHED-CEA when necessary. For quota courses such as medicine and dentistry, a certificate of eligibility for admission (CEA) is also issued by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Step 2: The department of foreign affairs endorses documents to the Foreign Service Post (FSP) located in the student's country of origin/place of legal residence for the issuance of the student visa.

Step 3: The Philippine Embassy or consulate notifies you in writing to appear in person for an interview and bring all the required documents.

Step 4: Upon receiving the letter from the Philippine Embassy/Consulate, you will have to make an appointment to appear for an interview at the consulate or embassy.

Mandatory Documents:

  1. Valid Passport
  2. Application Form for student visa (accomplished in triplicate)
  3. Three photographs
  4. Medical Health Certificate (DFA Form 11) in triplicate with life-size chest x-ray and laboratory reports
  5. Original Notice of Acceptance (NOA) and when appropriate, the CEA
  6. Police Clearance Certificate authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate located in student's country of origin or legal residence
  7. Visa fee

Basic Requirements for all the Visa Applicants:

  • Visa application form fully and legibly completed in English by the applicant
  • One passport size photograph taken no more than 6 months ago. Scanned photos are not acceptable.
  • Bank statements for the last six months stamped and signed by bank officer
  • Original passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the contemplated stay in the Philippines.
  • Photocopy of the data and amendment pages of the applicant's passport.
  • Copy of e-ticket showing CONFIRMED flight details; For temporary visitor's visa and transit visa holders: Your return or onward journey plane ticket must be presented to the Philippine immigration officer upon entry into the Philippines.
  • Processing fee in demand draft drawn from any bank in India with branch in New Delhi payable to "Embassy of the Philippines". Cash payments will not be accepted. 
  • For payment details, please refer to Schedule of Fees
  • Note: Depending on the initial evaluation of the visa processors, other documents may be required. Applicants are advised to submit their documents at least two weeks before scheduled departure to the Philippines.

How to Apply?

In Person: You may apply for a temporary visitor's visa for pleasure or business through the Consular Section, Philippine Embassy, 50-N Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, in front of the National Railway Museum or through any of the Philippine Consulates in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Please go to Contact Details for information on how to contact the Philippine Consulates in those cities. 

Through a Travel Agency: You may seek the services of any reputable travel agency to forward the application to the Philippine Embassy, New Delhi. For now, only agencies who are active members of the Overseas Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) or Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) are allowed to submit tourist visa applications for their clients. Even if you will submit the application form through a travel agent, it is still expected that you, the visa applicant, fill out the visa application form yourself to avoid any discrepancy between the data on the application form and other related supporting documents and/or the omission of information which may result in the disapproval of the visa application.

The visa application form can be downloaded from this website. Please go to Visa Forms to download the visa application form.

Note: Visa applications submitted by mail or by courier are not accepted.

Upon submission of completed visa application requirements, the applicant or the applicant's representative will receive a claim stub which contains a transaction number and the date when the passport can be collected.

Application in Other Countries: Apart from country of origin, Indian nationals may also apply for temporary visitor's visa for business and/or pleasure at the place of legal residence and through Philippine Embassies and Consulates in countries that require entry visas to Indian nationals.

Form of Payment:

Only demand drafts drawn from any bank In India with a branch in New Delhi are accepted. They should be made payable to the Embassy of the Philippines. Do not submit folded demand drafts.

Cash payments are not accepted.

An official receipt will be given to the visa applicant for all fees paid. All transactions are done at the counter of the Consular Building within specified hours. The Philippine Embassy, New Delhi will not be liable for transactions by the applicants with any unauthorized person.

Length of stay in the Philippines

The authorized stay in the Philippines with a temporary visitor's visa would depend on the evaluation of the visa officer. For each visit, however, the authorized stay will not go beyond 59 days. Moreover, the immigration officer at the port of entry has the discretion to grant the visitor, upon admission, an authorized length of stay less than the number of days granted by the visa officer. If you wish to stay longer than the maximum allowable period, you can request for an extension through the Visa Extension Section, Philippine Bureau of Immigration, Manila.

Denial of Visa Application

When you get your passport back with no visa and received a slip indicating “Your credentials have not established you as a qualified applicant for the visa category you have applied for.”, this means that your application for a temporary visitor’s visa has been declined. The reason/s may be any of the following:

  • You did not submit completely the required basic and additional requirements.
  • Even if you submitted all the required basic and additional requirements, the following were not proven: 
    - Strong economic or family ties to the home country 
    - Sufficient financial means to support yourself while staying in the Philippines 
    - Clear intention of honouring the status of the temporary visitor's visa 
  • You should not be applying for a temporary visitor's visa but a visa of another category such as a student visa, a pre-arranged employment visa or a Special Non-immigrant Visa. It is important to know that the following purposes do not fall under the temporary visitor category: to study at a university, seminary, academy, college or school, approved for such foreign students by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration and Deportation; to assume employment or practice a vocation or profession in the Philippines or; to join a family member residing in the Philippines In these cases, the school/ potential employer/  family member should apply for an appropriate visa through the Philippine Bureau of Immigration and Deportation in the Philippines.
  • Suspicion of misrepresentation
  • Fraudulent supporting documents were submitted.
  • There was a discrepancy between the data on the application form and other related supporting documents.
  • Pending documents requested were not submitted within the 5 day waiting period.

