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CONSULAR OUTREACH PROGRAM

The Embassy/Consulate General conducts regular consular outreach missions to bring its various consular services to Filipinos residing in other states under its jurisdiction. The schedule of the Outreach Program is posted in the homepage of the Embassy’s/Consulate’s General website.

PASSPORT

Renewal of Passport

The Philippines has instituted the electronic passport (ePassport) system for all its citizens. The ePassport features microchip technology and a host of other security features thereby ensuring that Philippine passports are virtually tamper-proof. ePassport issuance is also compliant with the security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The Philippine ePassport has an integrated circuit (chip) within its pages containing data that are essential in verifying the identity of the passport holder. These include the personal biographical information found on the data page of the passport, the biometrics of the passport holder, the unique chip identification number, and a digital signature to verify the authenticity of the data stored on the chip. The chip technology allows the information stored in an ePassport to be read by special chip readers at almost every international port of entry.

The Embassy/Consulate General receives and processes applications for ePassports, which in turn is sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila for printing and issuance. Please allow at least 6 weeks for the entire process up to release of passport to applicant.

The Embassy/Consulate General advises all Philippine passport holders, whose passports are expiring within the next 6 months, to renew their passports if they intend to travel within the aforementioned period.

All Filipino citizens applying for passports with the Philippine Embassy/Consulate General will no longer need to submit photographs, as their picture, together with their fingerprints and signature, will be taken on-site.  This means that all passport applicants, regardless of age, are henceforth required to appear personally.

There is no need for an appointment as applicants are served on a walk-in basis.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Duly-accomplished passport application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink
  2. Latest passport
  3. One (1) photocopy of each of the data page/s of the passport; i.e. pages 1-3 for the brown passport or page 1 for the green passport
  4. Photocopy of any valid identification card where the middle name is fully spelled out, such as state ID, driver’s license, Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, or Baptismal Certificate, if applicant’s last passport is the brown one.
  5. Proof that applicant has not applied for foreign citizenship, e.g. resident alien card (green card)
  6. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if Passport is to be mailed back.
  7. Passport fee of $60.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.).  Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

Note:  The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service.  The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

Replacement of Lost Passport

The Philippines has instituted the electronic passport (ePassport) system for all its citizens. The ePassport features microchip technology and a host of other security features thereby ensuring that Philippine passports are virtually tamper-proof. ePassport issuance is also compliant with the security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The Philippine ePassport has an integrated circuit (chip) within its pages containing data that are essential in verifying the identity of the passport holder. These include the personal biographical information found on the data page of the passport, the biometrics of the passport holder, the unique chip identification number, and a digital signature to verify the authenticity of the data stored on the chip. The chip technology allows the information stored in an ePassport to be read by special chip readers at almost every international port of entry.

The Embassy/Consulate General receives and processes applications for ePassports, which in turn is sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila for printing and issuance. Please allow at least 6 weeks for the entire process up to release of passport to applicant.

The Embassy/Consulate General advises all Philippine passport holders, whose passports are expiring within the next 6 months, to renew their passports if they intend to travel within the aforementioned period.

All Filipino citizens applying for passports with the Philippine Embassy/Consulate General will no longer need to submit photographs, as their picture, together with their fingerprints and signature, will be taken on-site.  This means that all passport applicants, regardless of age, are henceforth required to appear personally.

There is no need for an appointment as applicants are served on a walk-in basis.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Duly-accomplished passport application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink, making sure to fill out the “Affidavit of Loss” portion on the form
  2. Photocopy of a state ID, driver’s license, permanent resident alien card, or any other valid photo identification
  3. Photocopy of latest Philippine passport that was lost
  4. If unable to produce photocopy of latest Philippine passport that was lost, or lost passport was not issued by the Embassy/Consulate General where applicant is applying:
    1. Philippine National Census and Statistics Office (NSO) Birth Certificate, for those born 1950 and onwards; or
    2. Certification of Non-Availability of Birth Record from NSO, for those born before 1950.

    Applicant may apply for NSO Birth Certificate and Certification of Non-Availability of Birth Record on-line at www.e-census.com.ph.

  5. Report of Marriage (if marriage was solemnized abroad) or NSO Marriage Certificate (if marriage was solemnized in the Philippines), for married women.  Applicant may apply for NSO Marriage Certificate on-line at www.e-census.com.ph.
  6. Police Report, if lost passport is still valid
  7. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if Passport is to be mailed back.
  8. Passport fee of $160.00 if lost passport was a Machine Readable Passport or ePassport; $100.00 if lost passport was a Machine Ready Readable Passport or Green Manual Passport.  Fees (non-refundable) are payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.).  Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

Note:  The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service.  The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

A 15-day waiting period, on top of the 6-week processing period, will be imposed if the lost passport is still valid (unexpired) and if the passport was not issued by the Embassy/Consulate General where applicant is applying for replacement.

Passport Renewal for Minors (below 18 years of age)

The Philippines has instituted the electronic passport (ePassport) system for all its citizens. The ePassport features microchip technology and a host of other security features thereby ensuring that Philippine passports are virtually tamper-proof. ePassport issuance is also compliant with the security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The Philippine ePassport has an integrated circuit (chip) within its pages containing data that are essential in verifying the identity of the passport holder. These include the personal biographical information found on the data page of the passport, the biometrics of the passport holder, the unique chip identification number, and a digital signature to verify the authenticity of the data stored on the chip. The chip technology allows the information stored in an ePassport to be read by special chip readers at almost every international port of entry.

The Embassy/Consulate General receives and processes applications for ePassports, which in turn is sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila for printing and issuance. Please allow at least 6 weeks for the entire process up to release of passport to applicant.

The Embassy/Consulate General advises all Philippine passport holders, whose passports are expiring within the next 6 months, to renew their passports if they intend to travel within the aforementioned period.

All Filipino citizens applying for passports with the Philippine Embassy/Consulate General will no longer need to submit photographs, as their picture, together with their fingerprints and signature, will be taken on-site.  This means that all passport applicants, regardless of age, are henceforth required to appear personally.

There is no need for an appointment as applicants are served on a walk-in basis.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Duly-accomplished passport application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink, making sure that the Affidavit of Consent to Travel portion in the form is signed by the minor’s parent/s
  2. Latest original passport and one photocopy of data page of passport (original will be returned)
  3. Philippine National Statistics Office (NSO) Birth Certificate, if born in the Philippines; photocopy of Report of Birth, if born abroad. Applicant may apply for NSO Birth Certificate on-line at www.e-census.com.ph.
  4. Proof that applicant has not applied for foreign citizenship, e.g. resident alien card (green card)
  5. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if Passport is to be mailed back.
  6. Passport fee of $60.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.).  Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

Note: The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service.  The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

New Passport (for minors born abroad, applying for the first time)

The Philippines has instituted the electronic passport (ePassport) system for all its citizens. The ePassport features microchip technology and a host of other security features thereby ensuring that Philippine passports are virtually tamper-proof. ePassport issuance is also compliant with the security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The Philippine ePassport has an integrated circuit (chip) within its pages containing data that are essential in verifying the identity of the passport holder. These include the personal biographical information found on the data page of the passport, the biometrics of the passport holder, the unique chip identification number, and a digital signature to verify the authenticity of the data stored on the chip. The chip technology allows the information stored in an ePassport to be read by special chip readers at almost every international port of entry.

The Embassy/Consulate General receives and processes applications for ePassports, which in turn is sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila for printing and issuance. Please allow at least 6 weeks for the entire process up to release of passport to applicant.

