Foreigners urged to register with BI early
MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Sunday reminded foreign nationals registered with the bureau to file their annual report early to avoid crowds amid the novel coronavirus scare (nCoV).
In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said that the BI-registered foreign nationals have only until this Feb. 29 to go to the nearest BI office for their 2020 annual report.
He reiterated that the annual reporting period would not be extended, stressing that failure to make the report will warrant the imposition of fines and possible prosecution.
Under the 1951 Alien Registration Act, all BI-registered aliens, who are holders of immigrant and non-immigrant visas, are obliged to make the annual report within the first 60 days of a calendar year.
â€œThis includes foreigners who are living, working, and are studying in the Philippines,â€ said Morente.
He urged aliens to avoid the deadline rush that is usually marred by overcrowding in BI offices, thus exposing them to health hazards amid the outbreak of the nCoV.
â€œI therefore urge you to make your annual report now by visiting any of our participating field, satellite and extension offices throughout the country,â€ the BI chief added.
According to him, there were barely any reportees during the first month of the reporting period.
Foreign nationals must bring their passport and present their alien certificate of registration identity card (ACR I-Card), and pay a P300 annual report fee and P10 legal research fee.
For those currently abroad, they shall make the report within 30 days from the date of their return to the country, provided they have valid reentry permits, the BI said.
In the case of alien minors aged 14 years and below, it shall be the duty of their parents or guardians to make the report on their behalf.
Senior citizens, aged 65 years old, persons with disability, are likewise exempted from personal appearance, he added, but are required to submit a Special Power of Attorney through their representative.
Application forms, guidelines and information on the conduct of the 2019 annual report can be downloaded from the BI website. INQ
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