How to Get a Student Visa for the Philippines

Philippines Student Visa

Philippines Student Visa

If you are planning to go to the Philippines to study at a school accredited by the Bureau of Immigration, you will have to apply for a student visa.

If you are trying to convert a Temporary Visitors Visa for the Philippines into a Student visa, you can see the required documents for that here at the Bureau of Immigration website. The process for that is described here and the associated fees are here.

If you are going to apply for a normal Student Visa, you can get it from the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in your country of origin or residence.

Processing of student visa applications takes approximately two (2) months from the date of receipt, and the step-by-step process is outlined very well here at the Embassy of the Philippines website. The process is similar for citizens of just about any country.

Upon arrival in the Philippines, don’t forget to secure your Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR)  and Certificate of Residence for Temporary Students (CRTS) at the Bureau of Immigration, Intramuros, Manila (Your school will likely help you with this).

Where to find your closest consulate:

  • If you’re inside the U.S., click here to find the Embassy or Consulate for the State you live in (there are 10 in total).
  • If you’re outside of the U.S.: Click here.

Go to my Philippines visa page for information on other types of visas for the Philippines.

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