Registered aliens urged to file annual report earlier than Feb. 29

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – Registered aliens have only until this February 29 to file their respective 2020 annual report to the nearest BI office, the agency announced.

According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, the BI will not extend the filing period and thus warned that failure to make the report will warrant the imposition of fines and possible prosecution under the 1951 Alien Registration Act.

Under the law, all BI-registered aliens who are holders of immigrant and non-immigrant visas, are obliged to make the annual report within the first 60 days of a calendar year.

“This includes foreigners who are living, working, and are studying in the Philippines,” Morente said.

One reason for this, Morente said, is for registered aliens to avoid crowds amid the potential health hazards of 2019 novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Syndrome (2019 nCoV-ARD)

“I therefore urge you to make your annual report now by visiting any of our participating field, satellite and extension offices throughout the country,” the BI chief added.

Registered aliens are reminded to bring the following documents before filing:

  • Passport
  • Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-Card)
  • P300 annual report fee
  • P10 legal research fee

BI Alien Registration Division Chief Atty. Jose Carlitos advised those who are currently abroad to make the report within 30 days from the date of their return to the country, provided they have secured valid re-entry permits.

Alien minors aged 14 years and below, meanwhile, should be under the duty of the parent or guardian who shall make the report on their behalf.

Morente added that senior citizens aged 65 years old and persons with disability (PWD) are exempted from personal appearance but are required to submit a Special Power of Attorney for their representative.

Application forms, guidelines and information on the conduct of the 2019 annual report can be downloaded from the BI website

Registered aliens may refer to the BI website www.immigration.bi.gov for downloadable application forms and for the list of addresses of all BI satellite offices nationwide.

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