The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said some 15,000 aliens staying in the country have submitted their annual reports (AR) during the first week of the BI program’s implementation.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said a third of the ARs were filed at the BI main office in Intramuros, Manila and the rest with the bureau’s field offices in the metropolis and the provinces.
The BI chief asked other foreigners to avail themselves of the bureau’s online appointment schedule to minimize the possibility of catching the coronavirus.
“We advise you to book your appointment slots now and make your report early,” Morente told the aliens.
He said the March 1 deadline like in the past will not be extended.
Foreign nationals can get online appointment by visiting: http://e-services.immigration.gov.ph.
The BI chief, however, foresees a drop in the number of this year’s applicants due to travel restrictions caused by the pandemic.
In 2020, there were more than 77,000 aliens who filed for ARs.
He said many of them are still out of the country and could not return due to travel restrictions.
He said they can still file the AR 30 days upon arrival.
Under the Alien Registration Act, foreigners who are holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas and alien certificate of registration identity card (ACR I-Card) are required to report to the BI within the first 60 days of every calendar year.
Those making the report must present their passports and ACR I-Cards and pay their annual report fee.
According to the BI, aliens who do not comply with reportorial requirements are liable to be deported, or sent to jail.