BI notes an increase of foreign students in PH


Immigration chief Ricardo David

MANILA, Philippines–The number of foreign students in the country increased from 41,443 in 2011 to 47,478 in 2012, the Bureau of Immigration said Thursday.

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said the figure was based on the number of processed and approved student visa and special study permit (SSP) by the bureau’s student desk.

Lawyer Cris Villalobos, BI student desk head, said 31,000 SSP holders, mostly based in the provinces, account for the bulk of the foreign students while 16,478 others were issued student visa.

The SSP is issued to a foreigner below 18 years old who will study in the elementary, secondary, and tertiary levels or in special courses of less than one year.

A student visa, on the other hand, is issued to foreigner aged 18 years and above, who will take up a course higher than high school at a university, seminary, college, or school duly authorized by the BI to admit foreign students.

Villalobos said that of the 16,478 student visa holders, 3,302 are new enrollees while 12,949 were old students who re-enrolled and extended their visa.

He added that 25,890 aliens secured their SSP from the different BI field offices in the provinces, while 5,100 got their study permits in Manila.

Since March last year, the bureau has tightened the screening student visa and SSP applications amid reports of a proliferation of fake foreign students in the country.

Existing rules require schools to designate their liaison officer who shall exclusively represent or assist their foreign enrollees in applying for a visa or SSP with the BI.

Only schools accredited by the BI, Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and Federation of Accrediting Agencies are authorized to accept foreign students.

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  • akramgolteb

    Yun mga kumuha ng SSP mga anak ng Koreano yan na nagnenegosyo sa Pinas. Mas gusto nila magaral ang mga anak nila dito kasi automatically matututo ng Ingles. Mga taga immigration talaga pati mga bata gustong dugasan. Kaya ganyan ganyan na lang tayo parusahan ng tadhana dahil karamihan sa ating mga Pinoy walang hiya.

  • dani77777

    Whatever visa they have, many Korean students are here and they get to Korean owned schools. The income of course belong to the Korean owners. And they dont pay taxes. That is true all over the Philippines and especially so in Cebu City. How the Koreans manage to run the schools is a question CHED can answer. BIR is also in cahoots with the Koreans.

    This is a glaring violation of the constitutional mandate that Filipinos must 60% own such business and that of the anti-dummy law.

    Labanan ang corruption!!!

  • edwin db.

    We’re still missing a great opportunity to sell education to foreigners. This is a big business just like in the U.S. We have natural competitive advantage being a better English speaking country (compared to other Asian countries). I don’t see campaigns or plans from the government or private institutions to capitalize on this…

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