The Annual Report – A Philippines Immigration Requirement


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  1. Not sure if you have updated this video, but the info you got is not really correct.
    Tourist visa is about right , November 1 to February 28 and is automatically done when you extend your visa.
    Most guys don’t even know it’s done, they never read the OR.
    But SRRV holders DONT do the AR , actually the PRA will send a report to BI each year that covers the requirements.
    Now the Permanent resident visa holders like 13A and many on working visa and student visas must report to the BI office for the Annual Report from January 1 to February 28 , and yes the fee is 310 pesos.

  2. Quick question for those that may know. If you get married in the Philippines and get that spousal visa, how often do you need to go check in?

  3. Damn, those little BI guys really complicate things dont they? An illegal in America could live their entire life in the US and never face any fees or problems as long as they don’t commit a crime. In the phils, they want a fee everytime you use the CR practically. So what is the monthly total up to know…to live in the phils year round? It used to average about $60 per month for 12 months.

    1. According to most reports, no. If by some chance it’s required, the fine is only about 200P per overdue month beyond March.

    1. that was my buddy’s receipt. i believe he paid a 6-month renewal plus an ACR card on that receipt. average is about $75 per 2-month renewal on Tourist Visa.

  4. Maybe the requirements are different and/or enforced differently in different areas. I was at the office today here in Subic Bay. There is a sign that says that the AR is NOT required for people on tourist visas.

  5. Annual report is for permanent residents who hold a 13a ACR card. You must report within the first 60 days of every year and pay 310 pesos.

  6. Another great informative video Henry- not long and complicated, and
    straight to the point. Very helpful for guys like me, that will need to
    know all this stuff-thanks again Henry 🙂

  7. Good information. Be sure to cover all the bases and regulations or it will cause more problems and cost one.

  8. As always great info. I see below you mentioned the SRRVisa. I just posted some information about the SRRV for anyone interested in retiring over here. Its a great way to live in the Philippines without a lot of the red tape and reporting hassles that you have with the traditional visas. Here’s the link to the video I just posted. https://youtu.be/G6X9-ExYbjY

    Hopefully your viewers will get some insight into the program I choose. It really made my move to the Philippines so much easier.

  9. I have just been to the PRA office in Makati and they have confirmed to me that SRRV holders are exempt from the Annual Report.

  10. Can you just peel off a couple of c- notes and get this all done for a couple of years ? Jesus, I would be living at the immigration office for the first few days! Nice information to have Henry, I may need to review this prior to my journey over there. Take care bud!

    1. a 1-year visa is the longest one you can get. (apart from becoming a full citizen, then you don’t need to worry about it again.)

    1. this is where the confusion begins, the wording between the SRRV and the AR. the SRRV benefits include an exemption from the, “Annual registration requirement of the Bureau of Immigration.”  however the AR states that an annual visitation is “required by all documented aliens.”   the only way to reconcile these two statements is that the annual fee payment, in person, by the SRRV holder counts as an AR.  however this does not agree with the specific question i posed to the immigration officer about the AR requirement.   i’ve gotten conflicting reports about where one could get the ECC (exit clearance).  at one point i was told i could “only” get it in Manila.  and it was an immigration clerk telling me this.  later i found out it can be done in Cebu and Iloilo as well as a few other locations.

  11. I could be wrong, but I thought if you have an SRRV, you do not have to do the in-person report to immigration. You do have to pay a yearly fee.

    1. this is where the confusion begins, the wording between the SRRV and the AR. the SRRV benefits include an exemption from the, “Annual registration requirement of the Bureau of Immigration.”  however the AR states that an annual visitation is “required by all documented aliens.”   the only way to reconcile these two statements is that the annual fee payment, in person, by the SRRV holder counts as an AR.  however this does not agree with the specific question i posed to the immigration officer about the AR requirement.   i’ve gotten conflicting reports about where one could get the ECC (exit clearance).  at one point i was told i could “only” get it in Manila.  and it was an immigration clerk telling me this.  later i found out it can be done in Cebu and Iloilo as well as a few other locations.

