Alien Certificate of Registration

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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..
www.immigration.gov.ph/../faqs/acr-i-card

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

ACR-I card FAQ

New ACR-I card Issue

New ACR-I card Issue

ACR-I card Renewal

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:

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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I am not going to stay in the Philippines for 59 days. However I need an ARC as part of the requirements from my bank to apply for a mortgage with my Filipina wife.

Is there a way I can still apply?

I’m from the UK

From my understanding of the system, you can only apply for an ACR-1 card after 59 days which is basically stay for 30 days from your entry stamp on your passport. Prior to that expiring apply for visa waiver & get your visa extended which will last for 29 days. I have always used a travel agent cause it’s pandemonium at immigration in Intramurus. Travel agents is Sharp Travel, Alexander House, Amorsolo St, Manila. They’re on the 4th floor, ask for Ronald. Hope this helps.

I visited imigration office yesterday for get ACR coz for open bank account. BTW I had one month Visa ND it’s my first visit in Philippines. So imigration said u must extend ur visa extension first then u can apply ACR. So I applied visa extension plus ACR card together under express (urgent) service. They just required my passport ND my condominium address so I got two month Visa extension ND for ACR card, they gave me receipt ND gave me two weeks to receive ACR card.
Let’s c. If I can get after two weeks.

Hi, do we need to put our social security number at the TIN number where we sign the ACR I-card application, or do we put N/A? Thanks

Thanks Admin.

I’m about to apply for the SRRV at the PRA and the bank where I wired the funds to said I need an ACR even though they have the original letter of introduction from the PRA. My question is do I need to maintain both the ACR and SRRV?

If my wife has an iCard and we haven’t paid the annual report fee thing but need to travel immediately can she do so at the airport?

Hi, do I need returning ticket with this card. Or One way is fine?

Hi good day po, I have an American husband. We got married on Feb. 14, 2018. He is currently using the Balik Bayan Visa which is good for 1 year. My question is, will he able to apply for the ACR? We havent really have any idea about this card until the bank required this one on him. We live here in Cebu and we will be flying to Manila to apply for the ACR. Since it has been said that application will be done for just 1 day and we only planned to stay in Manila for 2 days, is it possible to deliver the ACR card here in Cebu once the processing is done?

Can a foreigner apply for a permanent residency instead of ARC? I have a friend who is staying here more than a year and keep renewing his ARC. He has a child but not married to a filipino. He plans to stay here in the Philippines just to support his child needs.

I think you mean ACR? And yes, anyone can apply for an ICR, rather than an ACR.

Hi good day po, I have an American husband. We got married on Feb. 14, 2018. He is currently using the Balik Bayan Visa which is good for 1 year. My question is, will he able to apply for the ACR? We havent really have any idea about this card until the bank required this one on him. We live here in Cebu and we will be flying to Manila to apply for the ACR. Since it has been said that application will be done for just 1 day and we only planned to stay in Manila for 2 days, is it possible to deliver the ACR card here in Cebu once the processing is done?

It does not say that. Why would you need to be married to get Permanent Residency? lol

The early retirement visa program should work?

Hi
I have a valid ACR but I have exit Manila in Nov 2018.Now I want to go to Manila again so do I need to apply for a visa or I can go and have visa on arrival with valid ACR?

Hi
I have a valid ACR but I have exit Manila in Nov 2018.Now I want to go to Manila again so do I need to apply for a visa or I can go and have visa on arrival with valid ACR

Good evening! I hope you can help me.
Apologies in advance because this is lengthy.

