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About 15 years ago when I first worked on my passport application, I got overwhelmed with all the documents and IDs I needed to prepare.  I thought to myself, if this is how complicated the process is, how can senior citizens, PWDs, and other citizens with special needs and cases manage to get everything done.

A lot has changed since the first time I applied for a passport (and have only been renewing my passport ever since.  Passport renewals are simpler than applying for the first time).  And now that I have been given the facility to help and reach out to others, I decided to come up with a quick guide on the general requirements, fees, and turn-around-time for the applicants to receive their passports.

Save this article in your bookmarks to serve as your ready reference when you or a family member, friend, or even a total stranger asks for the basics when applying for a Philippine passport.

Read on!

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Personal appearance of applicant.
  2. Confirmed appointment.  You may set an appointment at www.passport.gov.ph/appointment
  3. Accomplished application form.  You may download a copy at www.dfa.gov.ph
  4. PSA-issued Birth Certificate.  You may order for a copy of your PSA documents at www.psahelpline.ph
  5. Government-issued picture ID with photocopy.
  6. Supporting documents and IDs.  You may check the list of acceptable documents and IDs here: http://dfa.gov.ph/images/OCA/Forms/RequirementsForPassportApplication.pdf

FEES AND PROCESSING TIME

  1. Express processing fee – P1,200

Ideal processing time is:

    • 7 working days for Metro Manila applicants
    • 10 working days outside Metro Manila.
    • The stated processing period does not include the delivery time.

     2. Regular processing fee – P950

Processing time is:

  • 20 working days for Metro Manila applicants
  • 30 working days outside Metro Manila.
  • The stated processing period does not include the delivery time.

VALID IDs

The DFA accepts any one of the following:

  1. Digitized SSS ID
  2. Driver’s License
  3. GSIS E-card
  4. PRC ID
  5. IBP ID
  6. OWWA ID
  7. Digitized BIR ID
  8. Senior Citizen’s ID
  9. Unified Multi-purpose ID (UMID)
  10. Voter’s ID
  11. Old College ID
  12. Alumni ID
  13. Employment ID

FOR APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT HAVE ANY BIRTH RECORD

  1. If born in or after January 1, 1950:
    • All general requirements listed above.
    • Apply for the delayed registration of birth at the local civil registry office at the applicant’s place of birth.
    • Submit the following documents:
  2. Born in or before December 31, 1949:
    • All general requirements as listed above.
    • Certificate of Non-availability of Record from the Philippine Statistics Authority.
    • Notarized Joint Birth Affidavit of Two Disinterested Persons.
    • Any public document with the correct full name, and date and place of birth such as:
      • Baptismal certificate with readable dry seal.
      • National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Certificate with photo and readable dry seal (for Muslim applicants).

FOR APPLICANTS WHO HAVE BEEN NATURALIZED

  1. All general requirements as listed above.
  2. Identification Certificate of Naturalization
  3. Oath of Allegiance.

Note that the DFA may require additional documents and IDs, especially if the applicant is a minor, adopted, traveling without his parents, and many other cases involving legitimacy, age, and physical condition of the minor or the traveler.  It would be best to be ready with the above documents as these are the basic requirements when applying for a passport.  Preparing these in advance will help you save time, effort, and money.

For more information on passport application, you may visit the DFA’s website at www.dfa.gov.ph

Reference:

www.dfa.gov.ph

 

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As part of Taiwan’s goodwill to the Filipinos and in observance of their “New Southbound Policy”, Pinoys may now visit and tour Taiwan for 14 days, without a visa!

In October of 2016, we released an article on the conditions that Pinoy tourists must meet in order to enjoy a visa-free entry to Taiwan.  Back then, you must have a valid visa to Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand or any of the Schengen countries before you are granted free entry to Taiwan.  With this new policy, Pinoys can do away without the above requirements and enjoy hassle-free vacations to the country.

Below are the details of the good news released just yesterday by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines.

  1. Pinoys who intend to visit Taiwan for purposes of tourism, business, or visiting relatives can enjoy visa-free entry for 14 days, beginning November 1, 2017.
  2. This initiative will undergo a nine-month trial period that will last until July 31, 2018.
  3. Pinoy visitors must have at least six months remaining validity in their passports, while diplomatic and official passport holders are not eligible for visa-free treatment.
  4. A return ticket or a ticket with visa if needed for the next destination must be presented upon entry.
  5. Tourist must have no criminal records in Taiwan.
  6. Tourist must be able to show proof of accommodation while in the country.

