Annual Report to Philippine Bureau of Immigration

It’s that time of year again. The Philippine Bureau of Immigration has reminded all foreigners in the country to report in person for their annual report beginning Jan. 2, 2013.  Aliens have until the first 60 days of every calendar year to report. The fee is P310, about 7.55 US Dollars.Local immigration office in Iloilo

The Immigration Bureau breaks it down as follows: annual report fee P300 and P10 legal research fee. But it’s a bargain, no matter how you look at it.  And it’s an excuse to get out of the house. As I post this article, we have a total of seven nieces and nephews staying with us for the holidays. Three are from Guimaras. Four will be remaining.

The Alien Registration Act of 1950 requires foreigners staying in the Philippines to report to the BI. Failure to comply could result in fines or deportation.

Foreigners should bring their ACR, Alien Certificate Registration,  Identity Card and certificate of residence. I don’t have a certificate of residence and have never been asked for one. My asawa obtained one from our local barangay captain when we first moved to Guimaras in order to secure some permits we needed for our new CR, Comfort Room.

Smart Bro told me over three years ago that I would need such a certificate to continue my broad ban service with them. I just renewed my service contract with them. No residency requirement was requested. I do have my Smart Bro account in my name and bring that with me to the Bureau of Immigration, but my ACR card and passport always suffices.images (5)

This will be my fourth visit to our local immigration office in Iloilo. The process is relatively painless and takes about 15 minutes. Acting Immigration Chief Ronaldo Ledema advises foreigners to avoid fixers by paying directly to the bureau’s cashier office and demand an official receipt.  My advice? Don’t “demand.” Politely ask. I never have to. My receipt is always given to me without me ever asking for it.

Frankly, if you need a fixer to make your annual report to immigration, you’ve got a serious problem. It’s no big deal if you’re in the Philippines legally. And if you’re not here legally, you won’t be making the annual report, I suppose.  Unless you’re incredibly stupid or drunk. Take it from me. You can be stupid and drunk at the same time. Ask my asawa.

10 Comments

  1. Dave,
    I guess i will have to get used to doing that annually. Why would you hire a fixer for such a simple process. But if you are illegal i guess you would. Why risk the chance for deportation. I’m glad you had a ham for New Years so you could have a nice dinner. I had ham for Christmas. At least i didn’t have to work New Years Eve and New Years Day at the Jail and have to deal with the drunks. Take care and stay safe

    • Yep, PapaDuck, unless you entered the country on a Balikbayan privilege you need to report. I entered using the Balikbayan privilege, visa, in July 2009, because my asawa had been out of the country for nine years. When I reported to my local immigration office in Iloilo in 2010 they said I did not need to make the annual report.

      The ham, a Pure Foods product, was very good. I made sandwiches with my ham slices and slathered them with mustard. Glad to hear you didn’t have to work on those days, PapaDuck. I imagine you have a lot more “customers” on “amateur night.” Take care.

  2. I already went here in Davao and also had questions about the Certificate of Residence.

    If you look at your ACR-I it list the Cert. of Res. as the last item, and should have and ICR number after it. That’s what I put on the form. Nothing further was asked.

    They had a nice list of requirements posted at the first window. It was mainly copies of the ACR-I card & passport.

    I have a post about it on my site if anyone is interested.

    • Thanks, Randy C. I remember putting the ICR number on my annual report form, also. Along with Gary Wigle’s comment, it all makes sense to me now. Thanks for sharing the link to your website.

  3. Your certificate of residence is on your ACR-I card Dave. So yes you have one. :-)

    • Thanks, Gary. Got it. I was getting that confused with the barangay certificate of residence my asawa first got when we retired here in July 2009.

  4. anyone know what i will need foe annual review, i have my permenent visa card, do i need passport and photos, i just want to be sure i carry all i need with me,
    thanks for any help,
    Nick

    • Hi Nick. For my visit I had to bring four 2″x2″ photos with you with me for my initial report. I also needed to show my passport and I-Card, Alien Certificate Registration. I haven’t needed to bring any more photos after the first visit. If you’re married, some Americans I know have been told their wives should be present. I’ve made three trips to our local office in Iloilo and no one has ever asked for my asawa to be there.

      Make sure you get your paid receipt. I always bring along the previous year’s receipt just in case, though no one has ever asked to see it.

  5. Nick… What you need really depends on what office you go to make your annual report. Each one can ask for different things. It is best you go to your local office and find out first. Take everything you have with you.

    What I did in Davao City is very much easier that what Dave has to do in Iloilo.

    • Thanks, Gary, good advice. Every office might have their own set of rules and how to interpret them.

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