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  1. Get the CGAF from either at the Public Information and Assistance Unit (PIAU) at BI G/F Main Office or from the official BI Website.
  2. Submit the documents for pre-screening to the Central Receiving Unit (CRU) or to the frontline officer or staff of other Immigration Offices able to process this transaction.
  3. Get the Order of Payment Slip (OPS).
  4. Pay the required fees.
  5. Submit copy of Official Receipt.
  6. Get the approved SWP (for SWP without ACR I-Card).
  7. Refer to the Official Receipt for the schedule and venue of the hearing and Image and Fingerprint Capturing. (if with ACR I-Card).
  8. In case of renewal application, the biometric data previously captured during the visa conversion shall be used in the printing of the renewed ACR I-Card. However, applicants aged ten (10) years and below shall have their image and fingerprint captured every extension of visa. Applicants aged eleven (11) years and above shall have their image and fingerprint captured every after five (5) years.
  9. Proceed to Image and Fingerprint Capturing Counter of the Alien Registration Division (ARD) and submit requirements for ACR I-Card application
  10. If approved, claim the SWP and ACR I-Card.
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Required Documents[edit]

  • letter request addressed to the Commissioner from the petitioning company
  • duly accomplished CGAF (BI Form 2014-00-003 rev 0)
  • photocopy of applicant's passport bio-page and latest admission with valid authorized stay
  • any proof of possession of valid Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) of both the petitioner and applicant, photocopy of BIR Certificate of Registration BIR Form 2303 or latest Quarterly Income Tax Return Bir Form 1702Q or official receipt of the corporation's quarterly ITR (for newly incorporated corporations)
  • photocopy of Alien Employment Permit (AEP) or the official receipt of the application for an AEP
  • For Corporations or Partnerships:
    • Machine-validated Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Certificate of Registration
    • Articles of Incorporation
    • General Information Sheet (GIS) for the current year stamped received by the SEC
  • For Single Proprietorship
    • Photocopy of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Certificate of Registration of Business Name
    • Mayor's Permit
  • Employment Contract, Secretary's Certificate of Election, Assignment, Secondment or Deployment of applicant, or equivalent document indicating duration of employment, compensation and other benefits, and scope of duties
  • Board resolution (if the signatories of the letter of application and employment contract are other than those appearing in the Articles of Incorporation and in the latest GIS
  • A sworn declaration of the petitioning company operating in the Philippines
  • BI Clearance Certificate

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Bureau of Immigration
Address: Magallanes Dr, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila
Trunkline: (02) 8465 2400
Directory - Main Office
Bureau of Immigration Other Offices

Department of Foreign Affairs
DFA Home Office
2330 Roxas Boulevard
Pasay City
Metro Manila, Philippines

Office of Consular Affairs
Bradco Avenue, corner
Macapagal Boulevard
ASEANA Business Park
Paranaque City, Metro Manila

Telephone:(632) 8 834-4000 (632) 8 834-3000
8 234 3488 (For Passport Appointment Concerns)
8 651 9400 (For Passport, Authentication, & Other Consular Inquiries)

Philippine Embassies and Consulates

Note: NTC issued Memorandum Order No. 10-10-2017 last October 27, 2017, directing all telecommunications providers in the country to migrate all its customers to eight-digit telephone numbers.

3000-YYYY to 3499-YYYY – Bayan Telecommunications, Inc.
6000-YYYY to 6699-YYYY – ABS-CBN Converge, Inc.
6700-YYYY to 6999-YYYY – Eastern Telecommunication Philippines/ Telecommunications Technologies Philippines Inc.
7XXX-YYYY – Globe Telecom, Inc./ Innove Communications, Inc.
8XXX-YYYY – PLDT, Inc./ Digital Telecommunications Philippines, Inc.

A customer who still incorrectly dials the old seven-digit number will hear a special announcement saying the format has been changed to eight-digit, for a period of three months after the migration (March 18, 2019 to June 17, 2019).

To know more: Migration to 8-Digit Landline Number

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A foreign national who shall engage in gainful employment for three to six months.


  • NO I-CARD: Php 6,440.00
  • WITH I-CARD: Php 6,440.00
    • Additional Fee for ACR I-Card: 1 Year - + US $50


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External Links[edit]

Bureau of Immigration

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