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PHL Immigration reminds foreigners to show up (Manila)

All foreigners in the Philippines are reminded to report in person to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for their annual report starting January 3, or face sanctions for being improperly documented aliens.

Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. on Sunday said the annual report is provided under the Alien Registration Act of Protected content , which directs foreigners to report to the bureau within the first 60 days of every calendar year.

Those who fail to make the annual report will be meted administrative fines or face deportation proceedings.

David urged foreigners to avoid the deadline rush by making their annual report earlier.

BI Alien Registration Division chief Ronaldo Ledesma said that under Sec. 10 of the said law, aliens who are holders of immigrant or non-immigrant visas must make the annual report.

“They can report either to the BI main office in Intramuros, Manila, or any of its field office or satellite offices nationwide,” Ledesma said.

Ledesma also advised foreigners to go directly to the bureau’s cashier office, pay their fees of P300 annual report fee and P10 legal research fee, and demand an official receipt so they would not to be victimized by fixers.

He said that under the rules, foreigners making the annual report should bring with them their ACR (alien certificate of Registration) identity card (I-Card) and certificate of residence.

A foreigner who holds the old paper-based ACR and whose visa is not exempt from paying immigration fees shall not be allowed to make his annual report until he applies for an ACR I-Card.

The BI added that for aliens who are below 14 years of age or 65 years old and above, it shall be the duty of their parents or legal guardians, or representatives, respectively, to make the report on their behalf. — B.L. Vergara /LBG, GMA News