The Embassy/Consulate General advises all Philippine passport holders, whose passports are expiring within the next 6 months, to renew their passports if they intend to travel within the aforementioned period.

All Filipino citizens applying for passports with the Philippine Embassy/Consulate General will no longer need to submit photographs, as their picture, together with their fingerprints and signature, will be taken on-site.  This means that all passport applicants, regardless of age, are henceforth required to appear personally.

There is no need for an appointment as applicants are served on a walk-in basis.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Duly-accomplished passport application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink
  2. Report of Birth
  3. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if Passport is to be mailed back.
  4. Passport fee of $60.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.).  Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

Note:  The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service.  The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

New Passport (for those who have reacquired Philippine citizenship or for newly-registered Philippine citizens)

The Philippines has instituted the electronic passport (ePassport) system for all its citizens. The ePassport features microchip technology and a host of other security features thereby ensuring that Philippine passports are virtually tamper-proof. ePassport issuance is also compliant with the security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The Philippine ePassport has an integrated circuit (chip) within its pages containing data that are essential in verifying the identity of the passport holder. These include the personal biographical information found on the data page of the passport, the biometrics of the passport holder, the unique chip identification number, and a digital signature to verify the authenticity of the data stored on the chip. The chip technology allows the information stored in an ePassport to be read by special chip readers at almost every international port of entry.

The Embassy/Consulate General receives and processes applications for ePassports, which in turn is sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila for printing and issuance. Please allow at least 6 weeks for the entire process up to release of passport to applicant.

The Embassy/Consulate General advises all Philippine passport holders, whose passports are expiring within the next 6 months, to renew their passports if they intend to travel within the aforementioned period.

All Filipino citizens applying for passports with the Philippine Embassy/Consulate General will no longer need to submit photographs, as their picture, together with their fingerprints and signature, will be taken on-site.  This means that all passport applicants, regardless of age, are henceforth required to appear personally.

There is no need for an appointment as applicants are served on a walk-in basis.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Duly-accomplished passport application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink
  2. Original and one (1) photocopy of the Identification Certificate for Dual Citizenship (original will be returned)
  3. Latest original passport and one photocopy of data page of passport (original will be returned)
  4. If unable to produce photocopy of latest Philippine passport that was lost, or lost passport was not issued by the Embassy/Consulate General where applicant is applying:
    1. Philippine National Census and Statistics Office (NSO) Birth Certificate, for those born 1950 and onwards; or
    2. Certification of Non-Availability of Birth Record from NSO, for those born before 1950.
  5. Applicant may apply for NSO Birth Certificate and Certification of Non-Availability of Birth Record on-line at www.e-census.com.ph.

  6. Report of Birth, if no old Philippine passport is available, and applicant was born abroad
  7. Report of Marriage (if marriage was solemnized abroad) or NSO Marriage Certificate (if marriage was solemnized in the Philippines), for married women.  Applicant may apply for NSO Marriage Certificate on-line at www.e-census.com.ph.
  8. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if Passport is to be mailed back.
  9. Passport fee of $60.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.).  Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

Note:  The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service.  The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

New Passport due to Change in Name

The Philippines has instituted the electronic passport (ePassport) system for all its citizens. The ePassport features microchip technology and a host of other security features thereby ensuring that Philippine passports are virtually tamper-proof. ePassport issuance is also compliant with the security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The Philippine ePassport has an integrated circuit (chip) within its pages containing data that are essential in verifying the identity of the passport holder. These include the personal biographical information found on the data page of the passport, the biometrics of the passport holder, the unique chip identification number, and a digital signature to verify the authenticity of the data stored on the chip. The chip technology allows the information stored in an ePassport to be read by special chip readers at almost every international port of entry.

The Embassy/Consulate General receives and processes applications for ePassports, which in turn is sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila for printing and issuance. Please allow at least 6 weeks for the entire process up to release of passport to applicant.

The Embassy/Consulate General advises all Philippine passport holders, whose passports are expiring within the next 6 months, to renew their passports if they intend to travel within the aforementioned period.

All Filipino citizens applying for passports with the Philippine Embassy/Consulate General will no longer need to submit photographs, as their picture, together with their fingerprints and signature, will be taken on-site.  This means that all passport applicants, regardless of age, are henceforth required to appear personally.

There is no need for an appointment as applicants are served on a walk-in basis.

Under Philippine laws, a person’s legal name may be amended through the following:

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS (to be submitted along with other requirements specific to case):

  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
  4. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if Passport is to be mailed back.
  5. Passport fee of $60.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.).  Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

Note:  The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service.  The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

REQUIREMENTS for change of name due to marriage:

REQUIREMENTS for change of name due to death of husband, divorce, annulled marriages:

Note:  If the Filipino spouse acted as plaintiff, and has since remarried and assumed her second or succeeding spouse’s surname, the Embassy/Consulate General may issue a Certificate of One and the Same Person, indicating both of the names used by the applicant and an explanation of why the new passport cannot reflect her current married name.

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:

Republic Act (RA) 9048 authorizes the city or municipal civil registrar or the consul general to make the following changes in name, without the need of a judicial order:

REQUIREMENT:

TRAVEL DOCUMENT

A travel document is a certification or identifying document containing the description and other personal circumstances of the bearer, which is issued in lieu of a passport and valid for one-way, direct travel to the Philippines. A travel document is issued to a Filipino citizen being sent back to the Philippines or who needs to urgently travel home but is unable to fully comply with the requirements for the issuance of a regular passport, at the time of emergency.  Proof of urgency/emergency is needed.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Duly-accomplished travel document application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink, and notarized if application is sent by mail
  2. Expired Philippine Passport
  3. Philippine National Statistics Office (NSO) Birth Certificate, if the passport is lost or the expired passport is the brown one. Applicant may apply for NSO Birth Certificate on-line at www.e-census.com.ph.
  4. Affidavit of Loss, duly notarized by a local notary public, if application is sent by mail
  5. Four (4) colored photos, 2” x 2”, taken within six months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background.  No sleeveless attire.  Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  6. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if Travel Document is to be mailed back.
  7. Processing fee of $30.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.).  Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

Note:  The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service.  The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

AUTHENTICATION/ACKNOWLEDGMENT

Any legal document issued in the U.S. must first be acknowledged or authenticated (‘consularized’) by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate General in order for that document to have any legal validity in the Philippines.  Please check the Consulate Finder or the Consulates Link for the states covered by the Embassy/Consulates General in the U.S.

Each “consularized” document will bear the seal of the Embassy/Consulate General and the signature of the authenticating officer.  The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General does not assume responsibility for the contents of the document.

PROCEDURE AND REQUIREMENTS for private documents, such as Special Power of Attorney, General Power of Attorney, Affidavit, Certification, Deed of Donation, Deed of Sale, Extra-judicial Settlement of Estate, etc:

1. Covering letter (handwritten or typed), addressed to the Consular Section, indicating service/transaction requested and complete contact details (telephone number, postal address, email address).

2. Original and one (1) photocopy of document and all enclosures.  Document/s should be signed by the signatories/affiants before a Consular Officer.

3. Original and one (1) photocopy of a valid passport or government-issued identification card (original will be returned)

4. If sent by mail:

Directory of the Offices of the Secretaries of States in the U.S. Southeast Region

Office of the Secretary of State

Telephone

U.S. Department of State

(202) 647-5002

(202) 723-3117

1-800-FED-INFO

Alabama

(334) 242-7205

Florida

(850) 245-6945

Georgia

(404) 656-2885

Kentucky

(502) 564-7330

Maryland

(410) 974-5521 ext. 3852

(410) 974-5520

North Carolina

(919) 807-2140

South Carolina

(803) 734-2119

(803) 734-2512

Tennessee

(615) 741-3699

Virginia

(804) 786-2441

Washington, D.C.

