PHILIPPINES – Company Representative Now Required to Attend 9(g) Commercial Visa Application Interview
Effective 28 May 2014, a company representative is now required to attend 9(g) Pre-arranged Employment Visa (Commercial) application interviews, along with the applicant. Previously only the applicant was required to attend this interview.
Who Can Represent the Sponsoring Company?
- If the employer is a corporation or partnership, it can be represented at the interview by an executive officer, as indicated in the Articles of Incorporation/Partnership or latest General Information Sheet (GIS).
- A non-executive officer of the company may act as representative at the interview, provided they are authorized by the executive officers through a Special Power of Attorney.
- A company with a single proprietor may be represented only by the registered owner, as indicated in the valid Certificate of Business Registration issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
- Travel agents, liaison officers and legal counsels are not authorised to represent or appear on behalf of the employer, even if they hold a Special Power of Attorney.
Exemptions for Top 1000 Companies
Note that applications sponsored by the Top 1000 corporations in the Philippines are exempt from the interview requirement for 9(g) visas.
- Ensure that a suitable representative of the employer is available to attend the 9(g) Commercial Visa application interview.