Philippine officials issued a reminder notice to foreign nationals to complete mandatory annual reporting between Jan. 1 and March 1.

Key Points:

  • All registered foreign nationals holding ACR I-Cards, except individuals on temporary visitor and tourist visas, are required to report in person to the Bureau of Immigration within the first 60 days of 2024.
  • Individuals need to bring their original valid passport with their original valid ACR-I card or paper-based ACR with valid visas.
  • Applicants should complete online registration here and bring their official payment receipt or be prepared to pay the annual reporting fee in person.

Additional Information: Certain foreign nationals are exempted from the personal appearance requirement, including those aged below 14 years or 60 years and above; those who hold a person with a disability ID; and pregnant women and foreign nationals with a medical condition who can present a medical certificate.

Virtual annual reporting is available to all registered foreign nationals except for paper-based ACR holders present in the Philippines during the annual reporting period who are holders of valid visas. Individuals may register here and schedule their online interview and pay the assessed fee.

BAL Analysis: Philippine authorities will issue administrative fines or prosecute individuals who fail to report. The Bureau of Immigration offices that participate in the 2024 annual report can be found here. Foreign nationals should be aware of their reporting responsibilities and schedule their appointments accordingly.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group.

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