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If your passport does not have a biometric chip embedded in its cover, it is not an e-Passport.  If that is the type of passport you are to renew this year, there may be some requirements that are different from the list we featured yesterday.  Today’s blog is dedicated to the holders of non-ePassports: those issued in 2009 or earlier, are colored green, brown, or maroon.

These were lifted straight from the website of the DFA:

CORE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Confirmed online appointment
  2. Accomplished application form
  3. Personal appearance
  4. Current Passport with a photocopy of the data page
  5. Any of the following valid IDs with one photocopy
  6. Original PSA authenticated documents that will SUPPORT THE CHANGE OF NAME:

If a woman opts to retain her maiden name, a Marriage Contract is not required.

Additional requirements may be required.  Please refer to the section below for additional supporting document requirements for Adult Renewal non-ePassport applications.

LIST OF VALID IDs

  1. Social Security System (SSS)/Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Unified Multi-purpose Identification Card (UMID).
  2. Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License. Student Permit may be accepted if in card format.
  3. Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID.
  4. Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA)/Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) card.
  5. Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID or Voter’s Certification from the Election Officer with Dry Seal.
  6. Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License.
  7. Senior Citizen ID
  8. Airman License (issued August 2016 onwards)
  9. School ID (if applicable)
  10. For applicants based overseas, they may use their host government-issued IDs showing their Philippine citizenship (ex: Residence Card).

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

In addition to the core requirements, the following supporting documents will be further required for the following cases:

  1. In case of a LOST VALID NON-Epassport – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.
  •  The online appointment still required.
  • If a photocopy of the applicant’s last issued passport is available, the Birth Certificate will not be required.
  • Additional requirements may be required. Please refer to the section below for additional requirements for Adult Renewal non-ePassport Applications (Lost Valid Passports).
  • Police Report in English (original and photocopy)
  • Affidavit of Loss in English (original and photocopy)
  • Penalty Fee: Php 350.00
  • Additional 15 business days clearing period for Lost Valid Passports.
  1. In case of a LOST EXPIRED NON Epassport – Will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.
  •  The online appointment still required.
  • If a photocopy of the applicant’s issued passport is available, the Birth Certificate will not be required.
  • Additional requirements may be required. Please refer to the section below for additional requirements for Adult Renewal non-ePassport Applications (Lost Valid Passports).
  • Affidavit of Loss in English
  • Penalty fee: Php 350.00

3. In case of RENEWAL of a frequently LOST PASSPORT – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION. 

  • The online appointment still required.
  • Police Report in English
  • Affidavit of Loss in English
  • Penalty Fee: Php 350.00

 4. In case applicant used a TRAVEL DOCUMENT to travel back to the Philippines – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.

  •  The online appointment still required.
  • Original Travel Document
  • Affidavit of Explanation
  1. In case applicant LOST THE TRAVEL DOCUMENT used to travel back to the Philippines – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.
  •  The online appointment still required.
  • Original Travel Records from the Bureau of Immigration
  • Affidavit of Explanation

 6. In case passport has been MUTILATED OR DAMAGED – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.

  •  Online appointment still required.
  • Affidavit of Explanation
  • Applicant must surrender the mutilated/damaged passport
  • Penalty fee: Php 350.00

 7. In case the applicant is a DUAL CITIZEN (in addition to the Renewal Core Requirements).

  •  The online appointment still required.
  • Government-issued IDs (refer to valid Philippine Government-issued IDs or their secondary citizenship/residence counterparts).
  • Report of Birth OR Identification Certificate issued by the Philippine Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration.

 8. In case the applicant is a NATURALIZED CITIZEN (in addition to the Renewal Core Requirements).

  •  Identification Certificate of Naturalization from the Bureau of Immigration.

 9. In case the applicant is a Filipino Citizen by Election (in addition to the Renewal Core Requirements).

  •  Affidavit of Election of Philippine Citizenship
  • Identification Certificate of Election from the Bureau of Immigration.

Tomorrow we shall feature the list of requirements for minor children (below 18 years old) so make sure you drop by again for more helpful information on passport applications and renewals.

Source: www.dfa.gov.ph

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10 Best Tips to Avoid Getting Offloaded from Your Flight

01-11

One of the worst things that can happen to a traveler is to get offloaded from his flight.  The truth is, there is no definite list of things that one can do in order to completely avoid being barred from boarding his plane.  It can happen to a tourist, a CEO on a business trip, and even OFWs.

