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With a New Year approaching, it’s time for the “Registered Aliens Upcoming 2020 Annual Report.” As a result, I’ll have to hop on the Yohan Express fast craft to nearby Iloilo City. Guimaras, the island province we call home, doesn’t have a local Immigration Office. While we do have a new Jollibee’s with a drive-thru, there’s no drive-thru available for Annual Reports.

Registered Aliens Upcoming 2020 Annual Report

The Philippine Bureau of Immigration website listed an advisory on December 11,   2019 and stated that the 2020 reporting time shall be held from January 1, 2020 until February 29, 2020. However, we all know that January 1 is a holiday, New Year’s Day. Therefore, I wouldn’t visit your local office on New Year’s Day.

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Who Can Apply?

All registered aliens and ACR I-Card holders except Temporary Visitor’s Visa holders or Tourist Visa holders

While I’m not required to make a personal appearance anymore, I’m still going to the Iloilo Field Office. Expats 65 and older are exempt from appearing in person.

However, I still need to have an Authorized Representative appear in my stead. The Representative must have my original ACR-I Card or original paper-based ACR. The applicant’s valid passport and Special Power of Attorney (SPA) with valid government-issued ID of the legal representative is also required.

Consequently, that’s too much trouble for me. My wife and I go on shopping trips to Iloilo City once or twice a month. We’ll just visit the Iloilo City Field Office first. It’s located in the new MegaWorld complex not far from SM City.

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I hope that this year’s stopover will not take as long as the 2019 visit. It took two hours to process what is normally a simple and routine report. In 2018, the Annual Report, AR, took one hour.

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In 2017, it only took me ten minutes from the time I entered the Iloilo BI and the time I left with my report duly accomplished. That included the time it took to pay the cashier my 310 pesos, $6.20, fee to register.

Frankly, I’m considering just taking a short holiday with my spouse to nearby Bacolod City and celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary. While there, I’ll file my AR. Bacolod City is one of the offices authorized to process the Annual Report.

I always bring my previous years’ official receipts for my Annual Report along with my valid U.S. Passport that I just renewed for another 10 years several months ago. Though I’ve never been asked to see my previous receipts, I was advised years ago by a Immigration officer to always have them on hand. So don’t forget to register for 2020. You could face significant fines and/or imprisonment if you fail to register.

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