FOREIGNERS REMINDED OF PHYSICAL REPORT REQUIREMENT

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Immigration Chief Siegfred Mison urged all foreigners to report in person to any Immigration office throughout the country starting next month up to February 2014. Mison just issued a new memorandum circular which requires foreigners staying in the Philippines to physically appear before a designated immigration officer, execute an application form and pay the corresponding fees for their continued stay in the country. Foreigners are given only within the first 60 days of the calendar year to report or face corresponding sanctions. “This new policy is in compliance with Section 10 of Republic Act 562, or the Alien Registration Act. The new circular aims to strictly enforce compliance of the law in the interest of national security, public safety and public order. We need to account for all foreign nationals staying here in our country to ensure that no foreign fugitive continues on making this country of ours, their haven,” he explained. Foreign nationals are asked to bring their ACR I-Card or paper-based ACR and accomplish an application form. An application fee of P300 is also required to be paid.

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