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The Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver informs the public that effective 1 January 2022, all Temporary Visitor Visa (9A visa) applications will be processed via the Department of Foreign Affairs Online Visa Application System (OVAS). All visa applicants must lodge their application through this link
Applicants who go through OVAS will receive a confirmation email with an Applicant Reference Number (ARN). Applicants must forward this email to the Visa Section of the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver using this email address
and set an appointment at
- Application filed through OVAS or the email confirmation with ARN do not constitute an approved visa.
- Applications received through mail/courier starting 1 January 2022 that were not lodged through OVAS will immediately be rejected and returned to sender.
- Applications lodged through OVAS must still include supporting documents, which are to be submitted personally at the Consulate or through mail/courier.
- The visa officer may request additional documents to determine whether or not the applicant can be issued a visa.
- Depending on the applicant’s circumstances, visa processing will take five (5) to seven (7) business days, excluding the time it will take for the applicant’s passport with visa sticker to be mailed. The application may require clearance from other government agencies in the Philippines. Adjust your travel schedule accordingly.
- It is suggested that a ticketed reservation (paid ticket) be made only when the visa application has been approved.
- No refund of the visa fee will be given when the application has been denied or visa has been issued but was not used or could not be used during its validity period.
- Countries of nationals under EO 408 are allowed to stay in the Philippines without visa not to exceed 30 days: (please click here for the complete list of Countries) Canadian passport holders who are staying for more than 30 days in the Philippines, must apply for their visa.
9(A) Visa for Temporary Visitors (Pleasure)
- Applicant’s passport, with at least one blank page, and valid for at least six months beyond the intended length of stay in the Philippines (for minor applicants, the parent/s or legal guardian may submit the application on behalf of the minor)
- Photocopy of applicant’s passport data page
- Duly-accomplished Visa Application Form with passport-size photo of the applicant taken within the last six months (notarized, if sent through mail)
- Original and photocopy of proof of permanent residency in Canada (i.e. permanent resident card, work permit card, etc), for non-Canadian passport holders
- Original and photocopy of proof financial income or support (i.e. bank statement, employment certificate, payroll slip, proof of pension, international credit card)
- Flight itinerary or round-trip ticket
For minors accompanied by one parent only
- Please submit a notarized letter of consent from the other parent or a court order stating that only one parent has legal custody of the minor.
For minors below 15 years of age traveling without a parent to the Philippines
- An additional Waiver of Exclusion Grounds (WEG) from the Commissioner of Immigration in the Philippines will be required (form available with the Consulate General), which must be notarized, for a fee of $36.25. The following documents shall be submitted, along with the WEG, to the Philippine Bureau of Immigration at the port of entry:
- Affidavit of Request and Consent (form available with the Consulate General) by both parents or legally appointed guardian of the child naming therein the person who will be accompanying the child to the Philippines and with whom the child will reside in the country, to be notarized for a fee of $36.25
- Original birth certificate of the child
- Photocopy of the data page of the child’s passport
- Original and photocopy of the guardian’s passport
- WEG fees to be paid directly to the Bureau of Immigration upon arrival of the minor children at the port of entry
Requirements for Other Visa Categories
9(E) Visa for Accredited Government Officials, their Families and Attendants
- Applicant’s passport, with at least one blank page, and valid for at least six months beyond the intended length of stay in the Philippines
- Duly-accomplished visa application form, with passport-size photo taken within the last six months
- Note Verbale from applicant’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Authority to issue visa from DFA Home Office
13(A) Immigrant Visa (for those who would like to take up residence in the PH)
- Applicant’s passport, with at least one blank page, and valid for at least one year from date of application
- Photocopy of passport data page
- Duly-accomplished Immigrant Visa Application Form (FA Form No. 3)
- Four (4) passport-size photos, taken within the last six months, and signed across the bottom front
- Medical Examination Report (FA Form No. 11) accomplished by a licensed physician, to include HIV test
- Chest X-Ray Plate (CD format is acceptable), taken within the last six months, to be presented to the Consulate General for sealing and hand carried to the Philippine Immigration authorities at port of entry
- Police Clearance from RCMP
- Original and photocopy of documentary evidence to prove principal’s Philippine citizenship and to show applicant’s relationship to the Philippine citizen (i.e. PH passport, birth certificate, or dual citizenship identification certificate for the principal, and Marriage Certificate or Report of Marriage for the spouse-applicant, or Birth Certificate or Report of birth for the child-applicant (under 21 years old)
- Evidence of financial support (i.e. ownership of real property, financial assets certificate from the bank, pension, etc.)
- Personal appearance for interview
- Other documents as may be deemed necessary by the Consular Officer
- Fee of C$217.50per applicant (non-refundable), in cash or money order
Please note that the visa issued is not a guarantee that the holder will be automatically admitted to the country. The admission of foreign nationals into the Philippines is a function of the immigration authorities at the port of entry.
The validity of the visa indicates the dates during which the visa holder may legally enter the Philippines. It is not equivalent to the period of stay in the Philippines. To extend beyond the authorized period of stay, the foreign national will have to apply with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration. Information on securing an extension of stay and the corresponding fees are available at www.immigration.gov.ph.
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