Understanding the Alien Employment Permit (AEP)

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issues the Alien Employment Permit to Foreign Nationals according to the employment agreement with a Philippine-based company.

This crucial document facilitates the legal employment of foreign nationals, ensuring that their entry and work in the country comply with local regulations.

Who Needs an AEP?

The AEP is mandatory for foreign nationals who wish to work in the Philippines for six months or longer.

To acquire an AEP, the foreign national must already have a local employer who will petition them to get the AEP.

Employers aiming to hire foreign nationals must secure all relevant permits and authorities before implementing AEP.


The employer, foreign national, an authorized representative, and/or accredited agents shall present the complete documentary requirements as below:

  1. Application form duly accomplished indication true and material information.
  2. Photocopy of Passport bio-page with a valid visa, and appropriate visa in case of renewal.
  3. Certified True Copy of valid Business/Mayor’s permit of the Philippine-based company or enterprise or Certified True Copy of the Registration of the Economic Zone Authorities where the company is located and operating unless otherwise provided in the charter.
  4. Certificate of the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) license, accreditation, or appointment issued by the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), and any other authorized freeport or economic zones established by a charter, in case of gaming companies.
  5. Certified True Copy of the Business Name Registration together with the Application form duly received by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); in case of a sole proprietorship.
  6. Original copy of duly notarized appointment or contract of employment signed over printed name by the foreign national and the employer, indicating the duties and responsibilities, salary, and other benefits of the employee.
  7. The expiring card in case of renewal.

Processing Period and Verification

Applications for a new AEP take about 7-30 working days after publication. 

In case of renewal, it takes 7-15 working days after the receipt of complete documentary requirements. 

The Department of Labor and Employment may conduct a verification to establish the company’s existence and legitimacy of the application based on the documents submitted, as deemed necessary.

Validity and Renewal of AEP

The AEP is valid for the position and the company for 1 year unless granted a longer period.

It shall remain valid until it expires for the same position, despite transferring the company to another location.

One can renew the AEP as early as 60 days before its expiration. 

The procedures of application for renewal of an AEP are specified, ensuring a smooth transition for foreign nationals continuing their employment in the Philippines.

Renewal Process:

In all cases of renewal, the employer or foreign national shall surrender the expiring AEP card to the concerned DOLE-RO for perforation to avoid tampering and illegal use.

Additionally, if the application is without a relevant visa, the DOLE will consider the renewal of an AEP as a new application after the expiration of the existing AEP.

Expired AEP/Without Valid AEP/Fraudulent AEP

Foreign nationals known to continue working with expired AEP or employers found to be exercising will face a penalty and also be restricted from filing an AEP application for five years.

Cancellation and Rejection/Denial for New or Renewal of AEP

A foreign national may request the cancellation of his/her existing AEP, provided his/her original employer issued a clearance or certification.

The DOLE-RO may issue an Order for Cancellation of an AEP for the termination of the latter’s employment before the validity period of the AEP.

Rejection or denial of a new or renewal AEP may occur based on various grounds such as misrepresentation of facts, submission of falsified documents, or meritorious objections from Filipino citizens competent and willing to do the job.

Revocation of AEP

Upon petition or complaint, The DOLE-RO may issue an Order revoking an AEP after due process and evaluation/assessment based on acts of deception for securing an AEP or the foreign national’s criminal offenses.

Fees for Alien Employment Permit

For fees and other payment-related information, refer to the official website of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) or you can get in touch with one of our representatives for additional information.

Additionally, check out our comprehensive visa application guide for a detailed overview of the application process.

Glossary of Terms

  1. AEP: Alien Employment Permit
  2. Filipino Workers: Filipino citizens working in the Philippines or the region
  3. Foreign National: Persons who are not citizens of the Philippines, whether residents or non-residents
  4. Regulate: Legalization/documentation of foreign workers
  5. Employment: Work or job
  6. Gainful Employment: The state or condition that creates an employer-employee relationship between the Philippine-based company and the foreign national
  7. Alien: Any foreign national
  8. Welfare: Well-being of a person
  9. Permit: Document issued to the foreign national
  10. Regional Office: Regional office of DOLE

Employers’ Report 

Under the Revised AEP Rules, employers are now required to submit a quarterly report or an updated list of foreign nationals employed within 30 days from the reference period.

For more detailed information on the AEP Online Filing Service, a free, online process for the submission of Alien Employment Permit applications, visit the official DOLE page.


Embarking on a professional journey in the Philippines requires a clear understanding of the legalities surrounding employment for foreign nationals.

The Alien Employment Permit (AEP) serves as the key to unlocking professional opportunities in this vibrant country.

Navigating the comprehensive guide above provides a roadmap for both employers and foreign nationals.

From understanding the necessity of the AEP to deciphering the intricate renewal process, each step plays a crucial role in ensuring a seamless employment experience.

As you venture into the realm of AEP applications, keep in mind that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) aims to streamline the process while ensuring the legitimacy of employment.

Employers must adhere to the regulations, securing all relevant permits and authorities before initiating the AEP.


While we’ve provided a comprehensive overview of the AEP process, it’s crucial to note that application fees and processing times can vary.

The gravity of the AEP application, the specific circumstances surrounding each case, and the evolving policies of DOLE contribute to this variability.

Therefore, we strongly advise readers to check the official websites of DOLE and BOI for the latest updates.

For personalized assistance and inquiries, consider reaching out to expert consultants at 1Dragon Visa Consultancy.

They can provide tailored guidance based on your unique situation, ensuring a smoother journey as you navigate the regulatory landscape of the Alien Employment Permit in the Philippines. Your professional success in this dynamic and diverse environment awaits!

FAQs about Alien Employment Permit (AEP) in the Philippines:

What is the Alien Employment Permit (AEP) and why is it necessary?

How does the AEP fit into the Philippines Pre-Arranged Employment Visa process?

What are the eligibility requirements for the Philippines Pre-Arranged Employment Visa?

What is the application process for a Philippines Pre-Arranged Employment Visa?

What documents are required for a Philippines Pre-Arranged Employment Visa?

What happens if an applicant is denied the Pre-Arranged Employment Visa?

What are the key documents required for the Pre-Arranged Employment Visa and AEP?

Is there a renewal process for the Alien Employment Permit (AEP), and when can it be initiated?

What are the consequences of working with an expired AEP or if an employer is found exercising with a fraudulent AEP?

Can a foreign national request the cancellation of an existing AEP?

What is the validity period of the Alien Employment Permit (AEP), and how is it affected by changes in employment or company location?

How can I find information about the visa fee for a Philippines Pre-Arranged Employment Visa?

What are the benefits of obtaining a Philippines Pre-Arranged Employment Visa?

     Answer: Alien Employment Permit (AEP) and Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) are distinct documents in the process of foreign nationals working in the Philippines.

  1. AEP (Alien Employment Permit):

2. ACR (Alien Certificate of Registration)

         Key Differences: