Pacific InterContinental College operates mostly online. If a foreign student visits an offline program (ie. workshop seminar, dissertation presentation and others) then they will be able to secure a student visa. The guidelines below are applicable only for those students who need a Student Visa.
1. File an application for admission with the school of choice.
If the student's application is accepted by the school, it refers the application to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for approval. If meritorious, the Office of Student Services (OSS-CHED) approves the admission of a foreign student and endorses its approval to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Based on the endorsement of OSS-CHED, the DFA authorizes the Philippine Embassy or Consulate nearest the applicant's place of residence and having jurisdiction over the place.
2. The Student-applicant is then required to appear personally at the Philippine Consulate and submit the following:
A valid passport
Two completed application forms
Four (4) identical passport-size pictures of applicant;
Medical and physical examination report by an authorized physician. It must also include the chest x-ray film, laboratory reports and a certificate that the applicant is free from AIDS. The medical examination report is acceptable only if submitted to the quarantine officer at the port of entry in the Philippines, together with the visa application, within six (6) months from the date the examination is conducted;
Police Clearance, issued by the police authorities of the place where the applicant resides. (Police Certificate based on fingerprint check); and
Visa Application Fee
3. Student visas are secured from the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in their country of origin or residence, irrespective of where they are at the time of approval of their application or where they initiated their application.
4. Submission of application for student visa for the 1st semester of each school year starts from January to March and 2nd semester from June to August.
5. Processing of student visa applications takes approximately two (2) months (during peak season) from the date of receipt. If not peak season, one or two days only.
6. Upon arrival in the Philippines, the foreign student must secure his Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) and Certificate of Residence for Temporary Students (CRTS) at the Bureau of Immigration, Intramuros, Manila.
CONVERSION FROM TOURIST VISA TO STUDENT VISA
Conversion from tourist visa to student visa or extension of student visa is also possible upon the guideline of issuing visa in Philippines.