    2. Have to double check this but I believe the SRRV has
      Exemptions from the following:
      – Income tax over your pension and annuities
      – Exit and re-entry permits of the Bureau of Immigration (BI)
      – Annual report at the BI
      – Customs duties and taxes when you import household goods and anything else you own, up to a value of US$7,000
      – Travel tax (if your stay is less than a year from your last entry date)
      – Securing an I-Card

  12. It is not for aliens with a tourist visa.I,m living here now more then 2 years on tourist visa and never had to doan annual report.Bt i,m from Europe, don,t know if there,s a different policy on that.

    1. as mentioned in the video, if you’ve ever done a renewal between Nov 1st and Feb 28th.. the fee for the annual report was added to your renewal fee. the visit to the BI for the renewal counts as your AR during those months.

  13. You really should have your own talk radio show . You are gifted to break the hard into the simple. There are many ATL media pod cast today in the USA. Along with Youtube you will reach many more folks. And you have a voice for radio. Keep up the great work.

  14. it’s 2017 and there’s no clear info about it until, Reekay decided to make changes..  way to go mate!  keep up with all the useful info.

  15. Thank you for the heads up and saving me from the extra fees! I only knew of the visa extensions before this.

  16. I didn’t know about the AR but I did have my visa renewed in December and I checked my receipt and it was on there like you said.

  17. Good info Henry. I’m going through the SRRV process now. What they should do is adjust the SRRV annual renewal date to any time between nov and feb. That way you would only have to report once a year no matter what month you first got your SRRV. Ahhh more fun.

  18. Taken from PRA (Philippines Retirement Authority) website regarding SRRV Holders:3.   Exemptions from:      •   Income tax over your pension and annuities;
          •   Exit and re-entry permits of the Bureau of Immigration;
          •   Annual registration requirement of the Bureau of Immigration;
          •   Customs Duties and Taxes with regard to the importation of household goods and personal effects up to US$7,000.00;
          •   Travel tax, if you stay in the Philippines is less than one year from the last entry date; and
          •   I-Card

    1. Not to be argumentative but I received the following email from the PRA today which concurs with their website:Dear Sir,
      PRA retiree-members / SRRVisa holders are not required to do
      the Annual Report with the Bureau of Immigration.
      Thank you.
      Best regards,
      Sky Lachica

    2. yes. i’ve also seen ECC requirements (at the BImmigration website) which state a person must bring 6 photos, when in reality only 2 are required. SRRV holders do have to report in and pay their annual fee. and thus the reason for the confusion over the AR between the language of the AR and the info posted at the BI website.

  19. Good info thanks! I had to make sure and check my receipt and yup! It’s there.

    1. jammy jackson Hi bro. Appreciate the advise, sorry for long reply. I’ll definitely look into this but being I’m married to filipina, I’m looking phil first.

    2. Ronald Metoyer hi Ronald don’t put all your eggs in one basket when it comes to the Philippines . you should all so look at Cambodia Vietnam Malaysia and thailand .Cambodia is Farr Farr cheaper .so is Vietnam and thailand .
      And you can move freely between these country’s .whith out getting on a plane

    3. LifeBeyondTheSea – Philippines thanks! im planning to be there in January 2020. I’m just getting my ducks in a row as far as visa. I’m thinking the 13avisa

    4. a person can extend “for up to 36 continuous months”.. but can only pay for up to a 1 year’s worth of extension on their Tourist Visa at a time. (there is no one-time 36 month extension)

  20. Another channel filled with petty “men” going off topic just to snipe at PV. They need to get a different hobby and do something worthwhile with their lives. Perhaps someone will start a channel just for everyone who wants to get on the bitch about PV bandwagon. He’s not one of my favorite people and obviously you have a problem with him per some of your comments but enough is enough. All the bitchin’ is not going to change his behavior and just keeps the expat internet atmosphere charged with animosity, as is the state of the US as a whole I suggest. Civility seems to be out of fashion nowadays. Channels that are breeding sites for or allow such activity do a disservice to viewers who watch for informative topics or entertainment. As is my choice, I unsubscribe to such channels and eventually quit watching those of that ilk altogether. Fortunately there are many more available providing quality viewing in a positive manner.

