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Reporting of foreign residents kicks off

THE Bureau of Immigration advised all foreigners in the country to report in person to the bureau for their annual report beginning January 3 lest they face sanctions for being improperly documented aliens. Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said the annual report is mandated under the Alien Registration Act of 1950 which directs foreigners to report to the bureau within the first 60 days of every calendar year. David said those who fail to make the annual report will be meted administrative fines or face deportation proceedings. The Immigration chief urged foreigners to avoid the deadline rush by making their annual report earlier. The bureau’s Alien Registration Division chief, Ronaldo Ledema, said that under Section 10 of the law, aliens who are holders of immigrant or non-immigrant visas must make the annual report. “They can report either to the BI main office in Intramuros, Manila or any of its field or satellite offices nationwide,” Ledesma said. Ledesma, the former officer-in-charge of the bureau prior to David’s appointment in March last year, also advised foreigners to go directly to the bureau’s cashier office, pay their fees and demand an official receipt so they would not to be victimized by “fixers.” Under the rules, foreigners making the annual report should bring with them their ACR identity card or I-Card and certificate of residence. An annual report fee of P300 and P10 legal research fee shall be paid by a foreigner to the bureau. A foreigner who holds the old paper-based ACR and whose visa is not exempt from paying immigration fees shall not be allowed to make his annual report until he applies for an ACR I-Card.
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