Category: DFA Passport and EPassport


Reverification.jpgWhen applying for an Immigrant Visa to the U.S., an applicant may be required to submit additional documents to establish his eligibility. If this happens, the applicant is essentially “denied” under Section 221 (g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. There are no prescribed lists of documents you will be asked to submit; you will instead receive a letter from the US Embassy informing you of the additional documentation and how to submit these. It is important that you provide an active email address that you regularly access to avoid any delays in your response and submission as this will greatly affect your visa application.

In cases when the additional documents you need to submit are PSA-certified documents (or civil registry documents), such as: PSA Birth Certificate, PSA Marriage Certificate, PSA Death Certificate, you may follow the procedure below. These were lifted from http://manila.usembassy.gov/

Option 1: Submit the Re-verification Form in person at the Pasay City Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) outlet:

  1. Go to the Pasay City PSA outlet.
  2. Complete the colored NSO document request form provided at the PSA outlet.
  3. Submit BOTH the colored NSO document request form and the Re-verification Form to the PSA clerk.
  4. Pay the required fee. Keep your receipt. This serves as proof you submitted the form to PSA.

Note: This form will only be accepted in person at the Pasay City PSA outlet.

Option 2: Log on to www.nsohelpline.ph

  1. Click on the Order Now! Button.
  2. Choose the PSA document you need.
  3. Choose US Embassy Reverification; keep your reverification form.
  4. Fill out the Reverification Form Details and then click on the Submit button.

You also have the option to call the PSAHelpline hotline at 737-1111. If you are accessing the site with your phone, you will notice a “Call Now” green button on your screen. You may simply click on the icon to connect to a PSAHelpline customer care officer.

The PSA will submit the requested documents directly to the U.S. Embassy. All you have to do is be on standby for the embassy’s call or email regarding the status of your visa application. You may also contact the Visa Information and Appointment Service Center at (632) 976-8500, (632) 976-8501, or (632) 976-8502.

First Passport

You’ve been waiting for the perfect time to take your toddler with you on your next out-of-the-country trip and be able to finally take a selfie with him by the Disneyland arch in Hong Kong. His first four years, when he is beginning to become curious with his surroundings but is also already familiar with cartoon characters he sees on TV, is probably the best time to take him on such trips. He hasn’t started school yet so it would be easier to plan trips without worrying about school schedules. Also, his very own passport will serve as his very first I.D., valid and accepted in government and business establishments.

Applying for your child’s first passport is easy. At the DFA in Aseana (Pasay City), you do not even need to get an appointment if your child is seven years old and below. Just make sure that you have all the IDs and supporting documents required by the DFA. Below is an updated list lifted from the www.passport.com.ph

General Requirements:

  1. Confirmed appointment (except for 7 years old and below in DFA Aseana; 1 year old and below in other DFA branches).
  2. Personal appearance of minor applicant.
  3. Personal appearance of either parent and valid passport of parents (if minor is a legitimate child).
  4. Personal appearance of mother and proper ID or valid passport of mother (if minor is an illegitimate child).
  5. Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by the PSA or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by PSA. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in PSA Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable. Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA is required if minor was born abroad.
  6. Document of identity with photo, if minor is 8-17 years old (for first time and renewal applicant) such as School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal.
    • For minor applicants who never attended school, a Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school, is required.
  7. Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA (for legitimate child).
  8. Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person traveling with the minor.

For the rest of the requirements on different cases of taking a minor on an overseas travel, visit www.passport.com.ph and click on Documentary Requirements.

Enjoy your trip!

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Acquiring a visa to visit Japan as a tourist has become easier and more convenient for Filipinos.  Previous tourist visa holders are actually granted visas valid up to five years while tourists are now able to stay up to 30 days!  If your documents and IDs are complete and updated upon application, you are almost always guaranteed to be granted your visa and be able to take that long-awaited trip to the Land of the Rising Sun!

