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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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9 Sept 12a

Is this your first time to apply for a Philippine passport?  Not sure what documents and IDs to bring?  No idea how to set an online appointment?

We’re here to help!

Read on for the complete guide to applying for your very first passport at the DFA.

Requirements:

  1. You must have a confirmed online appointment with the DFA.
  • Logon to passport.gov.ph and click on the Schedule An Appointment link. Follow the instructions and step-by-step guide.
  • Pay your passport processing fee at any accredited DFA ePayment portal (the list will also be shown on the website and will be sent to your email.).
  • If you are a senior citizen, PWD, pregnant, a minor child, or a Solo Parent ID holder, you are exempted from making an online appointment and can proceed directly to the DFA office of your choice for a walk-in application.
  1. Printout of your passport appointment packet.
  • The link to the documents will be sent to you by the DFA to your email (the email address you provided during the online appointment).
  • Print the documents and bring these with you on the day of your appointment.
  1. Personal appearance at the DFA office of your choice.
  • You cannot send a representative to finish the application for you. If you fail to appear at the DFA on the date and time of your appointment, your application will be voided and you will not be able to apply for an online appointment for 30 days.
  1. Bring a valid ID (original and photocopy).
  • To be sure, bring more than one valid ID and reproduce each. Below is a list of acceptable IDs for passport application:
    • SSS ID
    • GSIS ID
    • UMID Card
    • PhlPost ID (postal ID)
    • COMELEC ID or Voter’s ID
    • Driver’s License
    • Senior Citizen ID
    • School ID (for students)
    • PRC ID
    • OWWA ID
    • PNP Firearms License
    • Airman License (issued August 2016 onwards)
  • The DFA DOES NOT accept PhilHealth ID and TIN ID.
  • NBI Clearance only serves as a supporting document.
  1. Bring an original copy of your PSA Birth Certificate.
  • It must be an original copy authenticated by the PSA and printed on SECPA.
  • You can order yours at psahelpline.ph
  • Alternatively, you can also present a Certified True Copy (CTC) of your birth certificate from the LCR of your birthplace.
  1. Married women must bring a copy of her PSA Marriage Certificate.
  • If you were married abroad, bring a copy of your Report of Marriage, authenticated by the PSA.
  • For women married to a foreign national, bring the original and photocopy of the Commission of Filipino Overseas (CFO) Guidance and Counseling Certificate of Attendance.

I hope this article helped you in preparing for your passport application.  Tomorrow, we are going to feature the passport requirements for minor children who are applying for a passport for the first time.

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Need quick facts about passport applications, requirements, and fees? Read this blog: QUICK FACTS FOR PASSPORT APPLICANTS AT THE DFA.

Source: www.dfa.gov.ph

www.passport.gov.ph

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3 Mar 11

What are the requirements, supporting documents, IDs, and processes you need to present and go through in order to obtain a passport for your children who are 17 years old and below?  Can a child, whose parents are not physically present in the Philippines, apply for a passport on his or her own?  What documents do you need to submit if the child will be traveling without his parents? All these questions (and more!) will be tackled in this week’s series on applying for a minor child’s passport for the first time.

What are the Core Requirements for a minor child’s passport application?

  1. Confirmed online appointment (if applicable)
  • Children who are 7 years old and below do not need to have an online appointment.  They are entitled to avail of the courtesy lane.
  • They may be accompanied by their parent/s and minor siblings; they too can apply for a passport without an appointment.
  1. Accomplished application form.
  2. Personal appearance of the minor applicant and either parent or authorized adult companion.
  3. Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) birth certificate.
  • Local Civil Registrar copy may be required if the PSA birth certificate is not clear or cannot be read.
  1. PSA Marriage Certificate is required if only one parent is accompanying the child.
  • If parents are unmarried, an Affidavit of Support and/or Consent executed by the mother will be required if she is not accompanying the child.
  • If Affidavit of Support and/or Consent is executed abroad, it must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate.
  1. Passport or valid government-issued ID of either parent, with one photocopy.
  2. School ID (if applicable)

*Additional requirements may be required.  Please refer to the section below for additional requirements for Minor New Applications.

What IDs are considered valid by the DFA and acceptable for a minor child’s passport application?

  1. Social Security System (SSS)/Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Unified Multi-purpose Identification (UMID) card.
  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. Current valid ePassport (for renewal of ePassport)
  11. For applicants based overseas, they may use their government-issued IDs showing their Philippine citizenship (example: Residence Card).

Tomorrow and in the coming days, we are going to feature the supporting documents required by the DFA for different cases such as when a child does not have a birth certificate yet, or when the child could not be accompanied by either parent during the passport application process, or when the child is not traveling with his/her parents.

The details featured in this series are lifted from www.passport.gov.ph

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3 Mar 08

Does your birth certificate have errors?  Are there details such as spellings, dates, and names that do not match the details in your valid IDs?  Are you a dual citizen, naturalized Filipino citizen, or obtained your citizenship by election?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, today’s article is for you.

If you need the list of general requirements for FIRST-TIME, NEW PASSPORT APPLICATION, click here.