Guidelines for New student Visa Applicants:

  • Original acceptance letter from school – Must be 1) authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs, and 2) sent directly to the Embassy by post or courier (Attn: VISA SECTION). Scanned or photocopied letters submitted by fax, e-mail or in person by the applicant or agent will no longer be accepted. In order to minimize postage costs, schools may send letters of acceptance in batches.
  • Proof of initial payment – To protect schools from being used by “students” simply looking for a way to enter the country for other purposes, applicants will be asked to produce proof of initial payment of at least USD 5,000 in the form of a bank transfer certificate. Said certificate must be original and must bear the name and signature of the authorized signatory, as well as the seal and complete contact information of the bank. It must also be supported by an account statement of the bank account from which the payment was made. In the case the bank account is not in the applicant’s name, an affidavit of sponsorship must be included.
  • Proof of receipt of initial payment – Downloaded or scanned copy of school’s bank account statement reflecting the initial payment made by the student, with seal and signature of authorized signatory. This may be sent to us through e-mail at newdelhipeflighttraining@gmail.com, or by post/courier together with the authenticated acceptance letter.
  • Proof of financial capacity – This is intended to obviate instances wherein the student is able to make the initial payment but is unable to complete the course due to insufficient funds. Such proof may be in the form of 1) a bank certification or account statement showing a balance sufficient to cover the total course package cost after deducting the initial payment, in single or multiple accounts (with affidavit of sponsorship if account is not in the applicant’s name); or 2) notice of grant of loan to cover total course package cost, less the initial payment, duly attested and bearing the seal and signature of institution granting the loan. Combined proof of personal funds and approved loans, enough to cover the total outstanding course package cost, would also be acceptable.

For Continuing Students and Students Returning For License Renewal and Recency:

  • Letter from school on acceptance of student – Must be e-mailed directly by the school to philippineembassynewdelhi@gmail.com and should indicate the total course fees and duration.
  • Proof of initial/partial payment - Applicants must present proof of payment of at least 25% of their course fees in the form of a bank transfer certificate. Said certificate must be original and must bear the name and signature of the authorized signatory, as well as the seal and complete contact information of the bank. It must also be supported by an account statement of the bank account from which the payment was made. In case the bank account is not in the applicant’s name, an affidavit of sponsorship must be included.
  • Current/previous Special Study Permit – To be submitted with the visa application form.
  • Commercial/Private Pilot License – The original must be presented together with a photocopy at the Consular Window upon submission of the visa application for verification purpose. The original will be returned immediately after cross-checking with the photocopy.

Additional Requirements Per Type of Visa Application

9A: TEMPORARY VISITOR'S VISA FOR PLEASURE (TOURIST VISA)

  • Copy of Credit cards and/or travellers checks or foreign exchange endorsement of the passport
  • Letter from inviting party (if applicable) indicating complete address and telephone number
  • If employed, applicant's Certificate of Current Employment from Employer to include employer's full name, address and telephone number, applicant's length of service and salary details
  • If self-employed, photocopy of latest Income Tax Return and copy of Personal Assessment Number (PAN) Card
  • If Student, applicant's Certificate of Enrolment or Letter of Acceptance from School;
  • If minor, under 18 years of age travelling alone or to be accompanied by a person other than a parent or not joining a parent in the Philippines: Affidavit of Support and Consent to Travel. The affidavit must be executed by either or both parents indicating travelling companion of minor and address in the Philippines, duly notarized by a local Notary Public, attested by the MEA  and consular officer of the Philippine Embassy. This affidavit must be presented before immigration officials at the port of entry in the Philippines upon the minor's arrival in the Philippines.
  • If Spouse of a Philippine Citizen: Name of Filipino spouse should be indicated in the visa applicant's passport Copy of Report of Marriage issued by the Philippine Embassy or Philippine National Statistics office
  • If Unmarried Minor Child of a Filipino Parent: Copy of Birth Certificate and Copy of Parent's valid passports

9A: TEMPORARY VISITOR'S VISA FOR BUSINESS (BUSINESS VISA)

Letter of invitation from the reference person or company in the Philippines

Official letter from company where employed mentioning applicant's travel to the Philippines, expected duration of stay and number of entries applied for (single entry/ multiple entry valid for 6 months or 1 year )

9B: TRANSIT VISA (Must be travelling from one country to another via the Philippines. Transit period is limited to 72 hours.)

Copy of e-ticket to show applicant's flight details.

9C: SEAMAN JOINING A SHIP

  • Valid Seaman's Book
  • Letter from Shipping Company

For Supernumeraries: Proof of Relation to Principal Seaman

9E: DIPLOMATIC VISA (Authority to issue 9E Visa has to be received by the Philippine Embassy from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs before this visa can be issued.)

To submit only Basic Requirements as listed above. Visa fees are waived.

9F: STUDENT VISA (Authority to issue student visa has to be received by the Philippine Embassy from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs before a student visa can be issued. Please note that personal appearance may be required when applying for a student visa.)

