What has changed
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) of the Philippines has issued its annual reminder memo regarding Annual Report (AR) Fee payment for all foreign nationals holding an Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) I-card linked to their work/dependant visas.
Employees and any family members are required to pay an Annual Report Fee at the Bureau of Immigration. Temporary Visitor visa holders holding ACR I-cards are not affected and the Annual Report is not applicable for foreign nationals on Visitor Visa status in the Philippines.
Who is affected?
- All companies whose foreign nationals working in the Philippines hold ACR I-cards linked to work and dependant visas, including holders of:
- 9(g) Pre-arranged Employment
- 9(d) Treaty Trader
- Section 13 Immigrant visas
- Special Non-Immigrant 47(a) (2) visas
- Per current regulations, Special Non-Immigrant 47(a) (2) visa holders are exempt from acquiring the ACR I-card. The AR step will only apply to those 47(a) (2) visa holders who have voluntarily chosen to acquire an ACR I-card.
What to expect
All foreign nationals holding a valid Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (“ACR I-Card”) shall, within the first sixty (60) days of every calendar year, report in person to the Bureau of Immigration (“BI”) Main office at Intramuros, Manila, or to the nearest participating BI satellite offices. The Annual Report (“AR”) 2017 shall be held from 03 January 2017 to 03 March 2017.
The parent or legal guardian of a foreign national who is less than fourteen (14) years of age shall have the duty of reporting for such . Failure to comply shall result in imposition of administrative fine and/or imprisonment, at the option of the Commissioner of Immigration.
A foreign national may be exempt from personal appearance, provided that he/she (i) personally appeared in at least one of the AR 2014, 2015 or 2016 with an accomplished AR form; ((ii) presentment of official receipt of latest Annual Report Fee paid; (iii) payment of P500 express lane for non-appearance; (iv) presentment of a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) with valid government-issued ID of legal representative; (v) presentation of a valid passport.
What you need to do
- Be aware that all holders of an ACR I-card linked to a work or dependant visa are required to pay an Annual Report Fee at the Bureau of Immigration some time between 03 January 2017 and 03 March 2017.
- Emigra Worldwide can assist with ACR I card annual report Fee payment step for clients to whom the requirement applies.
- Contact your Emigra Worldwide 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.