Supporting documents for passport application if:

  1. If the applicant has lacking data in the birth certificate or Report of Birth:
  • Applicant must submit proof of filing of supplemental report or correction from the Local Civil Registrar (LCR).
  1. If the applicant has a discrepancy in data in birth certificate/Report of Birth and other documents:
  • A discrepancy in the first name – applicant must submit a copy of the petition and supporting documents for correction of the first name filed with Local Civil Registrar (LCR) or consulate.
  • A discrepancy in other data – applicant must submit annotated birth certificate authenticated by PSA reflecting the corrected entry.
  1. If the applicant is a dual citizen:
  • Original PSA authenticated birth certificate/Report of Birth and Original Identification Certificate issued by the Philippine Foreign Service Post (FSP) or the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and a photocopy.
  • Government-issued IDs (Philippine or from the country of second citizenship).
  1. If the applicant is a Naturalized Filipino Citizen:
  • Identification Certificate of Naturalization from BI
  1. If the applicant obtained Filipino citizenship by Election:
  • Affidavit of Election of Philippine citizenship.
  • Identification Certificate of Election from BI.
  1. If the applicant has been granted citizenship by Act of Legislation.
  • A certified true copy of the law granting citizenship.

Foreign birth certificate authenticated by Philippine FSP.

Thank you for joining us in this series!  All the information featured in this series were lifted from the http://www.passport.gov.ph website.  If you have any questions about your passport application, feel free to drop us a line and we will get back to you with the best answer we can find.

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3 Mar 07

Female passport applicants who acquired their passports while they were still single have the option to retain their maiden last names in their passports even after they have gotten married.  Should they choose to adopt their husband’s last name (when they renew their passports where they are using their maiden last name), they will be required to present additional documents upon passport renewal.  The same applies when the female applicant, who uses her husband’s last name in her passport, would like to revert to her maiden last name after her marriage has been dissolved.  A female applicant who uses her husband’s last name in her passport could not revert to her maiden last name without the necessary documents that will prove has marriage has been annulled or that she has sought a divorce.

Apart from the required documents and IDs, a female applicant needs to execute the following documents in order to change her married last name to her maiden last name in her passport:

  • Applicant must submit an original copy of the annotated PSA Marriage Certificate (MC) or Report of Marriage (ROM) stating that the marriage has been dissolved; or
  • Alternatively, if annotated MC or ROM from PSA is not yet available, the applicant must submit a Certified True Copy of the Court Order dissolving the marriage and a Certificate of Finality from the court.

If the female applicant is transitioning from being single to married, she need only to include a copy of her PSA marriage certificate in the documents she will submit for her passport application or renewal.

Reference: www.passport.gov.ph

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3 Mar 06

When my mom requested for a copy of her PSA birth certificate a few years back, we got a Negative Report instead.  This means that she does not have a birth certificate reported to the PSA.  When we sought the assistance of the LCR in Cabanatuan (where she was born), we were advised that her birth certificate was among those that were destroyed during a fire at the municipal hall in the ‘90s.  They do not have any back-up files.

How does a person who does not have a birth certificate, apply for a passport?  Read this.

  • If the applicant was born AFTER 1950:
    • He or she must file for late registration with the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) or Consular Office with jurisdiction over the place where he or she was born.
    • Upon release, he or she must submit the original copy of the PSA authenticated late registered Birth Certificate with the requisite supporting documents and IDs that pre-date the late registration.
  • If the applicant was born ON or BEFORE 1950:
    • He or she must submit original copies of his PSA authenticated certificate of No Birth Record and Affidavit of Two Disinterested Persons attesting to his or her identity.

The above requirements (based on the year when the applicant was born) shall be included to the rest of the documents and IDs required by the DFA for first-time adult passport applicants. If you missed our blog on the updated requirements for new passport applications, just click here.

See you again tomorrow for our next feature article on passport requirements for individuals with unique cases in their birth certificates.

Reference: www.passport.gov.ph

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3 Mar 05

In yesterday’s blog, we have established that the DFA requires a copy of the applicant’s PSA birth certificate if it is his first time to apply for a passport.  Likewise, if the female applicant wishes to change her maiden last name to that of her husband’s she needs to submit a copy of her PSA marriage certificate, whether applying for the first time or renewing her passport.

In this week’s posts, we will feature the UNIQUE REQUIREMENTS for passport application, particularly the supporting documents that DFA requires for special cases.  This is for individuals with Late Registered Birth Certificates, or those whose birth details were reported beyond the reglementary period set by the Local Civil Registry and PSA.

Read on.

In addition to the core requirements we featured yesterday (refer to this blog), the following supporting documents must be presented if you have a Late Registered Birth Certificate.

  1. If your Birth Certificate was registered at least ten (10) years ago, the application will be treated as a regular application and no additional supporting documents will be required.
  2. If your Birth Certificate was registered less than ten (10) years ago, you must submit IDs that pre-date the late registration.
  3. If you do not have IDs that pre-date the late registered Birth Certificate, you must produce current IDs and secure an NBI clearance to support your passport application.

These are lifted from the www.passport.gov.ph website.  Take note that the DFA may still require additional documents depending on how your case will be evaluated.

