The Philippine Bureau of Immigration website, in a March 13, 2012 article, states that more than 65,000 foreigners reported in person to the BI last January and February in compliance with a law requiring them to make their annual report to the agency.
BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said a total of 65,610 foreigners reported to the bureau from Jan. 2 to Mar. 2 pursuant to the alien registration act that directs aliens to make their annual report within the first 60 days of every calendar year.
The bulk of the foreigners reported at the BI main office in Intramuros, Manila while the rest appeared in the various immigration field and extension offices nationwide. I made my annual visit to the Iloilo City office this past February.
Commissioner David noted that the government generated fees amounting to more than P20.3 million (472,000 US Dollars) from this year’s annual report.
According to lawyer Ronaldo Ledesma, those who failed to beat the March 2 deadline may still make their annual report but they will have to pay penalties. He said a penalty of P350 (8.14 USD) for every month of delay will be charged to late filers.
The Philippine Bureau of Immigration website also warned that those who did report will be deemed improperly documented aliens, thus making them liable for deportation.
Under the 1950 alien registration act, all holders of immigrant or non-immigrant visas are required by law to make the annual report.
Statistics showed that 42,757 foreigners or 65 percent of this year’s annual reportees trooped to the BI main office.
I've previously posted an article about Americans living in the Philippines illegally. I cannot comprehend why someone would not go to Immigration and extend their visas. If you're married to a Filipina, she can sponsor you for a 13a Permanent Visa which I obtained last year. Or you may be able to "avail" of the Balikbayan Privilege.
In my opinion, if you're staying in the Philippines without a valid or expired visa, or not using the Balikbayan, you're either too lazy to go to Immigration or too stupid, or both.
If you try and give me the excuse that you don't have enough money, you should have kept your ass in America in the first place. If your excuse is that you don't have enough time and don't want to wait in long immigration lines, you can hire authorized agents to obtain your visa extensions for a nominal fee.
Remember, if you're a foreigner, an American expat living in the Philippines like me, you are a visitor. Be smart. Abide by the rules. Do you really want to get deported from the Philippines or risk spending some time in a Third World jail? Not me.