Exemptions:

Those who intend to stay for more than 14 days to study, work, or are part of missionary activities are required to obtain the necessary visas before entering Taiwan.

Now is your chance to explore the sights and sounds of Taiwan!  Remember that the policy takes effect on November 1, so plan your trip accordingly.

Enjoy your vacation!

 

References:

www.philstar.com

www.roc-taiwan.org

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09 - 20

The government has declared Thursday, September 21, 2017 as a National Day of Protest as the country commemorates the 45th year of the declaration of Martial Law.  Effectively, work in the executive branches of the government, local government units (LGUs), as well as classes in all levels of public schools are suspended.  This is to allow militant groups to exercise their right to demonstrations of protests, reminding them only to “act within the bounds of law and maintain a peaceful conduct of rallies.”

Suspension of work and classes in private firms, schools, and other businesses are left to the sound discretion of their respective heads.

If you have a scheduled appointment at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), there is no need to seek a new appointment as consular offices all over the country will remain open on the said date.  Applicants who are entitled to the DFA’s courtesy lanes (senior citizens, pregnant women, PWDs, and OFWs) are likewise encouraged to proceed with their planned visits as DFA personnel will be ready and waiting to attend to their applications and other concerns.

It is business as usual at the DFA.  Only take note of the routes that may be clogged with protesters so you don’t waste your time in traffic.

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Reference: http://www.dfa.gov.ph

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In the first week of September (2017), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that it has opened more appointment slots for Pinoys seeking to apply for a new passport or have their old ones renewed.  The additional slots came from the 1,200 reserved (daily) slots for travel agencies and DFA employees.

Yes, even DFA employees have to adjust to the new mandate so that only their immediate family members are extended the privilege of an assured appointment with the DFA.  Immediate family members include parents, spouse, children, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, and parents-in-law.  The courtesy lanes remain open for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, pregnant women, solo parents, children below seven yearls old, and Overseas Filipino Workers.

More good news from the DFA came in late last week when they announced the redesigned online appointment system.  Here are the highlights of the new and improved online passport appointment system:

  • Fully-booked dates are shown in red while available slots are in green.
    • This makes searching for an available date and time easier rather than clicking on each and every date.
  • Feedback mechanism activated.
    • This ensures that applicants are informed of any concerns on their application and how they can resolve the problem.
    • These include discrepancies on provided information, documents submitted.
    • Applicants are given ample time to prepare for the lacking requirements ahead of time, instead of finding out about the problems just when they are about to claim their passports.
  • Automatic reminder for people who are exempted from making online appointments:
    • Senior Citizens
    • Persons with Disabilities
    • Pregnant women
    • Solo parents
    • Children seven years old and below
    • OFWs

The reminder was put in place because most of the time, even if the applicant is entitled to use the courtesy lane, they still apply for an appointment online and wait in line for their turn.  With the reminder, they would know right away that they can proceed to a DFA office, freeing up the appointment slots that they would otherwise book.

The DFA promised to deploy more improvements, not just on the online application system, but in all aspects of their services to the public.  They said that their utmost concern are the comfort and security of people who visit their offices everyday, from the head office in Aseana to all satellite and consular offices and foreign posts.

If you have questions about the DFA online appointment system, send us a message and we will do our best to find the best answers for you.

References:

www.dfa.gov.ph

www.tempo.com.ph

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Last July 2017, the Department of Labor and Employment launched a new ID system for OFWs called the I-DOLE.  This ID allows OFWs to do away with the long and tedious process of applying for the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) that they need to secure in order prove their legitimacy as Filipino workers.

Apart from it working as an OEC, the I-DOLE also covers the following card functionalities:

  1. I-DOLE card holders may claim their benefits from the following government agencies through the I-DOLE card:
    • SSS
    • HDMF or Pag-IBIG
    • Philhealth
  2. The DOLE also mentioned that they are working with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on the possibility of having the I-DOLE cardfunction as a passport for the OFWs.

How does an OFW apply for an I-DOLE card?

The DOLE stated that OFWs need not apply for the said card as their department will be issuing the IDs based on the inventory of all bona fide OFWs from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).  The IDs will be mailed to the OFW’s registered address.  If you have not received your I-DOLE yet, you may follow these steps in availing one from the nearest DOLE office in your area.