My husband holds a Permanent Resident Visa (by marriage to me, a Filipina) granted on March 2014. He left the Philippines for overseas employment and didn’t come back until April 2017.
Therefore, he wasn’t able to renew his ACR within those 3yrs.
When we arrived on April 2017, we didn’t had the chance to renew his ACR because i waa diagnosed with a brain tumor whilst pregnant.
The reason being is, he couldn’t leave me at home alone because i am prone to seizures.
Now, last week someone stole his wallet whilst in a public transportation (too buy my medicine) with his ACR in it.
We filed for affidavit of loss in thw city hall and then a police report.
I have read from some expat experiences that they also have to advertise in a national newspaper regarding his lost ACR.
Questions:
1) IS THIS TRUE??? Regarding the advertising in a national newspaper of the lost ACR?
2) How much will it cost for us to pay for a re-issuance of a LOST and EXPIRED ACR?
3) Will my husband get in trouble for not renewing his ACR when he arrived last April 2017?

Any relevant information, reply or personal experience will be helpful.

God bless!!!

Hi, my 4 months old daughter’s visa waiver is expiring on nov 29.
1. When is the deadline to apply ACR i-card?
2. Shall she come or i can apply it on behalf of her?
3. How much are the fees?

Thanks.

Hi – would like to ask: Can a student who is waiting of the issuance of the ACR-I card leave the country while it hasn’t been released? The student in question has already received her 9f student visa but the ACR-I card is still being processed. She would like to travel at Christmas for holiday, but we are not sure if the ACR-I card would be ready by then. Can she travel without the ACR-I card being completely processed? Thank you in advance for your help

Good day
May I ask, can the foreign visitor apply an ACR even his visa is expired yet? He has given visa for 59 days. Thank you

Hi just want to ask my husband ACR I CARD was expired and his planning to go back to phils for 28days he need to renew his card or not?thanks

My fiance need to apply ACR I’D Do we need to do that in BOI manila?

Good evening! I hope you can help me.
Apologies in advance because this is lengthy.

My husband holds a Permanent Resident Visa (by marriage to me, a Filipina) granted on March 2014. He left the Philippines for overseas employment and didn’t come back until April 2017.
Therefore, he wasn’t able to renew his ACR within those 3yrs.
When we arrived on April 2017, we didn’t had the chance to renew his ACR because i waa diagnosed with a brain tumor whilst pregnant.
The reason being is, he couldn’t leave me at home alone because i am prone to seizures.
Now, last week someone stole his wallet whilst in a public transportation (too buy my medicine) with his ACR in it.
We filed for affidavit of loss in thw city hall and then a police report.
I have read from some expat experiences that they also have to advertise in a national newspaper regarding his lost ACR.
Questions:
1) IS THIS TRUE??? Regarding the advertising in a national newspaper of the lost ACR?
2) How much will it cost for us to pay for a re-issuance of a LOST and EXPIRED ACR?
3) Will my husband get in trouble for not renewing his ACR when he arrived last April 2017?

Any relevant information, reply or personal experience will be helpful.

God bless!!!

Hello admin, I just wanted to ask if its possible not to apply for ACR-I for 3months staying here in the philippines? Thanks in advance..

Wow so much misinformation on here…

Should not have to do YOUR homework.

Don’t be put off by trolls like Dan, they didn’t come for information, but to make inane comments like the above. Keep up the good work.

I run a similar site to this and as far as I can see on this topic no misinformation which is more than can be said of most of the sites which allow comments to go unmoderated. Well done

Good day, I just want to ask if how long does it takes to have a renewal of the ACR card? my husband is a korean but his ACR card expired but the visa is still not expired.. but he don’t stay here for so long.. and how much does it cost to have renewal of ACR?

Does having and ACR card mean you don’t need a onward flight when coming back to the Phil’s after a trip leaving the Phil’s.

I would like to ask if possible that my boyfriend who is an italian businessman can open a bank account under his name without residency certificate?thank you for the response

Hi what is the requirement in getting ACR? do u need to be married to be able to have one?

