Foreigners reminded of March 1 deadline for annual reporting

February 24, 2019

FOREIGN nationals registered with the Bureau of Immigration (BI) were reminded yesterday that they have until March 1 to go to the nearest BI field office and make their 2019 annual report.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente stressed that the annual reporting period is non-extendible and warned that non-compliant aliens may be fined or prosecuted for violating the alien registration act.

Morente added that the 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.

The 1951 Alien Registration Act 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.

BI Alien Registration Division Chief Jose Carlitos Licas said each foreigner must bring and present his alien certificate of registration identity card (ACR I-Card) and pay the P300 annual report fee and P10 legal research fee.

“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,” Licas said.

In the case of alien minors aged 14 years and below, it shall be the duty of their parent or guardian 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 at