The Philippine Consulate based in Chicago, Illinois said that application for Philippine passports is done by appointment only.
Earlier, it was announced that the consulate’s outreach program, called Consulate on Wheels, will provide consular services at the Philippine American Community Center (PACCM) in Southfield on Sept. 14, 2013.
The consulate said that in order to expedite processing of applications for passports and renewal of passports, the applicants are advised to apply for an “application for an appointment/slot by sending an e-mail to the consulate. It said the appointments will be automatically scheduled as they are received.
It also said: “No request for specific time slots will be entertained. Applicants who are not able to secure confirmed appointments will not be accommodated.”
To request an application for appointment/slot, it said, the applicant should send an e-mail request/application for appointment to the consulate with the following documents as attachments: Duly accomplished passport application form; data page (front page) of the old passport; and in case of change of name of married women, copy of the report of marriage or NSO marriage certificate.
The documents must be scanned and saved in PDF file format (Adobe Reader). Documents which are scanned using JPEG format will not be accepted.
The consulate will inform applicants by e-mail if the application has been approved.
Earlier, Willie Dechavez, who was appointed by PACCM President Becky Tungol to chair a committee tasked to prepare for the “Consulate on Wheels” program, said the early announcement of the coming to Michigan of the consulate personnel in September is intended to give sufficient time to people, who will be availing themselves of consular services.
“This will give them enough time to secure the required documents and file on-line their applications for new passports or renewal of passports.
During the “Consulate on Wheels,” the consulate will also accept applications and process applications for dual citizenship.
Dechavez said that individuals intending to take advantage of the consular services are urged to visit the consulate’s website for information on application forms, requirements and deadlines.
The “Consulate on Wheels” will be hosted by PACCM.
The services to be rendered are: Processing of applications for issuance or renewal of Philippine passport; processing of authentication/acknowledgment of legal documents; processing of applications for reports of births and marriages; and administration of oaths to former Filipinos under the Dual Citizenship Law.
On passport services, the consulate said that passport applicants are no longer required to bring passport photos since they will have their pictures taken using ePassport data capturing machines at the outreach site.
However, they still need to bring other requirements, such as their current passport, photocopy of the passport data page, the passport application form which may be downloaded from the consulate’s website. They are advised to bring $60 in cash or postal money order payable to the Philippine Consulate.
- An additional fee (as administrative fee) may be imposed by the organizer (PACCM) which will be used to pay for the maintenance of the venue and other miscellaneous expenses. For the applicant’s convenience, a USPS Express Mail envelope with tracking number will be available at the venue for a fee.
- Personal appearance is required in all cases (including applicants who are 65 years old and above and minors who are below 18 years old);
- The applicant must be in decent attire (no sleeveless and/or collarless attire) and without eyeglasses/colored contact lenses.
Legalization of Documents: Applicants should personally bring their original document to be authenticated/acknowledged, together with their original valid photo ID with signature (e.g. Passport or State ID card), and a photocopy each of the document to be authenticated and the ID card. Fee is US$25.00 in cash or postal money order, per document. Applicants have to secure an appointment before going to the venue by sending an e-mail request/application for appointment at the aforementioned e-mail address.
Documents to be authenticated/acknowledged will not be processed in the venue but will have to be brought to the Embassy in Washington, D.C., for processing and will be sent by mail to the address of the applicant.
On the report of birth, the consulate said the birth of a Filipino child in the US should be reported/registered with the Philippine National Statistics Office through the Philippine consulate or embassy. (See http://www.philippinesusa.info/index.php?page=consular-services-dc/faq-dc/#birth for the application form. This is needed if the parents wish to apply for a Philippine passport for a child born in the US of Filipino parent/s. The fee is $25 in cash or postal money order.
The consulate said that people who wish to change their last name from maiden to married name are required to apply for a report of marriage (ROM) if their marriage took place in the U.S. The requirements needed to report a marriage between two Filipinos, or a Filipino and a non-Filipino national, solemnized under the jurisdiction of the embassy, can be found at the embassy’s website at philippineembassy-usa.org. Fee is $25 in cash or postal money order.