This article intends to inform travelers of what they need to have on hand when checking in and boarding their planes.  These are based on actual experiences of other travelers as well as tips from Immigration Officers (who have seen one too many passengers suffer the consequences of incomplete and insufficient documents to corroborate the veracity for their trip).

  1. Be ready with sufficient travel documentation.
    • Your passport must have at least six months before expiration.
    • Your visa must be updated (if visa is required in your destination).
    • Print out your hotel booking confirmation as well as receipts to prove that you have paid your accommodation in full.
    • Be able to present a return ticket to the Philippines, where the date and time of your flight are clearly stated.  The date on your return ticket must not exceed your allowed period of stay.
    • If on a guided tour, print out a copy of your itinerary and familiarize yourself with the places you will be visiting.
    • OFWs must have their work contracts handy.
    • If traveling with a minor who is not your child, or minor is illegitimate and traveling with the father only, be able to present the necessary travel permits secured from the DSWD.
    • Your PSA Marriage Certificate and PSA Birth Certificates could come in handy to verify your age and affinity.
  2. Provide consistent, clear, and confident answers to the Bureau of Immigration officers.
    • Maintain your composure when being interviewed by an Immigration officer.  Listen carefully to his questions and provide honest answers.
    • Avoid saying too much; simply state what is being asked of you.
    • Expect questions such as: “What attractions are you planning to visit in….?” and “Who will be paying for your trip?”  Again, it pays to be familiar with your travel itinerary and be prepared to prove that you can afford the trip.
  3. Dress appropriately.
    • While travelers are free to dress as they please, it would do a first time traveler good to choose clothing that is not too revealing or too casual.
    • If traveling to a country during winter season, you are expected to bring a jacket, beanies, and gloves.  When traveling to the Middle East, you are expected to wear the prescribed clothing in the country, especially for women.
    • Showing too much skin might trigger an impression of a sex worker which is a red flag among immigration officers.
  4. Immigration Officers look out for solo travelers.
    • When traveling alone, be prepared for further questions from Immigration officers as the Immigration is particular on travelers’ safety and security, more particularly for female solo travelers.
    • Any inconsistency in the traveler’s answers and documents, however minor this may be, could be grounds for the passenger to be denied his flight.
  5. Be firm with the purpose of your trip.
    • If you have nothing to hide, you should be able to ace the interview and be allowed to board faster.
    • Immigration officers do not only listen to your answers, they also observe your body language.  Be confident and sincere when talking to them.
  6. Be able to prove that you can afford the trip.
    • Sponsored travelers must be able to provide an affidavit of support and guarantee, including letters of invitation authenticated by the Philippine consulate or embassy in your destination country.
    • Prepare a copy of your financial statements, certificate of employment, proof of salary, credit cards, and other proofs of residency.  Unemployed travelers must be prepared to show how they will be paying for the trip; if someone else is paying for the trip, prepare authenticated letters of invitation and other proofs that someone else will be shouldering your expenses while abroad.
  7. Be able to provide information about your sponsor (if you have one).
    • If someone else is paying for your trip (a friend or relative who resides in your destination country, your school or office), you should be able to support this with documents.
    • Have their complete names, addresses, and contact information handy during the interview.
  8. If traveling as a government worker, secure the necessary clearances and other permits.
    • If you are a public school teacher, barangay councilor, etc., keep your clearance or travel permit handy during your interview.  Failure to present a travel clearance could prevent you from boarding your flight.
    • Private employees must have sufficient documents to prove they are employed and have been granted leave by their employers.
  9. Review your travel history.
    • If you have been traveling for some time, review your old passports and be able to recall your most recent trips.  First time travelers must be consistent in their reason for traveling abroad (will visit parents who live abroad, giving myself a break, would like to experience snow, etc.).
    • Any history of being offloaded in the past could raise red flags.  You need to be able to state the reason why you were denied your flight in the past and how the issue was resolved.
  10. Watch your attitude.
    • Avoid getting into an argument with the Immigration Officer.
    • Answer politely at all times.
    • Do not attempt to bribe the officer in order to get past inspection.

