FOLLOWING an intensified monitoring of aliens in the Philippines, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has to cancel the working visas of a total of 528 foreign nationals after they were found to be fraudulent.
This is by far the largest mass cancellation of working visas done by the bureau.
In a post-audit of visa applications of six target companies the BI discovered that their foreign employees submitted fake Alien Employment Permits (AEP).
BI spokesperson Dan Sandoval explained that the AEP is a permit issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and is a prerequisite in applying for a work visa with the BI. A case build-up is now being conducted against the six companies after the BI received information that they have petitioned foreign nationals by submitting fake documents.
Sandoval said those whose visas were cancelled comprised 259 Indians, 230 Chinese, 14 Koreans, 11 Japanese, 5 Taiwanese, 3 Vietnamese, and a German, Burmese, Nigerian, Nepalese, Sudanese and a Yemeni.
They were all found to have violated Section 37 of the Philippine Immigration Act “for obvious misrepresentation and fraud” and will be expelled from the country, after which they will be blacklisted so that they will permanently be barred from returning.
The aliens’ visas were reportedly revoked immediately.
Subsequently, Morente said that last Friday he instructed the Alien Registration Division to cancel the aliens’ ACR I-Cards, and the Legal Division to implement the order.
The BI’s Intel submitted their report and recommendation to cancel the visas after confirming that the grantees of the visas submitted fake AEPs.
The companies’ names are being withheld pending investigation involving their sister companies and other affiliates. The companies are said to be operating from Manila, Parañaque, and Caloocan and are reportedly involved in consultancy, residential sales, tutorial and information technology.
The Intelligence Division conducted two separate post-audit reports, the first yielding the visa cancellation of 469 aliens in four companies while the second report led to the visa cancellation of 59 aliens from two other companies.