(202) 727-3117

West Virginia

(304) 558-6000

 

For documents issued in U.S. territories (outside of the U.S.), which are under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Embassy, document must be authenticated by the appropriate government offices, such as Office of the Governor, Foreign Affairs Office, etc. (please refer to the Consulate Finder or the Consulates Link for the territories under the jurisdiction of the Embassy).

5. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if document is to be mailed back.

6. Processing fee of $25.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.).  Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

7. For applicants residing in U.S. territories or other countries within the jurisdiction of the Philippine Embassy, applicants should enclose a treasurer’s, manager’s or certified check issued by a local bank that has a corresponding bank in the U.S., payable to the courier of choice, in U.S. dollars, to cover cost of mailing, and a corresponding self-addressed courier’s address label.  Personal checks are not accepted.

Note:  The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service.  The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

PROCEDURE AND REQUIREMENTS for U.S. Government-issued documents, such as Birth Certificate, Death Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, etc., and those issued by private institutions, such as Transcript of Records, Medical Records, Licenses, Certificates of Training, etc.:

1. Covering letter (handwritten or typed), addressed to the Consular Section, indicating service/transaction requested and complete contact details (telephone number, postal address, email address).

2. Original and one (1) photocopy of document and all enclosures issued by the government agency/private institution

3. Document must be authenticated by the Secretary of State which has jurisdiction over the issuing government agency or the place where the private institution is located (please refer to the directory of authenticating officers of the Secretaries of States).

4. For documents issued in U.S. territories (outside of the U.S.), which are under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Embassy, document must be authenticated by the appropriate government offices, such as Office of the Governor, Foreign Affairs Office, etc. (please refer to the Consulate Finder or the Consulates Link for the territories under the jurisdiction of the Embassy).

5. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if document is to be mailed back.

6. Processing fee of $25.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.).  Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

7. For applicants residing in U.S. territories or other countries within the jurisdiction of the Philippine Embassy, applicants should enclose a treasurer’s, manager’s or certified check issued by a local bank that has a corresponding bank in the U.S., payable to the courier of choice, in U.S. dollars, to cover cost of mailing, and a corresponding self-addressed courier’s address label.  Personal checks are not accepted.

Note:  The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service.  The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

PROCEDURE AND REQUIREMENTS for business-related documents, such as Trademark, Patent Application, Oath of Corporate Secretaries/Offices, Appointment of Resident Agent, Affidavit of Use/Non-Use, Assignment of Letters of Patent, etc.:

1. Covering letter (handwritten or typed), addressed to the Consular Section, indicating service/transaction requested and complete contact details (telephone number, postal address, email address).

2. Original and one (1) photocopy of document and all enclosures

3. Document must be authenticated by the Secretary of State which has jurisdiction over the place where the issuing office is located (please refer to the directory of authenticating officers of the Secretaries of States).

4. Document must then be authenticated by the U.S. Department of State.

5. For documents issued in U.S. territories (outside of the U.S.), which are under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Embassy, document must be authenticated by the appropriate government offices, such as Office of the Governor, Foreign Affairs Office, etc. (please refer to the Consulate Finder or the Consulates Link for the territories under the jurisdiction of the Embassy).

6. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if document is to be mailed back.

7. Processing fee of $25.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.).  Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

8. For applicants residing in U.S. territories or other countries within the jurisdiction of the Philippine Embassy, applicants should enclose a treasurer’s, manager’s or certified check issued by a local bank that has a corresponding bank in the U.S., payable to the courier of choice, in U.S. dollars, to cover cost of mailing, and a corresponding self-addressed courier’s address label.  Personal checks are not accepted.

Note:  The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service.  The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco allows the “direct authentication” of U.S., state, county and other official documents (i.e., country or state-issued documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, certificates of no police record, court documents, official school transcript of records and other similar documents do not need to be notarized).

CIVIL REGISTRY

Solemnization of Marriage

Consular Officers are authorized to solemnize marriages between two Filipinos of the states under the jurisdiction of the Embassy/Consulate General.  Please check the Consulate Finder or the Consulates Link for the states covered by the Embassy/Consulates General in the U.S.  In view of the infrequency of need for this service, applicants for solemnization of marriage are advised to just call the Embassy/Consulate General concerned for the requirements.

Report of Marriage between Filipinos or a Filipino and a Foreign National

The marriage of a Filipino should be reported to and registered with the Philippine National Statistics Office through the Embassy/Consulate General having jurisdiction over the locality where the event took place.  Please check the Consulate Finder or the Consulates Link for the states covered by the Embassy/Consulates General in the U.S.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Four (4) original duly-accomplished Report of Marriage Contracted Abroad form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink, signed by both husband and wife. If submitting by mail, the completed forms must be notarized.
  2. One (1) original or certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of the Marriage Certificate or Contract (original will be returned)
  3. Four (4) photocopies of a government-issued identification card or passport of both husband and wife
  4. Four (4) photocopies of Philippine birth certificate of Filipino spouse
  5. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if Report of Marriage is to be mailed back.
  6. Processing fee of $25.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.).  Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.
  7. For applicants residing in U.S. territories or other countries within the jurisdiction of the Philippine Embassy, applicants should enclose a treasurer’s, manager’s or certified check issued by a local bank that has a corresponding bank in the U.S., payable to the courier of choice, in U.S. dollars, to cover cost of mailing, and a corresponding self-addressed courier’s address label.  Personal checks are not accepted.

Note:  The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service.  The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A. IF FILIPINO SPOUSE WAS PREVIOUSLY MARRIED AND DIVORCED, OR PREVIOUSLY MARRIED AND MARRIAGE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY ANNULLED

One (1) original or certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of the Judicial Decree of Divorce or Annulment (original will be returned)

Note:  Article 26 of the Family Code of the Philippines or Executive Order No. 209 (as amended by E.O. No. 227, promulgated on 27 July 1987) provides that:

B. IF THE FILIPINO SPOUSE IS A WIDOW / WIDOWER

One (1) original or certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of Death Certificate of deceased spouse (original will be returned)

C. OTHER REQUIREMENTS

The Consular Officer reserves the right to require additional proof or documents from an applicant, to prove his/her citizenship or identity pursuant to the Philippine Passport Law (R.A. 8239) and the Foreign Service Act. (R.A. 7157)

Report of Birth of Child Born Abroad of Filipino Parents

The birth of a Filipino should be reported to and registered with the Philippine National Statistics Office through the Embassy/Consulate General having jurisdiction over the locality where the event took place.  Please check the Consulate Finder or the Consulates Link for the states covered by the Embassy/Consulates General in the U.S.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Four (4) original duly-accomplished Report of Birth application forms, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink, with the portion for witnesses duly-filled out when applying by mail. Forms should be notarized if submitting by mail.
  2. One (1) original or certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of Birth Certificate (original will be returned)
  3. One (1) original or certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of Marriage Certificate of the parents (original will be returned)
  4. Notarized Affidavit of Acknowledgment of the Paternity and Permission to Use Father’s Surname, executed by the father, if parents are not married and the father’s surname is being used by the child
  5. One (1) original or certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of proof of Philippine citizenship of either parent at time of birth of the child, such as Philippine passport (original will be returned), and photocopies of alien registration card, for green card holders.  If only one parent is a Filipino at the time of child’s birth, the non-Filipino parent must submit four (4) photocopies of a government-issued identification card or passport.
  6. For parents who are dual citizens, four (4) photocopies of Order of Approval or Petition for Reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship, indicating the name of the child as a minor-beneficiary of the parent’s re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship.
  7. If applicable, four (4) photocopies of U.S. Naturalization Certificate of parent(s).
  8. Notarized affidavit explaining the reasons for delayed registration, if Report of Birth is filed more than a year after the child is born
  9. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if Report of Birth is to be mailed back.
  10. Processing fee of $25.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.).  Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.
  11. For applicants residing in U.S. territories or other countries within the jurisdiction of the Philippine Embassy, applicants should enclose a treasurer’s, manager’s or certified check issued by a local bank that has a corresponding bank in the U.S., payable to the courier of choice, in U.S. dollars, to cover cost of mailing, and a corresponding self-addressed courier’s address label.  Personal checks are not accepted.

