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ENTRY OF FOREIGN MINOR CHILDREN TO THE PHILIPPINES

What is a WEG? :

Under Section 29(a) (12) of the Commonwealth Act No. 613 or the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, alien minors who are below fifteen (15) years of age who are unaccompanied by or not coming to a parent, are classified as excludable. In order for them to be admitted into the Philippines, they must secure what is known as a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) from the Bureau of Immigration. They may be allowed admission upon the approval of the WEG application by the Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

Who needs a WEG when traveling to the Philippines? :

The Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) is required for all alien minors below fifteen (15) years of age, traveling unaccompanied by , or not joining his/her parent/s in the Philippines, regardless if the minor needs an entry visa or not. Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) applications are processed and approved by Philippine immigration authorities at the port of entry, after submission of an affidavit of support and guarantee with consent to travel and other supporting documents. Either parent or the child’s legal guardian may execute the affidavit before a consular officer at the Philippines Consulate General, Osaka, Japan, therein stating that the child will be traveling to the Philippines either alone, or accompanied by a duly appointed travel companion, along with the child’s place of residence while in the Philippines.

How does one obtain a WEG? :

The following are the steps in obtaining a WEG:

Step 1 : Present the following documents at the notarial services window of the consular section of the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka:

  1. Two copies of the duly accomplished Affidavit of Support and Guarantee with Consent to Travel for WEG, to be signed in person by the child’s parent/legal guardian at the consulate. The Affidavit may be downloaded here.
  2. Valid passport of the minor (2 copies of the data page) Valid passport of the minor’s travel companion (2 copies of the data page)
  3. Valid passport of the parent/legal guardian who executed the affidavit (2 copies of the data page)
  4. Submit the minor’s koseki tohon and fill out the Family Registry Form for WEG in two (2) copies. The Family Register Form may be downloaded here.
  5. Payment of ¥3250 for the acknowledgment of the Affidavit of Support and Guarantee with Consent to Travel and ¥3250 for the notarization for the Family Registry Form for a total ¥6500.  Please note that these payments are separate from the WEG fee that will be paid at the port of entry (as explained in Step 2)

Note: If the parent cannot appear in person at the consulate to sign the Affidavit of Support and Guarantee and Consent to Travel, the parent/legal guardian can have it notarized before a Japanese notary public and then obtain a Gaimusho seal, similar to the procedures for authentication as described in the corresponding subsection on Consular Services appearing in this website. Thereafter, the child’s parents may either send the documents to the Philippine Consulate General (Attention: Notarial and Authentication Unit) and include a return envelope (with registered mail stamp, name, address and telephone contact number) or appoint a representative to transact with the Consulate and submit all the documents to the appropriate processing window. The representative will be required to present a valid identification card and letter of authorization signed by the parent(s). Payment for applications sent by mail can be sent via genkin kakitome accompanied by a payment details slip.

Step 2 : Upon arrival in the Philippines, the travel companion will file the application for the WEG Order before the Bureau of Immigration (BI) at the port of entry submitting the following documents/payment to the Bureau of Immigration:

  1. Duly-filled up WEG application form signed both by the parent and the travel companion.  A copy of the WEG application form may be downloaded here.
  2. The original copy of the Affidavit of Support and Guarantee and Consent to Travel and the Family Registry Form notarized by the Consulate.
  3. Photocopy of the return ticket of the minor child
  4. Photocopy of the passport of the travel companion
  5. Photocopy of the passport of the minor Payment of PHP 3,120 (Philippine pesos) for the processing and approval of the WEG

The WEG Order will be issued and approved by the Commissioner of Immigration after submission of all the complete requirements and the payment of the WEG fee at the port of entry.