Because you haven’t heard about annual reporting 2019 yet doesn’t mean that it isn’t happening.
We were informed yesterday that reporting commences on the 3rd January 2019. According to the Manila Bulletin reporting ends close of business on March 1st. Bi also appealed for those who have to report to do so early as the last few days of the period are marked by long queues and frazzled tempers.
Remember that if you are in the country and hold an ACR card or have applied for one. Then you are required to report to your nearest office authorised to undertake annual reporting.
Where You Should Report
To find out what offices can process your Annual Report click here.
You will be taken to a map of the Philippines which shows most of the offices of BI.
Clicking on any of the locations takes you to an alphabetical list of those offices. It is important to note that you then need to scroll through the list to the profile of the office nearest you, to ascertain if they have the capability to handle Annual Reporting.
Annual reporting is not optional, please do not treat it that way, as failure to report can lead to fines, and in some cases imprisonment and deportation.
If you hold an ACR I-Card and are out of the country during the regular reporting period you must report within 30 days of your return to comply with the regulations.
There is a list in the 2018 instructions but it may not be complete.
The Elephant In The Room
In my years of dealing with Immigration Officers in the Philippines, I can count on one hand the times I have seen or experienced rudeness by them us.
Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for visitors, usually from Europe, North America, or Oceania. Some people believe that they are intrinsically smarter than the officer they are working with.
Politeness Is The Key
Remember these tips to get you through the stress points:
- the officers do not make the rules, they only administer them.
- If they ask you questions that you think you have answered on the application, just repeat the information. Just ask to see the application again if you are unsure of what they are asking.
- If your communication starts to break down:>/li>
- Explain what you do not understand, don’t accuse the officer of anything.
- If you still feel as though you are not being heard, ask what you have to do to get things moving again.
- If all else fails, quietly ask to talk to a more senior officer.
- Escalating the issue with comments like “Just wait, I will be reporting you scumbags to my embassy, are not effective threats with them or your embassy. In fact, it could lead to you being blacklisted from returning to the country.
- Do not be surprised if when you try to flirt with an officer, their attitude becomes more professional. Not every Filipina or Filipino is looking for a relationship with you.
- Just as we foreigners are each different in the way we present to the world so it is with our hosts. Make the same allowances for other peoples personalities that you make for your own.
- Remember that if you put on a display of bad manners, you can expect the same treatment as that meted out by Immigration in your own country.
As said previously we will update as BI does. Unfortunately they issued 2018 instructions on the 17 December rather than 2019 ones.