Alien Certificate of Registration

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].

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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

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New ACR-I card Issue

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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:

ACR-I Tourist cannot get an ACR card
From an unnamed website for foreigners in the Philippines

However, they can…

ACR-I card Tourist

Categories of the ACR-i card

Categories of the Philippines ACR-I card

Colours of the Philippines ACR-I card
Colours of the Philippines ACR-I card

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148 thoughts on “Alien Certificate of Registration”

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  2. Can I get a ACR card on balikbayan visa before the 59 day tourist type off visa like a week after getting into Manila

    1. I suggest that you apply at an Immigration Office. I see no reason why they would not do one, although you may need to explain why it is required.

      I feel they may suggest you apply at the same time that you apply for your first extension, before the first 30 days is up. I also see no reason why you can’t do that too, after the first week. After all, it is all about the tourist giving money to the Government, (a common situation worldwide).

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  4. I have applied for a ACR I-card and it appears to have been approved. I was wondering what the initial E stands for in the last column. Some have A but mine shows E

    1. The latest costs are shown at:

      These costs are still the same on the Philippine Immigration Website today.

      After one year, the student visa would need extension/ renewal every six months. The Registrar’s Office (RO) and the Admissions Office at the University or Education Facility will normally assist all international students in this process.

      The cost to extend a Student Visa in the Philippines is shown as 4,020 PHP. (as checked 4 Nov 2019)

      This may be increased by US$50 if an ACR-I card is not currently held. One ACR-I card application or renewal is needed every 12 months.

  5. They gave me a hard time at the airport because my return flight to Canada was 3 months from departure date. The next time, by showing my little white tourist Alien registration card with my address in the Philippines, should that help in any way?

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  7. My husband is a foriegner he wants to open an account in the Philippines. Please help how & where to apply ACR card and immigrant certificate of registration?

    1. The ACR-I card (Alien Certificate of Registration) is applied for, and issued by, a Philippines Bureau of Immigration office.

      He needs to go to his local one, with passport and last visa receipt.

    2. My wife and I opened an account in HSBC, Cebu when visiting and staying in a hotel. No problems in doing so, just needed a passport. Things might have change since but might be worth a try.

  8. my friends
    Good Day
    if you have Voluntary Card like red color is very easy to open account in land bank
    bank working hour 100% sure sure sure .. i did it now i have bank account of
    land bank ((((( must be Red ACR CARD)))
    have a nice day

    1. I have a ‘White Tourist SSRN ACR Card’ valid from March 2019 for one year which was accepted when I setup a new ‘Philippines Bank Deposit ATM Account’ two weeks ago. I am married to a Filipino but don’t know if that made a difference, they took a copy of our marriage certificate and my UK passport. A friend of mine who is not married and had just arrived in the Philippines a few weeks ago walked into a bank and opened an account with less than PHP 500, I had to deposit PHP 10,000. I don’t know how he managed it as he hasn’t been in the country long enough to get an ACR Card. Unlike me he is extremely wealthy although he told me he didn’t tell them and they didn’t ask. I have been out of the country and returned with no ACR Card problems, I believe I can leave and return as many times as I like without the card lapsing within the one year period. I now want to arrange ‘Philhealth’ for my wife and hopefully myself although I originally thought that wouldn’t be possible for me until I visited a ‘Philhealth’ site and they actually display a ‘White Tourist SSRN ACR Card’.

      1. I also had issues with opening a bank account, with a Tourist ACR card. I was refused at the Security Bank, when wanting to open and then transfer in over 1 million pesos.
        They were OK opening an account for my Filipina girlfriend though, with a lot less to deposit…

        The Philippine Savings Bank (PSB a subsidiary of Metrobank) were OK with me (not married to a Filipina) opening an account, and even issued the debit/ATM card on the spot. I actually opened it with just a few hundred pesos, but transferred more in later.

        It seem that different banks have different rules.

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