Bureau of Immigration said Sunday, some 148,000 foreign nationals residing in the country recently reported and accounted for in person to the immigration bureau.
Under law, BI-registered aliens are mandatory to report to the agency’s headquarters in Intramuros, Manila or the nearest participating field, satellite or extension office within the first 60 days of every calendar year.
A total of 148,387 foreign nationals complied with annual reporting from Jan. 1 to March 2, said Immigration Alien Registration Division Chief Jose Carlitos Licas in a statement.
This year’s individuals who reported increased to the 142,319 aliens who reported in 2018, he added.
This year’s total was majority or 56,015 were Chinese nationals, followed by 26,533 Indians, 10,566 Americans, 8,557 Taiwanese, and 8,157 South Koreans.
Additionally, in the top 10 list of aliens accounted for were nationals from Japan, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Vietnam, and Germany.
Statistics also presented that the bulk of the accounted, totaling 59,339 aliens, are holders of working visas, said the bureau. Others who topped the list of registrants were foreign students, native-born foreigners, and those who married to Philippine citizens.
Licas stated that close to 100,000 aliens made their annual report at the BI main office in Manila and the bureau’s satellite and extension offices in Taguig and Makati City.
Other immigration offices which reported large number of aliens accounted for are those in Cebu, Davao, and Clark.
Those who were abroad during the reporting period may still file within 30 days from their return to the country, provided that they have valid re-entry permits, said Licas.