Foreigners told to register with Immigration within 60 days

ALL foreigners residing in Pangasinan had been reminded to report to the office of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) within the first 60 days of the new year (2018) or face administrative fine or imprisonment.

This was bared Wednesday by Christopher Abella, immigration officer 1 assigned at the BI office in Dagupan, who said Annual Registration 2018 will be from January 3 to March 30, 2018.

Those who are required to register are aliens including foreign students, temporarily, provisionally and permanently residing in the Philippines.

The order covers “resident foreign nationals who have been issued immigrant or non-immigrant visas and are holders of alien certificate of registration identity card (ACR I-card).”

Foreigners who are not in the Philippines during the annual reporting period, shall make the report within 30 days from the date of their return to the country, provided they have valid re-entry permits.

There are 3,700 foreigners in Pangasinan at least 1,700 or almost 40 per cent are students studying at various colleges and universities in Pangasinan, many in Dagupan.

By nationalities, the Americans are by far the biggest in number, some 250; Chinese, 200; and Indians, less than 200.

The foreign student s are from mainly from South Korea, Thailand, Middle East and Africa.

Abella said the aliens will be required to present the original ACR I-card and confirmation number issued via AR 2018 online system or for aliens who failed to accomplish AR 2014 form or AR 2015 to AR 2917 online form.

The parent or legal guardian of an alien who is less than 14 years of age shall have the duty to report the minor.

Failure to comply with the mandatory registration shall result in imposition of administrative fine and or imprisonment, at the option of the Commissioner of Immigration.

Abella said that a foreigner who returns to the Philippines with a re-entry permit shall, if he or she has not yet made the required annual report, make such report within 30 days from the date of his/her return to the country and no fines will be imposed. (Leonardo Micua)

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