Hello, just want to ask if a person can apply for the ACR if he/she just stayed in Philippines just for a week or two weeks only, not more than 59 days.

i have a fiance who lived in the states an he”s already retired over there. and were getting married soon this year. he wants to stayhere in the philippines for a year. is a ACR necessary for him? hope you get back my message and i appriciate.. thank u

I’m naturalized Filipino born citizen now holding foreign nationality. For me to hold any transaction or simply opening a bank account I’m required to present ACR. How do I acquire it? Can do it on line.Which form to be filled up? If can be done though on line can I authorize someone to collect in behalf of me.

Good day. What is the requirements to get a ACR, my friend want to get a ACR and he is chinese and he work here he only have Passport and TIN as her valid ID thanks

Hi Admin
I am Australian but I was born in Philippines and since I was born in Philippines, I am allowed to stay in Philippines for one year. AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN IS NOT REQUIRED BY PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT TO GET A VISA IF THE PURPOSE OF VISITING PHILIPPINE IS JUST BEING TOURIST and with my case I could stay for one year. Now since I am allowed to stay for year without VISA, WHAT SHOULD I DO in order for me to ICR.

Hi Admin
I am Australian but I was born in Philippines and since I was born in Philippines, I am allowed to stay in Philippines for one year. AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN IS NOT REQUIRED BY PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT TO GET A VISA IF THE PURPOSE OF VISITING PHILIPPINE IS JUST BEING TOURIST and with my case I could stay for one year. Now since I am allowed to stay for year without VISA, WHAT SHOULD I DO in order for me to apply for ICR.

Hi.. just wanna ask if this ACR-I card is really required for baby? Last year, I got 1 for my daughter because she is an egyptian passport holder and we stay in Philippines for 4 mos., we just keep it, we didn’t use it anywhere. Till now it is not clear with me what is the purpose of that i-card? Can we go Philippines using that I-card, no need to process visa for her? Thanks.

Hi,
My husband is Omani we applied for voluntary ACR I Card..The BI staff told us to extend his visa first for 1month coz his tourist visa is only for 1 month just to complete the 59days requirements on applying acr i card..other says that the validity of the ACR I Card is depend on the extension that you applied to the visa..so it means that the validity of the acr card is only for 1month?…2days after the application he flew back to oman and leave SPA for me to get the ACR card..pls help me on this he always visit here in the Philippines every 4mos..so by the time he come back here his acr card is already expire..

Hi Admin,

Thank you for the quick response, He need the ACR I-card coz we are planning to open a joint account when he come back..He only stays here for 2 to 3weeks every 4mos that’s why we need to prepare the necessary documents.

Hi Ma’am Mhiya!
Did the Admin answered already ?

my expiry date of ACR card is on 18th january 2018, and im going for a vacation so that i will be arriving on 16th of january. so do they allow me in the airport? and what’s the re entry permit of acr card?

ACR card could be an issue (if expired) only when dealing with the bureau or when leaving. I don’t think anyone will ever ask you the ACR card on arrival and anyway it s not even expired in this case. Is it a tourist ACR card?

it’s a student visa.

Hi admin my friend over stay for 1 year and 2 months in the philippines does he need acr and how much would it be?

If I have a valid ACR card do I need an onward plane ticket out of the Philippines to obtain re-entry? I have been out of the Philippines for 2 months?

Hi admin. If you are entering the Philippines with a one way ticket and an outward ticket to another Asia country, let’s say Macau, will that suffice?

Hi, is it possible to renew my Alien Card from the UK? I am not returning to the Philippines until January 2018 and my card expires in October 2017. I am wondering if i can renew at the embassy in the UK. Thanks for any advice, Matt.

gd pm i ask what is the requirements of aileen certification my fiance he wants to take a aileen certification he is a france nationality..what is the processing

Can my husband get an ACR card even though he was granted BB visa thru me? He wants to open a bank account in his name. Thanks

Hello, i’m was a Philippine citizen and turned into US citizen recently. I got my passport changed just this month. The problem is, i already enrolled in a school at the Philippines since I’m planning to study there. I’m planning to apply for a dual citizenship when I get back, but school starts pretty soon. Do i need this still?

