The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has urged all foreigners to have their passports re-stamped by the agency to ensure authenticity of the documents.
Under the law, the Immigration spokesperson, lawyer Elaine Tan, said the foreigners and their dependents staying in the country are required to report to the bureau for the re-stamping of their passports.
She added that those who fail to comply with the law may be “penalized or, worse, face deportation and cancelation of their Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) I-cards.”
Failure to do so “may also result [in]investigation and institution of deportation proceedings and the denial of arrival and departure clearances.”
The re-stamping, Tan said, will also simplify verification of the BI’s updated database and will surely help expedite the foreigners’ future transactions with the bureau.
Such transactions include processing of annual report and renewal of the ACR I-Cards, she added.
According to Tan, the re-stamping will be done only at the BI main office in Intramuros, Manila.
Republic Act (RA) 7919 granted permanent resident status to qualified aliens who entered the country before June 30, 1992.
Meanwhile, RA 8247 extended the period to file petitions for RA 7919 status until June 30, 1997.
All applicants for re-stamping are required to pay P1,010 and must secure a BI clearance for the same amount.
Processing may be completed within three days.
The filing period for the re-stamping started last September and will end on December 15, 2014, the BI said.