Visa Processing Time and Release Period

Processing Time

Please be advised that starting 16 March 2017 visa applications and releasing shall follow the following schedule:

Visa Receiving (Monday to Friday)
  • Individual Visa — 9:00am to 11:30am, 1:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Group Visa — 9:00am to 11:30am

* Please note that submission of documents should be accomplished before 11: 30 am and 4:30 pm respectively.
** Visa applications are considered to be ready for processing only when the completed visa application documentation have been submitted and paid for at the Consular Section

Expedite Processing

The applicant may request for expedite processing for all Visa Applications. The request must be made with the Consular Section or upon payment of the visa processing fee at the Cashier and payment of the expedite fee has been made.

In cases of Student Visas and Special Non-Immigrant Visas, these may be expedited provided that the authority from the Department of Foreign Affairs has been received by MECO.

Release Period

Visa Releasing (Monday to Friday)

Individual and Group Visa applications shall be ready for release the NEXT working days as follows:

  • Individual and Group Visa — 10:00am to 12:00nn, 1:30pm to 5:00pm
Release of Expedite Processing

The release of visas under expedite processing will be three (3) working hours after the application has been made.

All applicants should be aware that the times given above are the general rule but processing times for any particular case may vary according to individual circumstances and any other special requirements.

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