The Bureau of Immigration advised all foreign nationals to register with the agency for their annual report starting Jan. 3 until March 1, 2019.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the annual report is required under the 1951 alien registration act and warned those who do not comply may be fined or imprisoned for violating the law.
Under the said act, all BI-registered foreigners are required to report to the BI main office in Intramuros, Manila or the nearest participating BI field, satellite or extension office in their place within the first 60 days of every calendar year.
BI-registered aliens are resident foreign nationals who have been issued immigrant or non-immigrant visas and are holders of the alien certificate of registration identity card (ACR I-Card).
He said that foreigners must present his original ACR I-Card and his confirmation number and pay annual report fee and legal research fee.
“For aliens who are not in the Philippines during the annual reporting period, they shall make the report within 30 days from the date of their return to the country, provided they have valid reentry permits,” he said.
“We are encouraging all foreigners to report and remit their payments to BI designated offices, the list of which can also be accessed in our website,” Morente said.
The BI advised aliens to make their report early and not wait for the deadline rush to avoid inconvenience.