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ATTENTION FOREIGNERS IN PH | Report to immigration office from January to February 2014

InterAksyon.com
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MANILA - Foreign nationals are being reminded to report in person at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) offices within the first 60 days of the calendar year as a requirement for their continued stay in the country.

In Memorandum Circular No. SBM 2013-007 issued by BI Commissioner Siegfred Mison last December 12, foreigners staying in the Philippines are required to report to the BI starting January 1, 2014 until February 28.

He reminded them to bring their ACR I-card or paper-based ACR and accomplish an application form, which they can download from the bureau’s website (www.immigration.gov.ph) or personally get a copy from any of the BI offices nationwide.

An application fee of P310 is required as part of the requirements for reportage.

Mison said the policy is in compliance with Section 10 of Republic Act 562 or the Alien Registration Act. It also aims to strictly enforce compliance of the immigration law in the interest of national security, public safety, and public order.

On the other hand, the bureau is prohibiting travel agencies, law firms, and other entities transacting with the BI from accomplishing the application form or paying the corresponding application fees on behalf of their clients, except if they fall on the exceptions as stated in the Memo Circular SBM 2013-002.

Under the said memo, foreign nationals who are under 14 years of age or about 65 years old, imbecile, staying in a penal institution, or confined in a hospital are not required to appear in person.

Those who can show sufficient proof of physical incapability to report in person can also send a representative to apply.

Likewise, those who are outside the country are not required to appear personally for as long as he pays the application fee within 30 days upon arrival. Other applicants whose appearance has been waived by the BI can just send their representatives.

The BI chief added that application forms should be duly notarized before the ACOs or heads of departments and divisions of the bureau.

The Alien Registration Division will manage the annual report, particularly the reports submitted weekly by district field offices, which are now required to report on a weekly and monthly basis the number of foreign nationals within their jurisdiction. 

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