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PHILIPPINES – Reminder: All ACR-I Holding Foreign Nationals to Report to Immigration Before 2 March

2 March 2012 is the deadline for foreign nationals in the Philippines to report to the immigration office to avoid being noted down as undocumented aliens. The Annual Report, which must be made each year in the first 60 days of the calendar year, applies to all those who are required to have Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) I-Cards.

Who Needs To Report?

All foreign nationals holding Alien Certificate of Registration I-Cards are required to report, i.e.:

  • 9(g) Pre-arranged employees
  • 9(d) Treaty traders
  • 13(A) Permanent residence immigrant visa holdersForeign nationals in the Philippines in an ACR I-Card exempt category are not required to report. Some examples are:
  • PEZA 47(a)2 visa holders
  • Retirees
  • Special non-immigrant and Article 60, EO 226 visas under Regional Headquarters or Regional Operating Headquarters.

How To Report

Foreign nationals who are required to report should attend either the main office in Intramuros, Manila, or a regional office in their area of residence., taking with them their ACR I-Card and certificate of residence. The fee is PHP300 plus a “legal research” fee of PHP10.

Note that children aged below 14 or adults aged 65 or over are not required to attend the office in person.

Penalties for Failure to Report

Currently, a delayed report will incur a penalty of PHP200 per month (approximately $USD5).

Action Items

  • Ensure that your foreign national employees or assignees in the Philippines are aware of the requirement to report in person (unless exempt from holding the ACR I-Card)

This news alert was prepared using information confirmed by Buan & Temprosa Law Offices

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.