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Philippines - Obtain Alien Certificate of Registration/ ACR Identity Card (I-Card)

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Procedure[edit]


You are a foreign national who are visa holder of Temporary Visitor’s Visa or Tourist Visa who have stayed for more than fifty-nine days in the Philippines. You can obtain the Alien Certificate of Registration or ACR Identity Card by applying the ACR I-Card at the time of application for visa. Please follow the guide below to do it:

  1. Prepare the requirements:
    • The accomplished application form ACR-I New Application;
    • The Certified true copy issued by the Records Section of the Board of Commissioners (BOC)’s Order granting the visa for internal verification purposes
    • The Certified true copy issued by the Records Section of the Commissioner’s Order of Approval granting the Student Visa for internal verification purposes;
    • Your Photocopy of passport bio-page and passport pages bearing valid visa implementation and latest admission with authorized stay;
    • The Photocopy of official receipt of payment for applicable fee; and
    • Two pieces of 2x2 your photograph with white background and must be taken within the last three months from the date of application.
      For more detail, you can refer to the link ACR issuance.
  2. Apply for the ACR I-Card
    Visit the BI Main Office or other Immigration Offices Directory that have the Alien Registration Program (ARP) service. Submit the completed application form and the required documents and the office will check the database for any derogatory record from you. Follow officer’s guiding to take an Order of Payment Slip (OPS), pay the applicable fees and submit copy of the Official Receipt. After evaluation application and approved, the ACR I-Card shall be printed. Present claim stub and identification (ID) card to obtain the ACR I-Card.
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Required Documents[edit]

  • The accomplished application form ACR-I New;
  • The Certified true copy issued by the Records Section of the Board of Commissioners (BOC)’s Order granting the visa for internal verification purposes;
  • The Certified true copy issued by the Records Section of the Commissioner’s Order of Approval granting the Student Visa for internal verification purposes;
  • Your Photocopy of passport bio-page and passport pages bearing valid visa implementation and latest admission with authorized stay;
  • The Photocopy of official receipt of payment for applicable fee; and
  • Two pieces of 2x2 your photograph with white background and must be taken within the last three months from the date of application.

For more details, you can refer to the link ACR-I Issuance.

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 More detail in the link:


TOURIST VISA SECTION (TVS)
Tourist visa extension, Motion for Reconsideration (MR) of overstaying, ACR I-Card for Application for Tourist, Application of Visa Extension
Direct Line: 5-310-4542
Trunkline: 8465 2400 (102)


Certification and Clearance Section (CCS)
Direct Line: 5-310-4460
Trunkline: 8465 2400 (110)


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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Eligibility[edit]

A foreign national who are visa holder of Temporary Visitor’s Visa or Tourist Visa who have stayed for more than fifty-nine days in the Philippines

Fees[edit]

USD50
Plus Php500

Validity[edit]

1 year

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

Please attach sample completed documents which would help other people who would like to follow this procedure.    



Processing Time[edit]

Maximum 2 days of processing time

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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Instructions[edit]

  • The card contains personal information, a photo, your status and date of entry to the Philippines, visa type, fingerprints among other things.
  • This card serves as a re-entry permit, emigration clearance certificate and special return certificate. Once you have paid the correct fees for these the chip in the card will be updated accordingly.
  • It does not replace your passport however, you still need a valid passport with your visa stamp to legally stay in the Philippines.

Required Information[edit]

A list which displays the kind of information which is required to complete the procedure.
e.g.
1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.



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Need for the Document[edit]

The ACR I-Card is a microchip-based credit card-sized identification card issued to registered alien replacing the paper-based ACR. It has an embedded computer chip with biometric security features capable of data management and can be updated electronically. It is fraud and tamper-proof/resistant.

The ACR I-Card likewise serves as the Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC), Re-entry Permit (RP) and Special Return Certificate (SRC) of the holder upon payment of the required fees.



Information which might help[edit]

  • The application form is written in English language. Enter legibly all the information required into the appropriate spaces on the form. If the information required is not applicable, please write “N/A”. Do not leave any item blank. The Bureau will not act on application forms that are incomplete and incorrectly accomplished. Your answers must be in English and all entries must be in CAPITAL LETTERS using English characters only. Letters like ñ, é, ü and ç are not recognized by the system. For instance, please enter names like “Muñoz” and “Sémonin” as “Munoz” and “Semonin” respectively.
  • All documents required for submission must be complied with, arranged in the order as listed in the Checklist of Documentary Requirements (CDR), compiled in a legal size (8½ x 14 in.) folder and shall be submitted within the prescribed period, if applicable. Otherwise, your application shall not be accepted.
  • All sworn statements or affidavits must be original notarized.
  • All civil registry documents issued in the Philippines (i.e. Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate, etc.) must be original and issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
  • All foreign documents must be original and authenticated by the Philippine Foreign Service Post (FSP), which has jurisdiction over the place of issuance, or by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) if said document is issued by the local Embassy in the Philippines with English translation if written in other foreign language.
  • If the application is filed by an authorized representative, attach a photocopy of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Accreditation Identification (ID) Certificate or an original Special Power of Attorney (SPA) for EACH applicant with a photocopy of a valid government-issued ID of attorney-in-fact.
  • The original valid passport of the applicant must be presented to the concerned frontline officer for identification purposes. Thereafter, it shall be returned.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.



External Links[edit]

Bureau of Immigration

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Others[edit]

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