• Launching of New Immigration Cards


    Administrative Circular No.SBM-2013-007 was issued on 01 October 2013 revising the policy


    Blacklist and Barring of Liason Officers / Representatives Involved in Illegal and / or Irregular Transactions, Facilitation and Fixing Activities.

  • Bad Guys Out, Good Guys In!

    The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reaffirms its fervent determination to fulfill its mandate for the administration and enforcement of immigration,

  • Protocols in cases involving changes in passport

    Protocols in cases involving changes in passport details and lost or stolen passports of valid APEC Business Travel Cards (ABTC) Holders.

  • BI Advisory SBM-2013-006

    Special Working Permit (SWP) – Artist & Athletes Advisory

  • Teamwork, Heartwork, Iwork

    for the better Bureau...



Philippines grants visa-free entry to 7 more countries

The Philippines has opened its doors to the citizens of seven more countries who may enter without an entry visa and stay for 30 days.

The addition of seven countries makes a total of 157 the countries granted visa-free entry into the Philippines, pursuant to Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Foreign Service Circular (FSC) No. 95-2014 and Executive Order No. 408.

Immigration Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison disclosed that the seven countries whose nationals have been granted visa-free admission into the country are: Belize, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

To be granted a visa-free entry and 30-day initial stay, Mison said the citizens of the seven countries only need to show their passport which must be valid for at least six months and must possess a return ticket to the country of origin or onward ticket to the next country of destination.

The operations circular provides for a more expeditious system and simpler forms for the encouragement and facilitation of foreign tourist travel to the Philippines.

“This move will hopefully encourage more tourists and investors to visit and stay in the Philippines”, Mison said.

For complete list of visa-free countries, click here.


To All Applicants for Accreditation:

The Bureau shall accept applications for accreditation, both new and renewal beginning 02 May 2014 until 30 May 2014. For further details click here


To all applicants, please click here to see the results of the qualifying examination for Immigration Officer I.

To check the calendar of activities, please click here.

Revised Guidelines in Addressing ACR I-Card and Related Issues at Entry and Exit Points

In order to address situations that were not specifically addressed by the former guidelines and to enhance the procedures, BI Commissioner issued Immigration Memorandum Circular No. SBM-2014-002 providing for modified guidelines in addressing ACR I-Card and related issues at entry and exit points. For details, please click here.

BI Stops Temporary Resident Visas for Family Members of Lawful Alien Resident

BI Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison issued Immigration Memorandum Circular No. SBM-2014-001 repealing Memorandum Order No. ADD-02-015, thus discontinuing the five-year temporary resident visa for family members of lawful alien residents in the Philippines. [Read more]

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