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PHILIPPINES – All Foreign Nationals with ACRs to Report to Immigration in Person Before 1 March 2015

1 March 2015 is the deadline for foreign nationals in the Philippines to report in person to the immigration authorities, to avoid being noted down as undocumented aliens.

Who Needs To Report?

All foreign nationals holding an Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) I-Card or paper-based ACR are required to report within the first 60 days of the year. Some examples are:

  • 9(g) Pre-arranged employees
  • 9(d) Treaty traders
  • Special Work Permit holders
  • 13(A) Permanent residence immigrant visa holders

The parent or legal guardian of a registered foreign national who is less than fourteen years of age must report on their behalf.

Exemptions

Foreign nationals in the Philippines in an ACR I-Card exempt category are not required to report. Some examples are:

  • Special Non-immigrant 47(a)(2) Visa holders;
  • Multiple-Entry Special Visa holders;
  • 9(a) tourist visa holders.

Since 2014, the annual reporting requirement cannot generally be completed on behalf of the foreign national by a third party representative. However, foreign nationals may be exempt from personal appearance, provided they:

  1. appeared during the Annual Report 2014 with an accomplished 2014 Annual Report form;
  2. pay the Express Lane fee of Php500 for non-appearance;
  3. submit a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) with valid government-issued ID of legal representative; and
  4. are without any deficiencies or liabilities under the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, as amended and the Alien Registration Act of 1950.

How To Report

Foreign nationals who are required to report should attend either the Board of Immigration (BI) main office in Intramuros, Manila, or a regional office in their area of residence, taking with them their ACR I-Card and/or paper-based ACR, and a completed annual report application form (see here), and pay a fee of Php310.

Penalties for Failure to Report

A foreign national who fails to complete the annual reporting requirement on time will be subject to a monthly fine of Php200. Failure to comply may also be subject to an administrative fine and/or imprisonment, at the discretion of the Commissioner of Immigration.

Action Items

  • Ensure that your foreign national employees or assignees in the Philippines are aware of the requirement to report in person (unless exempt – see above) by 1 March 2015.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Follosco, Morallos & Herce.

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.