MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that it is temporarily suspending its online appointment system for foreign clients at the agency’s main office in Intramuros, Manila starting Tuesday (August 4) as Metro Manila shifts to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente advises clients with confirmed appointments between August 3 and 18 to just reapply for new schedules to transact at the Bureau after the MECQ is lifted.
The suspension of the online appointment system is needed because the agency is compelled to operate at limited manpower while the MECQ is in effect, Morente said.
However, the system will remain open to foreign clients who are scheduled to leave the Philippines during the MECQ period.
Likewise, it will continue to reserve slots for departing aliens who need to secure their Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC), re-entry permit and update their extension fees.
For outbound foreigners, however, Morente said they should present confirmed flight bookings or plane tickets prior to entering the BI’s premises.
Among the transactions that are suspended at the main office include:
- Applications for conversion to or renewal of immigrant visa;
- Petition for recognition as Philippine citizens, including Republic Act 9225 or the dual citizenship law;
- Downgrading of visa status;
- Tourist visa extension;
- Special work permits (SWP) and provisional permit to work (PPW);
- Renewal of alien certificate of registration (ACR I-Cards); and
- Implementation of applications for visa conversion or extension approved by the Bureau’s Board of Commissioners (BOC).
The BI further advised departing aliens under tourist visa, who overstayed in the country for not more than six months, to just pay their visa extension fees at the airport.
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