Report Of Marriage Cover Letter

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.

All applications in outreach missions are strictly by appointment only.

Download: 2018 Consular Outreach schedule

Click on the links below for details pertaining to each consular outreach mission:

1. Miami, Florida : 27-28 January 2018 DONE

2. Turks and Caicos Islands: 24-25 February 2018 DONE

3. Cayman Islands : 27 February 2018 - 01 March 2018 DONE

4. Bahamas : 3-5 March 2018 DONE

PASSPORT

Adult New Applicant

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 8 to 12 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.

To ensure entry to countries with strict dress codes, all applicants are required to wear decent clothing for passport photo capture. Plunging necklines, sleeveless clothing, spaghetti strapped tops, see-through tops, sando, tube tops, halters and the like are prohibited.

Earrings and colored contact lenses are not allowed during data capture.

Only immediate family members are allowed to get the passport in behalf of the applicant. Immediate family members include father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, and children of legal age.

-        The passport will only be released to an immediate family member with proper authorization letter

-        The passport of the minor applicant shall be released only to parents or adult siblings or to an authorized representative with Special Power of Attorney or Affidavit of Support and Consent

Passports unclaimed after one (1) year will be cancelled per Department Order No. 37-03.

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

PASSPORT SCHEDULE OF FEES

REGULAR NEW/RENEWAL

US$ 60.00

LOST PASSPORT

US$ 150.00

A. CORE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Personal Appearance
  2. Duly-accomplished Adult New passport application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink
  3. Original and One (1) photocopy of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Authenticated Birth Certificate on Security Paper; Married Females must also submit Original and One (1) photocopy of PSA Authenticated Marriage Contract on Security Paper or Report of Marriage
  4. Proof that the applicant is not a US/Foreign citizen (Original and two [2] photocopies of any of the following: greencard, visa adjustment, notice of action, work permit)
  5. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, if Passport is to be mailed back. For applicants from the Caribbean Islands, pre-paid mailing envelope from DHL.
  6. Passport fee of $60.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash or money order 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.

B. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:

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

1. In case of Late Registered Birth Certificate:

  • If Birth Certificate was registered at least ten (10) years ago, application will be treated as a regular application, and no additional supporting documents will be required
  • If Birth Certificate was registered less than ten (10) years ago, applicant must submit IDs that pre-date the late registration
  • If applicant has no IDs that pre-date the late registered Birth Certificate, applicant must produce current IDs and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance

2. In case applicant has NO Birth Certificate or Report of Birth:

If applicant is born AFTER 1950:

  • Applicant must first file for late registration with the Local Civil Registrar or Consular Office with jurisdiction over the place where applicant was born.  Applicant will then submit the original of the PSA authenticated late registered Birth Certificate with the requisite supporting documents and IDs that pre-date the late registration.

If applicant is born ON OR BEFORE 1950:

  • Applicant must submit original of PSA Authenticated Certificate of No Birth Record and Affidavit of Two Disinterested Persons attesting to the identity of the applicant.

3. If an applicant’s marriage has been dissolved and wants to revert to her maiden surname:

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

4. If applicant has lacking data in Birth Certificate or Report of Birth:

  • Applicant must submit proof of filing of supplemental report of correction from the Local Civil Registrar (LCR)

5. If applicant has discrepancy in data in Birth Certificate / Report of Birth and other documents1

Discrepancy in first name:

  • Applicant must submit a copy of the petition and supporting documents for correction of first name filed with LCR or consulate

Discrepancy in other data:

  • Applicant must submit annotated Birth Certificate authenticated by PSA reflecting the corrected entry

1If the discrepant data is in the BC, the applicant must submit annotated birth certificate authenticated by PSA reflecting the corrected entry. If the discrepant data s in the other documents, the BC will be followed.

6. If applicant is a Dual Citizen:

  • Original PSA authenticated Birth Certificate / Report of Birth and Original Identification Certificate issued by the Philippine Foreign Service Post (FSP) or the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and a photocopy
  • Government issued IDs (Philippine or from country of second citizenship)

7. If applicant is a Naturalized Filipino Citizen:

  • Identification Certificate of Naturalization from BI

8. If applicant obtained Filipino citizenship by Election:

  • Affidavit of Election of Philippine Citizenship 
  • Identification Certificate of Election from BI

9. If applicant has been granted citizenship by Act of Legislation:

  • Certified true copy of the law granting citizenship 
  • Foreign Birth Certificate authenticated by Philippine FSP

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 reserves the right to require additional proof or documents from an applicant, to prove his/her citizenship or identity, and ensure accurate and complete personal data entries, pursuant to the Philippine Passport Law (R.A. 8239) and the Foreign Service Act. (R.A. 7157).

