Our government monitors our travel activities in effort to protect us in possible human trafficking, this is the primary reason why some of us are being offloaded. However, there are indications that corruption in NAIA airport by immigration officers are evident and it could be one of the cause why offloading business is thriving. Whichever it is, here are some tips to avoid that situation.
In general, Filipinos traveling abroad need only to present the following documents:
-Valid passport - at least 6 months
- Valid original visa for port of entry
- For tourist, a return ticket. ( Memorandum order no. MCL -07-019 issued on October 24, 2007.)
For those who are traveling with a valid contract through licensed recruitment agencies, make sure you have all the documents after attending PDOS (Pre-departure orientation seminar). Pay the required fees and you are ready to go without any challenge with immigration counters.
For those who are traveling with a visit or tourist visa here are some FAQ's and tips:
1.) What is the purpose of your travel?
Make sure that you know exactly the purpose of your travel, and that is to VISIT your friend or relative. You should convince the immigration officer that you are a tourist traveler, if you're answers are uncertain, they may stop you from leaving immediately.
2.) What are the usual documents or proof that immigration officer wants to see?
Immigration officer needs to be satisfied that you are financially stable and can afford to travel in and out of the country. If you have a sponsor, you must have an affidavit of support and guarantee from them authenticated in a Philippine consulate. Remember that your valid visit or tourist visa and affidavit is not a guarantee that you will be allowed to travel, it is only a support claim that your visit is legitimate. Therefore, you must prepare additional supporting documents such as proof of income or salary certificate, cash or credit card, hotel booking and a confirmed return ticket.
Some officers will give you a statutory declaration form to answer. Questions are about purpose of your travel, cost of the ticket, your itinerary and details that your travel is only for a VISIT and not to find a job.
3.) What if I am unemployed and no other proof?
If you only have valid visa, return ticket and affidavit of support and guarantee, chances are you will be offloaded since you are unemployed. However, if you are sponsored by a first degree family, usually you will get through without hassle.
If you are sponsored by a friend, it depends on your confidence to face the immigration officers. If you have previous travel records it could help you get through, it is a proof that even you don't have a job, your family can afford to let you travel.
4.) Do you know your sponsors details?
Make sure that you know your sponsors contact number, address, length of stay, job position and your relationship. A simple mistake in your answer will get you offloaded immediately. Officers are often questioning based on affidavit of support and guarantee information.
5.) What should you wear?
You don't need to dress really fancy, just be yourself but at least wear casual clothes appropriately for travel. Profiling is standard in immigration checks worldwide. Image is as essential as it shows your overall confidence.
Important Notice - If you are a victim or know somebody that is a victim of immigration officers who get a clearance by giving certain amount of money, read the instructions below and take an action.
Report any attempt of extortion in exchange for clearance at immigration. This extortion in itself is a form of human trafficking. Put your complaint in writing, specify the circumstance, date, time, immigration counter and name of immigration officer or airport personnel involved. You may bring your complaint directly to the Bureau of Immigration or have your letter endorsed by the Philippine Consulate to the Bureau.
Commissioner Ricardo A David Jr
2nd Floor Bureau of Immigration Bldg.
Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, Manila
+632 527-3248 | 309-7751 | 309-7752