Filipinos and Filipino-Americans, who want to renew their expired passports and/or apply for dual citizenship, are urged to take advantage of the “Consulate on Wheels” program set to be conducted on Sept. 15, 2012 (Saturday) at the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM) in Southfield.
The conduct of the annual consular program at PACCM next month was confirmed by Philippine Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim to the Filipino Star News when he was interviewed briefly on Aug. 4, 2012 at the sideline of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations’ (NaFFAA) Empowerment Conference in Detroit.[box type=”default” size=”large”] Deadline for submission of ePassport applications is Sept. 1 [/box]The consul general said the “Consulate on Wheels” is conducted annually in Michigan to spare Filipinos the trouble of having to travel to Chicago, Illinois (where the nearest Philippine Consulate is located) to apply for new passport or renewal of passports and/or apply for dual citizenship.
Lim said this year’s Consulate on Wheels in Michigan will be headed by Deputy Consul General Orontes Castro.
Other consular services offered by the outreach program are processing of applications for visa; notarials, acknowledgment, authentication of documents such as special power of attorneys (SPAs), certifications, joint affidavit and parental travel permit; civil registry (report of birth or marriage); and retention or re-acquisition of Filipino citizenship.
People who want take advantage of the outreach services are urged to submit in advance their applications and the required documents to the Philippine consulate general for pre-processing and scheduling purposes to avoid long waiting hours.
The application forms and required documents should be mailed to the consulate (Attention: Outreach Service-Michigan) at 30 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60602.
The applicants would be notified of confirmation and their processing schedules by email or phone call.
For ePassport applicants, the required papers are duly accomplished passport application form together with the photocopy of the data page of the latest issued Philippine passport; photocopy of the required supporting documents; corresponding fees payable to the Philippine Consulate General (money order or treasurer’s/manager’s/cashier’s check only); and self-address stamped envelope (certified priority mail or express mail or prepaid Fedex, UPS or DHL).
For dual-citizenship applicants, the required documents are duly accomplished petition for dual-citizenship application form together with two 2×2 photographs with white background; photocopy of required supporting documents; corresponding fees payable to the Philippine consulate general.
Applications for ePassport and dual citizenship together with the complete requirements should be received by the consulate on or before Sept. 1, 2012 for processing and possible issuance at the consular outreach at PACCM on Sept. 15, 2012.
For application forms and complete list of requirements, the applicants are asked to visit the consulate’s website: www.chicagopcg.com.
All applicants are required to personally appear at PACCM and to bring their original documents.
The consular team will also accept applications for registration/certification of overseas absentee voters. For more details, prospective absentee votes are urged to visit the Comelec website: www.comelec.gov.ph.
For more information, individuals interested in availing themselves of the consular services are urged to contact Silverio R. Manguerra, consulate’s administrative officer at telephone (312) 332-6458, extension 19 or email the Consulate at firstname.lastname@example.org or call PACCM at 248 443 7037.