Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday instructed all DOLE regional offices to remind foreign workers in their areas of jurisdiction who have commenced employment in a local establishment even while their applications for the Alien Employment Permit (AEP) or employment visa are still being processed to secure a Provisional Working Permit (PWP) from the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
Baldoz issued the instruction after BI Officer-in-Charge Siegfred B. Mison had issued Operation Order SBM-No. 2013-019, or the Rules on Provisional Working Permit, emphasizing the need for aliens, or foreign workers, to secure a PWP. Misan cited concerns that a substantial number of aliens who have applied for an AEP no longer apply for an employment visa.
According to the Operation Order, the following documents are required in securing PWP:
• Letter-request for Petitioner Company with undertaking to withhold and remit Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) taxes due on all income of the applicant, and with a statement that all documents submitted were legally obtained from corresponding government agencies;
• Consolidated General Application Form duly-accomplished and notarized;
• Photocopy of the applicant’s passport showing bio-page and authorized stay of at least 20 days;
• Proof that the applicant has secured a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
• Photocopy of the official receipt for application for an AEP or photocopy of the AEP;
• Photocopy of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Registration, By-laws and Articles of Incorporation, in case of corporation or partnership, or photocopy of Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Certificate of Registration of Business Name, in case of single proprietorship; and,
• Photocopy of Employment Contract specifying the exact compensation to be earned by the applicant.
The PWP shall be valid for three (3) months or until a working (commercial) visa has been issued in favour of the applicant, whichever comes first.
In applying for a PWP, the following fees shall be charged: application fee, P2,000; certification fee, P500; legal research fee, P20; service fee, P100; PWP Fee, P400; legal research fee, P20; express lane fee (certification), P500; and express lane fee (filing), P500.