April 7, 2015

The Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines has announced that individuals of 53 nationalities [1] applying for many in-country visa applications will be required to provide a Medical Clearance Certificate in support of their application. The certificate, acquired from the Filipino Bureau of Quarantine & International Health, can be obtained on a same-day basis after the individual has taken a medical examination in the Philippines. Once issued, the Medical Clearance will be valid for a period of one (1) year unless the individual exits the Philippines for any reason.

Readers should note that only individuals from the listed nationalities who arrived in the Philippines in June 2014 or later will be required to obtain this Medical Clearance Certificate for applicable visa procedures.

Most in-country visa applications are affected by this new requirement including, but not limited to, both immigrant and non-immigrant visas, 9(g) visa conversions, and renewal applications.

Pro-Link GLOBAL can assist with obtaining this Medical Clearance Certificate and filing any in-country visa applications. Please reach out to your Immigration Specialist for assistance. 

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[1] At the time of this writing, the affected nationalities are as follows: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Cambia, Chana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Iraq, Israel, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Togo, Trinidad, Uganda, Venezuela, and Vietnam.