  • Original notice of acceptance issued by the school to the student with clear impression of school's dry seal
  • Authenticated Regional Passport Police Clearance
  • Demand draft for as Payment for Authentication of Police Clearance
  • Medical Health Certificate issued by authorized physician, including chest x-ray

If enrolled in Medicine or Dentistry, Original Certificate of Eligibility for Admission issued by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education to the student

9G: PRE-ARRANGED EMPLOYMENT VISA (Authority to issue Pre-arranged Employment Visa has to be received by the Philippine Embassy from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs before this visa can be issued. Please note that personal interview may be required before issuance of the Pre-arranged Employment Visa.)

  • Authenticated Regional Passport Police Clearance
  • Demand draft for Payment for Authentication of Police Clearance

Medical Health Certificate issued by authorized physician, including chest x-ray

47 a-2: SPECIAL NON-IMMIGRANT VISA (This is issued to foreign nationals who are proceeding to the Philippines as professors, scholars, trainees, participants, fellows, students, technicians, personnel and their dependents under certain programs and entities including but not limited to Asian Institute of Management, East Asia Pastoral Institute and Philippine Economic Zone Authority or PEZA-registered companies. Authority to issue 47 A-2 Visa has to be received by the Philippine Embassy from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs before this visa can be issued.)]

  • Authenticated Regional Passport Police Clearance
  • Demand draft for as Payment for Authentication of Police Clearance

Medical Health Certificate issued by authorized physician, including chest x-ray

9A: TEMPORARY VISITOR'S VISA WITH PENDING APPLICATION FOR A WORKING VISA OR DEPENDENTS VISA ( PER FOREIGN SERVICE CIRCULAR 49-06)

  • Letter from the Philippine-based company confirming its intention to engage the services of the principal visa applicant and attesting to the filing of a petition for a visa category corresponding to the purpose of entry.
  • Copy of the Sponsoring Company's application with, and duly received by, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) or the Department of Justice (DOJ) to serve as proof that the working visa application is pending.

For dependent's, copy of Certificate of registration of Marriage and for minor unmarried children, copy of Certificate of Birth

Pending Visa Application

The Philippine Embassy adheres as strictly as possible on the appointed length of time to process a visa application. However, delays in processing occur usually caused by the incomplete submission of basic requirements or additional supporting documents. The visa application and the passport may then be held pending with the Philippine Embassy until the additional requirements requested by the consular officer have been submitted. You may even be requested to come for an interview.

In such instances, you shall be contacted right away by a Consular Section personnel to inform you of the need for the submission of additional documents or a personal interview. It is therefore strongly advised that you provide your contact information in your application form. 

Additional documents requested by the consular officer have to be submitted within five working days from receiving the advice to submit the additional documents. The processing time will then restart from the day all requirements have been received by the Philippine Embassy. It is therefore advisable to submit visa applications with ample time before the expected departure for the Philippines. If the Philippine Embassy does not receive the requested additional document/s within the five working day pending period, the passport shall be returned to the applicant or authorized travel representative. 

Note: Submission of the basic and additional requirements requested by the consular officer is not an assurance that a visa will be granted.

Police clearances (for applicants for 9F, 9G and 47 A-2 Visas)

The police clearance to be submitted is a Regional Passport Police Clearance from the Regional Passport Police Office in the area nearest you and not just from the local police superintendent of your locality. Once you have obtained the Regional Passport Police Clearance, you need to have it attested by the Ministry of External Affairs, Patiala House, New Delhi prior to the attestation by the Philippine Embassy, New Delhi or by the relevant officials of the State Government in your province prior to the attestation by the corresponding Philippine Consulate. Please refer to Authentication of Documents for more details.

AUTHENTICATION AND ATTESTATION OF DOCUMENTS

Documents that are executed, signed or issued in India and intended to be used or presented in the Philippines must bear a consular notarization or attestation, as the case may be, in order for such documents to be accorded legal effect in the Philippines. Examples of these documents are Special Powers of Attorney, General Powers of Attorney, Affidavits, Deeds, Contracts, Assignments, Letters of Patent, Articles of Incorporation, Certificates of Birth, Marriage or Death and other official documents issued by Indian authorities within the Embassy's jurisdiction. These documents may be attested by the Consular Section of the Philippine Embassy New Delhi only after the documents have been duly attested by Patiala House of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi or by any of the Philippine Consulates General in Chennai, Kolkata or Mumbai . The Consulates may only attest documents executed in areas under its respective jurisdictions and only after the documents have been attested by the State Government.

Attestation of a document is made when the party or parties executing a legal document does not appear in person before a Consular officer at the Consular Section of the Philippine Embassy New Delhi. It is important to note that the Consular Section at the Philippine Embassy New Delhi, only performs consular notarization or attestation for documents that are issued or executed within India. The Consular Section does not notarize or attest documents that are executed or issued outside India. In addition, the Consulate does not perform notarial services for documents that are intended to be presented or submitted to non-Philippine government or private entities, such as Affidavits of Support for Immigration purposes to other countries and other documents