Balita Pinoy reports that foreigners in the Philippines must secure electronic identification card (I-Cards) from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to avoid being declared as illegal aliens, an immigration official said.
The BI have issued a reminder that the I-Card is mandatory under the Philippine Immigration Act of 1920, as amended, that all aliens who are staying in the country for more than two months must have an I-Card.
Foreigners staying in the country for more than two months without an I-Card will be declared illegal aliens and will be deported under immigration laws.
Once deported, it will be difficult for them to return to the Philippines because they will be blacklisted.
The BI said there are two kinds of I-Card. One is for tourists or temporary visitors and the other is for foreigners who are permanent residents because of marriage to Filipinos, people with businesses here or they are working here.
With an I-Card, all aliens in the country can easily be monitored for security purposes.
The I-Card is valid for one year. If a foreigner leaves the country and returns after less than a year, he will not be required to apply for another card.
The I-Card for temporary visitors can be used if they will apply for driver’s license with the Land ‘Transportation Office or open a bank account.
The I-Card for temporary visitors was implemented in Manila starting last January and rolled out now throughout the rest of the country.
If the I-Card is requested in Manila, it can be released on the day of the application. Outside Manila, it will take 48 hours.
If a foreigner’s stay has expired and he wants to extend it, he will apply for extension and pay US50 plus P500. There’s no need to submit pictures and personal data because BI local offices have passport reading machines that will forward these data to Manila.
Once approved the extension application, the BI-Manila will automatically issue the I-Card and send it to the local BI offices through any accredited mail firm. Source: http://www.balitapinoy.net
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