  1. Go to the main office of DOLE or to any DOLE office branch nearest to your place.
  2. Bring 2 or more valid IDs as proof of your identification. All government IDs are considered valid.
  3. Upon reaching the DOLE’s office, advise the guard or any person-in-charge that you wish to secure an I-DOLE card.
  4. You may be asked to present your OEC as proof that you are applying for an I-DOLE for the first time.
  5. Your information will be processed and verified against the database to check if you are listed as a qualified OFW based on POEA’s listing.
  6. When successfully verified, your ID will be printed and your name will be called when your card is ready.

I-DOLE card application will also be made available online soon to allow OFWs abroad to submit their applications so that their IDs would be ready when they come home for a vacation.

For more information on the I-DOLE card, send us an email and we will do our best to find the answers for you.

Source: www.dole.gov.ph

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09 - 05

Filipinos who wish to tour the beautiful city-state of Dubai now have the option to apply for their visas online.  The process is really simple and offers so much convenience especially to DIY (do-it-yourself) travelers, or those who opt not to hire the services of a travel agency.

If you are planning to visit Dubai soon, read and save this blog.  The following is a summary of the steps and processes when applying for a Dubai visa online via http://www.dubaivisa.net

Step 1: Know your visa type.

There are 7 kinds of visas offered online by http://www.emirates.com and it is important that you know the type of visa you would like to apply for:

  1. 30-day Tourist Visa

Visa validity is 58 days from the date of issue and the duration of stay is limited to 300 days from the date of entry.

  1. 96-hour Transit Visa

Visa validity is 30 days from the date of issue and the duration of stay is limited to 96 hours from the time of entry.

  1. 90-day Visit Visa

Visa validity is 58 days from the date of issue and the duration of stay is 90 days from the date of entry.

  1. Multi-entry long-term visa: 90 days

Visa validity is 58 days from the date of issue and the duration of stay is limited to 90 days from the date of first entry into the UAE.

  1. Multi-entry short-term visa: 30 days

Visa validity is 58 days from the date of issue and the duration of stay is limited to 30 days from the date of first entry into the UAE.

  1. 30-day GCC Resident Visa

GCC Residents Entry Permit can be used for entry within 60 days from the date the visa is issued.  The stay period is 30 days from date of entry, and the visa can be extended for a further 30 days.

  1. 30-day GCC Accompanied Visa

GCC Accompanied Entry Permit can be used for entry within 60 days from the date the visa is issued.  The stay period is 60 days from date of entry, and the visa can be extended once for a further 60 days.

Step 2: How to Apply

All clients who wish to use this facility to apply for their UAE visas need to follow the steps below:

  1. Visit www.emirates.com
  2. Retrieve your booking using the “Manage an existing booking” link.
  3. Click on the “Apply for UAE visa” link.
  4. You will be directed to the VFS Page.
  5. Read and agree to the “terms and conditions” and proceed.
  6. You will be asked to select the itinerary for which you require the visa for and the names of the passengers who require the visa. Other information needed are passport details, your current nationality, and current country of residence.
  7. On the next page you need to enter an email ID along with the relationship of the applicants. Please ensure that the email ID is correct and accessible because all correspondence with regards to the application will be sent to this email, including a copy of the visa.
  8. The applicant will receive an email with the hyperlink to the visa application form.
  9. Fill out the electronic form and submit together with scanned copies of required documents. If there are more than one client applying for a visa, uploading and submission of documents must be done one name at a time. Do not send all documents in one go under one name.
  10. After documents have been uploaded, you may now proceed with the online payment through VISA and MasterCard debit and credit card, whichever is applicable.
  11. After payment has been confirmed by the system, the applicant will receive an email advising that the payment went through successfully.

Step 3: After Submission

You have the option to track your application after you have submitted all documents and paid for your application.

  1. Visit www.emirates.com
  2. Retrieve your booking using the “Manage an existing booking” link.
  3. Click on the “Apply for UAE visa” link.
  4. You will be directed to the VFS Page where you have to enter your Emirates booking reference and your visa application number to know the current status of your application.

Easy and convenient, isn’t it?  Of course, you still have the option to have your travel agent do everything for you but keep in mind that they may also be using the same site to accomplish your application.  Save yourself some travel agent talent fees and try applying for a Dubai visa online!

Have a safe and happy trip!

Source: http://www.dubaivisa.net

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07 - 03

Whether you are applying for a passport for the first time or are about to have your old one renewed, you need to be guided by the following reminders from the DFA.  A lot of applicants fail to check these fine prints in the DFA website and end up losing their slot simply because they are not wearing the prescribed dress code, lack the necessary documents, and sometimes, does not have the exact amount for the passport fees!

