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BI intercepts fake docs, warns of scammers offering services

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“We issue a warning to foreign nationals not to avail of illegal offers. We have around 60 offices nationwide and are expanding to ensure that services are closer to the people. There is really no excuse not to comply with immigration laws.”

Thus said Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco, as he issued another warning against scammers offering immigration services to foreign nationals based in the country.

Tansingco reiterated previous warnings against scammers that offer to fix BI-related documents following two separate interceptions made by BI men at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the BI Main Office.

It was learned from BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval that last October 25, BI airport personnel at the NAIA Terminal 1 intercepted an American citizen who presented a spurious exit clearance. An exit clearance is required of foreign nationals who stay in the country for more than six months under a temporary visitors’ visa.

Sandoval said that based on a report from the concerned immigration officers, they noticed that the document contained various discrepancies, including misspelling the name of Tansingco.

Upon verification with their centralized database, it was found that no such clearance was issued by the BI. The American was denied boarding and turned over to the BI’s Legal Division for proper disposition.

Last October 28, she said Tansingco issued a denial of the application for Provisional Work Permit (PWP) of 36 Indonesians petitioned by two Makati-based internet marketing and customer support service companies.

The companies, according to the BI, submitted fake Alien Employment Permits (AEP) as part of their application. AEPs are a prerequisite in the issuance of PWPs.

The application of the 36 were denied and their cases were forwarded to the BI’s Legal Division to initiate action against the petitioner and applicants.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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