On February 04, 2014,  the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation through then immigration commissioner Siegfred B. Mison issued Immigration Administrative Circular SBM-2014-001 prescribing periods for the lifting of entries in the immigration blacklist.

Immigration Administrative Circular SBM-2014-001 clarifies the period and policy for the lifting of a person’s name on the immigration blacklist.  The periods clearly distinguish the gravity of each violation, and for every violation, there is a certain time frame that is required to lapse before giving due course to the Petition or Request Letter to lift entry in the immigration blacklist. For instance, for those who display unruly behavior or discourtesy to immigration officials, a 12 months waiting period is required to lapse before a Request Letter or Petition can be filed. The 12 months period, in this case, will have to be reckoned from the date of actual exclusion or the implementation of the deportation order. Simply put, you cannot file the Petition earlier than the required period for lifting corresponding to your violation because this will be premature and it will cause the outright dismissal of your Petition. But of course, there are exceptions to this rule. The immigration Commissioner may allow you to file the Petition earlier than what the period for lifting provides for humanitarian reasons.

How to Lift Your Name on the Immigration Blacklist ?

By: Alex Acain (Esq.) 

I have to clarify that the filing of Petitions or Request Letters within the prescribed period is not a guarantee that the Letter Request will be granted. This matter is purely discretionary on the part of the Commissioner of Immigration. For those who have been blacklisted for discourtesy to an immigration officer, it is required that you submit an apology letter addressed to the offended immigration officer showing remorse. A Police Clearance issued by your country of residence and Apostilled, though not required, will also enhance your chances of approval. In some instances, the immigration official at the Airport whom you insulted also needs to accept your apology in writing. At the very least, the Supervisor should have noted your Letter of Apology to be sincere.

For registered sex offenders or those who have been accused of sexual crimes, the legal remedy of lifting your name on the immigration blacklist is not available at the Bureau of Immigration. So, your letter request or Petition will not be entertained or will be dismissed outright by immigration. In fine, removing a person’s name in the immigration blacklist seemed elementary, but in reality, this is easier said than done. I have seen non-lawyers who called themselves “immigration specialists” who attempted to provide this service to blacklisted aliens, but due to their unfamiliarity with the immigration procedures, the Petition is usually denied by the Bureau, to the peril of the alien national. Therefore, it is suggested that blacklisted individuals may only engage the services of lawyers who specialize in immigration law.

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