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I received my ACR card this past October, and I plan on spending the next few years here in the Philippines. When I picked up my ACR card, the employees at the Philippine Bureau of Immigration did not mention any future fees, but my in-laws have informed me that I must pay an annual fee to the immigration bureau. Is this true? I tried to pass by the immigration bureau, but there were cars double parked outside, and the last time I was there I had to wait several hours before talking with someone. I really don't want to go there if I can avoid it.
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I received my ACR card this past October, and I plan on spending the next few years here in the Philippines. When I picked up my ACR card, the employees at the Philippine Bureau of Immigration did not mention any future fees, but my in-laws have informed me that I must pay an annual fee to the immigration bureau. Is this true? I tried to pass by the immigration bureau, but there were cars double parked outside, and the last time I was there I had to wait several hours before talking with someone. I really don't want to go there if I can avoid it.
Yes, there is a yearly fee as a permanent resident. It is under $10.00us (Ten) dollars so is very low cost. You should be able to pay this at any satellite BI office. The law requires that you report to BI yearly anyway. So it's best to just pay it during your annual reporting. Two birds with one stone...
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Yes, there is a yearly fee as a permanent resident. It is under $10.00us (Ten) dollars so is very low cost. You should be able to pay this at any satellite BI office. The law requires that you report to BI yearly anyway. So it's best to just pay it during your annual reporting. Two birds with one stone...
Thanks Jet Lag, Do I need to complete this within a certain time frame, or anytime within before October
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Thanks Jet Lag, Do I need to complete this within a certain time frame, or anytime within before October
Not sure. Mine is paid within the first few months of each year. For other people the payment sched may be different..

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Thanks Jet Lag, Do I need to complete this within a certain time frame, or anytime within before October
Maxx if the card isn't paid within the first two months the fee's are incredible. I left for 3 years (US) and came back with my passports stamps and everything and my normal fee was only 300 peso's, last year it was 310, anyway PBI told me I should have left my card here and let the wife update every year so my penalty for missing 3 years was 12,000 peso's.

Bottom line is 01 March you could be charged as much as 4,000 peso's and could end up being a run around drill that takes hours, like they did me.

Standing in line I over heard conversation with others that lived on remote islands and had to get new cards (expired cards or ?), they don't do it the same day these guys had to wait 4 days and weren't to happy, if you have a satellite office and I think you do in Cebu I would get it out of the way.

Normal time frame for getting your card checked (they use the card like a credit card in a machine) and the whole process never takes more than 10 minutes.
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Maxx if the card isn't paid within the first two months the fee's are incredible. I left for 3 years and came back with my passports stamps and everything and my normal fee was only 300 peso's, last year it was 310, anyway PBI told me I should have left my card here and let the wife update every year so my penalty for missing 3 years was 12,000 peso's.

Bottom line is 01 March you could be charged as much as 4,000 peso's and could end up being a run around drill that takes hours, like they did me.

Standing in line I over heard conversation with others that lived on remote islands and had to get new cards (expired cards or ?), they don't do it the same day these guys had to wait 4 days and weren't to happy, if you have a satellite office and I think you do in Cebu I would get it out of the way.

Normal time frame for getting your card checked (they use the card like a credit card in a machine) and the whole process never takes more than 10 minutes.
Expensive lesson! Makes me wonder if that could be taken care of at a Philippine consulate in the States while there? They do most everything else and that would make it easy too.
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I received my ACR card this past October, and I plan on spending the next few years here in the Philippines. When I picked up my ACR card, the employees at the Philippine Bureau of Immigration did not mention any future fees, but my in-laws have informed me that I must pay an annual fee to the immigration bureau. Is this true? I tried to pass by the immigration bureau, but there were cars double parked outside, and the last time I was there I had to wait several hours before talking with someone. I really don't want to go there if I can avoid it.
Sir see my post that is probably what they are referring to. And it must be complete by End of Feb
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Yes, there is a yearly fee as a permanent resident. It is under $10.00us (Ten) dollars so is very low cost. You should be able to pay this at any satellite BI office. The law requires that you report to BI yearly anyway. So it's best to just pay it during your annual reporting. Two birds with one stone...
I have been an Permanent Resident for 4 years with an ACR card. Each year my wife goes in and pays the fee which is about 330 pesos. This year, 2014, I had to go in and fill out an application form, with 2X2 ID photo, get finger printed, and once submitted, my wife paid the 330 pesos. Took about 2 hours to finish in Manila. We went to the BI in Intramuros.
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I have been an Permanent Resident for 4 years with an ACR card. Each year my wife goes in and pays the fee which is about 330 pesos. This year, 2014, I had to go in and fill out an application form, with 2X2 ID photo, get finger printed, and once submitted, my wife paid the 330 pesos. Took about 2 hours to finish in Manila. We went to the BI in Intramuros.
There are some satellite offices that can accomplish this as well. I know our here in Taytay does this

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I have been an Permanent Resident for 4 years with an ACR card. Each year my wife goes in and pays the fee which is about 330 pesos. This year, 2014, I had to go in and fill out an application form, with 2X2 ID photo, get finger printed, and once submitted, my wife paid the 330 pesos. Took about 2 hours to finish in Manila. We went to the BI in Intramuros.
Do they take the photo, finger prints at the PBI or? They had me do this after 4 years also, I had to get finger print copies in a room upstairs and then bring them down and had to pay at 3 different windows...man that seems redundant because they keep all this stuff on computer and the card itself has a chip in it, wonder what the application form is for?

Is this something they do every 4 years?
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