9.2 Employment permits and work visas
Employment permits are required from DOLE (see 9.1) for the employment of aliens. This applies to domestic and foreign employers. See 1.1 for definition of aliens.
The employment permit will only be issued if there is no other suitable person in the Philippines to perform the job being offered. The application can be made here.
Note that once hired, the alien cannot transfer to another job/employer without prior approval from DOLE. Failure to adhere to this prohibition can result in imprisonment and deportation (Labor code, Art 40).
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