Number of foreign students up 14% to 47,000–BI


Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. attributed the increase of number of foreign students to the proficiency of Filipino teachers in English and its use as a medium of instruction in the country’s schools. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The number of foreign students studying in the country last year increased by 14 percent or more than 47,000, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said yesterday.

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said the BI student desk approved in 2012 a total of 47,478 applications for student visa and special study permit (SSP), which is 14 percent higher than the 41,443 aliens who applied in 2011.

“Our country is fast emerging as a new educational hub in the Asia-Pacific region. More and more foreigners are coming here to study and it demonstrates recognition of the improved quality of our educational system,” David said in a statement.

He attributed the increase to the proficiency of Filipino teachers in English and its use as a medium of instruction in the country’s schools.

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 visas.

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 a foreigner aged 18 years and above, who will take up a course higher than high school at a university, seminary, college or school that was authorized by the BI to admit foreign students.

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

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  • hale

    Where is the breakdown of countries where these foreign students are from?

    • Crusade_r

      poor, sloppy, and mediocre reporting.

  • dennis

    DepEd must ask every schools (public or private) kung naka-enroll nga ang mga foreign students at pumapasok sa school.Alam ko na yang style na yan! Kunwari eh magpapa-enroll,(evening class) tapos may mga ginagawa na palang kalokohan sa bansa! Some of them are using schools just to extend their visas (student´s visa).Ang mahuhuling school na kasabwat sa ganitong kalokohan eh dapat managot sa batas! Baka mamaya eh nagta-trabaho na pala ng illegal sa bansa natin gaya ng mga nahuling Intsik (300+ people) na may mga iba´t ibang operation sa bansa natin like fake call centers,drug syndicate etc.

  • floydelyn

    tama po si dennis, dapat i-monitor bawat isa sa mga iyan lalo na ang mga Intsik and have them pay extra for this; mas maganda, higpitan kapag Intsik. dapat tapusin sa loob ng 4 years ang 4-year course. walang transfer to other schools. monthly reports to BI; uwi sa china kapag semestral breaks, etc.

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