Note:  The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service.  The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

The Consular Officer may require additional proof or documents from applicant to determine the child’s citizenship, identity, or eligibility for registration of birth under Philippine laws.

Report of Death and/or Consular Mortuary Certificate

The death of a Filipino should be reported to and registered with the Philippine National Statistics Office through the Embassy/Consulate General having jurisdiction over the locality where the event took place.  Please check the Consulate Finder or the Consulates Link for the states covered by the Embassy/Consulates General in the U.S. Consular.

Mortuary Certificates are issued when remains or the cremated remains of a deceased (Filipino or foreigner) are to be transported to the Philippines.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. One (1) original copy of the duly-accomplished Report of Death application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink, signed by the representative (if deceased is a Filipino citizen). Form should be notarized if submitting by mail.
  2. One (1) original copy and (5) photocopies of the Certificate of Death issued by the State Department of Health;
  3. One (1) original and five (5) photocopies of notarized certificate issued by the Mortuary Director that the body was properly embalmed or cremated, and that the casket contains only the body of the deceased (for human remains only);
  4. One (1) original and five (5) photocopies of the Certificate of Cremation issued by the Crematory (for cremated remains only);
  5. One (1) original and five (5) photocopies of the Certificate of No Contagious Disease issued by the State Department of Health (for human remains only);
  6. One (1) original and five (5) photocopies of the Burial Transit Permit (for human remains only);
  7. Six (6) copies of the Itinerary, to include full flight details and mode of transportation;
  8. Name, address, and contact number of the receiving funeral parlor in the Philippines (for human remains only);
  9. Six (6) photocopies of the deceased’s identification card or passport;
  10. Six (6) photocopies of identification documents (passport, driver’s license, etc.) of the person who will travel with the urn (for cremated remains only);
  11. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if Consular Mortuary Certificate is to be mailed back.
  12. Processing fee in the amount of fifty dollars ($50.00), if Filipino, and $25.00 if US citizen,, payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.).  Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted. Payments are non-refundable.
  13. For applicants residing in U.S. territories or other countries within the jurisdiction of the Philippine Embassy, applicants should enclose a treasurer’s, manager’s or certified check drawn from any U.S. bank, payable to the courier of choice, in U.S. dollars, to cover cost of mailing, and a corresponding self-addressed courier’s address label.  Personal checks are not accepted.

If deceased is no longer a Filipino citizen, reduce the number of photocopies by two (2) for requirements # 2 - 10.

Note: The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service.  The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP

Republic Act 9225 otherwise known as the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003 (more popularly known as the Dual Citizenship Law) enables former natural-born Filipinos who have become naturalized citizens of another country to reacquire/retain their Philippine citizenship by taking an oath of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines before a Philippine Consular Officer.  Upon reacquiring their Philippine citizenship, they shall enjoy full civil, economic and political rights as Filipinos.

Under the principle of derivative citizenship, unmarried children below eighteen (18) years of age, whether legitimate, illegitimate, or adopted, of former Filipino parents who reacquired their Philippine citizenship under this law, may also be deemed Filipino citizens, if they are included in the parent’s application for reacquisition of Philippine citizenship.

However, there is another kind of dual citizenship, which is not covered by the law.  This pertains to a dual citizen by birth:  A child born in the United States when either parent was still a Filipino citizen is considered to be a dual citizen from birth (if born on or after January 17, 1973).

Dual citizens who wish to apply for a Philippine passport will need to make a separate application and submit the requirements as specified in "passport for dual or newly-registered PH citizens" link on the left.

Application for reacquisition of Philippine citizenship

REQUIREMENTS:

Submit the original and one duplicate copy of the following required documents to apply for reacquisition of Philippine citizenship:

  1. One (1) original and one (1) photocopy of the duly-accomplished Dual Citizenship application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink
  2. Copy of Philippine Birth Certificate (original to be presented before the oath taking, when applying by mail)
  3. Copies of Philippine and U.S. Passports (originals to be presented before the oath taking, when applying by mail)
  4. Copy of Marriage Certificate/Contract, for married women (original to be presented before the oath taking, when applying by mail)
  5. Copy of U.S. Naturalization Certificate (original to be presented before the oath taking, when applying by mail)
  6. Four (4) colored photos, 2” x 2”, taken within six months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background.  No sleeveless attire.  Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  7. Processing fee of $50.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.).  Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

Note: The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service.  The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS for Derivative Citizenship

  1. Ensure that the appropriate portions on page 2 of the Dual Citizenship application form are filled up
  2. Duplicate original or certified photocopy of the birth certificate of the children and their non-Philippine passport
  3. Three (3) identical colored photos, 2” x 2”, taken within six months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background.  No sleeveless attire.  Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  4. Processing fee of $25.00 (non-refundable), per derivative child, payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.).  Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

The applicant will be informed of the date for the oath taking before a Consular Officer at the Embassy/Consulate General.  Prior to taking his/her oath, the applicant will be required to sign the Oath of Allegiance prepared by the Embassy/Consulate General.  The applicant will receive his/her original copy of the notarized oath of allegiance, together with the Order of Approval, Petition for Reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship and Identification Certificate issued by the Embassy/Consulate General, after the oath has been administered.

If the applicant is a Bureau of Immigration registered alien, he shall surrender the original ACR and ICR/CRTV, or in its absence, an affidavit explaining the loss of said documents for transmittal to the BI.

Applicants scheduled for oath-taking are requested to come dressed in at least decent casual attire, which does not include sleeveless shirts (for men), tank top, spaghetti strapped or mid-riff blouses (for women), shorts of any kind, and slippers.

Rights and privileges

Once you reacquire/retain your Philippine citizenship, you will again enjoy full civil, economic and political rights under existing Philippine laws.

Among these rights are:

  1. The right to travel with a Philippine passport.
  2. The right to own real property in the Philippines.
  3. The right to engage in business and commerce as a Filipino, and
  4. The right to practice one’s profession, provided that a license or permit to engage in such practice is obtained from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), or the Supreme Court in the case of lawyers.

You may also vote in Philippine national elections (for President, Vice President, Senators and sectoral representatives) by overseas/absentee ballot in accordance with the provisions of the Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003.

You will enjoy all other rights and privileges enjoyed by Filipino citizens.

Implication on taxes

Income Tax

Under the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program of 1997, incomes earned abroad by Filipinos from 1998 onwards are no longer taxable. Hence, all Filipinos abroad, including those who have reacquired their Philippine citizenship, have been exempted by the Philippine Government from paying Philippine income tax on incomes earned abroad.

Incomes earned in the Philippines, however, will be subject to Philippine income tax.

