- Long-Term Visa Holders Must Comply with Annual Report Requirement by March 3
- January 27, 2017
- Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
Long-term work visa holders in the Philippines who have been issued Alien Certificate of Registration identity cards (ACR-I Cards) indicating "Worker" or "Treaty Trader" status - including but not limited to holders of 9(g) Pre-arranged Employment and 9(d) Treaty Trader work and dependent visas and Section 13 immigrant visas - must appear (personally or through a representative) at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) office and complete their annual report between January 4 and March 3, 2017.
Those who fail to submit the annual report by March 3 may face a fine and/or imprisonment at the discretion of the Commissioner of Immigration.
Exemption for Personal Appearance
Foreign nationals may opt to forego the personal appearance requirement and may instead send a representative to complete the annual report requirement on his or her behalf. The representative must complete the following steps:
- Present the original passport and original ACR I-Card on behalf of the foreign national and/or dependents (if any) for verification purposes;
- Pay the standard annual report fee of PHP 310 plus a PHP 500 express lane fee for non-appearance;
- Provide a Special Power of Attorney on behalf of the foreign national with the legal representative’s valid government-issued identification card; and
- If the foreign national has immigration status issues, submit an undertaking to fulfill the necessary legal obligations.
What This Means for Foreign Nationals
Long-term work visa holders in the Philippines who have been issued ACR I-Cards should contact their immigration professional to determine the requisite annual report registration documents and for assistance with filing.