Foreigners in PH reminded: Report to BI within first 2 months of 2018 or face sanctions

December 21, 2017 - 6:15 PM
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Philstar file photo of the facade of the Bureau of Immigration office in Manila

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reminded all registered foreigners in the country to report to the bureau within the first two months of every year as part of the Annual Report (AR) 2018.

“To implement the Annual Report (AR) 2018, all registered aliens shall, within the first 60 days of every calendar year, report in person to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) main office in Intramuros, Manila, or to the nearest participating BI offices,” said BI Commissioner Jaime Morente in a statement.

Foreign nationals who are in the country are required to report to BI offices near them from Jan. 1 to March 1 next year.

With this, the BI chief said that the parent or legal guardian of an alien who is less than 14 years of age shall have the duty of reporting for such alien.

“The reportee shall present the original ACR I-card and the confirmation number issued via AR 2018 online system (for aliens who failed to accomplish AR 2014 form or AR 2015 or AR 2016 or AR 2017 online form),” Morente added.

Failure to comply shall result in the imposition of an administrative fine and/or imprisonment, at the option of the Immigration chief, he said.

An alien who returns to the Philippines with a re-entry permit shall, if he/she has not yet made the required annual report, make such report within 30 days from the date of his/her return to this country. In this case, no fine shall be imposed.

In addition, personal appearance shall be required for all native-born Indonesians with paper-based Alien Certificate of Registration distinguished as “illegal entrants” under Memorandum Order No.AFFJR-05-003 in Southern Mindanao for the updating of registration records (100 Section XIII k).

The AR application forms and guidelines in the conduct of AR 2018, list of participating BI offices, AR 2018 online encoding system and all other information regarding AR 2018 shall be found in the BI website.

All foreigners are encouraged to report and remit payments at the AR 2018 BI designated offices