To help you achieve a hassle-free visit to the DFA we summarized the following guidelines when applying for a passport.  You may also download the complete list of the DFA’s required IDs and supporting documents here.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS TO ALL PASSPORT APPLICANTS:

  • Personal appearance is required for all applicants.
  • Confirmed appointment is required for all applicants EXCEPT:
    • Senior citizens
    • Infants and minors below 1 year old
    • OFWs – OFWs must show sufficient proof such as valid employment contract or OEC.
  • Earrings and colored contact lenses are not allowed during data capturing. Smiling with visible teeth is also not allowed.
  • Check all the data in the computer monitor and in the Enrolment Certificate before signing it.
  • Only immediate family members are allowed to get the passport on behalf of the applicant. Immediate family members include father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, and children of legal age.
  • Passport shall be released to an immediate family member only with proper authorization letter. Passport of a minor applicant shall be released to parents only or to an authorized representative with Special Power of Attorney and Affidavit of Support and Consent.
  • Passports unclaimed after six (6) months will be cancelled per Department Order No. 37-03.
  • Check all data in the received e-passport upon release.
  • Number of processing days may vary depending on the location of the Regional Consular Office where the application was filed.
  • The Department may require additional supporting documents as may be necessary, especially for applicants with dual citizenship and with foreign-sounding family names to prove citizenship.

PASSPORT FEES:

For FIRST TIME passport applicants:

  • Regular Processing (15 working days) – Php 950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days) – Php 1,200.00

For RENEWAL of passport:

  • Regular Processing (15 working days) – Php 950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days) – Php 1,200.00

For REPLACEMENT of a LOST EXPIRED passport:

  • Regular Processing (15 working days)– Php 950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days) — Php 1,200.00

For REPLACEMENT of a LOST VALID passport:

  • Regular Processing (15 working days) – Php 950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days) – Php 1,200

GUIDELINES WHEN HAVING YOUR PHOTO CAPTURED:

  1. Your Pose

Your frontal pose looking directly at the camera lens and showing your full face must be used.  Rotation or tilting of the head either in an up/down or left/right direction must be avoided.  The mid points of the mouth and the bridge of the nose should lie on an imaginary vertical line in the center of the image.

  1. Expression

Your expression should be neutral with both eyes open and mouth closed.  There should be no hair covering the eyes.  Contrived expressions such as raised eyebrows, squinting, or frowning are not acceptable.

  1. Smiling

When having photos captured, applicant may smile but without showing their teeth and gums.  The ‘Mona Lisa’ smile is recommended.

  1. Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses

Eyeglasses should always be removed before capturing the applicant’s photo.  The use of contact lenses for medical reasons is accepted, provided that the contact lenses do not change the applicant’s true eye color.  Therefore, applicants are advised to take off their contact lenses before having their photos captured.

  1. Ears should be visible

As much as possible, both ears of the applicant should be visible.

  1. Earrings and hair accessories

These accessories should be removed prior to photo capturing.  Frizzy/afro hairstyles should be neatly arranged showing full frontal facial image.  Earrings as not allowed.

  1. Infants

Infants or very small children who are unable to support themselves should be assisted by either parent or their guardians.  Hands, arms, etc., used to support the child should not be visible.  Highchair for minor applicants may be used, if needed.

COURTESY LANE FACILITY AVAILMENT AT ASEANA: Who are allowed to use the Courtesy Lane?

  • Regular government employees / with GSIS / appointed by Civil Service Commission
  • Dependent of government employee
    • Legal spouse
    • Parents
    • Unmarried children
  • Retired government employees (one year availment)
  • Incumbent elected officials
  • For barangay level, only the following are entitled:
    • Barangay Chairman
    • Barangay Kagawad
    • SK Chairman
  • Endorse from House of Representatives must be endorsed by DLLU before lodging their applications to Courtesy Lane
  • Media personnel must first secure endorsement from Public Information Services Unit (PISU) before going to Courtesy Lane.
  • Referrals made from DFA employees (limited to 3 referrals per month) and Head/s of other government agencies must secure proper endorsements duly signed by authorized signatories of their respective offices. Only original copies will be accepted for verification purposes. Photocopy of DFA employee’s valid I.D. / government agencies official’s Department I.D. must be attached for verification purposes.
  • Minor (7 years old and below)
  • Senior Citizens (60 years old and above)
  • PWD (genuinely disabled) / with PWD I.D.s
  • Pregnant (genuinely pregnant) / with medical certificate
  • Passport fees:
    • Php 1,200.00 – 10 working days
    • Senior citizens have an optional processing fee of Php 950.00 – 20 working days

If you have questions about passport applications and renewals, send us a message and we will do our best to find the answers for you.