So how easy is it really to apply for a Japan tourist visa?  Well, here you go:

Tourist Visa (No Guarantor)

  1. Updated Passport
    • Passport will not be accepted if lamination of the photo part is broken.
    • Must have at least two blank pages left.
    • Must be signed.
  2. Visa Application Form 2012
    •  This is also available upon entry at the Embassy and at the offices of accredited agencies.
  3. Photo
    • 4.5cm x 4.5cm with white background
    • Paste the photo on the printed application form.
  4. PSA Certified Birth Certificate of the applicant
  5. Marriage Contract (if the applicant is married)
  6. Detailed Itinerary
  7. Bank Certificate
  8. Income Tax Return – Form 2316
    • Original and Photocopy

Document numbers 4 and 5 must be issued within one year upon application/submission. In case of non-record, the applicant must submit a Certificate of Non-Record along with the copy from the Local Civil Registrar.

Visiting Relatives Visa (With Guarantor)

  1. Updated Passport
    • Passport will not be accepted if lamination of the photo part is broken.
    • Must have at least two blank pages left.
    • Must be signed.
  2. Visa Application Form 2012 – this is also available at:
    • The Embassy website
    • Entrance of the Embassy
    • Through accredited agencies
  3. Photo
    • 4.5cm x 4.5cm with white background
    • Paste photo on application form
  4. PSA certified Birth Certificate (to prove relationship)
  5. PSA certified Marriage Certificate (if applicant is married)
  6. Reason for invitation from Guarantor residing in Japan.

IF GUARANTOR IS JAPANESE, submit the following:

  1. Family Registration (Koseki Tohon)
  2. Residence Certificate (JUMINHYO)
    • Both must have been issued within three months.

IF GUARANTOR IS NOT JAPANESE, submit the following:

  1. Residence Certificate (JUMINHYO)
    • With description of his / her family relationship with all Family members from the City Hall,
    • Photocopy of Passport (all pages) or
    • A copy of Residency Card.

Other Requirements:

  1. Bank certificate (if applicant shoulders the trip’s expenses)
  2. ITR Form 2316 (Original and Photocopy)
  3. Letter of Guarantee – MIMOTO HOSHOSYO
    • Should guarantor pay for some expenses of the trip
  4. Income Certificate from City Hall – SHOTOKU SHOMEISHO
  5. Tax Return Certificate from Tax Office – NOUZEISHOMEISHO: form 2
  6. KAKUTEISHINKOKUSHO HIKAE or Bank Certificate (YOKIN ZANDAKA SHOMEISHO)

Your application must be filed through accredited agencies; the following are listed in the Japanese Embassy website:

  1. UHI
  2. Discovery Tour, Inc.
  3. Rajah Travel Corporation
  4. Reli Tours and Travel Agency
  5. Attic Tour Phils., Inc.
  6. Friendship Tours and Resorts Corporation
  7. Pan Pacific Travel Corporation (for with Japanese Guarantor)

Visa Validity and Processing Time

The average processing time is one week; it may take longer especially when submitted requirements are incomplete. There are instances when the applicant may be required to submit additional documents or appear personally for an interview. Case in point, it is important that you submit the complete and accurate set of documentary requirements.

Your accredited agency shall provide you updates on the status of your application.  Visa application is free of charge in the Philippines.  In the unfortunate event that your application be denied, reasons for denial will not be disclosed; you may re-apply after six months.

Usually, a tourist is granted a total of 15 days’ stay in Japan, counting from the date of his arrival. If purpose of visit is to see relatives residing in Japan, visa is allowed up to 90 days.

If you are planning on traveling to Japan soon, do check out the weather and find out what is the best season to visit. Most people would want to see the famous cherry blossom trees, known to be at its most beautiful during the months of April and May. But there are a lot of other sites you can enjoy if the said months don’t work for you.  Enjoy your visit!

Arigato!

Sources:

http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/

http://www.wanderlass.com/others/visa-challenge/japan-visa-philippine-passort.html

Bonjour.  Mabuhay.

It’s been a while and the rush rush of everyday life seems to keep on rushing :) Also, your inquiries and questions just keep pouring in that I hardly find any time to post new blogs or even subjects of interest lately.

However, I noticed that some people are still under the cloud when it comes to getting their passport processed. Considering how easy it is now, for the last 4 years or so actually, with the expansion of the DFA with mall processing offices aside from the one in ASEANA.

