Tag Archive: Passport Appointment System


9 Sept 23

The Department of Foreign Affairs applied some changes in the passport appointment system last year in order to make more room for more passport applicants.  Getting an appointment with the DFA has become so difficult for most Filipinos because the appointment slots get blocked off really fast.  It was found out that a significant number of people who reserved these slots never make good with their commitment, resulting to more and more people having to wait for a month or more just to get an appointment with the DFA.

Last year, the DFA tweaked the process a bit so that a passport applicant who reserves a slot online can confirm his appointment by paying his passport fee first.  In the past, you pay your passport fee after you have gone through the entire application or renewal process.  This was seen as one of the major reasons why appointment slots get booked right away and unused reservations remain blocked until the day of the person’s appointment (usually 30 to 60 days from the time it was reserved.). With the new process, an applicant is given only 48 hours, from the time he is generated a reference number, to confirm his appointment by paying his passport fee at any of the accredited payment partners of the DFA.  If he or she does not post any payment within the prescribed period, his appointment is canceled and is made free for others to reserve.

So how do you pay your passport fee so you don’t lose your reserved slot?  Read this:

  1. When you are done with the appointment setting process, click on the Proceed to Payment button on the screen.
  2. You will be taken to the newly launched Philippine passport ePayment portal, showing the total fee you need to pay and the authorized payment centers where you can make your payment.
  3. Click Proceed. You should receive an email with your reference number. Take note of this number or print it out and bring it with you when you make your payment at your chosen Payment Center.
  4. Below is a list of payment centers that you can choose from:
  • Bayad Center outlets
  • ECPay
  • PeraHub
  • Robinson’s Business Center and Department Stores
  • Waltermart Department Store
  • 7-11 Stores
  • USCC (Western Union)
  • Villarica Pawnshop
  • Other payment centers, as well as the credit/debit card payment facility, will be made available soon.

Other reminders when paying at Payment Centers:

  1. The paid passport fee is non-refundable. If you fail to make it to your appointment, you cannot re-schedule or demand a refund.
  2. The Payment Centers may charge you an additional P50 as a convenience fee.
  3. If you are paying for more than one passport appointment (ex: family appointment or group application), each person’s appointment will be assigned its own reference number. Payments for group applications will also be on a per reference number basis – you pay for each, not as a group.
  4. You may contact the ePayment Portal Help Desk at (02) 234-3488 or email them at info@passport.gov.ph

Keep your receipt after making the payment and make sure to bring it with you on your appointment and when you claim your passport.

References:

www.passport.gov.ph

www.dfa.gov.ph

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Oct 1

The long wait is indeed, over!  Today, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announces the shortened releasing period for regular and express passport processing.  This is good news to Pinoy travelers who rely on the speed and efficiency of DFA to produce and deliver their passports on time.

Beginning today, October 1, 2018, passport applicants who pay the regular processing fee of P950 will receive their passports after 12 working days, instead of 15 working days.  If you are in a rush and need to get your passport earlier than 12 days, you can choose the Express Processing option for P1,200 and you can get your passport after 6 working days, instead of the usual 7.

Provincial applications normally take 20 working days for regular processing and 10 working days for the express option.  The DFA has reduced these wait times to 12 working days and 7 working days respectively.

Below is a comprehensive guide lifted from the DFA’s website, for our reference:

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Apart from these updates, the DFA is also working on reducing the wait time for passport applicants who wish to secure online appointment slots.  Their goal is to bring the wait time down to two weeks to a month, instead of the current two to three months waiting period.

For more information on passport applications, authentication, and other consular inquiries, you may call the DFA through the following numbers:

02-556-0000, 02-234-3488, 02-834-3000, 02-834-4000

Source: www.dfa.gov.ph

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July 03

The DFA has made some changes in the usual process of reserving an appointment slot for your passport application (or renewal).  If you are setting an appointment at any of the DFA offices and satellite branches within Metro Manila, you will be required to pay for your passport fee using the DFA ePayment Portal before the system secures your slot.

If you want to know more about this new process (and to save you the hassle of running back and forth because you “were not informed”), click this link that will take you to the complete step-by-step procedure.  This is a website I discovered in one of my many. many research and realized that they have everything I need to know about my government-issued IDs such as my passport.

Take note that this is applicable for Metro Manila appointments for now; the DFA is working at having this implemented in the entire country within the year.

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Jan 22 (1)

Now that you have finally set an appointment for your passport application, it is time to begin preparing the requirements you need to bring.  Here’s a summary of all the things you need to know when applying for a Philippine Passport at any DFA office:

  1. Personal appearance is required for all applicants.
  2. A confirmed appointment is required for all applicants except senior citizens, infants, and minors below 1-year-old and OFWs. For OFWs, sufficient proof must be submitted such as a valid employment contract or OEC.
  3. Earrings and contact lenses are not allowed during data capture. Smiling with visible teeth is also not allowed.
  4. Check all the data in the computer monitor and in the Enrolment Certificate before signing it.
  5. 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.
  6. The passport shall be released to an immediate family member only with the 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.
  7. Passports unclaimed after six months will be canceled per Department Order No. 37-03.
  8. Check all data in the received e-passport upon release.
  9. The number of processing days may vary depending on the location of the Regional Consular Office where the application was filed.
  10. 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): P950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00

For Renewal of Passport:

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

For Replacement of a lost expired passport:

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

For replacement of lost valid passport:

  • Regular processing (15 working days): P950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00
  • Please take note that there is an additional fee of P200 for a lost valid MRRP/MRP or P350 for a lost valid e-passport.

Source: www.dfa.gov.ph

Do you need more information about Philippine passports?  Check out our previous blogs, we just might have the answers you are looking for!

How to apply for a passport for the first time.

Passport Application: What You Need to Bring to the DFA Consular Office

How to Apply for a Minor Child’s Philippine Passport?

How to Apply for a Passport if You do not have a PSA Birth Certificate?

What are the requirements for a New Passport Application? 

DFA Passport Appointment: No Show, No Refund

Birth Certificates No Longer Required for Passport Renewal (and why you still need to get a copy of your PSA Birth Certificate!)

List of Valid IDs for Passport Application

When is the best time to get a passport appointment online?

Who may use the DFA’s passport courtesy lanes? 

The four kinds of passport appointment fixers and why you should avoid them.

Can I Renew My Passport Before It Expires?

How to Renew a Lost and Expired Philippine Passport?

7 Things to Remember When Having Your Passport Photo Taken

Solo Parents May Now Use the DFA’s Passport Priority Lanes

How to Apply for a Philippine Passport if you do not have a Birth Certificate


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Jan 11

Good news for all Solo Parent ID holders!

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that solo parents, with a valid Solo Parent ID, will now be prioritized at the passport application lanes.  If you are a Solo Parent ID holder, you no longer need to set an appointment online to apply for or renew your Philippine Passport.  You can simply visit any DFA branch as a walk-in applicant; as long as you have the complete set of IDs and other requirements, you will be attended to right away.

In the past, only OFWs, Senior Citizens, PWDs, pregnant women, and minors are welcome to take advantage of the priority lanes set by the DFA.  The list has become delightfully longer with Solo Parents included in it.

How do I get a Solo Parent ID?

Unlike your Postal or Philhealth ID, the Solo Parent ID may only be granted to qualified applicants.  This means that not all solo parents can qualify for the ID and its accompanying benefits and privileges.  One has to qualify based on the standards set by law.

According to RA 8972, a solo parent is:

  1. Left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to the following circumstances:
    • Death of spouse.
    • Spouse is detained or is serving sentence for a criminal conviction for at least one (1) year.
    • Physical and/or mental incapacity of spouse as certified by a public medical practitioner.
    • Legal separation or de facto separation from spouse for at least one (1) year, as long as he/she is entrusted with the custody of the children.
    • Declaration of nullity or annulment of marriage as decreed by a court or by a church as long as he/she is entrusted with the custody of the children.
  2. Unmarried mother/father who has preferred to keep and rear her/his child/children.
  3. A woman who gives birth as a result of rape and other crimes against chastity even without a final conviction of the offender, provided the mother keeps and raises the child.
  4. Any other person who solely provides parental care and support to a child or children.
  5. Any family member who assumes the responsibility of head of family as a result of the death, abandonment, disappearance or prolonged absence of the parents or solo parent.

