This is yet one of the best hacks for travelers to experience no delay. And that is being knowledgeable when it comes in knowing various immigration information.
Secure a Bureau of Immigration Clearance Certificate as your requirements as one the expats or in other words, one of the many foreign nationals leaving the Philippines.
Through this informative article, know the ECC Philippine cost, difference between ECC-A and ECC-B Philippines form and the easy steps in acquiring your certificate.
What’s ECC for?
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) requires foreign nationals to secure an Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC) at BI offices before leaving the country to avoid being denied at the departure, this is to ensure that the individual has no pending obligation with the government of the Philippines.
Are you for ECC-A or ECC-B?
1. You should have an ECC-A if you are any of the following;
- Holders of Temporary Visitor Visa (also referred to as tourist visa) who have stayed in the Philippines for six (6) months or more;
- Holders of expired or downgraded Immigrant or Non-Immigrant Visas;
- Holders of valid Immigrant or Non-Immigrant Visas but are leaving for good;
- Philippine-born foreign nationals who will depart from the Philippines for the first time;
- Holders of Temporary Visitor Visa with Orders to Leave;
- Bona fide seafarers who have stayed in the Philippines for 30 days or more and has a duly approved discharge from BI.
2. On the other hand, ECC-B is issued to departing holders of Immigrant and Non-Immigrant visas with valid ACR I-Cards and are leaving the country temporarily.
Applying for ECC
As a foreign national leaving the Philippines, you may apply for an ECC at least 72 hours prior to your departure from the Philippines.
What are the requirements?
Always bear in mind that any child born in the Philippines, but traveling on a foreign passport, needs to have an ECC to leave the Philippines. A notice to this effect is on display at a Bureau of Immigration office. On the other hand, applications for regular ECCs shall be filed three days prior to departure and shall be valid for one month upon issuance. Foreign nationals must submit the following requirements upon filing of the application:
- Application form;
- Photocopy of passport (bio page, visa pages, latest arrival);
- Original and photocopy of ACR I-Card;
- Photocopy of receipt of latest visa extension;
- Photocopy of order of downgrading (if applicable);
- Five pieces 2×2 photo
Fee for ECC
A fee of about PHP 1,210 shall be collected for the ECC. Fees collected shall be fully accounted and remitted to the National Treasury.
What’s the one year Visa-free Balikbayan Stay?
The Philippines’ Balikbayan Program gives the chance for Filipino overseas or those former Filipinos who have been made a citizen in other country to have a one-year visa-free stay.
All these balikbayans who are travelling to the Philippines are advised to bring either their old Philippine passport or copy of Philippine birth certificate as proof of their former Philippine citizenship. Accompanying family members of the balikbayan can bring appropriate supporting documents to show evidence of relationship:
- For the spouse: copy of marriage certificate
- For each child: copy of birth certificate
- For adopted children: copy of adoption papers
Extension of Stay
Visitors who are admitted as balikbayan are given an initial stay of one (1) year. Their stay may be extended for an additional one (1), two (2) or six (6) months at the Visa Extension Section of a Bureau of immigration office. If you have been staying for after thirty-six (36) month, you are obliged to submit additional requirements.
If you have concerns, clarifications, and enquiries regarding this matter, you may reach Bureau of Immigration Offices and Phone Numbers;
BI Main Office, Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, Manila
Tel: (002) 527-5657
Marquee Mall, Aniceto Gueco St., Angeles City, 2009 Pampanga
Tel: (045) 404 0215
BI Regional Office, P Burgos St., Tribunal, Mandaue City, Cebu
Tel: (032) 345-6442/6443/6444
BI Regional Office, BI Building, JP Laurel Ave., Bajada, Davao City
Tel: (082) 300-7258