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Procedure[edit]

Conversion to Student Visa[edit]

  1. Get CGAF from either at the Public Information and Assistance Unit (PIAU) at BI G/F Main Office or from the official BI Website.
  2. Submit the documents for pre-screening to the Central Receiving Unit (CRU) or to the frontline officer or staff of other Immigration Offices able to process this transaction.
  3. Pay the required fees.
  4. Submit copy of Official Receipt.
  5. Proceed to Image and Fingerprint Capturing Counter of the Alien Registration Division (ARD) and submit requirements for ACR I-Card application
  6. Check website if visa application is already approved.
  7. If approved, submit passport for visa implementation.
  8. If ACR I-Card is approved, claim ACR I-Card.

Extension of Student Visa[edit]

  1. Get CGAF from either at the Public Information and Assistance Unit (PIAU) at BI G/F Main Office or from the official BI Website.
  2. Submit the documents for pre-screening to the Central Receiving Unit (CRU) or to the frontline officer or staff of other Immigration Offices able to process this transaction.
  3. Pay the required fees.
  4. Submit copy of Official Receipt.
  5. Attend hearing.
  6. For visa extension application, the biometric data previously captured during the visa conversion shall be used in the printing of the renewed ACR I-Card. However, applicants aged ten (10) years and below shall have their image and fingerprint captured every extension of visa. Applicants aged eleven (11) years and above shall have their image and fingerprint captured every after five (5) years.
  7. Check website if visa application is already approved.
  8. If approved, submit passport for visa implementation.
  9. If ACR I-Card is approved, claim ACR I-Card.
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Required Documents[edit]

Conversion to Student Visa[edit]

  • Joint letter request addressed to the Commissioner from the authorized representative of the petitioning school and applicant, using the school letterhead with dry seal;
  • Duly accomplished CGAF (BI Form 2014-00-003 Rev 0);
  • Photocopy of passport bio-page and latest admission with valid authorized stay;
  • Notice of Acceptance of the applicant bearing a clear impression of the schools official dry seal;
  • Endorsement addressed to the Commissioner from the school for the conversion of the applicants status, signed by the School Registrar;
  • Certificate of Eligibility for Admission from Commission on Higher Education (CHED), in case of Medicine/Dentistry;
  • Photocopy of passport page bearing the valid Bureau of Quarantine Clearance and International Health Surveillance stamp;
  • Medical Certificate issued by the Bureau of Quarantine and International Health Surveillance or a government medical institution with competence to certify that the applicant is not afflicted with any dangerous, contagious or loathsome disease and is mentally fit;
  • CHED Endorsement for transfer and shifting of course, if applicable;
  • National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance for a foreign student enrolling from bachelors degree to postgraduate
  • Photocopy of BI school accreditation ID of the registrar or school representative; and
  • BI Clearance Certificate

Extension of Student Visa[edit]

  • Joint letter request addressed to the Commissioner from the applicant and the authorized representative of the petitioning school, using the school letterhead with dry seal;
  • Duly accomplished CGAF (BI Form 2014-00-003 Rev 0);
  • Photocopy of passport bio-page, visa implementation page and latest admission with valid authorized stay;
  • Latest Transcript of Records or Certificate of Grades (2 previous semesters);
  • Certificate of Re-admission or Enrollment Form;
  • Honorable Dismissal or Certificate of Transfer from previous school, in case of transfer;
  • Commission on Higher Education (CHED) endorsement, in case of shifting of course and/or transfer of school;
  • Letter of Explanation for failed grades or dropped subjects, if applicable;
  • Photocopy of applicants ACR I-Card (front and back portions);
  • Photocopy of BI school accreditation ID of the registrar or the school representative; and
  • BI Clearance Certificate



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Bureau of Immigration
Address: Magallanes Dr, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila
Trunkline: (02) 8465 2400
Directory - Main Office
Bureau of Immigration Other Offices


Department of Foreign Affairs
DFA Home Office
2330 Roxas Boulevard
Pasay City
Metro Manila, Philippines

Office of Consular Affairs
Bradco Avenue, corner
Macapagal Boulevard
ASEANA Business Park
Paranaque City, Metro Manila
Philippines

Telephone:(632) 8 834-4000 (632) 8 834-3000
8 234 3488 (For Passport Appointment Concerns)
8 651 9400 (For Passport, Authentication, & Other Consular Inquiries)

Philippine Embassies and Consulates


Note: NTC issued Memorandum Order No. 10-10-2017 last October 27, 2017, directing all telecommunications providers in the country to migrate all its customers to eight-digit telephone numbers.

3000-YYYY to 3499-YYYY – Bayan Telecommunications, Inc.
6000-YYYY to 6699-YYYY – ABS-CBN Converge, Inc.
6700-YYYY to 6999-YYYY – Eastern Telecommunication Philippines/ Telecommunications Technologies Philippines Inc.
7XXX-YYYY – Globe Telecom, Inc./ Innove Communications, Inc.
8XXX-YYYY – PLDT, Inc./ Digital Telecommunications Philippines, Inc.

A customer who still incorrectly dials the old seven-digit number will hear a special announcement saying the format has been changed to eight-digit, for a period of three months after the migration (March 18, 2019 to June 17, 2019).

To know more: Migration to 8-Digit Landline Number

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Eligibility[edit]

Conversion to Student Visa

All foreign nationals who are at least 18 years old and shall take up a course of study higher than high school at a University, seminary or college.

Extension of student Visa

Foreign nationals who are holders of an existing Student Visa and wishes to continue his study in the Philippines.



Fees[edit]

Conversion to Student Visa[edit]

  • Application Fee: PHP 2, 000. 00
  • Implementation Fee: 1, 000. 00
  • Service Fee: 1, 000. 00
  • Certificate Fee: 500. 00
  • Visa Fee: 1, 000. 00
  • ICR, CRTV, CRTS, CRTT, CRPE: 1, 400. 00
  • Legal Research Fee (LRF) for each immigration fee except Head Tax and Fines: 70. 00
  • Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR): 1, 000. 00
  • Head Tax: 250. 00
  • Express Fee (Certification): 500. 00
  • Express Fee (Filing): 500. 00
  • Express Fee (I-Card Processing): 500. 00
  • TOTAL: PHP 9, 720. 00
  • Additional I-Card Fee (based on current exchange rate): $ 50. 00

Extension of Student Visa[edit]

  • Extension Fee: PHP 2, 000. 00
  • Legal Research Fee (LRF) for each immigration fee except Head Tax and Fines: 20. 00
  • Certificate Fee: 500. 00
  • Express Fee (Certification): 500. 00
  • Express Fee (Filing): 500. 00
  • Express Fee (I-Card Processing): 500. 00
  • TOTAL: PHP 4, 020. 00
  • Additional I-Card Fee (based on current exchange rate): $ 50. 00



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Need for the Document[edit]

Following are the procedures on how to apply for a student visa in the Philippines.

There are two ways to apply for student visa: via conversion and extension.



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External Links[edit]

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