Source: www.dfa.gov.ph

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05 - 29

The Philippines is the bastion of Christianity in Asia with over 93% of our population listed as Christians; we ranked 5th worldwide according to a 2011 report of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.  Filipinos take religiosity pretty seriously.  To us, it is not just some form of affiliation or membership, it is a legacy passed on to us, an identity we must protect and preserve at all costs.

And so it IS a big deal to have to find out that your religion, as written in your birth certificate, is anything but Catholic or Christian. 

Such was the case of Arabah Joy Quinto, a Roman Catholic by birth.  After receiving an Exchange Scholar grant from her high school, she immediately applied for a passport at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).  She thought she had all the needed documents prepared until she was required to submit a certificate from the Office of Muslim Affairs (OMA)!  Apparently, her birth certificate shows that her parents are Muslims.  She insisted that her entire family has always been devout Roman Catholics, all of them baptized by the Catholic Church as supported by their birth certificates.  The DFA would have none of it; either she presents the required OMA or have the entries in her birth certificate corrected.

How to Correct a ‘Wrong Religion’?

There are two ways of rectifying incorrect entries in a birth certificate:

  1. Under RA No. 9048 or Clerical Error Law (as amended by RA 10172) if the matter involved correcting typographical errors in the First Name, Place of Birth, Day and month of Birth , or Gender.
  2. Through a petition in court if the correction is not covered by any of the above cases.

Correcting the entries in ‘Religion’ is not included in the errors covered by RA 9048 or 10172.

In this case, Arabah Joy needs to file a petition for Correction of Entry in the Regional Trial Court of the place where her birth was registered.  Once filed, the court shall set the case for a hearing, followed by publication of the correction in a local newspaper.

As soon as the petition is granted, the LCR of Arabah’s birth place will receive a certified copy of the court’s decision.  The LCR will be directed to apply the necessary annotations on Arabah’s birth certificate, so that the same shall now reflect her parents’ correct religion.

The first corrected copy of Arabah’s birth certificate may be requested from a PSA office while succeeding copies may be ordered online at www.psahelpline.ph

If you have questions about civil registration in the Philippines, please feel free to drop usa  line and we will do our best to find the answers for you.

Sources:

www.psa.gov.ph

www.gov.ph (The Family Code of the Philippines)

www.manilatimes.net

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When a person changes his name, whether due to marriage, adoption, or corrections on birth certificate entries, the rest of his identification documents, such as passports, should also be updated.  Here is a list of name amendments allowed by Philippine laws and the specific requirements when applying for a new or renewed passport due to change in name.

  1. Change of name due to marriage.
  2. Change of surname of a legitimated child by virtue of a subsequent marriage of parents.
  3. Change of name due to adoption.
  4. Change of name due to death of spouse or annulment of marriage.
  5. Change of name due to divorce (valid only for those Filipinos who did not act as Plaintiff in the divorce proceedings, i.e. the Filipino spouse did not initiate the divorce proceedings; not valid for couples who were both Filipinos at the time of the marriage).
  6. Change of name as duly ordered by Philippine courts or the Civil Registrar General.

General Requirements

  1. Duly accomplished passport application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink.
  2. Latest original passport and one photocopy of data page of passport (original will be returned).
  3. Proof that applicant has not applied for foreign citizenship, e.g. resident alien card.

Requirements for Change of Name DUE TO MARRIAGE:

  1. If marriage was solemnized in the Philippines, bring your PSA certified original copy and one photocopy or marriage certificate.  The original copy is for verification only and will be returned to the applicant. Applicant may order a copy of the PSA Marriage Certificate online at www.psahelpline.ph.  Copies will be delivered to their address.
  2. Original and one photocopy of marriage certificate The original copy is for verification only and will be returned to the applicant. Applicant may order a copy of the PSA Marriage Certificate online at www.psahelpline.ph.  Copies will be delivered to their address.
  3. If marriage was solemnized abroad, bring a duly accomplished Report of Marriage Contracted Abroad form.