Immigration Officers are there to help keep the safety and security of travelers.  It is our obligation to submit to their inspection and provide them with truthful statements and authentic documents, if only to prove that our trip is what we declared it to be: tour, business trip, emergency, etc.

These are tips that can help travelers better prepare for their flights and be able to enjoy a hassle-free journey to their destinations.  The decision to detain a passenger and prevent him from taking his flight is entirely the discretion of the Immigration Officers or any other circumstances that may arise even if the passenger has met all the items listed in this article.

Source: https://www.pinoy-ofw.com/news/35048-9-tips-to-avoid-offloading-at-naia.html

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01-10-2

No one can really say if there is a definite means to avoid getting questioned at your point of entry when travelling as a tourist.  We did a research on the types of documents that are often asked of Filipino travelers and some basic reminders to avoid being detained unnecessarily at Immigration points.  We hope this article helps in shedding light to your questions about getting through Immigration and points of entry.

Required Documents:

  1. Passport issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
    • Not expired
    • Must be valid for six (6) months from the date of departure.
  2. Visa
    • If required at the tourist’s destination
    • Must not be expired
  3. Return ticket
    • Backpackers (or tourists who will be hopping from one country to another) still need to present a return ticket as this will also be asked of them upon arrival at the different countries they will be traveling to.
    • It serves as proof that the tourist does not intend to stay in that country illegally or any longer than his visa permits him.
    • If tourist fails to show a return ticket, he may be denied entry to his destination country.

Prepare to be asked for additional documents at your point of entry.

When my mom travelled to the US as a tourist for the first time, she was questioned at the Immigration by an officer because of a letter found in her handbag.  Apparently, one of her co-workers asked her to hand-carry an envelope to a relative who lives in the same city where my mom will be staying.  One of the immigration officers asked to unseal the letter and read it.  The co-worker mentioned in her letter that my mom will be staying in the U.S. to work and tour.

My mom had a return ticket, her passport was updated, and she had a 1-year multiple entry visa to the U.S.  Still, she was held for questioning because of the letter that she agreed to deliver as a favor for a friend.

Good thing my mom was carrying the same set of documents she presented at the U.S. Embassy when she was interviewed for her tourist visa.  These and her firm statement that she does not intend to work in the U.S. at all somehow convinced the Immigration officers that she is telling the truth.  She stressed that she had been working for 25 years straight and it’s time she gave herself a break.  She said that she does not know what her co-worker’s intentions were and that the letter was sealed when it was handed to her, she accepted it based only on trust and confidence.  They let her go after two hours of more questions and several calls to my mom’s office in the Philippines.

Of course, not all travelers are as lucky as my mom and not all Immigration officers are as trusting as the one assigned to her.  So just to be on the safe side, consider the following tips when traveling as a tourist:

  1. Be familiar with your itinerary and study the places you will be visiting by heart. Some travelers get in trouble at their point of entry when they fail to mention even one attraction they intend to visit.
  2. Never ever attempt to show a fake I.D.
  3. Immigration officers also consider the following details when assessing the traveler, as a means to arrest instances of human trafficking, smuggling, and illegal recruitment:
    • Traveler’s age and health condition
    • Educational attainment
    • Financial capacity to travel
    • Travel history (if any)
    • Final destination

Again, these are reminders and tips gathered from frequent travelers and should not be taken as the standard list of requirements to avoid being held by an Immigration officer.  As travelers, it is our responsibility to prepare all necessary documents that will attest to the purpose of our trip and our sincere intention to come back to our country.  When preparing your file, keep in mind the following pointers:

Immigration officers will want to make sure of three things:

  1. That you can afford your trip;
  2. That you are traveling only for your stated purpose (tourism); and
  3. That you are coming back to the Philippines.

Based on my mom’s experience, it is best to have the following documents handy when you are lined up at the Immigration center of your destination:

  • Your old passports to show that you have traveled before and you came back to the Philippines.
  • Round-trip ticket with receipt or any other proof that the ticket is fully paid.
  • Hotel reservations, with receipt and other proof that your accommodations are fully paid.
  • Bank statements and bank certifications, if available. Again, the amount of money you have in your account does not guarantee a seamless encounter with your Immigration Officer.  You may need to justify how much you intend to spend on the trip and if you would still have enough left in your account when you come home.
  • Proof of ownership of assets.
  • Certificate of employment and approved leave of absence, photocopies of your company ID and the IDs of the people who signed your employment certificates.
  • Income Tax Return
  • Tour itinerary.
  • Marriage certificate and birth certificates of your children.

