What are the procedural guidelines to be observed and documentary requirements to be complied within the issuance of Student Visa for applicant still abroad?

Student applicant submits the following to any Philippine HEI authorized to accept foreign students:

  • Five (5) copies of the Student’s Personal History Statement (PHS) as required by the accepting school duly signed by him/her, both in English and in his/her national alphabet accompanied by his/her personal seal if any, containing among others, his/her left and right thumb-prints and a 2 x 2 inch photograph on plain white background taken not more than six months prior to submission.
  • Transcript of Records/Scholastic Records duly authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post (PFSP) located in the student-applicant’s country of origin or legal residence.
  • A notarized Affidavit of Support including bank statements or notarized grant for institutional scholars, to cover expenses for the student’s accommodation and subsistence, as well as school dues and other incidental expenses.
  • Photocopy of the student’s passport showing date and place of birth and birth certificate or its equivalent duly authenticated by the PFSP.
  • Upon compliance of the required documents and subject to entrance requirements of the accepting school, HEI issues Notice of Acceptance (NOA).
  • For those desiring to enroll in Medicine and Dentistry, their documents shall be submitted to the Office of Student Services (OSS), CHED for evaluation and if found in order, a Certificate of Eligibility for Admission (CEA) is issued. HEI submits the documents, including the certified true copy of the CEA of those enrolling in Medicine and Dentistry to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
  • DFA endorses the documents to the PFSP in the student’s country of origin or legal residence for the issuance of the corresponding visa.
  • PFSP notifies the student-applicant with instruction that s/he appear in person before the Consular Officer for interview and submission of required documents, as follows:
  • Original copy of the school’s Notice of Acceptance (NOA) containing a clear impression of the school’s dry seal.
  • Original copy of the Certificate of Eligibility for Admission (CEA) issued by CHED if enrolling in Medicine and Dentistry.
  • Police clearance issued by the national police authorities in the student’s country of origin or legal residence, duly authenticated by the PFSP having consular jurisdiction over the place.
  • Medical Health Certificate issued by an authorized physician including but not limited to standard-size chest x-ray, HIV, Hepatitis-B clearance. The Consular Office shall not assume the task of determining the student’s scholastic fitness for the program applied for and shall issue the student visa as soon as all the requirements are accomplished.
  • Foreign student reports to the Bureau of Immigration Student Desk for registration and to the accepting HEI and shall enroll in the school which issued his/her NOA upon arrival in the Philippines.
  • Accepting HEI shall assist foreign student to obtain Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) and Certificate of Residence for Temporary Student (CRTS) from the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
  • And finally, DFA sends notice to accepting HEI on the issuance of student visa to the applicant, copy furnished CHED, BI, NICA and NBI.