Adult Renewal Applicant

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 8 to 12 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.

To ensure entry to countries with strict dress codes, all applicants are required to wear decent clothing for passport photo capture. Plunging necklines, sleeveless clothing, spaghetti strapped tops, see-through tops, sando, tube tops, halters and the like are prohibited.

Earrings and colored contact lenses are not allowed during data capture.

Only immediate family members are allowed to get the passport in behalf of the applicant. Immediate family members include father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, and children of legal age.

-        The passport will only be released to an immediate family member with proper authorization letter

-        The passport of the minor applicant shall be released only to parents or adult siblings or to an authorized representative with Special Power of Attorney or Affidavit of Support and Consent

Passports unclaimed after one (1) year will be cancelled per Department Order No. 37-03.

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

PASSPORT SCHEDULE OF FEES

REGULAR NEW/RENEWAL

US$ 60.00

LOST PASSPORT

US$ 150.00

A. RENEWAL of GREEN PASSPORTS, MAROON MACHINE READABLE PASSPORTS and any OLDER PASSPORTS (TREATED AS A NEW APPLICATION):

  1. Personal Appearance
  2. Duly-accomplished Adult Renewal passport application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink
  3. Original and One (1) photocopy of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Authenticated Birth Certificate on Security Paper; Married Females must also submit Original and One (1) photocopy of PSA Authenticated Marriage Contract on Security Paper or Report of Marriage
  4. Proof that the applicant is not a US/Foreign citizen (Original and two [2] photocopies of any of the following: greencard, visa adjustment, notice of action, work permit)
  5. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, if Passport is to be mailed back. For applicants from the Caribbean Islands, pre-paid mailing envelope from DHL.
  6. Passport fee of $60.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash or money order 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.

B. RENEWAL OF e-PASSPORTS CORE REQUIREMENTS:

1. Personal Appearance

2. Duly-accomplished Adult Renewal passport application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink

3. Current ePassport with two (2) photocopies of the data page

4. Original and two (2) photocopies of PSA authenticated documents that will support the change of name (if applicable)

  • Marriage Contract
  • Annotated Birth Certificate
  • Annotated Marriage Contract to show annulment/divorce/court ordered instruction
  • Death Certificate of Spouse

5. Proof that the applicant is not a US/Foreign citizen (Original and two [2] photocopies of any of the following: greencard, visa adjustment, notice of action, work permit)

6. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, if Passport is to be mailed back. For applicants from the Caribbean Islands, pre-paid mailing envelope from DHL.

7. Passport fee of $60.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash or money order 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.

C. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:

In addition to the core requirements, the following supporting documents will be further required in the following cases2:

2Some cases will require the application to be treated as a New Application rather than a renewal

1. In case of a Lost VALID/EXPIRED ePassport (TREATED AS A NEW APPLICATION):

  • PSA Authenticated Birth Certificate on Security Paper plus two (2) photocopies
  • Married Females: Original PSA Authenticated Marriage Contract on Security Paper plus two (2) copies
  • Affidavit of Loss
  • Passport Fee of $150.00
  • A 15-day waiting period, on top of the 8- to 12-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.

2. In case of renewal of frequently Lost Passport (TREATED AS A NEW APPLICATION):

  • PSA Authenticated Birth Certificate on Security Paper plus two (2) photocopies
  • Married Females: Original PSA Authenticated Marriage Contract on Security Paper plus two (2) copies
  • Police Report
  • Affidavit of Loss
  • Passport Fee of $150.00
  • A 15-day waiting period, on top of the 8- to 12-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.
  • If applicant loses his/her passport more than three (3) times within a five (5) year period, applicant’s passport may only be renewed upon the expiry of the latest passport

