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  1. The invitee must file the visa application at the appropriate Philippine 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 seven (7) working days prior the scheduled flight.
  2. In cases where the prior authorization from the Home Office is needed, the Consular Officer may decide not to accept visa application made with 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 Passport Data Page and amendment pages, if applicable
    3. Copy of Philippine visa previously issued, if any
    4. Flight details
    5. Proof of sufficient fund to travel expenses, accommodation and subsistence (e.g. bank statement, certificate of employment, certificate of deposits and investments)
    6. Invitation letter addressed to the invitee by the inviting or sponsoring accredited IO 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 accredited IO entity (in case of an office, a focal person should be identified)
    7. 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 the purposes of interview by the Consular Officer shall be required.
  5. The inviting or sponsoring accredited IO entity shall send a letter directly to the Consul General of the Foreign Service Post where the visa application was filed (cc: the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Consular Affairs and attn: the Visa Division), 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 accredited IO 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 accredited IO entity (in case of an office, a focal person should be identified)

Annex D is a template of the letter of request.

These guidelines will take effect starting 30 January 2018.