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  1. The invitee must file the visa application at the appropriate Philipine Foreign Service Posts abroad at least one (1) month prior the scheduled flight if prior authorization from the Home Office is needed. For application which does not require Home Office Authorization, it must be filed at least seven (7) working days prior the scheduled flight.
  2. In cases where prior authorization from the Home Office is needed, the Consular Officer may decide not to accept visa application made less than a month prior to the invitee's scheduled flight.
  3. The following are the requirements to be submitted at the Philippine Foreign Service Post:
    1. Original Passport, valid for at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated stay in the Philippines
    2. Copy of the Passport Data Page and amendment pages, if applicable
    3. Copy of Philippine visa previously issued, if any
    4. Flight details
    5. Invitation letter addressed to the invitee by the inviting or sponsoring foreign government entity indicating the following:
      1. Purpose of the travel
      2. Address in the Philippines where the invitee will be staying
      3. Guarantee for the invitee's entry, stay and exit
      4. Name and contact details of the inviting or sponsoring foreign government entity (in case of a foreign government office, a focal person should be identified)
    6. Additional documents that the Consular Officer may require the applicant to submit, should the Consular Officer deem necessary
  4. The invitee's personal appearance for purposes of interview by the Consular Officer shall be required, unless the inviting or sponsoring foreign government entity provides a letter of guarantee with a request to waive the personal appearance of the applicant, subject to prior approval from the Home Office.
  5. The inviting or sponsoring Foreign Government entity shall send a letter addressed to the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Consular Affairs (attn: the Visa Division and cc: the Consul General of the Foreign Service Post) where the visa application was filed, at least one (1) month prior the scheduled flight of the invitee, indicating the following details:
    1. List of names of its invitees with passport details:
      1. name appearing on the passport
      2. nationality
      3. date of birth
      4. place of birth
      5. passport number
    2. Purpose of travel
    3. Type of assistance being requested
    4. Whether the invitee is being funded by the inviting or sponsoring foreign government entity
    5. Guarantee for the applicant's entry, stay and exit
    6. Expected date/s of travel and length of stay in the Philippines
    7. Name and contact details of the inviting or sponsoring foreign government entity (in case of a foreign government office, a focal person should be identified)
  6. OCA - Visa Division and Post shall endeavour to accommodate requests for expedited processing, subject to compliance with existing rules and regulations.

Annex C is a template of the letter of request.

These guidelines will take effect starting 30 January 2018.