Tomorrow, we shall feature the passport requirements for individuals who do not have birth certificates or report of birth.

See you again tomorrow!

Source: www.passport.gov.ph

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2 Feb 27

Last year, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) tweaked the passport appointment process a bit so that applicants are required to confirm their appointments by paying for their passports before their appointment dates.  In the past, applicants have the liberty to book an appointment’s date and time, appear before a DFA consul, and then pay for their passport only after they have completed all required processes.  This has been observed to be one of the reasons why some applicants do not keep their commitment to appear before the DFA.  Because they can simply book another slot, they just ignore their set appointments, never mind that others are not able to book their own because all slots are already filled.

To discourage no-shows and help the agency better manage the appointment slots, the DFA placed the payment of the passport at the onset of the application process.  This time, after you have successfully reserved your slot, you have 24 hours to pay your passport fee in order for the DFA’s system to confirm your appointment.  Non-payment within the prescribed timeline will mean that you have decided against your appointment and your slot will be released for others to claim.

But what happens if you fail to appear before the DFA even after you have already made a payment?  Can you refund the passport fee?  Can you have your appointment moved to another date?

According to the DFA, they follow a No Show, No Refund policy on booked appointment slots.  They may, however, entertain appeals to accommodate applicants who have valid reasons for missing their appointment, but these are on a case-to-case basis.

Also, make sure to bring all required documents and IDs on your appointment date.  Incorrect and incomplete requirements can also keep you from completing the application process and your appointment will be as good as canceled.  No refund for such cases as well.

Here are some important reminders when applying for or renewing your passport at the DFA:

  1. Have your passport renewed at least six months before the expiry date.
  2. Make sure that all information on your application form, birth, and or marriage certificates, and IDs are true, correct, and accurately spelled and dated. If there are discrepancies, have these corrected first.
  3. Have a valid and active Yahoo or Google Mail account ready when making an appointment online.
  4. Remove accessories such as necklaces, earrings, and colored contact lenses when appearing before the DFA consul, up until your photos have been taken.
  5. Make sure that the information on the data page of your new passport is all correct before affixing your signature. The consul will let you check this before finalizing your data page.

For more information on passport applications and renewal, visit the DFA website at www.dfa.gov.ph

Reference:

http://www.dfa.gov.ph

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1 jan 15

So the DFA needs our help in rebuilding their database and we can do so by presenting a copy of our PSA birth certificate when renewing our passports.  Do you have a copy of your birth certificate yet?

I used to keep several copies of my birth certificate in my desk; these were printed on the old yellowish sheet with NSO’s logo on the upper left hand (or was it right?) corner of the document.  When my passport was due for renewal last June 2016, I was advised by my friend to secure a new copy of my birth certificate before going to the DFA for my application.

“Bakit, may expiration ba ang birth certificate? Di ba wala naman?”

Of course, my birth certificate does not have an expiration date!  What my friend was trying to tell me (pala!) was that the PSA (formerly NSO), regularly updates (or maybe, reprints) the copies of our documents on security papers to discourage the circulation of unauthorized and fake copies made elsewhere.  Embassies and other government agencies are duly advised whenever the PSA is set to release certificates printed on new security papers so that these offices would know when the documents being presented to them are updated copies or old files (like my copies of my birth certificate).

So if you think you still have several copies of your birth certificate left in your stash, check them now to make sure these are updated ones.  Foremost, it must bear the new seal of the PSA, and not the former NSO.  If your document is worn out, has some minute tears, or the entries are hardly readable, please get yourself new copies.

I got my latest copies from PSAHelpline.ph.  It’s an online, one-stop birth certificate ordering site for all types of PSA documents you will ever need: birth, marriage, CENOMAR, and death certificates.  They deliver nationwide too so you won’t have to go to a PSA office anymore.

Birth, marriage, and death certificates cost Php 365.00 per copy while the CENOMAR costs Php 465.00 per copy.  Visit their user-friendly website now so you can place your orders ahead of the others!

Word of the wise: As soon as you have confirmed an appointment with the DFA for your passport application or renewal, get new copies of your PSA birth certificate and marriage certificate (for married female applicants who wish to change their last name in their passport).  Don’t wait until the last minute to do this because it’s a primary documentary requirement, especially if your old passport is not an e-passport.

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Oct 11 (1)

If you are still having a hard time getting a passport appointment with the DFA, here’s some good news for you!

The DFA opens at least 10,000 appointment slots daily and you are sure to be able to book one if you go online at the right time.

According to yesterday’s advisory, 5,000 slots are made available at 12:00 noon and another 5,000 at 9:00 p.m. every day.  If you are to choose a DFA branch, it might help to know that the DFA Aseana Consular Office is open even during Saturdays with expanded courtesy lanes for OFWs, Senior Citizens, Solo Parent ID-holders, and PWDs.

There are five more DFA Consular Offices that are set to be opened to accept passport applications and renewals before the end of 2018.

Isn’t that good news?  Now set your alarms to 12:00 noon and 9 p.m. to be reminded of the best times to get an appointment for your passport application!

Source: www.dfa.gov.ph

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