3. In case passport has been mutilated or damaged (TREATED AS A NEW APPLICATION):

  • PSA Authenticated Birth Certificate on Security Paper plus two (2) photocopies
  • Married Females: Original PSA Authenticated Marriage Contract on Security Paper plus two (2) copies
  • Affidavit of Explanation
  • Applicant must surrender mutilated/damaged passport

4. In case applicant is a Dual Citizen:

  • Government Issued IDs (Refer to Valid Philippine Government Issued IDs or their secondary citizenship /residence counterparts)
  • Report of Birth OR Identification Certificate issued by the Philippine Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration, plus two (2) copies

5. In case applicant is a Naturalized Citizen:

  • Identification Certificate of Naturalization from BI

6. If case applicant is a Filipino citizen by Election:

  • Affidavit of Election of Philippine Citizenship
  • Identification Certificate of Election from BI

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 reserves the right to require additional proof or documents from an applicant, to prove his/her citizenship or identity, and ensure accurate and complete personal data entries, pursuant to the Philippine Passport Law (R.A. 8239) and the Foreign Service Act. (R.A. 7157).

Minor New/Renewal Applicant3

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 8 to 12 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.

To ensure entry to countries with strict dress codes, all applicants are required to wear decent clothing for passport photo capture. Plunging necklines, sleeveless clothing, spaghetti strapped tops, see-through tops, sando, tube tops, halters and the like are prohibited.

Earrings and colored contact lenses are not allowed during data capture.

Only immediate family members are allowed to get the passport in behalf of the applicant. Immediate family members include father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, and children of legal age.

-        The passport will only be released to an immediate family member with proper authorization letter

-        The passport of the minor applicant shall be released only to parents or adult siblings or to an authorized representative with Special Power of Attorney or Affidavit of Support and Consent

Passports unclaimed after one (1) year will be cancelled per Department Order No. 37-03.

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

3There is no major disctinction between a new application or renewal application for Minors.

PASSPORT SCHEDULE OF FEES

REGULAR NEW/RENEWAL

US$ 60.00

LOST PASSPORT

US$ 150.00

A. CORE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Personal Appearance of minor applicant and either parent or authorized adult companion
  2. Duly-accomplished Minor passport application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink
  3. Original and One (1) photocopy of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Authenticated Birth Certificate on Security Paper; or Report of Birth
  4. Passport or Valid Government issued ID of either parent
  5. School ID (if available)
  6. Current Passport of the applicant (for renewal only)
  7. Proof that the applicant is not a US/Foreign citizen (Original and a copy of any of the following: greencard, visa adjustment, notice of action)
  8. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, if Passport is to be mailed back. For applicants from the Caribbean Islands, pre-paid mailing envelope from DHL.
  9. Passport fee of $60.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash or money order 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.

B. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:

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

1. In case applicant has NO PSA Birth Certificate or Report of Birth yet:

If born in the Philippines:

  • Certified True Copy of Local Civil Registrar Birth Certificate authenticated by PSA.

If born abroad:

  • Original Report of Birth or first indorsement from Consular Records Division.

2. In case applicant is not accompanied by the parent/s during the application process:

  • Applicant must submit a Special Power of Attorney executed by the parent/s designating the minor’s companion to assist in the application process.  The Special Power of Attorney must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate if executed abroad
  • Passport or Valid Government issued ID of authorized adult companion.

3. In case applicant is not traveling with parent/s:

  • Applicant must submit Affidavit of Support and Consent executed by the parent/s.  The Affidavit of Support and Consent must be Consularized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate if executed abroad.
  • Passport or Valid Government issued ID of authorized adult companion.

4. In case applicant is an illegitimate child in custody of the Mother:

  • Personal Appearance of minor applicant and mother or authorized adult companion
  • PSA Birth Certificate
  • Passport or Valid Government issued ID of mother or authorized adult companion
  • If applicant is not accompanied by mother during the application process, applicant must submit a Special Power of Attorney executed by the mother designating the minor’s companion to assist in the application process.  The Special Power of Attorney must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate if executed abroad.
  • If applicant is not traveling with the mother, applicant must submit Affidavit of Support and Consent executed by the mother.  The Affidavit of Support and Consent must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate if executed abroad.

