MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that its offices nationwide will be open on March 1 (Saturday) to accommodate foreigners who will file their annual report on the last day of the filing.
With this, BI Commissioner Siegfred Mison on Monday reminded all foreign nationals who are in the Philippines that they have only until March 1, to report in person for their annual report so as not to face sanction for being improperly documented alien.
“We encouraged all foreigners to have them properly registered for their own protection. You have until Saturday to file your annual report to our BI offices,” he said.
The annual report is provided under the Alien Registration Act of 1950, which directs all foreigners to personally report to the BI within the first 60 days of every calendar year.
It also aims to strictly enforce compliance of the immigration law in the interest of national security, public safety, and public order.
The new reporting system includes finger printing, notarization and personal appearance.
He added that the process is in anticipation for the full automation of immigration procedures, which eventually will enhance and hasten the services being given by the bureau for foreign nationals visiting here or staying here permanently.
Mison warned that non-compliance may cause a foreigner’s visa to be cancelled. This may also cause deportation if they fail to comply with the annual reporting.
Each foreigner has to pay P310 as application fee. If a foreigner fails to file an annual report within the 60 days, a P200 penalty will be imposed every month.
He added that additional personnel have been assigned in processing areas, senior citizens lane and additional cashier windows had been put up until the last day of filing. It is estimated that filled up documents will be processed in 30 minutes.
BI data showed that there are 208,900 foreign nationals staying in the Philippines but hundreds of them have insufficient personal data.
As of February 19, a total of 32,339 foreigners reported at the BI main office in Manila; 4,447 registrants in Cebu district office; Quezon City has 2,672; Makati has 2,544 registrants; and Baguio has 1,293.
The registration started last January 2 and there will be no extension. (MNS)