If you wish to apply for a Solo Parent ID, you may proceed to your designated barangay hall or directly to a DSWD office in your area.  Your financial status is part of the evaluation, so make sure to bring a copy of your ITR; if you are a stay-at-home parent, the DSWD worker should be able to identify what document you can file in place of an ITR.

Prepare a copy of the PSA birth certificates of your children as well as any other document that could attest to your status as a solo parent (annulment papers, spouse’s death certificate, etc.).

Your documents will be evaluated by a social worker; it could take up to 30 days for your ID to be issued.  The Solo Parent ID is valid for one year and is renewable.

Reference: www.dfa.gov.ph

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Jan 02a

Unlike most other improved products and services, the Philippine passport that now boasts of a 10-year validity period which took effect on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2018, will not increase its price.  Passports will still be issued at Php 950.00 for regular processing and P1,200.00 for rush processing.  The former takes 15 working days before it is made available to the applicant while the latter takes only 7 working days.

That’s one good news you can be happy about on the second day of the year!

When the proposal for the passport’s 10-year validity was in full swing last year, one concern raised was its price.  They said that if the passport is to be used for a decade then there should be more pages and that would essentially mean more cost.  Aren’t we glad this problem was nipped in the bud?

Passport applicants may continue to set their appointments online at the www.dfa.gov.ph website.  Take note that Senior Citizens, children that are 7 years old and below, pregnant women, and PWDs are given priority at the ASEANA DFA office (satellite offices may have different policies on children’s exemption); this means that if you fall under any of these categories, you no longer need to set an appointment online.  Just make sure that you have all the requirements needed for new passport applications or renewal of an expired one.

For the complete list of documentary requirements and acceptable IDs, read our previous article here. 

Also, the 10-year validity will not be applicable for Filipinos below 18 years old.  According to the DFA, facial features could still change during these ages and so it is better for them to come back for a new passport after a shorter period.

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

Reference: www.dfa.gov.ph

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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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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

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DFA Imposes 30

Setting an appointment with the DFA to apply for a new passport or have an old one renewed, is free of charge.  All you have to do is log on to the www.passport.com.ph website, choose a DFA branch nearest you, and block off your preferred date and time for the passport application.  It is a convenient means to secure your slot with the DFA and save yourself from waiting in line like before.

The DFA receives an average of 15,000 passport applications daily.  Sadly though, only about 53% of the appointments are fulfilled while the rest simply do not show up.  Essentially, the dates and hours these “no-shows” blocked off are wasted when it could have accommodated other passport applicants.  Since there are no fees involved in setting an appointment, anybody can just block off a schedule and then simply ignore it later on.  If they fail to make it to their original appointment, they can easily set another one, no sweat.  As a result, hundreds of applicants are left with no choice but to wait for as long as two months to be accommodated by the agency.

To address this issue, the DFA announced that those who will fail to show up for their set appointments will be barred from re-applying for 30 days.  This move aims to discourage applicants from taking their appointments for granted and not waste the available slots on the website.

The policy takes effect on June 1, 2016.

Help spread the news to your families and friends.

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Pangkaraniwan ang kwento ng buhay nina Mavis at Tony. Si Tony ay anak ng mga American missionaries na dumalaw sa simbahan na kinabibilangan ni Mavis at ng kanyang pamilya. Natural-born U.S. citizen si Tony. Sa maikling panahon na inilagi niya sa Pilipinas, nahuli niya ang loob ni Mavis at hindi nag tagal, naging magkasintahan sila nito. Pinayuhan sila ng kanilang mga magulang na magtapos muna ng pag-aaral bago mag isip ng tungkol sa pag-ibig. Sinunod naman ng magkasintahan ang nais ng kanilang mga magulang; bumalik sa Amerika si Tony at si Mavis ay nagpatuloy sa kolehiyo sa Manila.

