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Annual Report 2015: A Positive Experience at Iloilo Immigration Office

I am delighted to report that my 2015 Annual Report this year at my local Iloilo Immigration Office was a positive experience. My asawa and I had come in from the pump boat from Guimaras, the island province we reside on, to meet an attorney who could do the title transfer for property we have purchased in Guimaras. Since our dock, Ortiz, was fairly near the Immigration Office and it was almost 7:30 am, the time the office would open, I decided we could drop in and do my Annual Report as a foreigner living in the Philippines.

I would be gone most of the month of February visiting my Dad in Las Vegas and taking care of business, and since the AR is to be done by March 1st, thought it a good idea to pop into the Iloilo B.I. and file my report.

Now I noticed some buzz about an Annual Report Online Filing System while checking the Philippine Bureau of Immigration website the other day. when I ran across this item: Annual Report Online Filing System. Excited to think that perhaps I could avoid a trip to my local BI Office in nearby Iloilo City, I read the information on the website.

But after reading the info from the website posted below, I was slightly confused, so I decided that it would be wise to check in with the local Iloilo B.I. and take care of it early and in person.

OK, here’s what wasn’t clear to me. The information on the Bureau of Immigration stated the following: “ANNUAL REPORT ONLINE SYSTEM ARE FOR REPORTEES WHO FAILED TO COMPLY WITH AR 2014 FORM”

AR Online System

I had complied last year with AR 2014 Form to my knowledge. That was the four page form I filled out last year during my Annual Report along with new photo ID’s. I was also fingerprinted at Iloilo Immigration at that time.

But reporting for my AR this year couldn’t have been simpler. I merely filled out my name and ACR-I Card number as before, plunked down my 310 peso fee, got my receipt, and was on my merry way. I couldn’t have been happier.

However, as I was chowing done on a Jalapeno Bacon Burger at American Legacy across from SM Delgado in Iloilo with my American expat friend, Rease, one of Rease’s friends, Charlie, walked in. I’m not as popular as Rease, so he has tons more friends that I ever will have.

Charlie had just spent two hours at Iloilo Immigration and had to fill out the four page information form, submit new photos, get his info pages notarized and get fingerprinted. He said he had filled out the form last year. I advised him that the Immigration website now has an online filing system but don’t know if that would have helped him.

But Charlie dutifully filled out the forms again as he, like Rease and I, want to fully comply with the Immigration laws of the Philippines. While BI Commissioner Mison estimates that a million foreigners are living in the Philippines illegally, you will never find Charlie, Rease or yours truly in that group. Why should we screw up living in paradise, right?

Bureau of Immigration in Iloilo

So again, a totally positive experience at the Iloilo Immigration Office this year as I filed  my 2015 Annual Report as a foreigner. Any of you guys out there filed your report yet? I’m curious if you had to fill out the four page information form. There was a gentleman from The Netherlands seated next to me who was also filing his AR and didn’t have to fill out the four page form today either.

Sorry, Charlie.

10 Comments

  • Papaduck

    Dave,
    We’re going down to get mine done today. We already filled out the 4 page form so if it is needed it will be done. I guess it is typical with the inconsistencies from one location to to another. Will let you know how it goes.

  • Derek

    Hi Dave ,will be doing my annual report next week allways do mine in tatay ,which is a small town not far
    Our place beats going to Manila , it’s in and out in 5 mins then we go around local market,
    Even got a coffee of the manager in the immigration office,I’m always respectful of laws here
    Be nice and smile it’s the only way ,seen to many foreigners shouting at the staff gets them nowhere ,
    It’s a nice day here in Manila just going to city hall to pay some land and property tax, ouch
    Derek in sunny pasig.

    • Our property tax is 500 pesos a year, Derek. Yeah, I would do anything I could to avoid the Immigration Office in Manila. Talk about organized chaos.

      Derek, it just makes good common sense to respect the immigration laws here. Now, I have to admit, that though there might be an ordinance against peeing in public in our little island province, I have been known to relieve myself of a few San Migs during our annual Mangahhan Festival. But I only do this at night and never near a group of people. Don’t want to get the locals excited. 😉

  • Papaduck

    Dave,
    When we got there we found out you no longer needed the 4 page form. What you have to do now is go to there website fill out the form online and print one page with a confirmation number. So we got that done at a internet cafe and turned it in along with 1 photo, passport and I-card. They took thumb prints, signed twice, paid 310p and were on our way. The staff there were very nice and helpful. Even though we had to go to the internet cafe it was a positive experience and only a couple other people were there. Did you know when you turn 65 you don’t have to report in person. Melinda or someone else can do it for you.

    • Interesting, Papa Duck, that you had to fill out the form again. Guess every office interprets the law differently. Don’t know why I didn’t have to fill out the form again which is OK with me.

      So Melinda can go for me once I turn 65? I’ll probably still report in person as long as I’m able. Gives us a chance to get out of the house. Thanks for the info, I appreciate it.

  • Rease

    I did my annual report in Iloilo yesterday. What a piece of cake. No paperwork (except for one signature), no pictures, no fingerprints, no lines and extremely courteous and professional staff.

    Then we walked down the street to Roberto’s for a late breakfast of “Queen Siopao” which is arguably the best siopao in the Philippines 🙂

    • Thanks for the update, Rease. Good to hear. I think a lot of positive improvements have been at our local Iloilo BI and that’s great.

      Only had siopao once, Rease, at the Cebu Airport. Have to check out your place after my return from the States.

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