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Philippine Alien Employment Permit changes

For those who intend to work in the Philippines, an Alien Employment Permit (AEP) must be obtained from the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE).

There are some changes to the Alien Employment Permit which are expected to be introduced on 5 May 2021. 

AEP changes include the following:

  • At least 15 days before an AEP application is made, Filipino employers will need to publish job vacancies in a newspaper to demonstrate efforts to employ from the local labour force.
  • Employers will also need to provide a notarized affidavit outlining that no job applications were received for the role or that no Filipino applicant was suitable for the position. 
  • Foreign migrants who hold an AEP will need to surrender their permit if they change roles or employers and must apply for a new permit for their new job. 
  • People who are working in the Philippines without an AEP will be barred from submitting AEP applications for 5 years. 
  • Documents provided for the application must be certified as true copies.

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