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What Does The Color Coding On An ACR I-Card Mean?

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What does the colour coding on an ACR I-Card mean? There are ten colours, you didn’t realise there were that many colours let alone visas. This post will outline what each colour covers, some are self-evident in the name, while others may surprise you.


This is for those:

  • Having a visitor or tourist visa under Sec9a. (Not required until after the 59th day of your visit.)
  • Special Work Permits.
  • Special Study Permit. This is not a visa as such and for it to be valid a current tourist/visitor visa under Sec 9a must be maintained.

If you have applied for another visa you must keep your tourist visa current until that visa is granted.

Light Purple

These are issued to foreign nationals who have been issued Probationary Resident Visas as they are married to a Filipino Citizen.
They are:

  • Holders of a Sec 13a Probationary Resident Visa. Granted to nationals on the EO 408 list, created by the Philippines Dept. of Foreign Affairs and maintained by the Bureau of Immigration.
  • People who have a Temporary Resident Visa, which is issued to nationals of countries not on the EO 408 list.
  • A Chinese National Married to a Filipino Citizen holding a Permanent Resident Visa (Probationary) under Memorandum MCL-07-021

Aqua Blue

Issued to those holding a Sec 9f Student Visa



Issued to those holding:


Light Yellow

Issued to those with the following:

  • Sec 13 Quota Visa
  • CA 613 Sec 13a, married to a Filipino citizen
  • Sec 13b, Child/ren of alien parents born outside of the Philippines
  • CA 613 Sec 13c, A child born after an immigration visa was issued to the parent accompanying it and while the parents visa is still current.
  • Sec 13d, A woman who was a citizen of the Philippines and who lost her citizenship because of:
    • Her marriage to an alien.
    • The loss of Philippine citizenship by her husband
    • And her unmarried child/ren under twenty- one years of age, if accompanying or following to join her
  • Sec 13e, A person previously lawfully admitted into the Philippines for permanent residence, who is returning from a temporary visit abroad to an unrelinquished residence in the Philippines.
  • Sec 13g, A natural-born citizen of the Philippines, who has been naturalized in a foreign country, and is returning to the Philippines for permanent residence. His or Her spouse and minor unmarried children, shall be considered a non-quota immigrant for purposes of entering the Philippines.
  • Those granted residence under the Social Integration Act of 1995, RA 7919.A Presidential Amnesty
  • Those granted residency under EO 324 Amnesty
  • If granted residency under PD 730 1975
  • Those Chinese granted immigrant staus under MCL – 07 – 021
  • Those Koreans granted immigrant status under MCL – 08 – 003
  • Anyone not covered by the above who is considered a permanent resident of the Philippines.



Issued to all voluntary registrants such as:



Gratis (Free)
Granted to those:

  • Given to those with permanent residency under RA 7837. (Filipino Veterans and their families who acquired US citizenship under the US Immigration Act of 1990 and return to the Philippines.) They are granted certain privileges including no fees for immigration processes.
  • With presidential exemption from immigration fees under C.A. 613, 47 (b).



Native Born. Those born in the Philippines to a parent or parents who are legal residents



Sec 9d A treaty trader is a foreign investor entitled to enter the Philippines as a treaty trader if he is a national of a country with which the Philippines has in place an agreement for the admission of treaty traders or investors. He or she enters the Philippines solely to carry on trade or commerce between the Philippines and the country of which he is a national pursuant to existing treaties of trade and economic cooperation.


Dark Purple

Special Non Immigrant Visa Issued free of charge to:

  • Persons admitted on a temporary basis as non-immigrants to the Philippines by the President, where there no other provision made in the Act.
  • Persons admitted on humanitarian grounds.
  • Alien staff of International companies operating either a Regional headquarters or a Regional Operating Headquarters under RA 8756.
  • Alien staff of offshore Banking Units under PD 1034.
  • Foreign nationals, creating job opportunities in depressed areas usung tourism under EO 758
  • Those given Special Investors Resident Visas under PD 1623.
  • SVEG holders.


9 thoughts on “What Does The Color Coding On An ACR I-Card Mean?

  1. Hazel

    Hello. If you have the Native Born ACR
    I card and you plan to travel outside Philippines for the first time but intend to come back. What type of ECC are you? EXC-A or ECC-B?

    1. mbannist Post author

      ECC-B, but check to make sure you have all the relevant paperwork if you are over 14, such as an Immigrant certificate of residence. Let us know how you go so others can benefit from your experience.

    1. mbannist Post author

      Hi there triple consulting,
      At this moment the only only persons who can enter the Philippines are Filipinos and holders of Permanent Resident visas. No tourist visas are being issued.

  2. Romeo Rodriguez Dizon

    I am a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, and have been naturalized in the United States of America. I am returning to the Philippines for permanent residence. Please advise how I can obtain a Section 13G visa.
    Thank you.

    1. mbannist Post author

      Romeo, Here is the page where the process is laid out.
      In normal times this would occur
      (a) In the Philippines, after you arrived here on a tourist visa, but unless you fall into the category of having a Filipino wife, or dependent children living here arriving on a 9a tourist/visitor visa is not possible at present.
      (b) By application through the nearest Philippines embassy or consulate, here is the process as outlined by the Philippines Consulate in Los Angeles. You would need to contact the consulate or embassy nearest you to ascertain processing times.
      Are you aware of the other option that may be available to you, that of dual citizenship. That is reacquiring your Philippines citizenship. Hope that helps

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