Foreigners reminded of Mar. 1 deadline to file annual report

MANILA � The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Monday reminded foreigners registered with them that they have only four days left to accomplish and file their annual reports.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente noted that foreigners can report to any of the BI's designated field, satellite and extension offices nationwide, the list of which can be accessed via the bureau's website.

He reiterated that the annual reporting period is non-extendible and warned that non-compliant aliens may be fined or prosecuted for violating the 1951 Alien Registration Act which obliges all BI-registered aliens, who are holders of immigrant and non-immigrant visas, to make the annual report within the first 60 days of a calendar year.

The annual reporting period started in January and will run until March 1.

Lawyer Jose Carlitos Licas, BI Alien Registration Division chief, said a foreigner shall bring and present his alien certificate of registration identity card (ACR I-Card) and pay a PHP300 annual report fee and PHP10 legal research fee to the government.

For those who are currently abroad, they shall make the report within 30 days from the date of their return to the country, provided they have valid re-entry permits, he said in a statement.

In the case of alien minors aged 14 years and below, it shall be the duty of their parents or guardians to make the report on their behalf.

Application forms, guidelines and information on the conduct of the 2019 annual report can be downloaded from the BI website.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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