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Hi, I will be applying for a voluntary acr i card as I need this to open a bank account. I'm on Balikbayan status but there is one section on the application for visa/travel information that I'm not 100% sure what I should enter there since Balikbayan status is not a visa and it's just stamped BB in my passport by immigration. Any idea? Thanks in advance.
Hi Busy, welcome to the forum. Though I am only relatively new compared to other members and currently living in Oz with my better half and 5 years behind on current protocols I do remember some 6 years ago when living in Manila, on my second 59 day extension was told I needed an ACR1 card, yep no problem, what does this entitle me too I asked? Well Sir you can open a bank account, get a drivers license and supposedly a plethora of other advantages, though I never applied for a local drivers license I did try to open a bank account with BDO,,,,,,, 4 times before success and a lot of sweet talking to eventually secure,,,,,, read my and other posts relating to opening a bank account in PH. You will have a laugh.
BTW when I applied for my ACR1 card in Intramuros from memory I got it the same day but as mentioned held little value.
Only a suggestion but if you are on BB then use your Asawas account and transfer funds as required from your home country as we do even though we have 2 accounts with BDO we limit what we deposit for obvious reasons.
Things have a way of happening both for locals and blow ins like me and though slowly have simply accepted that I/we go with the flow especially if one is in retirement mode, eventually it happens simply don't let it get up your nose.

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Hi BusyBC, here's a link to the PBI and it states that anyone that has been here over 59 days can get an ACR Card.

This first link if you scroll down to Volunteer Registrant it says Balikbayan and your ACR Card will be red in color. ACR I-Card

Here's the link to the checklist and forms. Voluntary Application for ACR I-Card

If you have any more questions contact the PBI through their Official Facebook Page they do answer their messages and also the phone number is listed, I've contacted them by phone and message and they do answer their messages. https://www.facebook.com/officialbureauofimmigration

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Hi, I will be applying for a voluntary acr i card as I need this to open a bank account. I'm on Balikbayan status but there is one section on the application for visa/travel information that I'm not 100% sure what I should enter there since Balikbayan status is not a visa and it's just stamped BB in my passport by immigration. Any idea? Thanks in advance.
We opened a bank account 3 days after we arrived in 2012. We both had BB stamped passports and had a temporary address. We opened dollar and peso accounts which we still use to date. We advised the bank of our residential address months later.

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We opened a bank account 3 days after we arrived in 2012. We both had BB stamped passports and had a temporary address. We opened dollar and peso accounts which we still use to date. We advised the bank of our residential address months later.
Things have changed since 2012.
I am on a BB, arrived here January 2018, and I was able to open an account at PSBank without the ACR I card, but the bank did ask me to obtain one, which I did after about 6 months of being here. The ACR I card is voluntary on a BB, but probably advisable.
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I am SRRV and do not have an ACR card. I had no issue opening a bank account or getting a lease.

I did have to explain to Globe that I was ACR card exempt, then to a Globe manager the same thing, to get my internet account approved. Once the manager saw that I was SRRV he OKed the application without having the ACR. This was despite it saying on my SRRV card that I am ACR exempt.

I would guess that a BB visa is similar, just explain 3 or 4 times politely that you are ACR card exempt and do not have one. Then escalate the issue and politely ask for a manager. Explain twice more then go to the bank next door where they might know the rules.

This of course will be easier in a place with lots of expats where they have seen the various types of visas. Just remember bank clerks and managers are not immigration experts and when they see a spot on the form asking for ACR card or other information blindly want that spot filled in.

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I am SRRV and do not have an ACR card. I had no issue opening a bank account or getting a lease.

I did have to explain to Globe that I was ACR card exempt, then to a Globe manager the same thing, to get my internet account approved. Once the manager saw that I was SRRV he OKed the application without having the ACR. This was despite it saying on my SRRV card that I am ACR exempt.

I would guess that a BB visa is similar, just explain 3 or 4 times politely that you are ACR card exempt and do not have one. Then escalate the issue and politely ask for a manager. Explain twice more then go to the bank next door where they might know the rules.

This of course will be easier in a place with lots of expats where they have seen the various types of visas. Just remember bank clerks and managers are not immigration experts and when they see a spot on the form asking for ACR card or other information blindly want that spot filled in.
I filled all these requirements, ACR1, address with a 12 month lease, proof of working as an alien in the country for 12 months prior, my partner always with me to help explain/translate and yes as we all experience frustration after frustration, always a fight to secure the goal. Simply that is how it is in the Philippines and I have learnt that no amount of bitching will ever change the system that eventually works, one simply has to go with the flow and smile, try again. Heartache yes, frustrations even more so but OMO this is the country that I have chosen for retirement and I will dance to the tunes no matter how long they play. The Philippines has taught me many things, patience and humility are the best ones.

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my partner always with me to help explain/translate and yes as we all experience frustration after frustration, always a fight to secure the goal. Simply that is how it is in the Philippines and I have learnt that no amount of bitching will ever change the system , one simply has to go with the flow and smile, try again. Heartache yes, frustrations even more so but OMO this is the country that I have chosen for retirement and I will dance to the tunes no matter how long they play. The Philippines has taught me many things, patience and humility are the best ones.

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Mostly PATIENCE and to no end.

As far as dancing to the tunes, we have no choice as we are all a "guest" in their country and we have to keep this uppermost in mind. But it is our choice.

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tried to get second extension while i was in Davao on vacation without getting ACR card since i live in manila and didn't want to come back to Davao to pick it up.Tthey said no way, can't get one without the other.

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tried to get the second extension while I was in Davao on vacation without getting ACR card since I live in Manila and didn't want to come back to Davao to pick it up. They said no way, can't get one without the other.
Looks like the rules have become more strict but if I'm not mistaken living here over 6 months they'd like you to get this ACR card, It has always been recommended that we as foreigners get this ACR card and there are benefits to having the card it's much easier to open bank accounts, cable or like services.
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We opened a bank account 3 days after we arrived in 2012. We both had BB stamped passports and had a temporary address. We opened dollar and peso accounts which we still use to date. We advised the bank of our residential address months later.

Here's an update: BPI no longer allows a BB stamp holder to open an account. We simply wanted to change from ATM to checking account - to them that's a new account.

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