Gordon Files Proposed Immigration Act of the Philippines

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Gordon Files Proposed Immigration Act of the Philippines


By Mario Casayuran

Sen. Richard J. Gordon filed on Monday a bill seeking to reorganize the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and create the Commission on Immigration (CI) to be primarily responsible for implementing and enforcing the country's laws, regulations and rules concerning the entry and admission into, stay, and departure from the Philippines of all persons.

Gordon said his Senate Bill (SB) No. 2071, or the proposed Immigration Act of the Philippines, would replace the Philippine Immigration Act that was enacted in 1940.

Since the past 78 years, there have been numerous changes in immigration practices here and abroad, he pointed out.

'It is therefore both pragmatic and necessary to enact a new law that will address the present day needs of the country with regard to immigration, Gordon added.

When enacted into law, the CI shall be principally responsible for the implementation of all laws, rules, regulations or orders of any competent authority concerning the entry and admission into, stay in, and the departure from the Philippines of all persons.

The Commission shall be administered by the Board of Commissioners headed by the Commissioner as Chairperson, and four Deputy Commissioners as members, all of whom shall be natural-born citizens of the Philippines and, at the time of their appointment, at least 35 years of age, holders of a college degree and with proven capacity for administration.

The bill seeks to upgrade the existing positions of Immigration officers and other Immigration personnel to adequately meet the country's rapidly increasing needs for immigration services, and to rationalize and professionalize its ranks.

Meanwhile, foreign nationals departing from any place outside the Philippines who are otherwise admissible and who qualify under any one of the following categories may be admitted as nonimmigrants

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