Latest Stories

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 (www.immigration.gov.ph).

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: BI , Bureau of Immigration , Foreign affairs , Foreign Nationals , Global Nation , Government , I-Card , Immigration

  • Anonymous

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

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OJWHBJLMWPTRUOZMN6JOMHLO2A 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..

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FCJF33MU3YKIKSJZZ22MOZEFQQ peter r

    Never ending dysfunction in the Philippines.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LXKVNBBXXVPRYZOKY5OV4HOKWY 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? 

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • Drug firm Novartis to help Leyte firefighter
  • Fears grow for hundreds missing in South Korea ferry capsize
  • Robot sub makes first complete search for plane
  • uFly fires flight simulator who appeared on CNN
  • DPWH allots P1.2 trillion for PH roads
  • Sports

  • Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  • Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  • PSC sets Blu Girls US training
  • Power Pinoys settle for 7th place
  • Successful coaches to get raise
  • Lifestyle

  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • Entertainment

  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • ‘Community’ star happy with return of show’s creator
  • Jealousy is kid stuff
  • Business

  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • PH seen to sustain rise in FDIs
  • Gov’t subsidies to state firms fell in first 2 months
  • Technology

  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest
  • Milpitas, California kids wrap up a successful run of ‘The Wiz’
  • Marketplace