5. If the applicant is an illegitimate child and mother is deceased / absent and father is unknown:

  • Personal Appearance of minor applicant and adult guardian
  • PSA Birth Certificate
  • Passport or Valid Government issued ID of adult guardian
  • Affidavit of Guardianship

6. If the minor applicant is undergoing or has undergone the process of domestic adoption:

  • Personal Appearance of minor applicant and adoptive parent/s
  • PSA Birth Certificate
  • Passport or Valid Government issued ID of adoptive parent/s
  • Court Decree of Adoption
  • If applicant is not accompanied by adoptive parent/s during the application process, applicant must submit a Special Power of Attorney executed by the adoptive parent/s designating the minor’s companion to assist in the application process.  The Special Power of Attorney must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate if executed abroad.
  • If applicant is not traveling with the adoptive parent/s, applicant must submit Affidavit of Support and Consent executed by the adoptive parent/s.  The Affidavit of Support and Consent must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate if executed abroad.

7. If the minor applicant is undergoing or has undergone the process of foreign adoption / Inter Country Adoption Board (ICAB) adoption process:

  • Personal Appearance of minor applicant and ICAB representative
  • PSA Birth Certificate/PSA Certificate of Foundling
  • Endorsement from ICAB
  • Certificate of Child Available for Adoption/Deed of Voluntary Commitment
  • Placement Authority issued by ICAB
  • Certificate for Issuance of Passport issued by ICAB
  • Clearance for Inter Country Adoption
  • Child Study Report
  • DSWD Clearance

8. If the applicant is a foundling NOT for adoption:

  • Personal Appearance of minor applicant and adult guardian
  • PSA Certificate of Foundling
  • Passport or Valid Government issued ID of adult guardian
  • DSWD Clearance
  • Affidavit of guardianship

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 reserves the right to require additional proof or documents from an applicant, to prove his/her citizenship or identity, and ensure accurate and complete personal data entries, pursuant to the Philippine Passport Law (R.A. 8239) and the Foreign Service Act. (R.A. 7157).

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 Statistics Authority (PSA, formerly NSO) Birth Certificate, if the passport is lost or the expired passport is the brown one. Applicant may apply for PSA Birth Certificate on-line at www.e-census.com.ph. (Please note Advisory from PSA website as of January 2018: Payment via credit card is temporarily unavailable due to some technical problems. Rest assured that we are working for immediate resolution. You may opt to pay via Banco De Oro's subsidiary offices and remittance partners that offer the Kabayan Bills Bayad.)
  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 (except FedEx), if Travel Document is to be mailed back.
  7. Processing fee of $30.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash or money order 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.

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

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 valid identification card (passport, drivers license, etc.) for each set of document under item #2.

4. If sent by mail:

  • Documents must be notarized by a Notary Public; and
  • Signature of the Notary Public must be authenticated by the Secretary of State where the Notary Public is registered (for applicants coming from states in the U.S. Southeast Region, please refer to the directory below of authenticating officers of the Secretaries of States).

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).

Applicants may skip the Secretary of State (or equivalent entity in non-US mainland territories) if the document is notarized by an Embassy/Consulate-accredited notary public. The list of Embassy-accredited notaries public may be accessed here. Please refer to the individual websites of the other Consulates for their respective lists.

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 (except FedEx), if document is to be mailed back.

6. Processing fee of $25.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash or money order 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. (the US National Bank Association is not a correspondent 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.

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 (except FedEx), if document is to be mailed back.

6. Processing fee of $25.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash or money order 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. (the US National Bank Association is not a correspondent 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.

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 (except FedEx), if document is to be mailed back.

7. Processing fee of $25.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash or money order 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. (the US National Bank Association is not a correspondent 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.

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. Wives should indicate their maiden name as the last name. If submitting by mail, the completed forms must be notarized.
  2. Covering letter (handwritten or typed), addressed to the Consular Section, indicating service/transaction requested and telephone number or email address for contact details
  3. One (1) original or certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of the Marriage Record (original will be returned)
  4. One (1) original or certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of the Marriage Certificate or Contract (original will be returned)
  5. Four (4) photocopies each of the passports of both spouses
  6. Four (4) photocopies of additional proof of Philippine citizenship of the Filipino spouse/s (greencard, valid visa, notice of action, work permit, dual IC)
  7. One (1) original or certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of the birth certificate/s of Filipino spouse/s.
  8. Notarized affidavit explaining the reasons for delayed registration if ROM is filed more than a year after marraige
  9. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, if Report of Marriage is to be mailed back. For applicants from the Caribbean Islands, pre-paid mailing envelope from DHL.
  10. Processing fee of $25.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash or money order 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. (the US National Bank Association is not a correspondent 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.

