BI: Aliens with visas awaiting ACR I-Card may depart

FOREIGN nationals with approved and implemented visas but awaiting release of their Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-Card) will be allowed to depart the country temporarily.

This was announced by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in light of the Enhanced Community Quarantine and Stringent Social Distancing Measures directive from Malacanang.

BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said regular procedures require departing aliens with approved visas but pending ACR I-Card to secure a Waiver at the BI's main office.

Thus, Sandoval said the BI in the meantime, will no longer be requiring ACR I-Card Waiver Orders for departing foreign nationals, adding that the rapid spike in COVID-19 cases promptedthe BI to come up with additional measures to lessen person to person contact.

‘In lieu of the ACR I-Card Waiver Order, the requirements to be presented in the airport are as follows: Passport with valid visa, as indicated in the implementation stamp, official receipts of the ACR I-Card Waiver Application Fee and Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC) with Returning Permit (RP) or Special Resident Certificate (SRC), whichever is applicable,’ Sandoval explained.

Departing foreign nationals are advised to keep said requirements as the same will be needed when they enter the country again under their respective visas.