Travel Tax

Travel Tax exemption is being granted to dual citizens departing the Philippines and returning to the United States whose arrival is stamped on the Philippine passport and whose stay does not exceed one (1) year, the same privilege accorded to Filipino permanent residents abroad. For this purpose, a Travel Tax Exemption Certificate (TIEZA Form 354) is issued upon presentation of both the Philippine and U.S. passports. Processing fee of Php 200.00 is collected for every certificate issued.

Those whose arrival is stamped on the U.S. passport need not secure the exemption certificate for they are not covered by the Travel Tax pursuant to Section 1 of PD 1183 as amended. Provided that their immigration status in the Philippines is as temporary visitors and not as permanent resident.

Dual citizens whose stay in the Philippines exceed one (1) year will pay the travel tax irrespective of which passport they are using for travel.

Residency requirement

Residency in the Philippines is NOT a requirement for those who reacquire Philippine citizenship.

Visa requirement for foreign spouse and/or children when traveling to the Philippines

As long as the foreign spouse and children travel with the Balikbayan, they will be entitled to a visa-free entry to the Philippines for a period of one (1) year.

Note: Documents submitted which are in a foreign language must have an official English translation.

VISA

Nationals of a number of countries with which the Philippines maintains diplomatic relations, including the United States, may avail themselves of visa-free entry into the Philippines, provided their stay will not exceed 30 days. Please contact the Philippine Embassy/Consulate General for information on which countries are extended this privilege.

US citizens who wish to stay more than 30 days in the Philippines and nationals of countries who are not extended the 30-day visa free privilege should apply for a visa before traveling to the Philippines.

Returning Balikbayans or former Filipinos may also enter the Philippines without a visa and stay for a period of one (1) year, provided that they have a passport valid for 6 months beyond the intended stay in the Philippines, a roundtrip ticket, and proof of former Philippine citizenship (e.g. old Philippine passport or NSO-authenticated birth certificate). Foreign spouses and their minor children may avail themselves of this privilege if traveling with the Balikbayan.

Non-immigrant Visa

9(A) Temporary Visitor’s visa
9(B) Transit
9(C) Seaman
9(D) Treaty Traders
9(E) Foreign Government Official
9(F) Student
9(G) Pre-Arranged Employees

Of the above, the most frequently-applied for visa at the Embassy are the 9(a) Temporary Visitor’s Visa, 9(c) Seaman’s Visa, and the 9(e) Foreign Government Official Visa.

For inquiries regarding the other non-immigrant visa types, applicants may call the Embassy/Consulate General concerned. Please check the Consulate Finder or the Consulates Link for the states covered by the Embassy/Consulates General in the U.S.

Applicants may check the Philippine Bureau of Immigration website to check if they need to apply for a visa.

9(A) Temporary Visitor’s Visa

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Passport of applicant (valid at least 6 months from return date)
  2. Duly-accomplished Non-Immigrant Visa application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink, and notarized if sent by mail
  3. Travel Itinerary (applicant must be a holder of a roundtrip/onward flight ticket out of Manila)
  4. One (1) colored photo, 2” x 2”, taken within six months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background. No sleeveless attire. Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  5. Proof of Financial Capacity (photocopy of latest bank statement, previous year's income tax return, most recent pay stub and an employment certificate from the employer indicating position and salary, or affidavit of support), for Tourist Visa for pleasure only
  6. Letter from employer or sponsor of the trip, indicating its specific purpose or nature and length of stay (inclusive dates) in the Philippines, for Tourist Visa for business only
  7. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if Passport with Visa is to be mailed back.
  8. Visa fee, according to fee schedule below (non-refundable), payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.). Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

For nationals of countries with visa agreement with the Philippines:

  1. Single entry valid for three (3) months US$ 30.00
  2. Multiple entry valid for six (6) months US$ 60.00
  3. Multiple-entry valid for twelve (12) months US$ 90.00

For nationals of countries without visa agreement with the Philippines:

  1. Single entry valid for three (3) months US$ 40.00
  2. Multiple entry valid for six (6) months US$ 80.00
  3. Multiple-entry valid for twelve (12) months US$ 120.00

Note: The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service. The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) for Certain Minors

As a rule, minors, who are under 15 years of age and unaccompanied by or not traveling with a parent to the Philippines, are generally excluded from entering the Philippine ports of entry.  To avoid exclusion before arrival at Philippine ports, the minor’s parent/s or guardian needs to submit an Affidavit of Request, Consent and Guarantee for the Issuance of Waiver of Exclusion Ground, duly-authenticated/acknowledged by the Embassy/Consulate General, to the Bureau of Immigration authorities at the port of entry and pay the waiver fee of P3,120.00 for each unaccompanied minor.

To have the Affidavit of Request, Consent and Guarantee duly-authenticated/acknowledged by the Embassy/Consulate General, please refer to the procedures and requirements for private documents under the Authentication/Acknowledgment link.  In addition to the requirements enumerated, please include a copy of the Report of Birth of child, if born abroad, or a copy of the NSO Birth Certificate, if born in the Philippines, or a copy of the Birth Certificate issued by the Department of Health or the Office of Vital Statistics, if born in the U.S. (originals to be presented), as well as a photocopy of the data page of the passport of the child.

For US citizens and citizens of countries with 30-day visa free privileges who intend to stay longer than 30 days, please see requirements for 9(A) Temporary Visitor’s Visa.  Except for #6, all visa requirements apply.  Proof of financial capacity will be the burden of the parent/s or guardian and not the child.

9(C) Seamen

  1. Passport of applicant (valid at least 6 months from return date)
  2. Duly-accomplished Non-Immigrant Visa application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink, and notarized if sent by mail
  3. Travel Itinerary (roundtrip ticket not necessary)
  4. One (1) colored photo, 2” x 2”, taken within six months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background. No sleeveless attire. Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  5. Letter from Shipping Company
  6. Crew List
  7. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if Passport with Visa is to be mailed back.
  8. Visa fee of $20.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.). Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

Note: The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service. The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

9(E) Foreign Government Officials

Holders of diplomatic and official U.S. passports who will be traveling to the Philippines on official business for a stay not exceeding 30 days no longer need to apply for a diplomatic or official visa with the Philippine Embassy.  However, U.S. government officials must possess passports that are valid for at least six months beyond the contemplated period of stay in the Philippines and a return ticket to the U.S. or to their next country of destination.

  1. Passport of applicant (valid at least 6 months from return date)
  2. Duly-accomplished Non-Immigrant Visa application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink, and notarized if sent by mail
  3. One (1) colored photo, 2” x 2”, taken within six months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background. No sleeveless attire. Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  4. Letter from US government agency requesting issuance of visa or Note Verbale from US State Department
  5. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if Passport with Visa is to be mailed back.
  6. Visa fee – gratis

Note: The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service. The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

Special Non-Immigrant 47(A) (2) visa

  1. Passport of applicant (valid at least 6 months from return date)
  2. Two copies of duly-accomplished Non-Immigrant Visa application forms, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink, and notarized if sent by mail
  3. Two (2) colored photos, 2” x 2”, taken within six months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background. No sleeveless attire. Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  4. Letter from Foundation or Institute stating that the applicant is connected with such program, which is approved by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs
  5. Two (2) copies of the Medical Examination Report (FA Form No. 11) duly-accomplished by a licensed physician whose signature must be notarized, and which should not be more than six (6) months from date of application
  6. Chest X-ray negative, standard size, to be presented to the Embassy and hand carried to the Philippines
  7. Certificate of No Police Record from place of residence of applicant (original and one photocopy)
  8. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if Passport with Visa is to be mailed back.
  9. Visa fee – gratis

Note: The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service. The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

Immigrant Visa

A non-quota immigrant visa may be granted to the spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age of Philippine citizens (13A) and to former Filipinos who have already acquired foreign citizenships including their spouse and unmarried minor children (13G).

