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DOLE to foreign workers: renew working permits on time


Cebu City, Philippines. Working foreign nationals with expiring Alien Employment Permit (AEP) should apply and renew their permit on time, said DOLE-7 Regional Director, Salome O. Siaton.

The AEP, according to Director Siaton, is a document issued by the DOLE as one of the requirements for a foreign national to work in the country.

Citing the guidelines of Department Order No. 186, Series of 2017, the DOLE-7 Head stressed that an application for renewal of AEP should be filed not earlier than sixty (60) days before its expiration. “In the event that the foreign national needs to leave the country or is into other similar circumstances that will hinder the filing of renewal with the 60-day prescribed period, the application may be filed earlier,” she added.

In case appointment or election of foreign national as officer takes place before the expiration of AEP, the application must be filed not later than fifteen (15) working days after appointment, or before its expiration, whichever comes later.

The Regional Director added that in case the appointment or election takes place after expiration of AEP, the application for renewal must be filed before the expiration of the AEP, which can be renewed for one (1) year.

“We are appealing to our clients to observe the prescribed period in filing their applications, while the DOLE is also doing its share to deliver said service, within the prescribed process cycle time,” she said.

Applications for issuance of new AEP shall be processed and issued within three (3) working days after publication or within seven (7) calendar days after publication and payment of required fees and fines, if there are any.

Renewal of work permits shall be processed within one (1) day after payment of fees and fines, if there’s any. Director Siaton reminded applicants – foreign nationals and their employers – that only applications with complete documents and those with fully paid fees plus fines, if there’s any, will be received for processing.

For nationalized businesses or industries covered by the anti-dummy law, the DOLE-7 Head continued, that they should comply first and submit the Authority to Employ foreign national from the Department of Justice (DOJ) or from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in case of mining.

“If the position title and job description of the applicant is included in the list of regulated professions, Special Temporary Permit from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) should be submitted to DOLE upon application,” she said further.

She encouraged everyone to take advantage of the series of advocacy activities that the DOLE will soon launch in order to heighten public awareness on the rules and regulations regarding the issuance of alien employment permits.

As of this writing, the DOLE-7 received 463 new AEP applications and around 136 applications for AEP renewal.




For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel SenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at



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