An Alien Employment Permit (AEP) is required by the Philippine government to enable foreign nationals to perform “gainful employment” in the Philippines. Gainful employment is defined as an occupation that takes place between a Philippine-based employer and a foreign employee.
All foreign nationals or non-resident aliens need to secure an AEP before they can work in gainful employment, except for those specifically exempted by law. Obtaining an AEP should be a top priority for all foreigners and aliens as all other visas require an Alien Employment Permit, including Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV), Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV), Treaty Traders (9D) Visa, or Special Non-Immigrant Visa (47A2).
An Alien Employment Permit applies to employment contracts that have a duration of one (1) to three (3) years and are subject to renewal for the same period.
An AEP corresponds to the position and employer of a foreign national. This means that when a foreigner gets promoted to a new position or changes jobs, he should apply for a new AEP.
A Special Work Permit (SWP) is a type of authorization foreigners should obtain if they plan to work on short-term employment contracts in the Philippines. The SWP is good for three (3) months and can be renewed for another three (3) months. It should be noted that a sponsorship petition should be obtained from the Philippine-based employer before you can apply for an SWP.
An SWP is applicable for the following foreigners:
- Artists, performers, and their staff, who perform before an audience for a fee, subject to compliance with the requirements of the concerned agency, office, or body;
- Foreign nationals on an emergency or temporary mission;
- International performers with exceptional abilities, including their staff;
- Professional athletes, coaches, trainers, and assistants who will compete for a limited time;
- Service suppliers coming primarily to perform temporary services and who will not receive salary or other remuneration from a Philippine source other than expenses incidental to their temporary stay;
- Treasure hunters authorized to research for hidden treasures with permits from the concerned government agencies and instrumentalities
Yes, there is an easier way to get an AEP. Foreign nationals or non-resident aliens who need assistance in obtaining their Alien Employment Permit in the Philippines may contact Triple i Consulting for help. As the first ISO 9001:2008 company in the Philippines to offer business registration services to its clients, Triple i Consulting is standing by with Philippine business strategy experts who can provide professional help in AEP acquisition.
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