Just wanted to make a quick reminder to any foreigners who are living in the Philippines with any kind of Resident Visa. You must go to the Bureau of Immigration and complete your annual check in any time during January or February.
If you do not complete your check-in before the end of February, you will be illegal here, your Visa no longer in force. After February, you can still go to the Bureau and Check In, but you will need to pay a fine at that point. It is not a huge fine, but much better to complete your check in within the prescribed time and remain legal!
While this procedure applies to permanent residents, foreigners who hold Resident Visas and Special Retirement Visas, it is a good idea for any person who is staying here to check the status of their visa. If you are here on a tourist visa, you are required to go and renew that before your first 30 days in-country are completed, and thereafter you must renew it every 59 days. Remember the dates that you need to renew to avoid penalties, and potential trouble. If you were to get caught over-staying you will face penalties, even the possibility of not being welcome to return to the Philippines in the future.
I have yet to check-in, but I will be doing so sometime in February. Maybe I’ll see you at the Bureau of Immigration office?