Student Visa Requirements for Travel into the Philippines

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With its diverse multi-lingual culture, stunning scenery, low cost of living and premier range of educational establishments, the Philippines is a popular choice for students wanting to continue their studies outside of their own country. If you are 18 and above and intend on travelling to the Philippines to study as a foreign national, you’ll need a student visa and be able to show adequate means of support for your stay.

You must apply and be accepted by a school in the Philippines accredited by the Bureau of Immigration (BI), before you apply for a student visa. If you are under the age of 18 or plan to study a non-degree course, you can apply for a Special Study Permit (SSP).

Requirements for a Student Visa

  • The original and two copies of the admission acceptance letter from the University
  • Passport photocopy showing main pages with 6 months validity beyond your intended stay in the Philippines
  • Two photographs
  • A photocopy of and your original birth certificate to be verified and authenticated at your local Philippine embassy
  • A signed and dated affidavit of support by your parents or legal guardians, plus a copy to be verified and authenticated at a Philippine embassy
  • Two copies of your parents/guardians main passport pages signed
  • Original transcript and two copies of scholastic records and medical examination reports authenticated at your local Philippine’s embassy or consulate
  • Original and one photocopy of a statement of good moral character, police record and medical certificate to be authenticated at your local embassy
  • Personal history statements signed by the applicant
  • Fee for your visa check on the official website for up to date information

Student Visa Application Procedure

Make sure you start applying for your Philippines student visa at least 3 months before the start of your semester. After taking all the above documentation to your local Philippines embassy, here is an outline of the procedures moving forward.
  1. All your documents will be verified by your local Philippines Embassy
  2. The school you intend to enroll with will send the application package to the Commission of Higher Education (CHED) for approval
  3. Your application package and documents will also be passed to the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) for approval
  4. If both parties give their approval, everything will be forwarded to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), who will inform the Philippines Embassy to issue you with a student visa
  5. You will be notified of approval and you can make plans to travel to the Philippines
The application process may vary slightly depending on what school you intend to enroll with in the Philippines. Always contact your intended school and follow their guidelines and give yourself enough time for the visa process to be completed. This may differ depending on your nationality and if you cannot provide any of the afore mentioned documents needed for approval. You can find more information here and a good idea is to visit the Philippines Embassy in your home country for advice specific to your unique situation.