Philippines Student Visa Requirements in Nigeria 2024

If you are seeking an Asian country that offers quality education without a language barrier, the Philippines is the best country of choice.

With promising career opportunities, a beautiful landscape, affordable education, rich culture, and many more, the Philippines is a perfect destination for your education.

If you are thinking of studying in the Philippines, then it’s a good thing you are here.

This article will unveil all you need to know about the Philippines’ student visa requirements and other relevant information.

Let me know in the comment if you have any questions or need further clarification.

Philippines Student Visa

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Nigerians seeking to travel to the Philippines for their education must obtain a Philippines (9f) student visa.

This student visa allows you to reside legally and study in the Philippines.

However, you must be eighteen (18) years and above to be able to get this visa.

Although the Philippines student visa may not cover your entire study program, especially if you will be studying in the country for more than fifty-nine (59) days, it may be extended to cover the whole duration of your program.

Also, suppose you want to kickstart your academic journey in the country as an international student.

In that case, you may need to get a Special Study Permit (SSP) depending on your circumstances which will be discussed later in this post.

Requirements for Philippines Student Visa

Nigerians who wish to obtain a Philippines student visa must meet the following requirements:

  • International Passport
  • Passport Photographs
  • Philippines Visa Application Form
  • Admission Letter
  • Birth Certificate
  • Academic Certificates

International Passport

If you have any, you must submit a valid international passport and a copy of your previous passports.

This passport should also be valid for at least six months after the date you arrive in the Philippines and must have at least two blank pages to place the visa stamps.

You may be required to submit photocopies of the data page of your passport and previous visas.

Passport Photographs

You are required to present six (6) passport photographs that comply with the Philippines’ photo requirements.

Hence, the photos must not be older than six months, measure 2 x 2, and be colored.

It must be taken on a white background, and your face must be centred with a neutral expression.

You are allowed to wear headgear but only for religious purposes.

Noteworthy, if your passport photos do not meet these requirements, your visa process may be delayed or ultimately rejected.

Philippines Visa Application Form

Following the instructions, you must print and fill out the Filipino student visa application form.

Also, attach your passport photographs to the form, date it, and sign it. You may also make photocopies of this form as it may be needed during your application process.

Beware of writing false information, as you would be caught, and your application may be denied.

Admission Letter

You are to submit proof that you have been accepted into a Filipino university accredited by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) – Philippines to accept and enrol international students.

Your admission letter must also state your program details, tuition fees and other relevant information.

Birth Certificate

It is expedient to note that applicants for this student visa must be eighteen (18) years old.

Hence, you must provide the original and photocopy of your birth certificate, which the Philippine Embassy in Nigeria would verify.

However, if you are below the age of 18, then you can still study in the Philippines by getting the Special Study Permit (SSP).

The SSP is not a visa but a permit allowing students below 18 years of age or seeking a non-degree to study in the Philippines.

Academic Certificates

You must prove that you are academically qualified to pursue your program at a Filipino university.

Hence, you must present your transcripts and academic certificates such as WAEC, NECO results etc.

Medical Reports

You must prove that you are healthy and medically fit to study.

You can also prove this by presenting the original and photocopy of your medical examination form duly filled by a physician alongside test results, including x-ray, urine, etc.

Police Clearance Certificate

You are to present an original photocopy of a police clearance certificate to the Embassy.

The Embassy must also verify it.

Proof of Financial Ability

You must prove that you can support yourself financially throughout your stay in the Philippines.

You can prove this by presenting your bank statements or that of your sponsor, if applicable.

If you are on a scholarship, you must also provide proof of such scholarship to the Embassy.

Personal History Statement

You are required to fill out the personal history statement form and make 6 original copies.

After filling it out, attach a passport, sign it and affix your thumbprints on the form.

Proof of Good Character

You also need to submit a testimonial or a certificate of good character to show that you have a good moral standing.

Please note if you are staying in the Philippines for more than 59 days, you must apply for an ACR I-CARD (referred to as iCard).

The Immigration Department of the Philippines requires it, and you can start the process in the country.

The card is for foreigners who have resided in the Philippines for a long time, and it works as an identity card.

Philippines Student Visa Application Guide

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A description of how to apply for a Philippines student visa

  1. Gain Admission

    Before applying for a student visa, you must be accepted into a higher institution approved for study for international students by the Philippines Commissioner of Immigration.

    You must also get in touch with your preferred institution to be aware of the institution’s specific requirements and course of study.

    Also, your institution would send your application package to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for approval.

    Once this has been approved, it will then be confirmed by CHED to the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) and further sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

    Afterwards, the Philippine Embassy will receive a notification from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to issue the student visa.

  2. Get your Documents Ready

    After you have been admitted to an approved university, prepare all the documents and other documents required by your school.

    Ensure you fill out your application and other required forms correctly, preferably in block letters.

    Do well to cross-check the documents to ensure that none of these documents is missing.

    You can also make photocopies of the original documents as some may be needed.

  3. Visit the Embassy

    Visit the Philippine Embassy in Nigeria to proceed with your application.

    Note that you cannot send someone to run your application for you as you must physically appear at the Embassy.

    Go along with all your documents and submit them to the Embassy.

    Your biometrics would also be taken at the Embassy.

