The number of foreign students in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental who have applied or were issued Special Study Permits has increased by 20.9 percent compared to last year, records from the Bureau of Immigration Bacolod Field Office covering January 1 to June 30, 2013 showed.
Records show that the number of foreign students who have applied or were issued SSP from January 1 to June 30 this year was 1,567, compared to 126 last year covering the same period.
The total number of students issued SSP for the whole 2012 was 2,423.
Koreans topped the list of foreign students with a total of 1,266 followed by Japanese – 198, Taiwanese – 62, and Chinese 9.
The total number of applications for visa extension received/granted at the BID from Jan. 1 to June 30 this year was 4,980, compared to 551 last year covering the same period, or an increase of 24. 9 percent.
The total application for visa extension for the whole 2012 was 8,036.
Meanwhile, there is a decrease of 7.8 percent in the number of permanent/temporary resident aliens residing in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental who have paid their annual registration fee.
Bacolod Alien Control Officer Mita Chuvy Arguelles yesterday said the total number of permanent/temporary resident alien from January 1 to June 30 this year, who have paid their annual registration fee, is only 886 out of the total 1,271.
Arguelles attributed the decrease to the following reasons: death, some are out of the country, others are on travel abroad, some have transfer residency, while some have not renewed their Alien Certificate of Registration Card or ACRI-Card.
She said that perhaps some have not renewed their ACRI-Card since 2013 has not ended yet. They do not accept payment for annual registration if their ACRI-Card is not updated.
Arguelles said those who fail to pay their annual registration will be meted a penalty of P200 per month or a maximum of P2,000 a year.*CGS