PHILIPPINES: ACR-I Annual Report Due

November 28, 2022

The Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BOI) is reminding foreign nationals holding an Alien Certificate Registration (ACR-I) card to complete the mandatory annual reporting. Reporting period is set from 1 January 2023 until 1 March 2023.

A personal appearance is mandatory for ACR-I card holders unless exemptions apply. They will need to bring their original ACR-I card/original paper-based ACR together with their original valid passport. Previously, BOI has allowed representatives to complete the annual report rather than requiring the holder to be physically present during the process.

Exempted persons from the mandatory personal appearance are:

  • Individuals below 14 years old or those 60 years old and above;
  • Anyone who holds a Person with a Disability ID; and
  • Pregnant women and unwell foreign nationals who are able to present a medical certificate.

Newland Chase Insights

It remains to be seen whether or not the authorities will be lenient with the personal appearance requirement. This is something we are monitoring closely. All foreign nationals who are mandated to complete the annual reporting during the said period should do so to avoid incurring any fines/penalties.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Newland Chase dedicated contact or submit an inquiry here should you have any specific questions regarding this announcement.

This immigration update is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal or scenario-specific advice. Furthermore, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to reach out to Newland Chase for any case- or company-specific assessments.