In all parts of the globe, it is important to have validity and proper legality of your stay whenever you travel to visit or to tour in a native country.

For all those wondering how to get an alien certificate registration or commonly known as ACT Identity card (ACR I-card), here’s your complete guide on the following matters you should consider before applying.

In the Philippines, it is required that all immigrants, foreign and Filipinos who work abroad, going and returning to the Philippines, to get an ACR I-Card who intended to stay for more than 59 days.

This also means you are properly residing in the country and that you are a registered on file in the security agencies of the Philippines; likewise, all foreign nationals under immigrant and non-immigrant visas including holders of Temporary Visitors’ Visa, who have stayed for more than 59 days in the Philippines need to apply for an ACR I-Card.

Among the Philippine Visa categories are Permanent Resident, Native-Born, Special Non-Immigrant, Worker, Probationary Resident, Voluntary Registrant, Tourist, Student, Treaty Trader and Gratis.

For some of the foreigners and Filipinos, you might be confused with the Alien Registration Number. To better determine the Alien Registration Number, you can find it in the NOA2 (approval notice) that starts with letter A. It is very important to know this since this is your assigned unique identification number while staying in the Philippines.

An ACR I-Card then has one (1) year validity. Once it is expiring, the holder ACR I-card renewal must be requested. Renewals and tourist are quicker than the new Visa application.

Tourist Visa fee will cost you $50 USD.

What is ACR I-card?

ACR I-card is a replacement for the paper-based ACR issued to registered aliens. The new ACR I-card is now a microchip-based credit card-sized identification card that has biometric features that can hold certain data and be updated electronically. The ACR I-Card now 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.

This will serve as the immigrant’s certificate of residence in the Philippines. This is commonly applicable to all foreigners living in manila that wanted to retire or stay in the Philippines.

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How (Where) to Apply for ACR I-Card Step-by-Step

This is all for foreign nationals who are visa holders of Temporary Visitor’s Visa or Tourist Visa that have stayed for more than fifty-nine (59) days in the Philippines. Here is the complete list of ACR requirements;

Where to apply? You can apply in the BI Main office or in other immigration offices.
What should I bring?
  • Completed application form and,
  • Certified true copy issued by the Records Section of the Board of Commissioners (BOC)’s Order granting the visa (for internal verification purposes)
  • Certified true copy issued by the Records Section of the Commissioner’s Order of Approval granting the Student
  • Visa (for internal verification purposes)
  • Photocopy of passport bio-page and passport pages bearing valid visa implementation and latest admission with authorized stay
  • Photocopy of official receipt(s) of payment for applicable fees
  • Two (2) pieces of 2×2 photograph of the applicant with white background and must be taken within the last three (3) months from the date of application.
How to apply? Your ACR I-card application together with your application for visa should be submitted to BI office.
How much does it cost? $ 50.00 You need to add ₱500.00

3 Simple Tips to Follow When You Apply For a ACR I-Card

To avoid denial/delay in the processing of your application, please be advised of the following:

  1. 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.
  2. The original valid passport of the applicant must be submitted to the Central Receiving Unit (CRU) personnel or concerned frontline officer for scanning. Thereafter, it shall be returned.
  3. It is recommended that you seek legal advice from lawyers and/or BI-accredited entities.

Checklist of Requirements – (ACR I-Card) Waiver

Please read carefully the above-stated General Instructions, before proceeding with the completion of the documentary requirements.

  1. Letter request addressed to the Commissioner personally signed by the applicant, stating therein valid and meritorious reason for waiver, and stamped “No Derogatory Records” by the Certification and
    Clearance Section (CCS);
  2. Photocopy of the applicant’s ACR I-Card transaction form claim stub;
  3. Photocopy of applicant’s passport bio-page and latest visa implementation page;
  4. Photocopy of airline ticket showing applicant’s name and date of departure; and
  5. Official receipt of payment for ACR I-Card waiver application.
Where to apply? You can apply in the BI Main office or other immigration offices
What should I bring? Your completed application form and,
All documents needed.
How much does it cost? I-card fee costs $ 50.00 and Express fee costs ₱500.00

Are children under 5 years old required to have an ACR I-card?

Under the Philippine Immigration law, Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, children below fifteen (15) years of age who are unaccompanied by or not coming to a parent, are classified as excludable. In order for them to be admitted into the Philippines, they must secure a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) from the Bureau of Immigration Philippines, upon proper coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

They may be allowed admission upon the approval of the Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).


