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Philippines: Foreign nationals holding ACR I-Card to report to immigration before 3 March 2017

Latest Update on Foreign nationals living in the Philippines

All foreign nationals who hold Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) I-Cards living in the Philippines, must report to the Immigration office by 3 March 2017 to avoid being listed as an undocumented alien. Foreign nationals can report to the main office in Intramuros, Manila, or a regional office in their local area of residence. All foreign nationals should bring their ACR I-Card and a confirmation number issued via the AR 2017 online system (for foreign national who failed to complete an AR 2014 form or an AR 2015/16 online form). The fee is PhP300 plus a “legal research” fee of PhP10.

Examples of foreign nationals holding an ACR I-Card include:

  • 9(g) pre-arranged employees
  • 9(d) Treaty traders
  • 13(A) Permanent residence immigrant visa holders

Foreign nationals in the Philippines, in an ACR I-Card exempt category who are not required to report are:

  • 47(a)2 visa holders
  • Retirees
  • Special non-immigrant and Article 60, EO 226 visas under Regional Headquarters or Regional

Operating Headquarters. Adults aged 65 or over are not required to attend the office in person. Children aged below 14 are also not required to attend the office in person but the parent or legal guardian of a child aged 13 years or under must report on their behalf.

A foreign national may be exempt from personal appearance, provided that he or she personally appeared in at least one of the 2014, 2015 or 2016 Annual Reports with a completed AR form; pays a fee of P500 for non-appearance; presents an official receipt of payment of the latest Annual Report fee, along with a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) with valid government-issued ID of their legal representative, and a valid passport; and undertakes to fulfil obligations (in the case of foreign nationals with CA 613 and/or RA 562 related liabilities).

More information

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Immigration team at immigration@sterling.com or call +44(0)20 8836 3359.

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