Foreign nationals must secure CNO first to get alien permit – DOLE

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has added a requirement for foreign nationals who wish to work in the Philippines before they can be issued the approved visa and permits from concerned government agencies.

Under Department Order No. 205, series of 2019, foreign nationals are now required to secure a Certificate of No Objection (CNO) from DOLE.

The CNO attests that there are “no individual objects or protests against the interest of the foreign nationals to work in the Philippines and perform their desired jobs.”

“The guidelines cover personnel, participants, trainees, professors, technicians, and fellows entitled to 47(a)(2) visa under certain entities and programs of the Codified Visa Rules and Regulations of 2002 of the DFA,” the DOLE said.

It also applies to “foreign nationals employed and/or seconded in a foreign enterprise that has existing agreement, understanding or document of similar nature with the Philippine government agencies.”

To get a CNO, foreign applicants are required to submit the following documents to the DOLE Regional Offices which has jurisdiction on their intended area of worksite:

  • a letter request from the foreign enterprise/ entity or project implementer;
  • photocopy of passport bio page and entry visa/ latest admission with valid authorized stay, and
  • a certified true copy of the notarized contract of employment between the foreign national and its enterprise/ entity.

The DOLE Regional Office, then, shall grant or deny the issuance of CNO to the foreign national applicant within three working days after the receipt and evaluation of the complete documentary requirements and payment of the corresponding fee.

The DOLE regional director may deny the request for a Certificate of No Objection of a foreign national on the following grounds:

  • If the labor department has received a meritorious objection or information on the employment of the applicant;
  • Any misrepresentation of facts and submission of fraudulent documents;
  • Any derogatory information from the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).

Meanwhile, the following are exempted from securing the CNO:

  • Scholars, students, volunteers and personnel of International Organizations entitled to 47(a)(2) visa;
  • Foreigners exempted under Sec. 7 of the JMC No. 001, s. of 2019;
  • Foreign nationals who are required to secure an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).

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