Voluntary Application for ACR I-Card

  1. Who can apply?
  2. A foreign national who voluntarily applies for an ACR I-Card
  1. Where to apply?
  2. BI Main Office
  1. What to bring?
    1. Checklist with complete documentary requirements
    2. Application Form
  1. How to apply?
    1. Secure and fill out an application form and attach required documents.
    2. Submit application with complete requirements.
    3. Check the database for any derogatory record.
    4. Get an Order of Payment Slip (OPS).
    5. Pay the required fees.
    6. Submit copy of Official Receipt.
    7. After evaluation of application and approved, the ACR I-Card shall be printed.
    8. Present claim stub and identification (ID) card.
How much does it cost?
Item Discription Amount
I-Card Fee $ 50. 00
Express Fee ₱500

The different categories of the ACR I-Card in the Philippines

a. Permanent Resident

13 Quota

RA 7919

13(a)

EO 324

13(b)

PD 730

13(c)

MCL-07-021

13(d)

MCL-08-003

13(e)

Permanent

13(g)

b. Native Born

c. Special Non-Immigrant

47(a)(2) non exempt EO 758
47(b) PD 1623
RA 8756 SVEG
PD 1034

d. Worker 

  • 9(g) Commercial Missionary
  • 9(g) Missionary

e. Probationary Resident

13(a) probationary Temporary Resident Visa
MCL-07-021 probationary

f. Voluntary Registrant

Balikbayan

All Economic Zone Visas

Tourist less than 59 days

SIRV

47(a)(2) exempt

SRRV

g. Tourist

Temporary Visitors who will stay/have stayed for more than 59 days

SWP

SSP

h. Student

  • Sec 9(f)

i. Treaty Trader

  • Sec 9(d)

j. Gratis

  • RA 7837 (Veterans)
  • C.A.  613, 47 (b)

Types of ACR I-Card VISA – Corresponding Color by Categories

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Visa Category Assigned Color
Permanent Resident Light Yellow
Native-Born Bronze
Special Non-Immigrant Dark Purple
Worker Blue
Probationary Resident Light Purple
Voluntary Registrant Red
Tourist White
Student Aqua Blue
Treaty Trader Gray
Gratis Green

How To Renew ACR i-Card in the Philippines – Step by Step

To give you a better idea, here are the renewal requirements of Alien Certificate Registration Identity Card (ACR I-Card):

(Please be reminded that all foreign nationals who are existing ACR I-Card holders whose basis of renewal is any of the following)

  1. Expiration of the one year validity of the card.
  2. Re-registration of alien upon reaching the age of 14.
  3. Change of Visa status
  4. Replacement of ACR as required under the Alien Registration Act of 1950, as amended.

Documentary Requirements for Renewal of ACR I-Card:

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  1. Accomplished ACR I-Card renewal application form (BI Form 2014-08-010 Rev 0)
  2. Original ACR I-Card
  3. Photocopy of Passport Bio-Page, visa implementation page and latest admission with valid authorized stay
  4. Certified true copy issued by the Records Section of the Board of Commissioner (BOC)’s Order granting visa (for internal verification purposes)
  5. Certified true copy issued by the Records Section of the Alien Certificate of Registration/Immigrant Certificate of Residence (for paper-based ACR holders)

In case, there are some amendments such as the change of address, additional requirements must be presented:

  1. Certificate of Residence from the Barangay Captain
  2. Photocopy of ACR I-Card
  3. Affidavit of Change of Address

You can request the renewal at the Bureau of Immigration’s Main Office or other BI Offices near you.

During the renewal, you need to bring and do the following:

  1. Duly accomplished Application Form
  2. Duly accomplished Checklist with complete documentary requirements.
  3. Submit the application and the checklists along with the complete documentary requirements.
  4. Check the database for any derogatory record.
  5. Get an Order of Payment Slip (OPS).
  6. Pay the required fees:
    a. I-Card Fee is $50.
    b. Express Fee is ₱500.00.
  7. Submit copy of Official Receipt.
  8. Upon evaluation of the application and approved, the ACR I-Card shall be printed and issued
  9. Present claim stub and identification (ID) card.

