Foreigners reminded on annual immigration report

MANILA, Philippines – All resident foreign nationals in the country need to personally go to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for their annual report starting January 3, authorities said.

Failure to do so could result in foreigners being either fined or deported, according to the bureau

BI officer-in-charge Ronaldo Ledesma said the annual reporting is provided under the Alien Registration Act of 1950 that requires all foreigners to report to the BI within the first 60 days of every calendar year.

Danilo Almeda, BI alien registration division chief, said that under Section 10 of Republic Act 1950, all foreigners holding immigrant or non-immigrant visas must make the annual report either at the bureau’s main office in Intramuros, Manila or any of its offices across the country.

He advised foreigners to go directly to the cashier’s office to pay their fees to avoid falling prey to fixers. The annual report fee is P300 plus a P10 legal research fee.

Foreigners making the annual report should bring their ACR I-Cards, certificate of residence, and official receipts of the annual report fee paid during the previous year.

Foreigners holding old paper-based ACRs and whose visas are not exempt from paying immigration fees shall not be allowed to make the annual report until they apply for an ACR I-Card, Almeda said.