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:

  • All marriages solemnized outside the Philippines, in accordance with the laws in force in the country where they were solemnized, and valid there as such, shall also be valid in this country, except those prohibited under Articles 35, 37 and 38.
  • Where a marriage between a Filipino citizen and a foreigner is validly celebrated and a divorce is thereafter validly obtained abroad by the alien spouse capacitating him or her to remarry, the Filipino spouse shall have capacity to remarry under Philippine law (underlining and highlighting supplied.)

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. Covering letter (handwritten or typed), addressed to the Consular Section, indicating service/transaction requested and telephone number or email address for contact details
  3. One (1) original or certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of Birth Certificate (original will be returned)
  4. One (1) original and four (4) photocopies of PSA Marriage Certificate (if married in the Philippines) or approved Report of Marriage (ROM, if married abroad) of the parents (original will be returned)
  5. If parents were not married at the time of child's birth:
    1. Affidavit of Admission of Paternity (AAP) executed by the Father, if the father is willing to acknowledge paternity;
    2. Affidavit to Use the Surname of the Father (AUSF);
      1. Executed by the Mother, if the child is below 7 years old
      2. Executed by the child and attested by the mother, if the child is between 7 and 17 years old
      3. Executed by the child, if the child is 18 years old and above
    • The AAP and the AUSF shall be executed in person before a Consular Officer in four (4) originals. If sent by mail the documents should be processed according to the procedure for authentication.
  6. One (1) original or certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of parents' passports
  7. One (1) certified true copy and four (4) photocopies of proof of Philippine citizenship of both/either parent, as appropriate, at time of birth of the child, such as permanent residency, valid visa, work permit, dual citizenship certificate, or U.S. Naturalization Certificate of parent(s)
  8. If the child was included in a parent's approved petition for re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship, 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 reacquisition of Philippine citizenship
  9. Notarized affidavit explaining the reasons for delayed registration, if Report of Birth is filed more than a year after the child is born
  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 (except FedEx), if Report of Birth is to be mailed back.
  11. Processing Fees (non-refundable):
    • $25.00 for Report of Birth
    • $25.00 for AAP
    • $25.00 for AUSF
    • $25.00 for Certificate of Registration of Legal Instrument for those executing AAP and/or AUSF
      • Payable in cash or money order 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.
  12. 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. (the US National Bank Association is not a correspondent 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.

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. Five (5) originals 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 (except FedEx), 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 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 issued by a local bank that has a corresponding bank in the U.S. (the US National Bank Association is not a correspondent 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 and omit item # 1.

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. Original and Copy of Philippine Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  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, (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 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 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.

Certified True Copy of Dual Citizenship Certificate

Applicants that completed their reacquisition/retention of Philippine citizenship under RA 9225 through the Embassy in Washington DC in 2011 or later may request for certified true copies (CTC) of their dual identification certificates for a fee of USD 25.

Applicants from years prior to 2011 may request for an Embassy certification confirming the details of their dual citizenship also for a fee of USD 25.

In addition to the payment, applicant must present a valid identification card. If a representative is filing the request on applicant’s behalf, an authorization letter from the applicant and copy of applicant’s valid ID must be presented.

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 PSA-authenticated birth certificate). Foreign spouses and their minor children may avail themselves of this privilege if traveling with the Balikbayan.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

1. How long can I stay in the Philippines based on my visa?

The period indicated under “Valid From” to “Valid Until” are the inclusive dates during which the visa holder may enter the Philippines.

The “Period of Stay” indicates the continuous period of authorized stay in the Philippines which commences from the date of arrival in the Philippines. This may extend beyond the period of validity of the visa, depending on the date of arrival in the country.

