International Affairs and Program Development Center
The International Affairs and Program Development Center then International Relations Office was established articulate the CHED memorandum enjoining higher education institutions to globalize/internationalize their systems and operations. The center aims to internationalize the campus through linkages and foreign student enrolment.

Who are considered foreign students?

Foreign students are those belonging or owning allegiance to a country other than the Philippines and studying in any educational institution recognized or owned by the government of the Philippines.

Classification of  Visa

a.    Student Visa
b.    Special Study Permit
c.    Permanent Resident Visa

Admission of Foreign students to Northwestern University

The foreign students shall communicate directly with NWU and comply with the schools institutional requirements, which shall include the submission of the following documents:

a.    Five (5) copies of the Students Personal History Statement (PHS) duly signed by him, both in English and in his national Alphabet accompanied by his personal seal, if any, and containing, among others, his left and right thumbprints and a 2x2 inch photograph on plain white background taken not more than six months prior to submission.
b.    A notarized affidavit of support including bank statements or notarized notice of grant for institutional as scholars dues and other incidental expenses.
c.    Scholastic records duly authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service post located in the student applicants country of origin or legal residence.
d.    Photocopy of data page of the student’s passport showing date and place of birth certificate or its equivalent duly authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post.

NWU satisfied with the students compliance with its requirements shall issue a Notice of Acceptance (NOA) to the student and submit a duplicate copy thereof to the DFA, together with a certified true copy of the CHEDs CEA, when necessary, and the above-cited document-requirements. These documents shall be hand carried to the DFA by the school’s designated Liaison Officer under a cover letter on the schools official stationary signed by the school registrar and stamped with the school’s dry seal requesting that a student visa be issued to the person named therein.

The DFA shall endorsed the documents to the Philippine Service Post located in the students country of origin or legal residence for the issuance of the student visa after ascertaining the student’s identity and admissibility under existing of DFA regulations.

Issuance of Visa

Foreign students whose application for student visa are approved, are required to secure their visa form the Philippine Foreign Service Post in their country of origin or legal residence, regardless of where they are at the time of application.

The Philippine Foreign Service Post shall notify in writing the student of the receipt of the documents transmitted to the post of the DFA, the following requirements shall be submitted by the student to the Consular Office:

a.    Original copy of the school’s NOA containing a clear impression of the schools dry seal.
b.    Police clearance issued by the national police authorities in the student’s country of origin or legal residence, authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post having consular jurisdiction over the place, and
c.    Medical health certificate issued by an authorized physician including but not limited to standard –size chest x-ray, HIV, Hepatitis B clearance. the consular office shall not assume the task of determining the student’s scholastic fitness for the program applied for and issue the student visa as soon as all the requirements are accomplished.

A notice of visa issuance shall be furnished by the DFA to the school, the CHED, BI and NBI and the NICA as soon as it receives a report to this effect from the issuing post.

Arrival and stay in the Philippines

Upon arrival in the Philippines, a foreign student, as part of the requirements for processing his entry, shall report immediately to the BI Student Desk for registration and to the accepting school and shall enroll in the school which issues his NOA. The school shall reassess the student’s competency level and establish his scholastic comparative equivalence, when necessary.

The school, through its foreign student unit, shall assist the student n obtaining the necessary Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) and Certificate of Residence for Temporary Student (CTRS) from the BI. The student’s authorized period of stay shall be consistent with the length of the course study to which he has been accepted by a Philippine School. The initial period is one year, and is renewed by the BI Student Desk every semester and for a cause, maybe approved for one year.

A foreign student who wishes to pursue another degree program higher than the original course completed shall submit all appropriate clearance/endorsements to include Personal History Statement form duly accomplished, notarized affidavit of support, official transcript of record. NBI clearance and NOA from his admitting school and other concern agencies to the BI for approval and subsequent processing of student visa extensions.

Shifting of course or change of school shall require prior CHED/DECS clearances.

Authorization for conversion from tourists visa category tot hat of a student visa or issuance of Special Study Permit is hereby restored.

NWU provides assistance to foreign students who are already in the country under any valid visa arrangement and who apply/petition for the conversion of their status to 9f student visa or for the issuance of a Special Study Permit provided all relevant prerequisites are complied or interests are adequately and appropriately undertaken by all concerned agencies.

Special Study Permit

A special study permit shall be secured by a foreign student who is 18 years old and above for a non-degree course of less than one (1) year.

Requirements
a.    letter request
b.    certificate of acceptance from the school
c.    photocopy of passport reflecting applicants valid stay
d.    affidavit of support and proof thereof
e.    birth certificate

Contacts us for additional information:
Mailing address    :    Don Mariano Marcos avenue,
                                Laoag City, 2900 Philippines

Telephone nos.        :    (+63) (077) 670-8007 to 670-8610
                                   670-6864

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