2,100 report, legalize stay
Manila, Philippines – Hundreds of foreign nationals have started queuing up daily at the national and field offices of the Bureau of Immigration to report and legalize their continued stay in the country.
They have until February 29 to renew their alien Certificate of Registration in person.
BI Commissioner Siefred Mison said that as of yesterday a total of 2,100 have visited the BI offices nationwide.
The immigration chief said the new requirement was imposed to strictly enforce immigration rules and regulations on national security, public safety and order as prescribed by the Alien Registration Act.
Aliens who hold tourist visas are excluded, he said.
According to Mison, the annual reporting of foreigners enables the agency to know who are still residing in the country , or those who had left.
Mison said foreign nationals are requested to bring with them their electronic ACR and fill up an application form.
The application form can be downloaded from the bureau’s website (www.immigration.gov.ph ) or personally get a copy from any of the BI offices nationwide. The application fee is P310.
Travel agencies and other entities transacting with the BI are not allowed from accomplishing the application form or paying the corresponding application fees on behalf of their clients.
However, foreigners under 14 years of age and senior citizens are exempted from making personal visit to the BI and may just send a representative to do the chore for them.