13A and 13 G visa holders are eligible to apply for duty-free shipment to the Philippines.

Processing time for 13A and G visas is two (2) weeks after complete submission of requirements.

13(A) visa

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Passport of applicant (valid at least 6 months from date of application)
  2. One (1) original and one (1) photocopy of the duly-accomplished Immigrant Visa application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink
  3. Four (4) identical colored photos, 2” x 2”, taken within six months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background. No sleeveless attire. Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  4. One (1) original and one (1) photocopy of documentary evidence to prove spouse's or either parent's Philippine citizenship and to show applicant's relationship to the Philippine citizen, such as, birth certificate, Philippine passport, or marriage contract (original will be returned). In the case of spouses of Philippine citizens, NSO Marriage Certificate must be presented if Report of Marriage is not available.
  5. Medical Examination Report, duly-accomplished by a licensed physician whose signature must be notarized, and which should not be more than six (6) months from date of application, together with laboratory reports (original and one photocopy)
  6. Chest X-ray negative, standard size, to be presented to the Embassy and hand carried to the Philippines
  7. Certificate of No Police Record from place of residence of applicant (original and one photocopy)
  8. One (1) original and one (1) photocopy of evidence of sound financial status (e.g. proof of real property, investment/s, bank certification, pension, or notarized Affidavit of Support from a relative in the Philippines, with attached documents to substantiate declaration or claim)
  9. Personal appearance for interview
  10. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if Passport with Visa is to be mailed back.
  11. Visa fee of $150.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.). Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

Note: The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service. The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

13(G) Visa

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Passport of applicant (valid at least 6 months from date of application)
  2. Photocopy of Certificate of Naturalization (original to be presented)
  3. One (1) original and one (1) photocopy of the duly-accomplished Immigrant Visa application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink
  4. Four (4) identical colored photos, 2” x 2”, taken within six months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background. No sleeveless attire. Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  5. One (1) original and one (1) photocopy of documentary evidence to prove applicant’s former Philippine citizenship, as well as proof of legal relationship for foreign spouse and minor children, such as, birth certificate, Philippine passport, marriage contract (original will be returned)
  6. Medical Examination Report, duly-accomplished by a licensed physician whose signature must be notarized, and which should not be more than six (6) months from date of application, together with laboratory reports (original and one photocopy)
  7. Chest X-ray negative, standard size, to be presented to the Embassy and hand carried to the Philippines
  8. Certificate of No Police Record from place of residence of applicant (original and one photocopy)
  9. Personal appearance for interview
  10. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if Passport with Visa is to be mailed back.
  11. Visa fee of $150.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines" (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.). Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

Note: The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service. The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

Certificate of Not the Same Person

According to the Philippine Bureau of Immigration:

Not the Same Person is a document issued to an individual attesting to the fact that s/he is not the person listed and/or included in the Hold Departure Order of the Bureau of Immigration, Watch List Order or Blacklist Order.

The requirements under visa issuance, visa extension, student desk, ACR I-card

  1. Application Form duly, accomplished (VCU Form 2, available at www.immigration.gov.ph)
  2. Photocopy of General Application Form, duly accomplished (BI Form No. RADJR 2012 from PIA)
  3. Affidavit of Denial, duly notarized
  4. Photocopy of the applicant’s passport (data page and travel stamp page)
  5. One 2x2 ID picture
  6. If applied by a representative, photocopy of valid ID

Walk-in Applicant (Airport Problems Excluded / Offloaded Passenger / DFA Derogatory)

  1. Application Form, duly accomplished (VCU Form 2, available at www.immigration.gov.ph)
  2. Court Clearance (cases within Metro Manila)
  3. NBI Clearance (cases outside Metro Manila)
  4. If either clearances No. 2 and 3 are not available, submit old certificate of Not the Same Person (if there is no additional names listed in the Derogatory records)
  5. Affidavit of Denial, duly notarized
  6. Photocopy of the applicant’s passport (data page and travel stamp page)
  7. If applied by a representative, photocopy of valid ID

Out of the Country Applicant (former Filipino/Foreign National)

  1. Application Form, duly accomplished
  2. Download a “Not the same person application form” from the Bureau’s website at www.immigration.gov.ph or email the Bureau at xinfo@immigration.gov.ph to request an application form
  3. Special Power of Attorney, duly notarized by the Philippine Embassy
  4. Photocopy of the applicant’s passport (data page and travel stamp page)
  5. Philippine National Bureau of Investigation Clearance, certifying that the applicant is not the person who is in the Derogatory List
  6. Photocopy of representative’s valid ID

Balikbayan Program

Under the "Balikbayan Program" of the Philippines, the following persons are considered Balikbayans:

Balikbayans are entitled to the following benefits:

Family members (spouse and children) of a Balikbayan who are holding foreign passports are also entitled to Balikbayan privileges, on the condition that they:

(proof of affiliation may be required)

However, a Balikbayan who has acquired the citizenship of a country that falls under the visa-required nationals category per Philippine visa regulations, or his/her family member whose nationality also falls under the cited category, is not entitled to a Balikbayan privilege and is required to obtain an entry visa to the Philippines.

TRANSPORT OF PETS

REQUIREMENTS:

1. Import permit obtained from the Philippine Bureau of Animal Industry

- This can be obtained online via the Application for Import of Pets form.

- For further questions, email quarantine_bai@yahoo.com or call 011-632-920-0816

2. Health certificate issued by US authority and authenticated by Philippine Embassy or Consulate.

- Secure a health certificate for each pet from a duly licensed veterinarian or from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The health certificate should be dated within 30 days before the date of arrival in the Philippines. The health certificate should certify that the animal is free from, and has not been recently exposed to, any dangerous or communicable disease, and that it has been given anti-rabies and other required inoculations.

- Submit the health certificate/s for authentication to the Philippine Embassy/Consulate (please check the consulate finder or the consulates link in the Embassy website for the states covered by the Embassy/Consulates in the U.S.).

a. Enclose self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if authenticated health certificate is to be mailed back to sender.

b. Enclose authentication fee of $25 (non-refundable), payable in cash, or money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to "Embassy of the Philippines". Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

3. The import permit and authenticated health certificate must be presented at the airport upon the arrival of the pet. (Failure to present import permit and authenticated health certificate may result in pet/s being quarantined upon arrival in the Philippines)

Note: Embassy/Consulate processing time is one (1) day. The Philippine Embassy/Consulate assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service. The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

NATIONAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (NBI) CLEARANCE (from www.nbi.gov.ph)

REQUIREMENTS (for first-time applicants living/working abroad):

  1. Secure a Fingerprint Card form from the Embassy (Office of the Police Attache)/Consulate and fill it up.  For married women, please write your name in the following order:  maiden surname (father’s surname), husband’s surname, first or given name, and maternal surname (mother’s family name).
  2. Attach a colored 2” x 2” photograph, taken within three months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background.  No sleeveless attire.  Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  3. Proceed to the police agency in your locality to have your fingerprints impressed (ROLLED IMPRESSION) on the appropriate spaces. The officer /person who “fingerprinted” you should sign his name and state his official designation on the space provided for the purpose on the card.
  4. Have the Fingerprint Card form authenticated by the Secretary of State with jurisdiction over the police agency.
  5. Present/Mail the Fingerprint Card for authentication by the Embassy/Consulate General. (please check the Consulate Finder or the Consulates Link for the states covered by the Embassy/Consulates General in the U.S.).
  6. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if authenticated Fingerprint Card is to be mailed back.
  7. Authentication fee of $25 (non-refundable), payable in money order, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, and cash when personally applying.  Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.
  8. Send authenticated Fingerprint Card to the NBI for issuance of clearance (please refer to sending instructions below).

