BI launches new alien registration scheme

December 12, 2012 11:16 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 12 — The Bureau of Immigration said Wednesday it has launched a project that will enable foreigners to make their annual report and register with the agency without personally appearing at the BI headquarters in Intramuros, Manila.

Instead, teams of BI personnel will be deployed in the field and sent to places where the foreigners are based, such as their workplaces, associations and residences.

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said the project, dubbed “Alien Registration and Reporting on Wheels (ARROW)," will make it easier and convenient for aliens to pay their annual report fees and to register and obtain their identity card or ACR I-Card.

Under the alien registration act, all foreigners who are holders of immigrant and non-immigrant visas should register with the BI and get their alien certificate of registration, BI said in a press statement.

They are also required to make their annual report to the BI within the first 60 calendar days of every year.

The biometrics-based and tamper-proof ACR I-Card replaced the paper-based ACR that the BI previously issued to registered aliens.

In his memorandum order ordaining the ARROW scheme, David directed the creation of nine-man teams that will each respond to request or order for the registration of aliens in a particular venue and at a specific date and time.

Each ARROW team shall be composed of a supervisor, two registration officers, a fingerprint officer, two collecting officers, two computer personnel, and an I-Card specialist.

The teams were authorized to process the annual report of aliens and capture the biometrics and personal data of alien registrants.(PNA)

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