Holders of temporary visitors visa may get ECCs at international airports BI

30-Mar-2020 Intellasia | UNTV News | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Holders of temporary visitors visa who have stayed in the country for less than a year may temporarily get their Emigration Clearance Certificates (ECC) at any international airports in the country, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said.

In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the measure follows the implementation of enhanced community quarantine in Luzon to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

An ECC is issued to temporary visitors who have stayed in the country for more than six months, and to holders of residence, work, or students visas who wish to leave the country for good.

Morente said the bureau has also suspended biometrics capturing and fingerprinting, and the issuance of Special Registration Numbers (SSRN) as requirements for the processing of ECCs to ensure compliance with physical distancing directives.

“The Bureau complied with the directive from Malacanang by continuing to operate with a skeletal workforce,” he said in a statement.

“We have put this temporary measure in place to prevent the influx of foreign nationals leaving the country who will be applying to process their ECCs, essentially minimising physical contact with the travelling public,” he added.

Morente said they will still counter match the applications with their derogatory database to ensure that no foreigner with a pending case will be able to leave the country.

“We will still conduct derogatory records checking before giving clearance to ensure that any foreign national who wishes to leave the country has no pending obligation with the government,” he said.

The bureau earlier issued an advisory suspending several transactions in Luzon, including tourist visa extensions except for foreign nationals intending to depart the country.

In the said directive, aliens whose visas will expire during the enhanced community quarantine may file for extension after the quarantine period without penalty.

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