So for the sake of those who are planning to get a passport, new or renewal, I’m posting this 12-Easy steps. Hope it helps :)

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Note: The appointment system is designed to coordinate the passport application flow efficiently by accommodating applicants with a scheduled hourly appearance to optimize queue and save time.

1. Log on to http://www.passport.com.ph – you need to set an appointment first to be able to get a passport. This applies for new, renewal or lost expired passport application.

2. Select a DFA office location nearest you. There are now 6 sites to choose from.

> DFA ASEANA– ASEANA Business Park, Bradco Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard, Paranaque City

> DFA Alabang– th Floor, Metro Alabang Town Center, Alabang – Zapote Road 1700, Muntinlupa City, Philippines

> DFA Ali Mall – Ali Mall Government Center, Level 2 Ali Mall Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines

> DFA Manila– Conception Street Corner Arroceros and San Marcelino, Metro Manila.

> DFA Megamall– 7th Floor Megamall Building C, EDSA corner J. Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong City, Philippines

> DFA Galleria– Lingkod Pinoy Center, Level 1 west lane, Robinsons Galleria EDSA cor. Ortigas ave. Pasig City, Philippines

3. Fill up the online application form- completely and correctly, remember this is your passport, one of your major ID.

4. Choose an appointment date and time- for your convenience, you can choose the date and time of your appointment from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm.

5. Confirm and print your application form– check the email message from your submitted email address. Important: You need to click the confirmation link to finalize your appointment.

6. Prepare all the needed requirements- make sure you have prepared all the requirements and have them photocopied. Applicants without a complete set of photocopies will not be entertained. Check the list at http://passport.com.ph/requirements

7. Go to your chosen DFA office on the time and date of your appointment – be there at least 30 minutes before your appointment time.

8. Present your printed application form to the Verification Counter – this counter will make sure that your appointment schedule is valid. Show your printed application form.

9. Proceed to the Processing Area and present your requirements– the DFA processor will evaluate the requirements with you.

10. Proceed to the Cashier to pay for the passport fees

  • Regular Processing (15 working days): P950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00

11. Proceed to the Encoding Area for data capturing – earrings and contact lenses are not allowed during data capturing (photo). Smiling with visible teeth are also not allowed.

12. Proceed to the Passport Delivery Counter -have your passport delivered to you after the date of release, no need to come back to get it.

I hope this helps enlighten those who are planning to get a new passport or renew their expiring ones.

Make sure you don’t deal with fixers. It is so easy that you can do it within half an hour.

Be empowered. Be smart.

Cheers,

MC

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

If you are planning on getting a passport, this short guide will help you get through the basic steps of preparing, applying, and completing your passport plans. A 17-step guide on the intricate but simple details of getting yourself ready and able for your plans of going places.

Here are the  details:

1.

Get a passport appointment schedule.
  • – Log-on to www.passport.com.ph.
  • – Click the “Set an Appointment” button.
  • – Choose the DFA Office where you want to set an appointment.
  • – Fill up the application form completely.

2.

Confirm your appointment and print your application form.
  • – Check your given e-mail address for DFA passport appointment confirmation message.
  • – Click the confirmation link within 24 hours to confirm the appointment otherwise the appointment will be cancelled.
  • – Print the application form using a PDF reader.

3.

Complete the necessary requirements and have them photocopied
  • – Ready all the necessary requirements as stated in the checklist with their photocopies.

4.

Personal appearance on the date of appointment and present the printed application form.
  • – Submit the printed application form together with the requirements on the appointment date.

5.

Requirements in case the applicant has no birth record:
  • – Apply for a delayed registration of birth at the local civil registry at the place of birth of applicant.
  • – Submit late registered NSO Birth Certificate with supporting documents.

6.

Additional requirements for applicants whose birth was late registered.
  • – Form 137
  • – Voter’s Registration Record
  • – Baptismal Certificate or National Commission on Muslim Filipinos/Office on Muslim Affairs Certificate with dry seal.

7.

Additional requirements for married women.
  • – Marriage Contract (MC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of MC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by NSO. Transcribed Marriage Contract from the LCR is required when entries in NSO Marriage Contract are blurred or unreadable.
  • – Report of Marriage duly authenticated by NSO if married abroad.

