DOLE Advisory No. 20-04

The Department of Labor and Employment (“DOLE”) has suspended the processing of Alien Employment Permits (“AEP”) until further notice.
Under Advisory No. 20-04 dated 23 March 2020, the DOLE will not impose penalties or administrative fines on all soon to expire AEPs or AEPs that expired during the suspension period, and the filing of said AEP applications will be treated as renewals. Further, all new AEP applications of foreign nationals whose employment contracts are effective during the suspension period or the fifteen (15) days grace period already lapsed will not be imposed with a penalty.