May i know how long it will take to get the ACR id after the personal appearance in immigration? Thank you.

Hi there. Does a naturalized citizen of any country other than Philippines still need to apply for an ACR if applying for a bank account in the Philippines? We’ve been Filipino’s since birth but changed our citizenship 3yrs ago. Thanks!

My frnd is staying in phillpenes as medical student and she applied for ACRcard . But unfortunatly it will be little late, and now she want to go on vacation to India for a month. Is it a problem while returning she will face some problem due to that she don’t have acr card.
Is it compulsory to have it?
She is on student visa for 5year
Plz reply
Thank you

Hi Anil! That is my concern too.. May I know how long already since your friend applied for ACR? Did she already get her id or not yet?

What and why tourist need to have the ACR ??? It this there personal background and information?? This ACR help our country to protect from terrorist ??

Did ACR help to know forrienger come to PHILIPPINES..if good or they do bad in there country.. I’m just worried because more tourist coming to PHILIPPINES is terrorist.. this ACR help to know the personal background of the tourist ????

Hello, good day. My friend wants to apply for ACR; what is the maximum time that she can stay here in the Philippines if she apply as TOURIST in ACR? Thank you very much. I am looking forward to your reply.

Thank you very much.

Can I apply online,

Paul

I have a 13 a probationary card I am leaving the philppines in April 2018 my card expires July 2018 do I pay my exit clearance at the airport and what are the fees my wife has a cr 1 USA visa we are going home to the USA but one day may come back to live

A foreigner would want to buy a condominium here in the Philippines. Is ACR required in purchasing the said property?

hello i have one doubt if anybody knows please tell me. do i need to do the annual Report at immigration? Im a Tourist ACR I – Card holder. i dont think i need to do it but if anyone knows please answer

thanks!

I have doubt with my korean boyfriend if he is telling the truth that he is single., but with the help of ACR i prove it that he is single..
One day he forgot his passport together with his ACR in our house and i saw the information in civil status and he is single ..

My boss need a bank account in the Philippines as he travel here regularly. Is it possible to obtain an ACR card straight away (within the first 7 days) upon entry to the Philippines in order to open a bank account? Or would he have to wait 59 days before he could make the application

I have the same problem here

I have the same case here ..

Can ACR-I Holder allowed to drive a car? He has his drivers liscensed from a country where he come from…Do he needs to get his drivers licensed here? Please answer

I need a bank account in the Philippines as I travel there regularly. Is it possible to obtain an ACR card straight away (within the first 7 days) upon entry to the Philippines in order to open a bank account? Or would I have to wait 59 days before I could make the application.

Does ACR-I that being applied by any nationality except Philippines passport holder need ticket out from Phillipines? Do they need to show the immigration a confirm ticket out from Philippines as soon as they land in Philippines?

Do our children (both under 4 years old) require this card as well or are they covered under ours?

Thank you

Hi Jared…just wanted to ask if you got ACR for your children?..I have the same questions for mine as well, we have been staying in Philippines for 8mnths now and just realized if I need to get ACR for my kids.

Thanks in advance!

On form 2015-08-002 it ask for “ACR NUMBER”. Where on card is the ACR Number

Hello.. I have a friend under 9(g) visa and her visa will be valid only until Jan 21. Due to some circumstances, she can’t extend her visa until Jan 20 but she must leave the country on Jan 24, means the interim visa also not possible. Could you suggest what she can do with this situation? Is leaving the country without extend her visa and return with tourist visa possible? Thanks.

Hi admin
I just want ask about getting Driver License here in the Philippines. Im korean citizen. I was go to the LTO to get driver license, but they said i need Get ACR i card ( Alien Certificate Of Registration ) im just 18 years old. How to get ACR I CARD??

Is consulate general of the philippine san francisco and alien certificate of registration are the same? And do the red ribbon symbolize also a filipino citizen?