Important Reminder: As of January 2, 2017, the Bureau of Immigration had informed the ACR holder that they must be reporting after 60 days a year after the issuance of ACR I-Card, otherwise, they had to pay express lane fee for non-appearance of ₱500.00, and submit a special power of attorney with valid government-issued ID, valid passport, present and undertaking to fulfill obligations in case of aliens with liabilities and the official receipt of the latest Annual Report fee paid. If within the 60 days, there will be no fees at all.

Alien Certificate ACR I-Card Lost or Stolen – The Definitive Guide

There are certain points in your life that you want or need to go from one place to another. Certain documents are needed to be prepared when travelling. One of the main required documents to prepare specifically for foreign nationals is the Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-Card or in some points, Immigrant Certificate of Residence Philippines).

Even in the most important ones, they have the possibility of being lost or stolen. Of course at this point, you could ask yourself, “What should I do? Are there any fees for lost or stolen ACR-I Card?” Assistance or help is needed in these hard times.

According to the Bureau of Immigration Philippines, under the stipulation of the Philippine Immigration Law, it is possible to apply for an ACR I-Card renewal for certain people under several conditions such as lost ACR card in Philippines.

Who can apply?

The reassurance of ACR I-card is for foreigners who has existing ACR I-card who’s basis of renewal or has a condition is any of the following:

  1. Lost card;
  2. Damaged card;
  3. Amendments (address, name, nationality, civil status, etc.);
  4. Rejected card (wrong entries or information printed in the card due to fault or negligence of the applicant)

Where to apply?

You can apply for the reassurance in BI Main Office and Other Immigration Offices

Link for list of offices: http://www.immigration.gov.ph

What to bring?

These are the needed requirements for the reassurance of ACR-I Card:

  1. Checklist with complete documentary requirements
  2. Application Form

How to apply?

In order to apply for the reassurance, do these simple steps:

  1. Secure and fill out an application form and attach required documents.
  2. Submit application with complete requirements.
  3. Check the database for any derogatory record.
  4. Get an Order of Payment Slip (OPS).
  5. Pay the required fees.
  6. Submit a copy of the Official Receipt.
  7. After evaluation application and approved, the ACR I-Card shall be printed.
  8. Present claim stub and identification (ID) card.

How much does it Cost the Replacement of ACR i-Card?

In terms of payment amounts and methods, these apply:

  1. All transactions except Lost I-Card – For the I-Card Fee, it will be $20.00 with an Express Fee of ₱500.00
  2. Lost I-Card Re-issuance – For the I-Card Fee, it will cost you $20.00 together with and Express Fee of ₱1, 000.00

Applying for a Lost ACR I-Card? Here Are 7 Important Tips to Get You Approved:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. All sworn statements or affidavits must be original notarized.
  4. All entries in the civil registry section documents issued in the Philippines (i.e. Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate, etc.) must be original and issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) of the Philippines.
  5. All documents from the country of origin 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The original valid passport of the applicant must be presented to the concerned frontline officer for identification purposes. Thereafter, it shall be returned.

SEE ALSO:
Blacklisted Foreigners in Philippines: How to Lift or Check your Name?

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Zach
Zach

Hello. I am approaching my 59th day here and plan to stay longer. So I need to get the ACR card, but am wondering isn’t these two items done internally by the BI office?

-Certified true copy issued by the Records Section of the Board of Commissioners (BOC)’s Order granting the visa (for internal verification purposes)
-Certified true copy issued by the Records Section of the Commissioner’s Order of Approval granting the Student

If I’m not mistaken, they do that and give it to me like they have for my tourist visa extension.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

Bruce
Bruce

Hello…if I’m issued a 13A permanent or 13A temporary visa…do I need to be in the Philippines for 59 days before applying for applying for ACR I-card?

I’ve just submitted my 13A visa application to the Philippines Embassy in United States.

Asen
Asen

Could you tell me do I have to apply for acr card in person or as with extending visa an authorized representative can do it in my name since biometric passports have eye and finger print on it so there is no need to be in person???

Elizabet Beck
Elizabet Beck

Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all folks
you really recognize what you are talking approximately!
Bookmarked.

Gordon Musgrave
Gordon Musgrave

I went and applied for my ACR I card in the BI office in Tacloban,they stated 2 weeks it is past that now and still have not received it ,is that common?.I live in Sogod Southern Leyte a small town is that a factor also?

Gordon Musgrave
Gordon Musgrave

Thank you for your reply!!!!

Adelle Dimalanta
Adelle Dimalanta

Hello.

If I am applying for an ARC card for my infant son, do I have to wait for the release of the card before traveling out of the Philippines?

