(Note: In no case will consular officers accept applications for enrollment in Philippine schools for transmittal to Manila.)

The procedure to be followed in applying for a student visa is as follows:

I. Propsective foreign students shall communicate directly with the school in the Philippines and comply with the school’s institutional requirements, which shall include the submission of the following documents:

  • a) Five (5) copies of the Student’s Personal History Statement (PHS) duly signed by him, both in English and in national alphabet accompanied by his personal seal, if any, and containing, among others his left and right thumbprints and a 2X2 inch photograph on plain white background taken not more than six months prior to submission.
  • b) A notarized affidavit of support including bank statements or notarized notice of grant for institutional scholars to cover expenses for the students accommodation and subsistence, as well as school dues and other incidental expenses.
  • c) Transcript of Records/Scholastic Records duly authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post located in the student applicant’s country of origin or legal residence.
  • d) Photocopy of data page of the student’s passport showing date and place of birth, and birth certificate or its equivalent by the Philippine Foreign Service Post (embassy/consulate).


II. The school, satisfied with the student’s compliance with its requirements, shall issue a Notice of Acceptance (NOA) to the student and submit a duplicate copy thereof to the Department of Foreign Affairs, together with a certified true copy of the Commission on Higher Education's Certificate of Eligibility of Admission, when necessary, and the above-cited document-requirements.  These documents shall be handcarried to the DFA by the School’s designated liaison officer under a cover letter on the school’s official stationery signed by the school registrar and stamped with the school’s dry seal requesting that a student visa be issued to the person named therein.


III. The DFA shall indorse the documents to the Philippine Foreign Service Post located in the prospective student’s country of origin or place of legal residence, regardless of where the prospective student is at the time of application.


IV. The concerned Philippine Foreign Service Post shall notify in writing the student of the receipt of the documents and require him to appear in person before a Consular Officer for interview and compliance with consular requirements.  In addition to the documents transmitted to the post by the DFA, the following requirements shall be submitted by the student to the Consular Officer:

  • a) Original of the school’s Notice of Admission (NOA) containing a clear impression of the school’s dry seal;
  • b) Original of the CEA (Certificate of Admission of Eligibility) issued by the CHED if enrolled in courses or programs where restrictions may exist due to shortage of facilities, as in Medicine or Dentistry;
  • c) Police clearance issued by the national police authorities in the student’s country of origin or legal residence, authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post having consular jurisdiction over the place;
  • d) Medical health certificate issued by an authorized physician including but not limited to standard-size chest x-ray, Hepatitis B clearance; and
  • e) the Student Visa processing fee. 


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. 


IV. A notice of visa issuance shall be furnished by the DFA to the school, the CHED, BI and NBI and the NICA as soon as it receives report to this effect from the issuing post.


Please visit these helpful links:

Commission on Higher Education (CHED) http://www.ched.gov.ph

Bureau of Immigration (BI) http://www.immigration.gov.ph 

What are the requirements for a Student Visa?

​​​​The Philippine Consulate General is located at the World Trade Center Office Complex, 999 Canada Place, Suite 660 Vancouver, B.C. V6C 3E1

The Consulate is open from:

  • 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Monday to Friday)
  • 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (every last Friday of each month)​

except on Philippine & Canadian holidays.

The Consulate is closed on:

01 Nov - All Saint's Day
13 Nov - Remembrance Day
30 Nov - Bonifacio Day

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