  21. very good information, my 2nd trip their I stayed over the 21 days, and had to pay a penalty, I didn’t know it at the time, since I was married to a woman from the Philippines, I could stay a year without a penalty. We have been married 12 years now, and just bought a house in Bacolod City.

    1. Philippine Life Adventure you get 30 days when you Come into the Philippines not 21 days

    2. cool, i’m glad things are working out well for you. 12 years is quite a long time.

  22. Thanks Reekay this info will come in very handy in the future for me, I’m about 30 days from living in the Philippines right now.

    1. a very exciting time for you! i could hardly sleep when i was 30 days from moving here. it’s been a huge adventure ever since. 🙂

  23. Also found some conflicting info on whether those with balikbayan status have to do the AR. As anyone who has ever lived in the Philippines knows, it’s not uncommon to get different answers from different govt. officials.

    1. yes, i’ve run into this with banks, immigration, the LTO… i remember one time getting 3 different answers from the same BI office on the ECC requirements. first, they told me i had to do that in Manila. then said i ‘could’ do it in Cebu or Bohol. then said not on Bohol, but yes in Cebu. (ugh.) (for the record… an ECC exit clearance CAN be done in Cebu, Iloilo and Manila as well as a few other locations. but not at a satellite office such as Bohol.)

  24. Confusing, since the SRRV website specifically says that holders of that visa are exempt from “Annual registration requirement of the Bureau of Immigration;”

    1. and yet, SRRV holders do need to report in annually and pay the 500P fee for their SRRV. over the years i’ve found the wording at the BI and LTO websites to be either vague or inaccurate at times.

  25. Hmmmmm I wonder what information Interpol has on the Manila Hobo? Great information Henry thanks!

  26. I remember the USA used to make all aliens report once a year…. I remember they use to announce on the television several times a day for about a week in the spring I was a little kid back then in the late 1950’s…..

  27. Great info Henry, I didn’t know that. I appreciate you sharing this obvious important matter we all must take care of …. thumbs up!!!!

  28. Great heads up. And even if you have a Balikbayan visa as a foreigner you still have to do your AR (far as I know). I don’t know about that Trumpster expat hobo if he still sets foot at the immigration office during all these years. It’s the irony of his life – an illegal alien in a third world country.

    1. Actually, if you’re here on a BB visa you DON’T need the annual report unless you overstay the visa. You also don’t need an Exit report. I was at Immigration earlier this week and asked about it. P.S. I don’t care about Peevee one way or another. The guy has some big problems, and I think he brought most of them onto himself. He’s his own worst enemy.

    2. To “Noodles”…..Try to be nice… I’m a Trump supporter also, I’m glad he won…. (although I would have preferred Ted Cruz)….. but one of my best friends is a socialist who liked Bernie Sanders and then Hillary….I respect her choice…she respects my choice….. and we don’t call each other names. We’re long time friends even with our political differences.
      ….. There are good people on both sides.. and there are nasty people on both sides…..
      Try to leave the politics out of it. It’s extemists like fascists and communists and terrorists that drive me crazy.

    3. he made the claim that a filipino passport has no value. and yet, he has managed to make a USA passport completely worthless in his own case. he can’t even travel outside the PH anymore. now there’s irony.

  29. By the way… several expats had posted in various forums that they felt this requirement was a reaction to negative relations with the USA. It is not. the Annual Report has been a requirement since as far back as 2014. (see link) http://lexuniversal.com/en/news/17654

  30. I had no idea. my last extension i used a travel agency. the receipt has the annual report paid but i never went in person. hmm.

    1. bob barker travel agency don’t know anything when I ask them. they just know. pay this amount for tickets. travel agency wanted 5,000 dollars for something I do on my own for less than 500 dollars.

  31. i thought you had to do it before expired mine is in aug. so i still need to do it before feb. 28?

    1. the ACR card is separate from the AR (Annual Report) requirement. However, if you do have an ACR card at the time of the Annual Report, they will ask to see that it is valid. so bring it with you.

    2. i just renew mine the last time i go to go to renew my exstention even if its before the day of expire date

    3. you might be thinking of renewals. this is separate. the cut-off date for completing the AR is the last day of February. (last year they said March 1st, this year they said March 3rd. )

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