8.

Additional requirements for spouse of foreign national:
  • – Marriage Contract (MC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of MC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by NSO. Transcribed Marriage Contract from the LCR is required when entries in NSO Marriage Contract are blurred or unreadable.
  • – Report of Marriage duly authenticated by NSO if married abroad.
  • – Original and photocopy of Commission of Filipinos Overseas (CFO) Guidance and Counseling Certificate of Attendance (required for first time applicants or renewal of passport to be used for the first time the surname of the husband).

9.

Requirements for applicants with foreign sounding names:
  • – Bureau of Immigration Identification Certificate
  • – Certificate of Naturalization
  • – Election of Filipino Citizenship/Oath of Allegiance.
  • – If necessary, Marriage Certificate of parents and Birth Certificate of applicant’s brother or sister issued by NSO.

10.

Requirements in case the applicant is minor:
  • – Confirmed appointment (except for 1 year old and below).
  • – Personal appearance of the minor applicant.
  • – Personal appearance of either parent (if minor is a legitimate child)/ of mother (if minor is illegitimate child).
  • – NSO Birth Certificate
  • – Document of identity with photo, if minor is 8-17 years old (for first time and renewal applicant) such as School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal
    • For minor applicants who never attended school, a Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school, is required.
  • – NSO Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents.
  • – Notarized Affidavit of Support and Consent to travel from either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / from mother (if minor is an illegitimate child).
  • – Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person traveling with the minor.
  • – Photocopy of valid passport of either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / of mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) or identification documents.

11.

Additional requirements in case minor is not travelling with parent:
  • – Personal appearance of the mother is required if minor applicant is an illegitimate child.
  • – Affidavit of Support and Consent (ASC) executed by either parent indicating the name of the traveling companion and relationship to the minor. If minor will be traveling alone, ASC must be executed by either parent, stating that his/her child will be traveling alone. If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the ASC.
  • – Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance
    • There is no need to secure a DSWD Clearance if the minor traveling abroad has parents who are in the Foreign Service or living abroad or are immigrants, provided he / she is holding a valid pass such as a dependent’s visa / pass / identification card or permanent resident visa / pass / identification card which serves as proof that he / she is living with parents abroad.

12.

Additional requirements if both parents of minor are abroad.
  • – Affidavit of Support and Consent (ASC) executed by either parent indicating the name of the traveling companion (authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General). If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the ASC.
  • – Special Power of Attorney (SPA) with an attached photocopy of either parent’s valid passport (authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General) authorizing a representative in assisting the child to apply for a passport. If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the SPA.
  • – Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance
    • There is no need to secure a DSWD Clearance if the minor traveling abroad has parents who are in the Foreign Service or living abroad or are immigrants, provided he / she is holding a valid pass such as a dependent’s visa / pass / identification card or permanent resident visa / pass / identification card which serves as proof that he / she is living with parents abroad.
  • – Proper ID of the duly authorized representative.

13.

Requirements for minor whose mother is also a minor.
  • – Personal appearance of mother and maternal grandparent/s
  • – NSO Birth Certificate of minor applicant and mother
  • – Affidavit of Support and Consent executed by the maternal grandparent/s indicating the name of the traveling companion
  • – DSWD Clearance if minor will be traveling with the person other than the maternal grandparent/s
  • – Proof of identity of mother and maternal grandparent/s.

14.

Requirements for Muslim applicants.
  • – Personal appearance
  • – Confirmed appointment
  • – NSO Birth Certificate
  • – Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity.
  • – Certificate of Tribal Affiliation from the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) if late registered.

15.

Requirements for converts who would like to use their muslim name:
  • – Annotated Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) bearing the Muslim name
  • – National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) or Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA) Certificate of Conversion

16.

Additional requirements if applicant is a DOST Scholar.
  • – Certification or clearance from DOST.

17.

Requirements for applicants who want to avail a Dual Citizenship.
  • – Identification Certificate
  • – Oath of Allegiance
  • – Order of Approval
  • – Report of Birth (for those born abroad)

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http://www.citizenservices.com.ph/dfa/

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Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Here’s an update regarding claiming your passports during the releasing part. Did you know that you will need a Special Power of Attorney if you will ask a non-relative to claim your passport?