We have an extension visa and just want an Exit Clearance, so we can travel ASAP. Do I still need to apply for the ARC card and the ARP?

Thank you

nina panares
nina panares

hello DAFINA K ,
My Boss is applying for a probitionary visa but we he needs to go home for his treatment h is required to make a “REQUEST For Waiver ” PURPOSE :REMEDY FOR EMERGENCY DEPARTURES” CAN you please help us ,do you have a draft for this?he needs to go home for his cancer treatment follow up check up ,thank you ,much appreciated for your feedback

TJ

I am applying for a voluntary ACR-I card to meet the requirements at Phil Health for the new foreigner application requirements. When applying for a voluntary ACR-I card, it is requested you send a letter of request to the Commissioner through the Chief of the Alien Registration Division (ARD).
Does anyone have a sample letter and where do you send it to. Also, who is the current Commissioner.

Thanks, TJ.

khalid
khalid

Should i stay for this long in philippine to apply for the ACR ?
what if i ll buy a condo ? will that be exclusion of this 59 days period.
and could i get the ACR me, my spouse and my children ?

Farah
Farah

Hi Dafina!

For one of the requirements for ACR i-Card. where can I get the certified true copy issued by the Records Section of the Board of Commissioners (BOC)’s Order granting the visa (for internal verification purposes)?

Also, I am leaving the PH in 3 weeks time (temporarily), if my card is not ready yet by then, can I leave the country eventhough I haven’t received my card yet?

Many thanks! 🙂

Cyrine
Cyrine

Hi Farah, you can get that at the Bureau of Immigration main office. When you apply you better tell them that you were leaving temporarily, they might expedite your card or they can give you an advice what you can do if your card is not yet ready and you have to leave the country.

Gabriel Ann
Gabriel Ann

Hello,

I have a son with a foreign passport staying in the Philippines right now. His Balikbayan visa will end on 31st May 2018. Since I am not in the country until end of July 2018 to apply the ACR and the visa extension, my in-laws will do the application. Do you happened to know the requirements? This will be our first application.
Hoping someone can help us.

Thanks,
Gabriel Ann

Mayflor Yu
Mayflor Yu

I have a friend who wants to apply for the ACR but they stayed not longer than 59 days. Is it really required to stay that long before that can get an ACR?

Meilan
Meilan

I have my 13a visa..im in Indonesia. …how to apply my ACR card in Philippines and wht is the requirements for that…can you help me please p

mj
mj

Good Day!

My Boyfriend is going to buy a property in CDO, and one of the requirement is ACR Card. He is going to stay there only for a few days so we are advised to just apply for voluntary ACR card.

Question:
How long will it take to apply and get the card for ACR Voluntary?
Can we apply for voluntary ACR in CDO or only in Main Office?
How much is the fee?
Is there any express fee to expedite the processing? If so how many days will we get the card if we pay for express?

Thank You

Anthony
Anthony

Hi My be is Anthony and I just applied for my ACR card for permanent resident.Cam I give my wife power of attorney to collect the card on my behalf as I will have go back to work abroad and will only return July 2019.Some advice or answers would be greatly appreciated,thanks

Feebs
Feebs

My friend lost his 9G ACR I-Card recently & has to go back adap to his country as his mom is gravely ill. His passport has a stamp that has a conversion from 9A to 9G & expires Dec. 15, 2019. ls this date the same as the card’s date of expiry?

Christoval V. Patagco
Christoval V. Patagco

how long process of ACR I CARD?

Charlie
Charlie

Hi, I’m in the PH on Balikbayan status and it is stamped in my passport. I have a question on the instructions for the ACR I card. Does this apply to me since I’m on Balikbayan status, Instruction list, #2.Certified true copy issued by the Records Section of the Board of Commissioners(BOC)’s Order granting the visa (for internal verification purposes). Also, what is the current version to use for the instructions as the BI main site has two different sets of instructions. I don’t see any mention of needing NBI clearance in the instructions so is that not needed? Thanks… Read more »

Daniel stevens
Daniel stevens

Hello I got my temporary resident visa February 8th and I still haven’t gotten my act I card what steps can I take to check up on my card?

John Doe

Does the BI require a criminal background check to obtain an extension of tourist visa, or to obtain an ACR I card? What do they mean by checking for “derogatory records” and “Verification and Certification Unit for clearance”? Thank you.