What is an Alien Certificate of Registration or ACR-I Card?
Alien Certificate of Registration ACR-I Card
The ACR-I card is a requirement for foreign nationals to hold after a certain period of time in the Philippines. It is also required by those foreign nationals to be able to leave the Philippines, together with an ECC (Exit/Emigration Clearance Certificate) [not instead of].
The ACR-I card is issued at a Philippines Bureau of Immigration office.
The Tourist ACR-I card
The Tourist ACR-I card has a validity of ONE year, and must be renewed annually.
Originally, the ACR-I card had to be handed in at Immigration when leaving the Philippines. This has now changed, and you retain it now, and it is still valid if you come back before it expires.
Common categories of the ACR-I card would be the Permanent Resident, Tourist, Student and Voluntary. (Full category list is shown at the bottom of this page.)
Application for an Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR)
Who can apply for an ACR-I card?
All foreign nationals who are visa holders of Temporary Visitor’s Visa or Tourist Visa who have stayed for more than fifty-nine (59) days in the Philippines, MUST apply for an ACR-I card.
The ACR I-Card application must be submitted together with the application for visa (Visa Extension).
Who MUST apply for an ACR-I card?
Who is required to apply for an ACR I-Card?
All foreign nationals under immigrant and non-immigrant visas including holders of Temporary Visitor’s Visa, who stayed for more than fifty nine (59) days in the Philippines are required to apply for an ACR-I Card at expiry of their first 59 days..
Some websites state: All foreigners who stay longer than 6 month in the Philippines on a Non Immigrant or Resident Visa, must have an ACR-I Card.
Renewal of an Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR)
Who can apply to renew an ACR-I card?
All foreign nationals who are existing ACR I-card holders and whose basis of renewal is any of the following:
Expiration of the one (1) year validity of the card.
– Re-registration of alien upon reaching the age of 14;
– Change of visa status;
– Replacement of ACR as required under the Alien Registration Act of 1950, as amended.
How much does an ACR-I card cost?
USD 50.00 plus Php 500.00
Why is this price in US Dollars ? No Idea !!!
What is an ACR-I card
New ACR-I card Issue
ACR-I card Renewal
What are the Benefits of an ACR-I Card ?
I liked this one from the Dept of Immigration:
4: Achieves higher revenues for the Bureau and the national government through increase in number of aliens who will register and improved efficiency in collection of fees.
However, they are needed if a foreigner wants to open a bank account.
Some websites have stated that a Tourist cannot get an ACR card, eg:
However, they can…