Aliens reminded to show up before BI’s deadline

Published February 10, 2021, 1:11 PM

by Jun Ramirez

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has reminded foreign nationals registered with it that they have only until March 1 to appear in person before the agency for their 2021 annual report.

Bureau of Immigration (BI) (MANILA BULLETIN)

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the submission of annual report will not be extended like in previous years.

He explained that the Alien Registration Act of 1950 requires all aliens with immigrant and non-immigrant visas to report in person to the bureau within the first 60 days of every calendar year.

Morente warned that fines, visa cancelation, deportation, or imprisonment will be imposed against those who failed to submit the report.

The BI chief also advised foreigners who have not yet made the report to immediately register with the BI’s online appointment system at to obtain their slots.

He said that 800 slots for the annual report are reserved every week day while Saturdays are reserved to accredited travel agencies and entities filing bulk applications.

Meanwhile, BI alien registration division chief Jose Carlitos Licas said foreigners who are out of the country during the 60-day period can still make the report within 30 days upon their return to the country.

He said that aside from the BI main office in Intramuros, Manila, aliens may also report to the nearest BI field office.

Licas also reported that as of end-January, a total of 77,303 have aliens already filed their report–10 percent less than the 86,683 who complied last year.