Zubiri Bats for Creation of Commission of Immigration to Reinforce Immigration Policies

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Zubiri Bats for Creation of Commission of Immigration to Reinforce Immigration Policies


By Vanne Terrazola

A bill that would create a Commission of Immigration and require foreigners to get visas before entering the country has been filed in Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri filed the proposed Philippine Immigration Act which seeks to strengthen the country's immigration policies by establishing a Commission on Immigration.

In his Senate Bill No. 107, Zubiri said the proposed Commission, which will operate under the Office of the President, shall be responsible for the administration and enforcement of all laws, rules, regulations concerning the entry, stay and departure from the Philippines of all persons.

Among its proposed functions is to act on application or revocation of immigration visas.

Zubiri said the agency will, in effect, require visas from foreigners wishing to enter Philippine territory.

It will also set a cap on the number of immigrant foreigners that will be allowed to enter the Philippines.

The immigration commission shall also have regional offices to make services accessible in all parts of the country.

The agency shall have "boards of special inquiry" to also handle matters on the application for Philippine citizenship, legalization of residence, issuance of visa for stateless persons, aside from entry and deportation of foreigners. …

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