Updated January 2024
For Filipinos residing overseas, orchestrating a visit from family or relatives entails more than merely obtaining a visa and arranging travel. The compulsory Affidavit of Support and Guarantee (AoSG) has emerged as a pivotal element in this process, mandated by the Philippine immigration authorities.
Continue reading as Wego explores the necessity of the Affidavit of Support and Guarantee.
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What is the Affidavit of Support and Guarantee?
The Affidavit of Support and Guarantee (AoSG) serves as a vital commitment made by Filipino sponsors living abroad. It is particularly significant in the context of international travel regulations enforced by the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration (BI).
The BI conducts rigorous checks on all outbound passengers to combat human trafficking and illegal recruitment. This aligns with its mandate under the Anti-Human Trafficking Law of 2003 (R.A. 9208) and the Amended Migrant Workers’ Act of 2004 (R.A. 10022).
The decision to allow a Filipino tourist to depart from the Philippines rests with the port officials of the Bureau of Immigration, not the Embassy. The Embassy’s sole role is to authenticate the AoSG upon submission of the necessary documents.
This dual-check system ensures compliance with anti-trafficking laws, underscoring the importance of the AoSG. It represents a comprehensive commitment from the sponsor to support and responsibly host their visiting family members.
Affidavit of Support and Guarantee requirements
Obtaining an Affidavit of Support and Guarantee (AoSG) involves fulfilling specific requirements to ensure the document’s validity and effectiveness. To obtain the Affidavit of Support and Guarantee (AoSG), ensure you have the following:
- filled out Affidavit of Support and Guarantee form
- valid passport/ID of the sponsor
- valid passport/ID of the individual being invited/sponsored
- proof of relationship of sponsor with the individual being invited/sponsored
- proof of financial capacity of the sponsor (e.g., payslip, bank statements/certificate, etc.) – In the UAE, expats who are single need to show proof of a monthly income of at least AED 10,000
- Declaration of Commitment
- letter of invitation, if available
In addition to the requirements mentioned above, the embassy or consulate retains the right to request supplementary documents as deemed necessary.
Affidavit of Support and Guarantee process
The procedure for obtaining the Affidavit of Support and Guarantee (AoSG) can differ depending on the country. It typically involves several key steps, including scheduling an appointment, uploading necessary documents online, or submitting them via postal services.
For a thorough understanding of the specific procedures, it’s recommended to reach out to your respective Philippine embassy or consulate. This will provide you with precise and current information on the AoSG application process, tailored to the regulations of your particular location.
Affidavit of Support and Guarantee appointment
Securing an appointment is a prerequisite to proceed with the Affidavit of Support and Guarantee (AoSG) process. The steps for booking an appointment are generally straightforward. Details below:
- access the Affidavit of Support and Guarantee Online Application System through the designated website of your country’s embassy (e.g. for the PH consulate in Dubai, head over to the Online Pre-Assessment System)
- complete the registration process on the online platform, providing the required information
- upload the necessary documents as per the system’s guidelines
Upon acceptance of your application, you will receive an email with the confirmed appointment schedule. This confirmation is granted only after a meticulous review of your documents. It’s important to note that scheduling AoSG appointments is free of charge. If you come across individuals offering appointment slots for sale, it’s crucial to report such activities to prevent unauthorized actions, with legal repercussions awaiting those involved.