View Vacancy - MNL - Entry Clearance Officer, B3 (L)

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Other British Government Departments (Partners across Government, including UK Visas)
UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration)

The main purpose is to assess and decide applications for entry clearance (visas) to the United Kingdom.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • To take a considered and pragmatic decision on visa applications, abiding by the United Kingdom Immigration Rules, current legislation and guidance.
  • To undertake a paper-based and occasional interview assessment of applications and identify those who qualify or visas and issue without delay, with strict adherence to procedures.
  • To prepare clear and correct reasons for entry clearance refusal. You may also be asked to promptly draft refusal notices for those who are refused entry clearance.
  • To ensure that correspondence is quickly, professionally and accurately dealt with. To deal with enquiries from the public on a range of entry clearance matters if required.

The role is being offered on permanent local staff terms and conditions, the role is time limited and expected to end by March 2021

  • Holds one of the following passports: UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand
  • Ability to work to meet demanding targets on a daily basis with limited supervision.
  • A typing speed of at least 40 wpm
  • Fluent in spoken and written English

  • Previous experience in Immigration work relating to the United Kingdom or other countries with similar systems is desirable
  • Good IT skills, knowledge of MS Office applications
Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
13 January 2019
B3 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
Asia Pacific
British Embassy
102, 857. 14
11 March 2019

The British Embassy offers a competitive compensation package, 36-hour work week, guaranteed 13th and 14th month pay, 20 days paid annual leave (calculated on a pro-rata basis if the service period is less than one full year), extensive medical insurance, life insurance and access to a guaranteed 5 days of learning opportunities a year.

Due to Operational and Security requirements, candidates must be a citizen of the following countries - UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand.

Your final contract will depend upon passing the B3 ECO mandatory training course which consists of a two weeks assessed training course either in the UK or in the Asia Pacific region (Beijing or Manila). This is an assessed pass/fail course and your final contract will depend upon passing this course. 

Some weekend working may be required and it may be necessary to attend courses/workshops either within the Asia Pacific region or in the UK.

Decision making in the Manila visa section will cease by March 2021 and there will no longer be a requirement for Entry Clearance Officers at this point.

No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. You must have work authorisation in the Philippines in order to apply.

Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment checks. Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy Manila are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to the local Philippine employment law.

Candidates are expected to have a valid NBI Clearance and passport.


All applications must be received before 13 January 2019 at 23:55 Manila time.

Incomplete application forms will not be taken into consideration, so please ensure you provide the information requested. We regret to advise that we will only be contacting short-listed candidates. Applicants called for an interview will be assessed on the core competencies listed above.

The successful candidate should be able to start as soon as possible.

Please be aware that you will only be able to apply to vacancies for Local Staff roles with the British Government through this official site (operated by Oleeo). Jobs may be advertised on third party websites, however our adverts will always link back to the official site. If you complete and send an application through any other site, we will not receive it.

This opportunity is closed to applications.