Note:  The Philippine Embassy/Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service.  The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

Sending Instructions:

By Mail - Enclose Money Order in the amount of Php 200.00 or bank draft, which is negotiable in the Philippines, payable to the Director, National Bureau of Investigation, Taft Avenue, Ermita 1000 Manila, Philippines.  The following are the accredited banks:

Send to:

Mr. Francisco Donozo
Attn:  Identification and Records Division - Mailed Clearance Section
National Bureau of Investigation
Taft Ave., Ermita 1000 Manila
Philippines

Through a Representative in the Philippines – Mail the accomplished form to your representative, along with a signed letter authorizing him/her to transact business on your behalf. Your relative may visit the office of the Electronic Data Processing Division (EDPD) in NBI Taft Avenue, Manila for further assistance.

Upon receipt of your clearance certificate, please examine it for the presence of the embossed NBI DRY SEAL at its lower left portion.  The clearance is invalid without it. You must also affix your clear and properly taken THUMBPRINT on the space provided for on the clearance certificate with the assistance of any local police in your area before submitting it to the end-user.

REQUIREMENTS (for applicants living/working abroad renewing their NBI clearance, issued from 1998 onwards):

  1. Original NBI clearance, with updated information for address and purpose of clearance indicated; otherwise, write “Same Data”, if none
  2. For changes in name, date of birth or place of birth, duly-accomplished Fingerprint Card form, with photocopy of Birth Certificate or Marriage Certificate
  3. One (1) colored photo, 2” x 2”, taken within three months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background.  No sleeveless attire.  Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  4. Photocopy of your passport with date stamped proving your presence abroad
  5. Send all of the above documents to the NBI, following the same SENDING instructions.

Note:  If NBI clearance was issued prior to 1998, or you have lost your personal copy of the certificate, follow the instructions for First Time applicants from abroad.

RENEWAL OF PHILIPPINE DRIVER’S LICENSE

In accordance with Land Transportation Office (LTO) Administrative Order No. RIB-2008-011 Series of 2007, it is now possible for Filipinos abroad who hold an authentic Philippine driver’s license to renew their expired license through their authorized representative in the Philippines.

The following documents must be presented by the authorized representative of the applicant to LTO:

  1. Original driver’s license and receipt (plus one photocopy of each);
  2. Photocopy of Philippine passport (first page, visa page and pages showing departure from the Philippines and last arrival overseas);
  3. Special Power of Attorney (SPA) from the licensee to the LTO requesting the renewal and authorizing a representative to renew the license on his / her behalf.  The SPA must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate General (please refer to Authentication procedures and requirements in the list of Consular Services).

Applicants within the National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila may apply for renewal at the License Section of the Central Office of the LTO in Quezon City.

Representatives who are outside of NCR may apply at the LTO field office of their choice.

NOTE: only an OFFICIAL RECEIPT will be issued by the LTO to those who apply for extensions on their driver’s license through a representative. A new ID-card can only be issued upon the arrival of the applicant at the LTO in the Philippines and compliance with all requirements for license renewal, including the biometrics capture, medical, vision and drug test.

PH REQUIREMENTS FOR MEDICAL MISSIONS

According to the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA, formerly BFAD), any foreign organization intending to bring medicines and/or medical equipment to be donated or used during the conduct of medical missions must comply with the requirements of the Department of Health’s Bureau of International Health Cooperation (DOH-BIHC).  DOH-BIHC shall then facilitate the issuance of a clearance from the FDA and the Bureau of Health Devices and Technology (BHDT) for the drugs, medical supplies and medical equipment, as the case may be.

REQUIREMENTS:

1. All applications for Foreign Surgical and Medical Missions (FSMM) shall be submitted to the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) who shall forward the same to the following professional groups copy furnished DOH.  Click here to download application form (from PMA website, www.philippinemedicalassociation.org).

2. Each member of the foreign medical team must submit the following documents in applying for temporary license to practice during the duration of the mission.  All documents must be in English or with English translation:

a. Valid/current license from country of origin, authenticated by the Embassy/Consulate (please refer to Authentication procedures and requirements in the list of Consular Services)

b. Board certification (specialty), authenticated by the Embassy/Consulate (please refer to Authentication procedures and requirements in the list of Consular Services)

c. Curriculum vitae, acknowledged by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate (please refer to Authentication procedures and requirements in the list of Consular Services)

d. Passport sized picture in four copies (taken within one year)

e. Application letter addressed to the President of PMA to contain the following information:

- Type of mission (medical, surgical or both)

- Duration of the mission and inclusive dates

- Names and specialties of the mission team members

- Written consent from the host local government executive (governor/mayor) and/or of the health facility where the mission will be conducted

f. The following are additional requirements if the foreign mission team members intend to bring drugs, and/or medicines, medical supplies and medical equipment to be donated or used during the mission:

- Itemized list of the items together with the quantity and the expiration dates for drugs and medicines

- Flight details

- Deed of donation authenticated at the country of origin (please refer to Authentication procedures and requirements in the list of Consular Services)

- Deed of acceptance from the host hospital/Local Government Unit (LGU)

- Drugs and medicines to be donated should have a shelf life of at least 12 months upon arrival in the country and the said medicine shall be used solely for the scheduled mission.

- Application must be submitted 60 days before the date of mission to facilitate clearance/s from DOH and other agencies.

g. Letter of certification from the sponsoring host organization (LGU or Non-Government Organization (NGO)) certifying the need and type of mission to be conducted.  Cost of post-care mission of morbidities/mortalities arising from the mission will be shouldered as well by the host organization.

h. Proof of juridical entity (certified true copy of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registration must be submitted.

i. Notarized letter of guarantee from both the medical mission group and the host organization assuming full responsibility for the outcome of the missions.

3. The PMA, upon receipt of all requirements, will forward the application to the concerned specialty societies for evaluation of credentials.  The DOH will be informed immediately of the presence of drugs, medical supplies and medical equipment.

4. The DOH shall facilitate issuance of clearance by its FDA and BHDT for the above mentioned goods.

5. After the evaluation of the missioner's credentials by the concerned Specialty Society, the PMA shall send a letter of endorsement to DOH.

6. The DOH shall then endorse the documents to Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

7. The PRC, after final review, shall issue the Special Temporary Permit to Practice to concerned foreign missioners.

8. The lead time for the processing of the application are as follows:

9. Post-mission report shall be submitted by the head of the foreign surgical and/or medical missions, concurred/noted by the President of the local component society of PMA, and/or specialty society and the LGU concerned, to the oversight agencies (DOH, PMA, PRC) 15 days after the completion of the mission.  All records and audio-visual documents must also be submitted in triplicate form.  The post-mission report should contain the following minimum basic information:

10. All materials submitted to the oversight agencies shall be the property of the Philippine counterpart and may not be used for advertisement, solicitation or medical publication without the written and expressed approval of the local medical society and/or specialty society of the PMA and the local counterpart.  Any intellectual output as journal or publication must include the local physicians as senior authors.

