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PRESS RELEASE

Authenticated by: DANA KRIZIA MENGOTE SANDOVAL Date: 02 Jan 2019 (Wed)
Spokesperson, Bureau of Immigration
Acting Deputy Chief for Administration, IRD

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Foreigners Reminded to Report To BI

MANILA, Philippines—the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reminded all foreign


nationals registered with the agency to report in person to the nearest immigration
office starting January until March 1 this year.

According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, the annual report of aliens is


required under the 1950 Alien Registration Act, and non-compliance may result in fines
or cancellation of the registration.

Morente explained that under said act, all BI-registered aliens are required
to report to the BI main office in Intramuros, Manila or the nearest participating BI
field, satellite or extension office from their place within the first 60 days of every
calendar year.

BI-registered aliens are resident foreign nationals who have been issued
immigrant or non-immigrant visas and are holders of the alien certificate of registration
identity card (ACR I-Card).

Morente added that in the annual report, each alien must present his original
ACR I-Card and his valid passport and pay a P300 annual report fee and P10 legal
research fee.

“Foreigners who are out of the country during the annual reporting period may
make the report within 30 days from the date of their return to the country, provided
they have valid re-entry permits,” the BI chief added.

Aliens below 14 years old are exempted from personal appearance and it shall be
the duty of their parent or guardian to make the report on their behalf. Senior citizens
aged 65 years old and above are likewise exempted, but are nevertheless required to pay
the fees and fill out the form.

Atty. Jose Carlitos Licas, BI Alien Registration Divison (ARD) Chief appealed to
all registered foreigners to avoid rush in filing the annual report. “It has always been an
issue that people file on the last few days of the annual report period, making the
process burdensome for everyone,” said Licas. “We are urging foreigners to avoid
deadline rush by making their report earlier,” he added.

“Two months is a long time,” said Morente. “There is no reason for foreigners to
miss the annual report. Those who will fail to comply will be sanctioned,” he warned. #