Visit us again for more articles about passports, visas, and traveling abroad.

Source: http://smalltowngirlsmidnighttrains.com/

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10-10

Last week, we featured the reminders for Pinoy passport holders who are travelling as tourists and to work abroad under a contract.  Today, on our second and final installment of this 2-part series, we are going to share the basic documentary requirements for Pinoy emigrants and those travelling with a minor.

These were lifted from the Bureau of Immigration website.

  1. What are the departure requirements for emigrant Philippine citizens?
    • Unexpired passport;
    • Immigrant visa or residence card;
    • CFO-emigrant registration sticker (ERS); and
    • Validly-issued travel ticket.

The Emigrant Registration Sticker may be obtained by registering at the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO and by attending the pre-departure orientation seminar (PDOS).  Children aged 12 years old and below are exempted from attending the PDOS but still needs to register at the CFO.  Children aged 13 years and above need to attend the Peer Counseling Program.

2. When shall a DSWD-travel clearance for travelling Filipino minors be required?

A Filipino minor (below 18 years of age) shall secure a DSWD-issued Travel Clearance if:

  • He/she is traveling alone to a foreign country; or
  • He/she is traveling to a foreign country accompanied by a person other than his/her parents.

3. What are the exceptions to the DSWD-issued Travel Clearance?

These minor children shall be exempt from the DSWD-issued Travel Clerance:

  1. Those of Philippine Foreign Service or diplomatic corps officials;
  2. Those living abroad with Philippine emigrants, subject to child-trafficking regulations;
  3. Those with unexpired alien passports;
  4. Adopted children, subject to a court-issued adoption order with Certificate of Finality;
  5. Illegitimate children with biological mother. If traveling with biological father, a proof of lawful custody must be presented.
  6. Those with proof of unexpired visa for permanent residence outside the Philippines;
  7. Those accompanied by a court-appointed guardian, subject to proof of guardianship;
  8. Those accompanied by a solo parent, subject to a Social Welfare Office-issued ID.  If illegitimate, subject to a Local Civil Registrar-issued Certificate of No Marriage.

It is good to note that coming back home to the Philippines with a passport that has less than six months’ validity is allowed for the following:

    • Philippine passport holders;
    • Former Filipinos and their dependents (i.e. immediate family members);
    • Permanent Residents and other special visa categories requiring temporary residence (with valid ACR 1-Cards);
    • Holders of diplomatic, official, and government passports.
    • Holders of visa under Section 9 (except Sec. 9 (a) and 47 of Commonwealth Act No. 613, as amended, and special non-immigrant visas under special laws, where the validity of such visas extend beyond the expiration of their passports and there is an Embassy or Consulate in the Philippines of which they are a citizen or subject (with valid ACR-1-Cards, where applicable); and
    • Those admitted by the Commissioner on humanitarian grounds.

A complete list of the countries whose nationals are allowed entry in the Philippines even passports of less than six months validity from date of arrival is available at the BOI website.

Share these information with your family and friends to avoid delays and set-backs on your trips abroad.

Source: http://www.immigration.gov.ph/faqs/travel-req

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10-06

Whether you are a frequent traveler, an Overseas Filipino Worker, or flying out of the country for the first time, there are basic things you need to know about travel documents and IDs essential to a smooth and hassle-free flight.  We’re not just talking about airlines that leave and arrive on time and don’t get your luggage all mixed up.  These are things every Filipino passport holder must know by heart.

Here is a summary of reminders, lifted from the Bureau of Immigration website that every Philippine passport holder must be aware of.  Read on.

  1. Travel requirements for Filipino tourists:
    • Unexpired DFA-issued passport. The passport must not be expiring in the next six months to avoid running the risk of being denied departure from the Philippines.
    • Unexpired visa if traveling to a country that requires tourist visas.
    • A return date on your plane ticket.
  2. Additional required documents and when these are needed.  Consistent with anti-human trafficking, human smuggling, and illegal recruitment laws, additional documents shall be required in the following circumstances:
    • Passenger discloses a doubtful, false, or suspect travel intent;
    • Passports and travel documents/visas are counterfeit, fraudulent, falsified, simulated, or tampered, such as:
      • Age;
      • Educational attainment;
      • Financial capability for travel;
      • Travel history, if any; and
      • Final destination.
    • Passenger’s totality of circumstances manifests a well-founded certainty of human trafficking, smuggling, or illegal recruitment.

