MANILA, Philippines — After paying the required fees at the Airport, foreigners who are holders of valid visas, but whose reentry permits have expired, will now be allowed to enter the country, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said.
Morente said that the new policy aims to facilitate the entry of foreigners with existing valid visas.
He added, foreigners returning to the Philippines after being stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and those who have been issued immigrant as well as non-immigrant visas are all covered in the new policy.
Instead of sending them back to their ports of origin, the new rules are being adopted by the Bureau of Immigration on orders of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to allow the reentry of foreigners with expired Reentry Permits (RPs) and Special Return Certificates (SRCs), Morente said.
An RP is issued to a holder of an immigrant visa who is a permanent resident here, while the SRC is obtained by a non-immigrant such as holders of 9(g) working visa and 9(f) student visa.
These foreigners cannot leave the Philippines unless they have secured their RP or SRC and their immigration clearance certificate, the BI said.
Upon these foreigners’ return to the country, official receipts of payments are to be presented to the immigration officer.
Reentry permit fees are valid from six months to one year from the date of a foreigner’s departure.