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Procedure[edit]


You are a foreign national. You hold an immigration visa that is valid or even expired. To legally stay in the Philippines, you must apply for the reversion of your immigration visa to temporary visitor/tourist. Please follow the guide below to apply for Visa Downgrade:

  1. Prepare the requirements Refer Forms:
    1. Letter request addressed to the Commissioner stating the reason for downgrading:
      1. For Pre-Arranged Employee Commercial Visa and PEZA visa (issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ), is a special non-immigrant visa that is allowed under Section 47(a)(2) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940):
        • If letter request is filed by the applicant, applicant’s address and contact numbers must be indicated therein and it should be accompanied by a certificate of employment from the petitioning company; and
        • If filed by petitioning company, must be in company letterhead with address and contact numbers;
      2. For Pre-arranged Employee Missionary Visa, must be in company letterhead of the organization, bearing its address and contact number;
      3. For Non-Quota Immigrant Visa by Marriage or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), must come from the applicant or/and spouse indicating their residential address and contact number as well as a photocopy of marriage certificate or contract;
      4. For Foreign Government officials, letter request of the Embassy/Consulate/International Organization or if filed by the applicant, must be accompanied by a Certificate of Employment from the Embassy/Consulate/International Organization;
      5. If filed by an accredited travel agency, law office or consultancy firm, must be in company letterhead bearing the organization’s address and contact number, accompanied by a Certificate of Employment from petitioning company/organization;
    2. In case of the PEZA visa, proof of notice of downgrading from the DOJ, or Cancellation Order from the Special Economic Zone authorities for CWV, SCWV, SCIV and other special visas;
    3. Photocopy of ACR I-Card (front and back portions) with proof of its cancellation.

  2. Apply for Visa Downgrade:
    1. Visit the BI Main Office Map, if you did not fully understand about the required documents, you can get help from the Public Information and Assistance Unit (PIAU) at BI G/F Main Office.
    2. You can submit the required documents for pre-screening to the Central Receiving Unit (CRU). Follow the officer’s guiding to present the letter request for downgrading and the required documents. Next, get the Order of Payment Slip and proceed to pay the required immigration fees.
    3. Now you can get the Official Receipt and please submit it with the required documents for downgrading. If approved, present passport for implementation and claim the passport stamped with the downgraded visa.
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Required Documents[edit]

  • Letter request addressed to the Commissioner stating the reason for downgrading:
    • For Pre-Arranged Employee Commercial Visa and PEZA visa (issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ), is a special non-immigrant visa that is allowed under Section 47(a)(2) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940):
      • If letter request is filed by the applicant, applicant’s address and contact numbers must be indicated therein and it should be accompanied by a certificate of employment from the petitioning company; and
      • If filed by petitioning company, must be in company letterhead with address and contact numbers;
    • For Pre-arranged Employee Missionary Visa, must be in company letterhead of the organization, bearing its address and contact number;
    • For Non-Quota Immigrant Visa by Marriage or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), must come from the applicant or/and spouse indicating their residential address and contact number as well as a photocopy of marriage certificate or contract;
    • For Foreign Government officials, letter request of the Embassy/Consulate/International Organization or if filed by the applicant, must be accompanied by a Certificate of Employment from the Embassy/Consulate/International Organization;
    • If filed by an accredited travel agency, law office or consultancy firm, must be in company letterhead bearing the organization’s address and contact number, accompanied by a Certificate of Employment from petitioning company/organization;
  • In case of the PEZA visa, proof of notice of downgrading from the DOJ, or Cancellation Order from the Special Economic Zone authorities for CWV, SCWV, SCIV and other special visas;
  • Photocopy of ACR I-Card (front and back portions) with proof of its cancellation.

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
Map


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]

  • A foreign national;
  • Hold an immigration visa that is valid or even expired.

Fees[edit]

If your visa is valid:

  • Application Fee Php2000
  • Certificate Fee Php500
  • Legal Research Fee Php20
  • Express Fee Php1000
  • Total Php3520

If your visa expired within 59 days:

  • Update Fee Php1000
  • Application Fee Php2000
  • Certificate Fee Php500
  • Legal Research Fee Php20
  • Express Fee Php1000
  • Total Php4520

If your visa expired more than 59 days:

  • Motion for Reconsideration Php500
  • Update Fee Php1000
  • Application Fee Php2000
  • Certificate Fee Php500
  • Legal Research Fee Php30
  • Express Fee Php1000
  • Total Php5030

Validity[edit]

Same as a Tourist Visa (59 days)

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

2-3 weeks

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
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Instructions[edit]

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e.g. The state office holds birth records since january 1908.



Required Information[edit]

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e.g.
1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.



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Need for the Document[edit]

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Information which might help[edit]

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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External Links[edit]

Bureau of Immigration

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Others[edit]

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