3.  What documents are required for sponsored travel?

  • Philippine Embassy or consulate-authenticated Affidavit of Support with Undertaking showing:
  • 4th civil degree of consanguinity relationship between sponsor and the passenger. (e.g. pinsang buo) or affinity (e.g. bayaw/hipag/biyenan);
  • Sponsor’s financial capacity and legal status; and
  • Sponsor’s contact information; and/or
  • Philippine Embassy or consulate-authenticated Affidavit of Support with Undertaking showing:
    • Sponsor’s financial capacity and legal status;
    • Sponsor’s contact details; and
    • Sponsor’s corporate registration papers, if applicable.
  • In cases of local sponsor traveling with the passenger, a duly notarized Affidavit of Support and Undertaking which shall contain the following:
    • Sponsor’s financial capacity;
    • Sponsor’s undertaking is for passenger’s tourist travel with intent to return;
    • Sponsor’s complete residential address of the sponsor and contact details; and
    • Sponsor’s corporate registration papers, if applicable.

4. What documents are required of OFW?

  • Unexpired passport (The passport must not be expiring in the next six months to avoid running the risk of being denied departure from the Philippines.);
  • Unexpired and POEA-conforming visa;
  • Validly-issued travel tickets; and
  • POEA/PESO-database issued E-receipt or OEC.

Tomorrow, we will feature the documentary requirements for emigrant Philippine citizens and DSWD requirements when travelling with minors.

Meantime, keep this page as a bookmark and share it to your friends and families.

Source: http://www.immigration.gov.ph/faqs/travel-req

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09-09

Kasama sa krusada ng Presidente ang gawing madali at simple ang mga government processes para makabawas sa dagdag na gastos ng mga Pinoy.  Bilang pag tugon sa panawagang ito, tinanggal na ang requirement ng Overseaas Employment Certificae (OEC) para sa mga kababayan nating OFW na nagbabakasyon sa bansa at babalik din sa dating employer, sa dating lugar na pinagta-trabahuhan.

Ito ay effective simula unang linggo ng September 2016.

Narito ang mga hakbang para mag qualify ang isang OFW sa OEC Exemption (sa ilalim ng Resolution No. 12 mula sa Governing Board of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA):

  1. Mag register sa BM Online Facility bago ang araw ng flight pabalik sa ibang bansa ng OFW.  Libre ang registration.
  2. Ipapadala ng POEA ang impormasyon na makakalap mula sa registration ng OFW sa Bureau of Immigration (BI).  Ito ang gagamitin ng Immigration officer na basehan kung ang manggagawa ay qualified sa exemption.
  3. Kung makikitang hindi ka kwalipikado sa exemption, madi-direct ka sa BM Online Webpage kung saan kailangan mong muling mag register at mag set ng appointment sa POEA.
  4. Kung didiretso ka naman sa BI counter sa airport ngunit hindi ka nakapag register online, papupuntahin ka sa Labor Assistance Counter (LAC) para ma-evaluate.

Tandaan na ang mga kwalipikado lamang sa exemption ay ang mga sumusunod:

  • Mga OFW na pabalik sa dating employer at sa dating lugar ng pinagta-trabahuhan at may existing records sa POEA database.
  • Mga OFW na nabigyan ng trabaho sa pamamagitan ng Government Placement Branch o ng in-house recruitment facility ng POEA.

Kung qualified ka sa OEC exemption, hindi mo na din kailangang magbayad ng travel tax at terminal fee.  Siguraduhin lamang na maipapakita mo ang mga sumusunod na dokumento sa Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) at sa Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA):

  • Valid work visa
  • Work permit
  • Valid employment contract
  • Valid company ID
  • Recent payroll slip
  • Other equivalent documents

Kaya’t maligayang pagbabalik sa bansa at mapayapang byahe pabalik sa inyong mga trabaho, mga bayaning OFW!

Source: http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/balikbayan/142336-poea-oec-scrap-for-returning-ofws

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