Permanent Residency in Philippines – Annual Reporting

The Annual Report Once again, it was time to report to our local BI office for my Annual Report requirement. As a “permanent resident” and an ACR-I Card holder (which states permanent), a holder of this status is required to physically report annually to their local BI office, during the first 8 weeks of the […]

Immigration News and Update

You report, or we deport! Bureau of Immigration lays down law to foreigners Posted By: M G Martin January 31, 2017 THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has warned that foreigners who fail to report for annual registration will be deported from the Philippines. The strict policy comes as the BI confirmed that the application deadline […]

Philippines Exit Clearances (ECC) – Update!

The “Exit Clearance” for Dummies Over time, one of this blog’s most engaging post has been on the topic of exit clearances to leave the Philippines, Departing the Philippines – Exit Clearances. Many times, those who respond and comment on topics like the Philippines exit clearances have good intentions, but can be technically incorrect sometimes. […]

Philippines Bureau of Immigration – Dress Code Requirements

Should You Dress Up For Your Bureau of Immigration (BI) Visit? Everybody has probably heard the horror stories of folks traveling all the way into Manila to the BI in Intramuros only to be sent home because of what they were wearing as inappropriate attire. Even recently, I have heard discussions about and read comments […]

Bureau of Immigration Update

Bureau of Immigration Update was posted and received via social media this date as follows: ANNOUNCEMENT The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will continue processing the pending applications for re-stamping of the implementation for permanent resident visas under Republic Act No. 7919 (RA 7919), otherwise known as the Alien Social Integration Act of 1995. Furthermore, BI […]

Bureau of Immigration Annual Report (AR)

Annual Report According to the Bureau of Immigration’s website, March 3rd is the deadline for the Annual Report (AR) requirement which applies to all registered aliens and ACR I-Card holders except for those holding Temporary Visitor’s Visas or Tourist Visa holders. Typically, the AR should be done in the first 60 days of the year […]

Departing the Philippines – Exit Clearance’s

As we prepare to depart the Philippines for a short trip to Guam, I felt the need to review the Bureau of Immigration’s policy on Emigration Clearance Certificates (ECC). There seems to always be some confusion on the Bureau’s latest rules on ECC’s. NOTICE! Since posting this article, I have posted new and updated information […]

[Before Paradise] Time For Paperworks!

Now that the dust has settled after closing the sale of the home and getting everything packed and shipped, it’s time to get the ‘paperworks’ in order to apply for my permanent resident visa. Many expats may initially choose to go live in the Philippines under a Section 9 series visa (non-immigrant visas) which is really designed […]