Nagta-trabaho na sa isang call center si Mavis nang bumalik si Tony sa Pilipinas. Isa na siyang Pastor at sinadya niyang magpa assign sa Manila para magkita silang muli ni Mavis. Napagpasyahan nilang ito na ang tamang panahon para lumagay sila sa tahimik kaya’t hindi na nag dalawang isip pa si Mavis nang yayain siya ni Tony na mag pakasal.

Bago ang kanilang first wedding anniversary, kinailangang bumalik ni Tony sa Amerika dahil nabalitaan nitong may sakit ang kaniyang ama. Naiwan si Mavis sa Pilipinas ngunit binilinan siya ni Tony na asiksuhin na niya ang kaniyang passport para maumpisahan na ang petition para sa kaniyang pag sunod sa Amerika.

Nag set ng appointment si Mavis sa www.passport.com.ph para sa kaniyang new passport application. Nakita niya na isa sa mga documentary requirements ay ang Guidance and Counseling Certificate of Attendance mula sa Commission of Filipino Overseas o CFO. Bilang asawa ng foreign national at dahil nais na din gamitin ni Mavis ang apelido ni Tony sa kaniyang passport, kailangan niyang mag submit nito sa DFA para kasama ng iba pang documentary requirements.

Ano nga ba ang Guidance and Counseling Certificate mula sa Commission of Filipino Overseas (CFO)?

Ang CFO ay nagbibigay ng seminar at counseling session para sa mga Filipino citizens na nakapag asawa ng foreign national. Ito ay isang paraan para matulungan ang mga Pilipino na may balak mag-migrate sa ibang bansa sa bisa ng kasal nila sa foreign national. Tinatalakay dito ang mga issue tungkol sa inter-marriage, migration, ang buhay at kultura sa ibang bansa, at iba pang related topics. Tumatagal ang seminar ng dalawang oras; pag natapos mo ito, bibigyan ka ng CFO Certificate of Attendance na siya mo namang ipapakita sa DFA kapag nag apply ka ng passport.

Kapag nakuha mo na ang iyong passport at visa, maaari ka nang mag register para sa Guidance and Counseling Certificate at makakuha ng CFO Emigrant Registration sticker. Ito ay ididikit sa iyong passport bilang patunay na natapos mo ang requirements mula sa CFO. Iche-check ito ng immigration officer sa araw ng pag-alis mo kaya’t siguraduhing kasama sa iyong hand-carry ang mga documents mula sa CFO (bukod sa iyong passport, tickets, at iba pang documents).

Narito ang mga requirements na kailangan mong ihanda bago ka makakuha ng Guidance and Counseling Certificate at CFO sticker:

  • Properly accomplished guidance and counseling forms
  • Two valid IDs with pictures
  • PSA Marriage Certificate (kung sa Pilipinas ikinasal)
  • Original and photocopy of Authenticated Marriage Contract by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate (kung sa ibang bansa ikinasal).
  • Counseling fee (P250)
  • Registration Fee (P400)
  • Additional supporting documents as may be required by CFO counselors.

Para sa kumpletong information tungkol sa mga location ng CFO offices at schedule ng mga Guidance and Counseling Programs, pumunta sa kanilang website . Kung nais mong mag attend ng Guidance and Counseling Program, kailangan mong mag set ng appointment online sa CFO website. Ang may mga confirmed online appointments lang ang ia-accommodate ng CFO para sa seminar.

Tulad ni Mavis, siguraduhing kumpleto ang iyong mga documentary requirements bago mag apply ng passport or mag renew.  May mga pagkakaiba sa mga requirements depende sa pakay ng byahe ng applicant kaya importanteng basahing mabuti ang mga information sa Passport Appointment System.

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