As a unit under the Regulatory Group, it is tasked to process Subic-Clark Working Visas and Investor's Visas to foreign nationals who are employed by registered enterprises inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. It is also mandated to streamline the procedures to provide fast and quality service to its clients
The SBMA Visa Office shall be recognized nationally and internationally for its quality customer service to foreign nationals inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone without compromising SBMA policy.
The Bureau of Immigration Team who will do the implementation of visa and the data capturing of foreign nationals for their ACR- I-Card is now based at the One-Stop-Shop Visa Processing Office to provide fast and efficient service to the clients. A visa application can now be processed within eight (8) working hours upon submission of complete documentary requirements.
It gives the holder a privilege of multiple entry, exemption from the exit clearance certificate and exemption from Special Return Certificate. Further, it is valid for entry and exit to any airport in the country and also valid for touring purposes outside the Freeport Zone. A legitimate dependent child can enroll in learning institution without securing a study permit.
It is valid for employment inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone only and with the sponsoring company only. A foreign national seeking a gainful employment other than those mentioned earlier will be penalized for US$500.00 for each violation.
Yes, a dependent legal spouse or a dependent child more than 18 years old can avail of a working visa but he/she has to downgrade his/her dependent's visa first to a tourist visa. Once a 59-day tourist visa is granted by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and as soon as he returns the I-Card to the BI, it is only then that he/she can apply for a working visa by following the procedures in obtaining an SS-CWV.
Yes, but he/she has to downgrade his/her SS-CWV first to a tourist visa. Once a 59-day tourist visa is granted by the Bureau of Immigration and as soon as he/she returns the I-Card, it is only then that he/she can apply for a working visa by following the procedures the first time he/she obtained an SS-CWV.
He/she has to downgrade his/her SS-CWV to a tourist visa. Once a 59-day tourist visa is granted by the BI and as soon as he/she returns his I-Card, he/she can now leave the country. Otherwise, his/her name will be included in the Watchlist of the BI.
It is advisable to renew the SS-CWV two (2) months before its expiration date to give ample time for unforeseen event that can possibly damage the internet connectivity and the failure of personnel to man the OSS, as well.
The CRTE should have a remaining validity period of at least two (2) months left, on submission of Visa application.
Representatives of DOLE or BI, together with representatives of SBMA may conduct periodic and routine inspections to ensure proper and effective implementation of the rules and regulations.
In exceptional cases, BI and DOLE may conduct individual inspections upon notification and/or coordination with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authorities.
Non-compliant expatriates and locators will be subject to Fines and Penalties.
Original AEP and receipt of payment;
Payment (in pesos);
Official Receipt of payment of I-CARD Annual Report (for renewal transaction only);
Photocopy of the documentary requirements submitted to the Labor Center and to the Visa Processing Office.
Application for Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-Card) (for new application, form is available at the OSS)
ACR I-Card Transaction Form (for renewal application, form is available at the OSS)
Upon termination or cessation of employment for whatever cause, Freeport employers and/or locators shall, within five (5) working days, inform the OSS of such termination or cessation of employment and when applicable, shall within the same period surrender the work permit/I-Card to the OSS. Failure to perform such obligation will be a valid ground for denial of future work permit/visa applications of prospective employees of the Freeport employer and/or locator.
Provide a quarterly list of foreign workers to the Visa Processing Office and notify the latter of any changes of the whereabouts of the former.
Provide the Visa Processing Office before the end of the first semester of each year an Audited Financial Statement and Certification that the investment is still intact inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Failure to submit such requirements will cause fines/penalties as cited in Annex E. (This applies to SSCIV holder only.)
Any aggrieved party may file a Motion for Reconsideration and/or Appeal with BI under existing immigration rules and regulations.
Foreign national who is a holder of either Quota Visa (47a(2)), SIRV, SRRV, Permanent Residence Visa (13a(2)), and Temporary Residence Visa. However, the foreign national has to obtain a Visa Exemption Certificate from the OSS Visa Processing office.