2. Can I stay longer than the authorized period of stay on my visa?

Yes, you may extend your stay in the Philippines through the Philippine Bureau of Immigration. You will find information on how to extend your stay in the Philippines on this page: http://www.immigration.gov.ph/faqs/extensionofstay

To illustrate: Dave Semartates may enter the Philippines any time from 18 December 2017 to 17 December 2018. Assuming he enters on 14 December 2018, he may stay for 59 days until 10 February 2019. Should he decide to extend his stay for another month, he can apply with the Bureau of Immigration seven (7) days prior to the expiration of his valid stay.

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 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. For minor visa applicants (below 18) traveling on their own, affidavit of support and guarantee from either parent, as well as photocopy of parent's bank statement.
  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 (except FedEx), if Passport with Visa is to be mailed back.
  9. Visa fee, according to fee schedule below (non-refundable), payable in cash or money order 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 PSA 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 (except FedEx), if Passport with Visa is to be mailed back.
  8. Visa fee of $20.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash or money order 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 (except FedEx), 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. 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.
  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 or in CD (preferable), 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 (except FedEx), 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 1 year 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 Philippine citizenship and to show applicant's relationship to the Philippine citizen, i.e., Philippine passport and marriage contract (original will be returned).  PSA Marriage Certificate must be presented if Report of Marriage is not available.
  5. Medical Examination Report, duly-accomplished by a licensed physician, which should include his contact details, 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, or in CD (preferable), 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 (except FedEx), if Passport with Visa is to be mailed back.
  11. Visa fee of $150.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash or money order 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.

Marriages abroad of Filipino citizens must be reported and duly registered. The Philippine Embassy registers marriages of Filipino citizens celebrated in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

Below are the requirements for the Report of Marriage:

  1. Four (4) copies of the duly accomplished Report of Marriage Form . Complete all the entries to avoid unnecessary delay.
  2. One (1) original and three (3) extra copies of the Marriage Certificate (with English translation) issued by local authorities and authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country of marriage.
  • For divorced or annulled or legally separated Filipino spouse, kindly submit copy of Marriage Contract issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) with proper annotation.
  • For divorced Filipino spouse who has no marriage record in the PSA, submit a Divorce Decree/Certificate validated by the Regional Trial Court nearest the spouse’s place of residence in the Philippines.
  • For widowed Filipino spouse, kindly submit Death Certificate issued by PSA or the foreign death certificate of previous spouse.

3. Four (4) photocopies of passports of both parties.
4. Four (4) photocopies of birth certificates of both parties.
5. Payment of Report of Marriage Fee of NOK 225,00 (cash payment or direct bank deposit only). For Reports of Marriage filed by mail, please add a postage fee of NOK 225 for Norway and NOK 270 for Denmark, Sweden, Finland or Iceland to cover the cost of mailing the processed Report of Marriage back to the applicant.

Reports of Marriage may be filed either by mail or in person at the Consular section of the Embassy which is open from 0900H to 1400H, Mondays thru Fridays, except during Philippine and Norwegian holidays.

The Embassy will forward one copy of the Report of Marriage to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in the Philippines. Another copy will be kept as part of the Embassy’s records and the third copy will be given to the applicant. You may retrieve your PSA-certified Marriage Contract from the Philippines within three to four months after filing the Report of Marriage at the Embassy.

Important Instructions in Filling Up the Report of Marriage Form

  • For the field of Wife’s Last Name, please write the wife’s maiden Last Name (or her Last Name before the marriage)
  • Please leave the Date of Report and ID# fields blank. The Embassy will fill up this part.
  • For all fields requiring dates, please use the dd-MMM-yyyy format (e.g. 23-FEB-2012, 1-NOV-1984).
  • Please do not forget to affix by hand the signatures in the fields provided for Signature of Husband and Signature of Wife and the date and place of signature at the bottom of the form.
  • The Embassy’s Report of Marriage Form (PDF format) is now fillable. You may enter information as needed and then print out the form with the entries typed-in. Please note that, although you can save the blank form, the content cannot be saved if you are using Adobe Acrobat Reader. You need to print out the form after filling it in.
  • If filling the form by hand, please write legibly and please use BLOCK CAPITAL letters.

The Embassy will forward one copy of the Report of Marriage to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in the Philippines. Another copy will be kept as part of the Embassy’s records and the third copy will be given to the applicant. You may retrieve your PSA-certified Marriage Contract from the Philippines within three to four months.

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