    The Philippine Embassy in Nigeria is located at No. 543-B, A Close 14 Road, 2nd Avenue, Gwarimpa, FCT Abuja. You may also contact the Embassy via email for further enquiries at [email protected].

    The Embassy is usually open from 8 AM – 5 PM, so ensure you arrive within these hours.

  4. Pay the Required Fees

    You can pay the required fees at the Philippine Embassy.

    Bear in mind that the visa fee is non-refundable irrespective of the outcome of your application.

    You may also be requested to submit the receipt along with other documents.

  5. Collect your Passport

    After making a decision on your application, you’d be notified of when to collect your passport.

    You can collect your passport and other documents at the Embassy once they are ready for collection.

  6. Philippines Student Visa Fees

    The Philippines student visa fee costs about $39.

    However, this price may vary, so it is better to contact the Embassy for the current fee and any other additional fees that may apply.

Philippines Student Visa Extension

You can extend your Philippines student visa if your study program is longer than your initial visa allowed you to stay.

To extend your visa,  you must visit the office of the Immigration Bureau in the Philippines and apply for a visa extension at least 7 days before your current visa expires.

Note that the visa extension is not free, and you may need to provide some documents to process the extension.

Philippines Student Visa Processing Time

There is no specific time for the Philippines student visa processing.

However, depending on various factors, you may receive a response within one to two months.

Working with a Philippines Student Visa

It is illegal for an international student to work with a Philippines student visa.

At best, you can apply for remote jobs online or do internships related to your course of study.

Only Filipinos are allowed to work while they study in the country. It is why it is essential to have enough money to cover the duration of your study program in the country.

Philippines Student Visa Rejection

If your Philippines student visa has been rejected, it may be because of any of the following reasons:

  • Incorrect information
  • False documents
  • Invalid passport
  • Insufficient funds
  • Missing documents


If you are a beach lover seeking to study abroad, then the Philippines is a great study destination for you.

However, before you can travel to the Philippines to study, you must get a student visa. You don’t need to go through an agent and get scammed.

In this article, I have shown you all you need to know about the Philippines student visa and following our guidelines will give you a hitch-free experience.

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6 thoughts on “Philippines Student Visa Requirements in Nigeria 2024”

  1. Hello sir,

    What about the master program, how much is required as proof of funds, and how long should the money be in the account?
    Also, I heard going to the embassy is now by appointment, how true is this information?

    • Sure, here is information about the proof of funds requirements for master’s programs in the Philippines, the length of time the money should be in the account, and whether going to the embassy is now by appointment:

      Proof of Funds Requirements

      The amount of proof of funds required for a master’s program in the Philippines will vary depending on the institution and the program. However, as a general rule of thumb, you should be able to show that you have enough money to cover your tuition fees, living expenses, and return transportation for the entire duration of your program.

      A good estimate of the total cost of living in the Philippines is PHP 15,000 to PHP 20,000 per month. This includes accommodation, food, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses.

      Therefore, you should be able to show that you have at least PHP 180,000 to PHP 240,000 in your bank account. This amount should be available for at least six months before you apply for your visa.

      Length of Time Money Should Be in Account

      The money you show as proof of funds should be available in your bank account for at least six months before you apply for your visa. This is to show the immigration officer that you have stable financial resources and will be able to support yourself during your stay in the Philippines.

      Going to the Embassy by Appointment

      Yes, it is now mandatory to book an appointment before going to the Philippine Embassy for visa processing. This is to ensure a smooth and efficient visa application process. You can book an appointment online through the Philippine Embassy’s website.

      Here are the steps on how to book an appointment:

      1. Go to the Philippine Embassy website:
      2. Click on the “Schedule an Appointment” button.
      3. Select the type of visa you are applying for.
      4. Select the embassy or consulate where you will be applying.
      5. Enter your personal information.
      6. Select a date and time for your appointment.
      7. Click on the “Confirm” button to book your appointment.

      Once you have booked your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email with your appointment details. Please print this email and bring it with you to your appointment.

      I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      • Nice Article Sir. Please what is the range of Proof of funds required for BSc? Which documents are required to be authenticated and do you know their cost at the Ministry?

        • The range of Proof of Funds (POF) required for a BSc in the Philippines from Nigeria is approximately PHP 500,000 to PHP 1,000,000 (approximately USD 9,800 to USD 19,600). This amount is expected to cover your tuition fees, living expenses, and other miscellaneous costs for the duration of your studies.

          Here are some of the documents that you may need to authenticate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nigeria:

          School diploma
          Transcript of records
          Certificate of acceptance from the Philippine university
          Birth certificate
          Police clearance
          Medical certificate

          The cost of authenticating each document varies depending on the type of document and the country of origin. However, it is generally around PHP 100 to PHP 200 per document.

          Here are the steps on how to authenticate documents at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nigeria:

          1. Visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and download the Authentication of Documents Form.

          2. Fill out the form and submit it to the Authentication Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

          3. Pay the authentication fee for each document.

          4. Submit the original documents for authentication.

          5. Collect the authenticated documents from the Authentication Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

          Once you have authenticated your documents, you can then submit them to the Philippine embassy or consulate in Nigeria to apply for a student visa.


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