Investment Visa Overview

Philippines Residency & Citizenship options

Residency in the Philippines provides a number of benefits for those looking to establish long-term roots in the country. Philippines residency holders are entitled to certain privileges, such as owning property, being able to work in the Philippines, and receiving preferential treatment in regards to education and health care. In addition, Philippines residency status confers certain protections under Philippine law, such as the right to remain in the Philippines even if one’s passport expires.

Program 1
  • Name
    Special Investors Resident Visa
  • Description

    The Philippines has one investor visa program that allows for 1 year of temporary residency.

  • Requirements

    Invest at least $75,000 in publicly-listed companies; Companies engaged in areas listed in the Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) of the Board of Investments; and Companies engaged in the manufacturing and services sectors. Ownership of stocks in corporations engaged in wholesale trading shall is not allowed, the same for investments in condominium units or partnerships.

  • Validity
    1 year
  • Investment Type
  • Avg. Processing Time
    4 months
  • Investment Amount
  • Avg. Agent Fee
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    183 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
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Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Philippine passport presently ranks 78th. It allows visa-free travel to 66 countries. This results in an overall mobility score of medium-low. Visa-free entry and visas on arrival are available to Philippine passport holders in countries such as Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Israel, and Kenya. Philippine nationals, on the other hand, need a visa to visit roughly 163 countries around the world. This necessitates extensive trip planning. The European Union as a whole, the United States, and Australia are all visa-required destinations.

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Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
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  • Visa on Arrival
  • Visa Online
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  • World Surface Area Reachable
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Passport Ranking Factors

Philippines Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Philippines passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those Philippines passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization is added up to determine the Philippines passport ranking relative to other global passports (eTA). There are now 35 visa-free countries for Philippines passport holders, 30 visa-on-arrival countries for Philippines passport holders, and 1 eTA destination. In total, Philippines passport holders can visit 66 countries without needing a visa, a visa on arrival, or an eTA. As a result, the Philippines passport is ranked 78 in the world. In addition to these visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 163 other countries where Philippines passport holders will need a physical visa or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).

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