 

Read on:

 

DFA Passport Information:

Updated Guidelines for the Release of Passports

1. Incapability of the applicant to release his/her passport

In case the claimant is a representative of the passport applicant, he shall be required to submit a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) issued only by the applicant stating the reasons for the failure to personally claim the passport and for the loss of official receipt (as the case maybe). The SPA should be accompanied by the applicant’s old passport for cancellation and ID issued by the Philippine government, or the host government, if abroad.

2. Loss of Official Receipt

If the passport applicant lost the official receipt and he personally appears to claim his passport, then the concerned FSP or RCO shall verify payment from its records. Upon confirmation of payment, the passport shall be released to the applicant following the cancellation of his/her old passport.

May this serve as a guide to you :)

Cheers.

 

MC

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

I found this cute web page featuring questions being voiced by a baby concerning registration processes, concerns, and getting records done.

The site is called Bright Baby with this description: Bright Baby is a series of Citizen Service Infogra-pics about common questions pertaining to the registration concerns of children. It is aimed to guide parents about the proper way of registering and fixing existing problems on their children’s records.

The site is: http://www.citizenservices.com.ph/brightbaby

Check out these cutey pics and questions:

Instagram Size baby cover Instagram Size baby 4 Instagram Size baby 1 Instagram Size baby 2 Instagram Size baby 3

Maybe you can add your own personal questions in this site.

There is also an FB fan page where you can leave your questions and comments:  https://www.facebook.com/citizenservices

Bonjour. Mabuhay.
DFA News for passport applicants:
Passport applicants may now relay their concerns to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)’s consular affairs office by sending an email to the Office of Passport Director: passportconcerns@dfa.gov.ph.
 
The DFA said this is part of its efforts to provide the public with efficient services and address their passport-related concerns.
 
“Through this new email address, passport-related queries, complaints, comments and even suggestions could be brought to the attention of the DFA,” the agency said in a news release
Shorter waiting period
 
Meanwhile, the DFA said Filipinos applying for passports can now expect a shorter waiting period to have their applications processed, following “significant improvements” in the electronic Passport (ePassport) systems and operations at the ePassport Personalization Center.
 
“(T)he turnaround time for the personalization of the ePassport booklets has been shortened, thereby ensuring a faster delivery of the ePassport booklets to all Philippine Foreign Service Posts,” the DFA said in a separate news release.
 
Since Nov. 5, the turnaround time for ePassports applied at Philippine embassies and consulates abroad is now four weeks after date of application, the DFA said.
 
For ePassports applied at DFA consular offices in Metro Manila, the releasing schedule is at seven working days for express processing and 15 working days for regular processing.
 

Applications at regional consular offices (RCOs) will have a releasing schedule of 10 working days for express processing and 20 working days for normal processing.

 

 

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/283318/pinoyabroad/news/passport-applicants-may-now-relay-their-concerns-to-dfa-via-email

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

 

Nagmamadali ka ba makakuha ng passport?

Emergency ba? Kailangan ngayon na?

Here are some guidelines for emergency cases from DFA’s Citizen’s Charter.

Pasado ba ang dahilan mo?

 

Guidelines on Emergency Issuance of Passports
Passport issuance should follow the scheduled release dates. Immediate issuance should not be granted except for Emergency Reasons as may be determined by the responsible Consular Officials. Immediate Issuance is not a right. It is a privilege which is subject to the following guidelines:
1. The following are considered justifiable reasons for the immediate issuance of passports:

2.1 SERIOUS ILLNESS
Applicant has to attend to a member of his/her immediate family who is seriously ill;

2.2 DEATH
Applicant has to attend to the wake or burial of a member of his/her immediate family;

2.3 ASSISTANCE TO NATIONALS (ATN) CASE
ATN cases referred by OUMWA for immediate passport issuance;

2.4 OTHER ANALOGOUS / EMERGENCY CASES
As may be determined by the authorized officials.

 

2. All requests for immediate issuance shall be made in writing and supported by documentary
(if applicable) and other evidences.

