The Bureau of Immigration (BI) last month reminded all resident foreign nationals in the country that they have only until this March 1, 2009 to report in person to the bureau their presence in the country, or face deportation for being “improperly documented aliens”.
Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan said:
“The annual reporting of foreigners, which will start on January 2, is provided under Sec. 10 of the alien registration act of 1950 and applies to all aliens who are holders of immigrant or non-immigrant visas. Libanan said the act requires foreigners to report to the BI within the first 60 days of every calendar year.
“Any foreigner who fails to make the annual report can either be fined or subjected to deportation proceedings for violating the country’s alien registration laws,”
Foreigners can make their annual report at the BI main office in Intramuros, Manila or any of its satellite offices in Metro Manila.
Those living in the provinces may report to the nearest BI field office or sub-port office in their areas, he added.
BI Alien Registration Chief Danilo Almeda said:
“Foreigners making the annual report should bring with them their I-Cards as well as the official receipt of the annual report fee they paid the previous year.”
The I-Card replaced the paper-based alien certificate of registration (ACR) which foreigners used to present to the BI when making their annual report.
Almeda said an annual report fee of P300 and P10 legal research fee shall be paid by each foreigner to the cashier of the bureau.
As for aliens who are below 14 years of age or 65 years old and above, Almeda said:
“It shall be the duty of their parents or legal guardians or representatives to make the report on their behalf.”
He also advised foreigners to go directly to the cashier’s office and pay their fees so they would not to be “victimized by unscrupulous fixers”.
Almeda explained that foreigners who are holders of any visa, except temporary visitors, are required to make the annual report.
Source: BI News