Philippines – ACR I-Card Holders Must Complete Annual Report by March 3, 2016

What has changed

Further to our eAlert from January 20, 2015, Annual Reports to the Bureau of Immigration are again required for foreigners, this year by March 3, 2016. This is a strict annual requirement, with third parties permitted to report on the foreigner’s behalf in limited situations. For those who have reported via a representative in 2014 or 2015 they must now appear in person for 2016.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • Foreign nationals and ACR-I Card holders in the Philippines, including holders of 9(g) Pre-arranged Employment, 9(d) Treaty Trader, Section 13 Immigrant visas and others.
  • This requirement is applicable also to holders of Special Non-Immigrant (47(a)(2)) visas but ONLY if they voluntarily choose to acquire the ACR-I Card. Holders of this work visa are exempt from having to acquire this card, but may do so if they wish. Should they choose to do so, they should also report annually.
  • Temporary Visitor visa holders are not affected.

Holders of Alien Certificate of Registration I-Card (ACRI I-Card) holders are required to report annually to the Philippines Bureau of Immigration by late February/ early March. Those foreigners who did not appear in person during 2014 or 2015 will be required to do so in 2016.  Those who did appear in person in 2014 or 2015 may appoint a representative to do so this year provided other criteria are met. Penalties are applied to foreigners who do not make an annual report.

Note that some visa category holders are exempt from having to acquire ACR I-Cards and are thus exempt from the annual report requirement unless they voluntarily have chosen to acquire an ARC I-Card.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Emigra Worldwide can assist with annual reporting for clients for whom the requirement applies.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.