Requirements for Change of Name DUE TO DEATH OF HUSBAND, DIVORCE, ANNULLED MARRIAGES:

  1. For widowed applicants, authenticated death certificate of husband, authenticated court order of presumptive death.
  2. If marriage was annulled, PSA Marriage Certificate, with annotation reflecting the annulment of marriage.  Applicant may have a copy delivered by ordering online at www.psahelpline.ph.
  3. If applicant is divorced, submit an original and one photocopy of Divorce Decree (original will be returned).
  4. Number 3 is applicable only when the applicant is the Filipino spouse; if both parties were Filipino citizens at the time of marriage, this will not apply.

Requirement for change of name DUE TO LEGITIMATION UPON SUBSEQUENT MARRIAGE OF PARENTS (or as ordered by Philippine courts or by the Civil Registrar General):

Requirement for change of name DUE TO ADOPTION:

Changes in name allowed under Republic Act 9048:

These are changes in name entries that did not have to undergo a judicial order:

  • Correction of clerical or typographical errors in any entry in civil registry documents, except corrections involving the change in sex, age, nationality, and civil status of a person.
  • Change of a person’s first name in his/her civil registry document under certain grounds specified under the law through administrative process.

Requirement:

Source:

www.gov.ph

www.dfa.gov.ph

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Margaret is 13 years old and is about to secure her very first passport.  It would have been a breeze to accomplish this errand if not for Margaret’s living arrangement that is quite complicated.

Margaret’s parents separated before she turned 7 years old.  Her mother went back home to her province in Dumaguete; Margaret was left with her father who was then working as a nurse in Manila.  Not long after the separation, her father met another woman who would later assume the role of Margaret’s mom.  By the time Margaret turned 9 years old, her father’s girlfriend has moved in with them and has since been taking care of Margaret like she was her own daughter.

Her father is now based in London with a successful career as a dialysis nurse.  He wants for his girlfriend and Margaret to come visit him this summer.  While Margaret is all set to begin her passport application process, her father’s girlfriend is a bit worried that she might not be able to produce the documents required by the DFA.

What are the general requirements for minors applying for a passport?

The requirements vary depending on the child’s birthright and if she is traveling on her own, with her parents, or a guardian.

General Requirements:

  1. Confirmed appointment
  2. Personal appearance of minor
  3. Personal appearance of parent
  4. PSA birth certificate
  5. School ID or Form 137 of minor applicant
  6. PSA marriage certificate of minor applicant’s parents.
  7. Affidavit of support and consent to travel (from parent).
  8. Valid passport of the person traveling with the minor.
  9. Parents’ valid passport or identification documents.

If the child is not traveling with either parent or alone:

  1. All of the General Requirements and
  2. DSWD clearance

If both parents are abroad:

  1. All of the General Requirements and
  2. Special power of attorney (with an attached photocopy of either parent’s valid passport authorizing a representative in assisting the child to apply for a passport.  If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the SPA).

If minor is legitimated by subsequent marriage of parents.

  1. All of the General Requirements and
  2. PSA birth certificate of the minor and must include the annotation regarding new status as legitimated and the full name of the child.

If minor is illegitimate but acknowledged by father.

  1. All of the General Requirements and
  2. PSA birth certificate of the minor reflecting surname of father with Affidavit of Acknowledgment and Consent to use the surname of the father.

If minor is legally adopted

  1. All of the General Requirements and
  2. PSA birth certificate
    • Original and certified true copy of PSA birth certificate before adoption.
    • Original and certified true copy of PSA amended birth certificate after adoption.
  3. DSWD clearance
    • If traveling with a person other than the adopting parents.
  4. Certified True Copy of the Court Decision of Order on Adoption and Certificate of Finality must also be complied.

If minor’s parents are annulled / divorced

  1. All of the General Requirements and
  2. PSA marriage certificate of parents with annotation on nullity or annulment decree.
  3. DSWD clearance

If minor’s mother is likewise a minor

  1. All of the General Requirements and
  2. Personal appearance of mother and maternal grandparents.
  3. PSA birth certificate of minor applicant and mother.
  4. Affidavit of Support and Consent executed by the maternal grandparents indicating the name of the traveling companion.
  5. DSWD clearance if traveling with a person other than the maternal grandparents.
  6. Proof of identity of mother and maternal grandparents.

Minors 12 months and below are no longer required to seek an appointment with the DFA.

Apart from producing all the basic documentary requirements, Margaret’s father had to contact her mother and request her to accompany Margaret to the DFA.  This made Margaret’s passport application a lot easier than if she were accompanied by her father’s girlfriend.

Applying for a minor child’s passport could get complicated if you are not armed with the necessary documents beforehand.  We hope this list helps clear out the questions that most parents have regarding their children’s passport applications and renewals.

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