3. Immediate Issuance of Machine Readable Passports may be granted only by the:
1.1 Secretary of Foreign Affairs
1.2 Assistant Secretary of the Office of Consular Affairs
1.3 Executive Director
1.4 Passport Director
1.5 Assistant Passport Director
1.6 Head, Courtesy Lane

1.7 Head, Individual Processing
1.8 Head, Agency Processing
1.9 Head, Pending Unit
1.10 Other Officers or employees of the department who are duly authorized by
the Passport Director

 

4. The applicant must comply with the documentary requirements of the law for the issuance of a
passport.

 

The following may be considered under “ANALOGOUS / EMERGENCY CASES” at the discretion of the Consular Officers:
1. Training / Education / Scholarship
2. Urgent work (OFW)
3. Applicant will be severely prejudiced if a passport is not issued.

 

 

 

Maging maalam para sa iyong kapakanan.

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

 

Here’s news for OFWs regarding passport renewal and COMELEC registration.

Make the most of it :)

 

 

 

Overseas Filipino workers  applying to renew their passports at the Department of Foreign Affairs may also register as absentee voters at the same time.

The DFA and the Commission on Elections are set to sign on Monday a memorandum of agreement to establish an overseas absentee voting (OAV) registration center at the DFA’s Office of Consular Affairs,   Aseana Business Park, Macapagal Avenue corner Bradco Avenue, Tambo, Parañaque City.

This is expected to encourage more OFWs to participate and exercise their right to suffrage in the 2013 elections.

The DFA said 88,500 Filipinos have so far registered in various Philippine diplomatic missions as new overseas absentee voters.

OAV registration centers in the Philippines, including those located at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration,  have added 72,653 to the number of registrants in the form of outbound overseas Filipinos since February.

“This brings the overall total of new OAV registrants to 161,153,” the DFA said.

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario has directed the DFA’s foreign diplomatic posts to intensify their OAV registration programs.

DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez earlier said Philippine diplomatic offices abroad “continue to exert all possible efforts to increase the number of OAV registrants and voters for the 2013 national elections.”

“Our foreign service posts have touched base with Filipino communities, civil society groups, as well as church and other Filipino groups,” he said.

They have “launched multimedia campaigns using various social networking sites, among others,” Hernandez said.

Meanwhile, the DFA said applying for a passport should become easier and more convenient before the end of the year as it has released new guidelines that will allow the DFA to more effectively respond to the consular needs of the public.

The new guidelines include the establishment of a nationwide appointment system that will simplify the passport application process and make it easier for the public.

Del Rosario said he has given the Office of Consular Affairs until December 31 this year to put in place a dedicated call center that would allow passport applicants to choose the date and time they would like to be accommodated in any DFA consular office nationwide.

“This appointment system and other measures that the DFA has been taking during the past several months will significantly reduce, if not eliminate, the long lines that have been associated with the passport application process,” Del Rosario said.

He said the proposed appointment system will complement the ongoing transfer of DFA consular offices to shopping malls nationwide under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements that, it is claimed, will save the government an estimated P1.04 billion in operating and other costs in the next 10 years.

According to the new guidelines, the DFA is targeting to open the first 13 consular offices in Metro Manila and other key cities before the end of the year.

All DFA mall-based offices are required to operate beyond regular office hours from Mondays to Saturdays to accommodate applicants who cannot be absent from work or school. They will be open for three hours on Sundays to accommodate applicants.

Del Rosario has  also ordered the decentralization of authentication services and to make this service available in Metro Manila and San Fernando, Pampanga; Cebu and Davao.

The guidelines also cover the conduct of special and mobile passport services and the accreditation of travel agencies that would allow them to continue assisting applicants until December 31.

“All the steps we have been taking during the past several months are in line with our commitment to bring government closer to the people,” said Del Rosario.

He said that, despite the improvement in consular services, the DFA has no plans of increasing its passport fees, which are currently pegged at P950 for regular processing and P1,200 for expedited processing.

 

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/42359/ofws-may-apply-for-absentee-voting-when-renewing-passports

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