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Aliens ordered to make personal appearance before BI starting Jan.

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) reminded foreign nationals to make their annual appearance before the agency starting in January.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime H. Morente said in a statement that the annual registration of foreigners is required by the Alien Registration Act of 1950, covering those holding immigrant and non-immigrant visas and those holding alien certificate of registration identity cards. The law requires such aliens to report in person to the bureau within the first 60 days of the year.

“Thus, the 2021 annual reporting period of aliens will be held on Jan. 1 up to March 1,” according to the statement.

Mr. Morente told foreigners to use the online appointment system, adding that the bureau will not allow walk-ins.

“Eight hundred slots (are) reserved per day, while Saturdays are reserved for those availing of the services of accredited entities, as well as remote reporting for bulk applicants,” he said.

Remote reporting may be requested by embassies or foreign groups in volumes exceeding 10 persons, he said.

Aside from the main office in Intramuros, Manila, foreigners may also report to participating BI field, satellite or extension offices.

Foreigners who are out of the country during the reporting period have 30 days within their return to the Philippines to report, as long as their re-entry permits are still valid, the bureau’s head of alien registration Jose Carlitos Z. Licas said.

Foregin nationals age 14 and under can have their parents report for them while senior citizens and persons with disabilities are exempt from personal appearances and may file through a representative holding a special power of attorney, he said. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas

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