The Alien Registration Program (ARP) from the BI, Bureau of Immigration, a new procedure issued from the high command, Commissioner Mison, was introduced back in September. It begs the question: “Do YOU have to register?” Of course, if you’re an illegal alien in the Philippines, much like illegals back in the States who are now called “undocumented immigrants” and have been given amnesty by President Obama, you probably don’t give a damn. You can skip this post.
I’ve lived in the Philippines for nearly five years. I’ve dutifully made my annual report to my local Bureau of Immigration Office in Iloilo City as required by law.
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.
My last post dealt with a personal list of my "Top Ten Tips" on moving to the Philippines and advice on what to do once you arrive. I covered the first five points previously. Here's my take on the next five tips. Remember, if you have any tips of your own, please feel free to drop a comment.
There's a new expat in Iloilo City, and he's one of the most organized people I have ever communicated with since starting this website, PhilippinesPlus.com. He's a Canadian married to a Filipina, and wants to be known as "Señor Frog." Mr. Frog first contacted me a few months ago after purchasing my eBook, "The Philippines: A Guide to Moving & Living in Paradise!" which he graciously said was helpful in his move. He wanted some advice on what type of visa to obtain before moving to the Philippines (I'm currently working on a new eBook that is focusing solely on the visa issue), and by the sound of his "Philippines Adventure" it sounds like the "Balikbayan Privilege"worked out for him. "Señor Frog" already has a joint bank account set up in the Philippines that he arranged while still in Canada. I'm very impressed. Here's an account of his arrival in Iloilo, and he promises to send more episodes of his "Philippines Adventure" that I can post. I think he has a lot of useful information that can help other aspiring future expats to the Philippines.