questions about the working visa process for Filipinos


I'm from the Philippines and have recently accepted an offer to work in POM.

I was informed that the employer has now applied for the work permit. As read in some posts here, it takes a month or 2 to process this. Though, I'm not sure if this is still the case now? Would be nice if someone who has recently applied for this could share their experience on this too. Thank you.

However, my questions for the Kabayans are about the visa process. (I apologize in advance for the many questions)

Normally, what are the requirements to be submitted in order to start the visa process? -- Work permit? Medical exam results? Passport? What else?

Will the approved work permit be sent to the embassy directly?

Will the applicant be the one who submits personally the documents at the embassy?

How long does it usually take to have the visa stamp these days? Is the applicant the only one who can collect the stamped passport, or can anyone collect it with an authorization letter?

The reason why I'm asking for your advice, is that I'm not from Manila. I'm trying to avoid incurring further costs of flying to and fro, and housing expenses as well. I will be flying to Manila for the medical exam and was wondering if I should stay there until the visa stamp is ready. Please also advise if there are other documents I need to prepare (to make my time in Manila worthwhile) that should be needed in the visa processing.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this and for your valuable advice :)


Hi Anne. I've also accepted an offer from POM. They're now working on the work permit and I've done the pre-employment physical. They've asked me to start securing a red ribbon for my birth certificate, cenomar and nbi. It's been more than a month since they started processing my work permit. My future employer has advised me to stay on my current job in the meantime so as not to incur any income loss

Thank you DocB for your reply.

I've started securing those three docs for the red ribbon too. Is the pre-employment physical exam different from the medical exam required for the visa, the one which should be done in one of their list of accredited hospitals?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.


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