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OFFICE MEMORANDUM ORDER NO. RPL-10-014
DISCONTINUANCE OF 13 (E) ADMISSIONS BY IMMIGRATION OFFICERS
1. This supplements Immigration Regulation Instruction No. 37 (1988).
2. Commonwealth Act (CA) No. 613, Section 13 (e), as amended, provides:
Section 13. Under the conditions set forth in this Act, there maybe admitted in the Philippines immigrants termed as “quota immigrants” not exceeding fifty (50) of anyone nationality for any one calendar year, except that the following immigrants, termed as “nonquota immigrants,” may be admitted without regard to numerical conditions.
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(e) A person previously admitted into the Philippines for permanent residence, who is returning from a temporary visit abroad to an unrelinquished residence in the Philippines;
3. Immigration Officers are not authorized to grant CA No. 613, Section 13(e) admissions. An alien previously granted permanent residence arriving without re-entry permit/ACR-I-Card, expired re-entry permit/ACR-I-Card or stayed out of the Philippines for more than five (5) years shall be admitted as temporary visitor under CA No. 613, Section (9a) irrespective of nationality or visa entry requirement. Said alien must apply for change of admission status from 9 (a) to 13(e) in order to regain permanent residence.
4. When the passport of an alien previously admitted for permanent residence has been erroneously stamped with 13 (e) admission despite the alien having no re-entry permit/ACR-I-Card, an expired re-entry permit/ACR-I-Card or stayed out of the Philippines for more than five (5) years, the immigration regulation division shall correct the admission to 9 (a). This is without prejudice to the imposition of administrative sanctions to the erring immigration officer.
The Chiefs of the Immigration Regulation Division, Airport Operations Division, Administrative Division, Computer Section and VIMS shall ensure compliance of this Memorandum.
NOV 18 2010
(Sgd)RONALDO P. LEDESMA