11. Former Filipino Registered Health Professionals who are part of a Medical/Surgical Mission Team may practice their profession in the Philippines upon presentation of proof of valid and current PRC licenses.  Otherwise, they have to renew their licenses upon submission of the following requirements (Presidential Decree No. 541):

12. Foreign Religious groups/missionaries practicing medicine in the country shall abide by the same requirements and adhere to the guidelines.  These missioners who serve for longer period of time shall signify their intention to continue living in the Philippines to pursue missionary works.  They shall secure Special Temporary Permit, which is to be renewed annually.  The following must be submitted:

According to the DOH-BIHC, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) may be contacted to assist organizers of foreign medical missions.  The CFO’s contact details are:

Commission on Filipinos Overseas
Citigold Center, 1345 President Quirino Avenue,
Corner South Superhighway, Manila
Telephone Nos. (632) 561-8327, 552-4701
Fax No. 561-8332
Mobile Nos. (+63) 9175630773 / (+63) 9175630782
Email: imelda.nicolas@cfo.gov.ph

The DOH’s Revised Policies and Guidelines in the Conduct of FSMM may be found at www.doh.gov.ph (click on Doing Business > Medical Missions).

Below is the DOH’s complete text on the Procedural Guide for Shipping Medicines/Drugs for Medical Missions.

Pursuant to item VII, No. 3 (f) of the Joint Administrative Order No. 2009-0030, of the DOH, the PRC, and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the following are additional requirements if the foreign mission team members intend to bring drugs, and/or medicines, medical supplies and medical equipment to be donated or used during the mission:

With regard to the entry of drugs which need to be regulated by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), please refer to the PDEA’s website at www.pdea.gov.ph.

Please be also informed that the donated medicines are subject to duties and taxes.  These shall only be exempted from duties if these are consigned to government and private (primary and secondary) hospitals duly licensed to operated by the DOH, and welfare/relief dispensing organizations/agencies registered and/or accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and registered with the SEC.  Even if the donation is exempted from duties, it will still be subject to Value-Added Tax (VAT), which is computed at twelve percent (12%) of the total cost of shipment.

In securing duty-free clearance, the following documents must be submitted to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Department of Finance (DOF):

A. From the Donor:

  1. Deed of Donation duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate;
  2. Packing list of donated items.  If medicines would be included in the shipment, kindly submit the itemized list of drugs and quantity to be donated indicating brand/generic name, dosage forms/strengths, batch/lot number, expiration date of at least one (1) year upon receipt, and name/address of the manufacturer; and
  3. Shipping Documents (i.e. bill of lading).  The original copy will be needed by the consignee/local counterpart in processing the release of donation.

B. From the Donee/Consignee:

  1. Letter to the DOH-BIHC requesting endorsement to the FDA for the issuance of clearance.
  2. The letter request should be submitted with the complete list of drugs and quantity to be donated, with the following information: brand/generic name, formulation (with English translation), dosage forms/strengths, batch/lot number, expiration date of at least one (1) year upon receipt, and name/address of the manufacturer.
  3. Letter to the NEDA and DOF requesting for the issuance of duty-free clearance for the donation;
  4. Duly notarized Deed of Acceptance;
  5. Distribution plan for medicines;
  6. Current and valid DOH License to Operate, if hospital
  7. DSWD License to Operate and Certification of Accreditation, if non-government organization; and
  8. FDA Certificate of Product Registration (for medicines)

The donee/consignee in the Philippines may apply for the clearances for the donated items.  It is important that the name listed as donee/consignee in the deed of donation must be the same as that appearing in the shipping documents.

We suggest that the shipping of any donation to the Philippines should be withheld unless prior coordination with the donee/consignee has been made, and appropriate endorsements/clearances from government agencies have been secured.

ISSUANCE OF OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT CERTIFICATE

OEC or exit clearance/pass is a document certifying the regularity of a worker’s recruitment and documentation and ensures exemption from travel tax and airport terminal fee. It is presented at the POEA Labor Assistance Center (LAC) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) counter at the airports prior to departure. The OES serves as the worker’s guarantee that he/she is covered by government protection and benefits.

The requirements for the issuance of OEC are as follows:

  1. Copy of passport (page showing photo and personal data);
  2. Copy of valid work visa, work permit or equivalent document (e.g., Form I-797);
  3. Accomplished Balik-Manggagawa Information Sheet; and
  4. US$ equivalent of P100 (between US$2 and US$3, depending on current Php-US$ exchange rate).

OEC issued by POLO is for one-time use only and valid for 60 days. This means that the vacationing OFW should leave the Philippines within 60 days upon the issuance of OEC.

OEC may be secured personally at the POLO, Philippine Embassy, 1600 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036 or via mail.

If via mail, the OFW should include a self-addressed/stamped return envelope. For security purposes, the payment should be in money order payable to “Labor Office”.

For inquiries, please contact 1-202-467-9425/26 or e-mail wdcpolousa@gmail.com.

ON-SITE OWWA MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM

Membership in Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is mandatory for all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). All OWWA members are covered by life insurance and other social benefits implemented by OWWA.

The On-Site Membership Program is an enrolment or registration scheme for OFWs who are in the work destinations. It shall cover the following:

  1. OFWs whose OWWA membership had expired; and
  2. OFWs who enroll as first-time members, provided they are gainfully employed overseas at the time of registration.

The following are the requirements for OWWA enrolment/registration:

  1. Copy of passport (page showing photo and personal data)
  2. Proof of employment such as work contract/permit, employment offer, pay slip, certificate of employment from the company/employer, company identification card, and/or other relevant evidence of employment;
  3. Accomplished Balik-Manggagawa Information Sheet; and
  4. US$25 membership fee.

OWWA enrolment/registration may be done personally at the POLO, Philippine Embassy, 1600 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036 or via mail.

If via mail, the OFW should include a self-addressed/stamped return envelope. For security purposes, the payment should be in money order payable to “OWWA”.

For inquiries, please contact 1-202-467-9413 or e-mail owwa_washingtondc@yahoo.com.

EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT VERIFICATION AND AUTHENTICATION

The POEA requires the verification of the employment contract of the OFW before he/she is granted an OEC. Contract verification ensures that there is actual existence of job and employer for the OFW and that the provisions in the contract meet the minimum requirements of the POEA and that of the host government.

The following are the requirements for contract verification:

  1. Approved work permit or visa;
  2. Employer’s Information Card. (If the employer in the work permit is an individual, use the Individual Information Card Form. If the work permit is approved under a business, use the Business Information Card Form);
  3. Copy of the business license. (If the work permit is approved under business.);
  4. Copy of identification of the employer or company representative signing the employment contract (e.g., passport, driver’s license, etc.); and
  5. Payment of US$35 in US Bank Draft or Money Order payable to the “Embassy of the Philippines” (or "Philippine Consulate General", if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.) for verification and authentication fee.

If the transaction will be done by mail, another US Bank Draft or Money Order should be secured payable to “Fedex”. The amount shall depend on the Fedex quote to be obtained by the employer/company for shipping the verified and authenticated documents from the Philippine Embassy, 1600 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036 to the point of destination of the documents (either back to the employer or company or directly to the address of the worker in the Philippines).

The turn around time for contract verification and authentication is three working days.

Employers/company representatives are advised to contact POLO at 1-202-467-9425/26 or e-mail wdcpolousa@gmail.com before sending the documents for verification and authentication.

Downloadable Forms:

  1. Balik-Manggagawa Information Sheet
  2. Employer’s Information Card (Individual)
  3. Employer’s Information Card (Business)
  4. Standard Employment Contract – Household Service Worker
  5. Standard Employment Contract – Various Skills

POLO’s mailing address is Embassy of the Philippines, 1600 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20036 U.S.A.

 

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