The Bureau of Immigration is requiring all registered aliens to apply for an I-Card by changing their paper-based Alien Certificate Registration (ACR) with the new I-Card.
The deadline for the application of I-Card was originally due February 18 of this year but was extended to December 31, 2007 to give due considerations to those who still want to apply.
Foreigners are encouraged to secure their I-Cards early and not wait for the deadline on December 31. After the set deadline, aliens/foreigners who fail to secure the I-Card shall be considered not properly documented and will be subjected to deportation proceedings.
Any registered alien applying for replacement of paper-based ACR after February 18, shall be assessed a fine of five hundred pesos (P500) for every month or fraction thereof of delay.
BI alien registration chief Danilo Almeda said that more than 126,000 foreigners had already been issued I-Cards since the project was launched two years ago. This figure includes the foreigners issued resident visas for the first time.
With the I-Card, the verification process is lessened to a maximum of 10 seconds at the ports of entry and exits. It gives the assurance of a genuine ACR, a faster and more efficient service at the BI offices as they are holding only to one immigration document compared to a lot of papers before and this will eliminate illegal and unwarranted detention of alien residents.
The issuance of the I-Card will prevent and eliminate instances where aliens are indiscriminately accosted, harassed and detained on mere suspicion of possessing fake immigration documents.
I-Cards issued (including those previously issued) are valid for five years based on the new memorandum issued by the bureau. (PIA/EAD)
wenn Du auf den Philippinen lebst brauchst Du eine ACR-I C
Card solltest Du keine haben kann Dir eine Abschiebung oder aehnliches drohen. Natuerlich kann man immer sein Touristenvisa verlaengern aber das ist auch nix halbes und ganzes, da man das alle 2 Monate machen muss.