Aliens in Philippines urged to renew IDs early


The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Sunday advised foreign nationals living in the country to renew their identity cards before these expire to avoid any inconvenience should they wish to travel abroad.

BI Associate Commissioner Siegfred Mison issued an advisory urging foreigners with travel plans to renew their expiring alien certificate of registration identity card (ACR I-Card) at least 30 days before the date of their intended travel.

The I-Card is issued to all BI-registered foreigners who are holders of immigrant and non-immigrant visas.

Mison said that aliens with pending I-Card applications would not be allowed to leave as the cards serve as their reentry and exit permits.

Aliens who leave despite pending I-Card applications will have their resident visas downgraded to tourist upon their return to the Philippines, he said.

Lawyer Ronaldo Ledesma, BI acting alien registration chief, said the visas of returning aliens with expired I-Cards would also be downgraded to tourist.

However, Ledesma said only the “no visa-required” aliens shall be allowed entry as tourists, while visa-required foreigners will be turned back as they need to secure entry visas from the Philippine consulate at their port of origin.

Ledesma advised aliens with plans to temporarily leave the Philippines to immediately renew their I-Cards.

The cards may be renewed at the BI main office in Intramuros, Manila, or at district offices in San Fernando in La Union, Aparri in Cagayan, Subic, Batangas, Legaspi, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Surigao and Davao.

The I-Card is a credit card-size ID issued to registered aliens. It has an embedded computer chip containing biometric security features.

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. recently prescribed new guidelines for immigration officers in processing arriving and departing passengers with expiring or expired I-Cards and those with pending I-Card applications.

The guidelines may be viewed on the bureau’s website (

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  • Anonymous

    I really wish they were aliens from Andromeda so I will allow myself to be deported…

  • Banana Na

    i was thinking how can an ALIENs peoples in the philippines gonna catch-up with their vacation leave with theirs company if the BOI is so slow in given this ALIENS I-CARD to this peoples…SLOW, because it will takes 1 to 2 months before approving this I-CARD to this peoples, kapag minalas-malas ka ay it can takes 3 months in approving this I-CARD at BOI…DOES this PNOY government knows this, i think they are the dumb-best government i ever seen…how can a company waits you if you are in VACATION LEAVE for 1 to 3 months if you are working abroad, the only the company say to you is YOU ARE FIRED…in abroad, if you are RE-NEWING your resident permits, the longest is only 5 days, how can the philippines takes so long…there are so many problems inside of BOI, I bet Pnoy if there are no corruption at BOI, just advise for Pnoy, go to BOI, just seat in their chairs and you can feel what going on inside of BOI…this is an advise coming from my freinds…

  • Anonymous

    next time mag-tagalog ka na lang. no offense, pero, ang hirap maintindihan ng sinasabi mo eh, mali-mali kasi. pero after 2 or 3 re-reads…medyo nagets ko naman sinasabi mo. i don’t know if you think you’re english is correct, or if you’re trying to impress someone… but, you seem like a smart person, and may sense naman yung sinasabi mo… so mag-filipino ka na lang, ha? thanks

  • Anonymous

    hay naku, panibagong pagkakakitaan na naman… cgurado mabilis pa sa alas kuatro maglagay ang mga tsekwa… kikitain kasi nila. lalo pa ung mga gumagawa ng sssssshhhhhhhhaaaaalala..

  • peter r

    Never ending dysfunction in the Philippines.

  • BenA

    This is going to hugely inconvenience many many holders of i-cards just to satisfy the internal dysfunctions of the BOI.  Are they really going to strip long term holders of legitimate permanent immigration status in the phils of their rights because they return unaware their card may have expired while abroad.  My 2006 issued card has no expiration date shown on it.  How does one know their card has expired? 

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