Adult First Time Passport Applicants – ConGen Los Angeles

Filipinos are known to be resilient and versatile. Wherever their feet might lead them, they can always adapt to changes easily. With this trait, no wonder many Filipinos are living in different countries across the globe. In fact, there are about 4.2 million Filipinos in the U.S. alone.

Despite this massive population, the number of Filipinos migrating to the U.S. is constantly rising. In 2019, there were about 506,000 Filipinos living in Los Angeles, California. Accordingly, Los Angeles is also considered the home of Filipino immigrants because of the large population in the area.

With the growing total of Filipino residents in Los Angeles, many of our local citizens start to have an interest in migrating too. Apparently, it’s not surprising. Because most of the relatives or family members of these citizens are typically immigrants as well.

Now, as a Filipino immigrant, living in a new country doesn’t mean you should stop your duty as a Filipino citizen. You might need to renew your Philippine passport or get a dual citizen passport. Either way, getting a passport in the USA can be tricky especially if you are a first-time applicant.

Here in this article, we will guide you to the renewal and application process of your Philippine passport in Los Angeles.

Reminders for First-Time Applicants

Before anything else, you must keep in mind that applying for a passport is by appointment only. On your scheduled appointment at the Consulate, don’t forget to bring your complete Philippine passport requirements. If in case the requirements are incomplete, your application will not proceed for processing.

Additional reminders:

  • You don’t need to bring passport pictures. This will be taken by the Consulate staff. Similarly, they will also take your biometrics.
  • When you go to the Consular outreach or Consulate, wear decent clothes and upper garments. You can wear attires with sleeves and collars.
  • Take off your eyeglasses or contact lenses. Do the same thing with your necklaces, earrings, and/or facial piercings.
  • Be reminded that the Philippine passport is still the property of the Philippine government. Thus, the loss or destruction of the passport is considered an offense. The passport holder will receive penalties for it.
  • Also, the Consular Officer may need additional proof or documents from you. If you fail to follow the proper office protocol and health standards, the Consular may not allow you to continue your passport application.

Requirements for Philippine Passport Application

Before going to the Consulate, of course, you will need to bring proof of your passport appointment at www.passport.gov.ph or. This confirms your schedule with the Consulate. You should also bring:

  • your filled-up and signed application form
  • your PSA birth certificate, or your report of birth signed by the Philippine Consular Officer (if born outside the Philippines)
  • the original and photocopy of your valid ID card

However, the Consulate might ask you for another document/s depending on the passport category that you are applying for.

Quick Summary Philippine Passport for Adult Male

  • Any other documents that will support your identity as a Filipino citizen, such as your PSA marriage certificate or your school records.
  • For applicants who are military personnel or servicemen, if you came to the U.S. without a Philippine passport and you are using only a military ID:
    • The certificate (and a copy) issued by your Commanding Officer
    • The original or an authentic copy of your PSA birth certificate
  • For applicants who are adopted:
    • The original or a photocopy of your PSA birth certificate issued after the adoption decree
    • A certified true copy of the adoption decree

Quick Summary Philippine Passport for Adult Female

  • Any other documents that will support your identity as a Filipino citizen, such as your PSA marriage certificate or your school records.
  • For applicants who are using their husband’s last name:
    • If you are married in the U.S., you need to bring the original and a photocopy of your Report of Marriage or ROM.
    • If you are married in the Philippines or another country, you need to bring the original and a photocopy of your PSA Marriage Contract.
  • For applicants who want to use their maiden name after the legal dissolution of marriage or death of the husband:
    • Widowed – the original and a photocopy of your husband’s PSA death certificate, or your PSA marriage contract annotated by the court declaring the death of your husband
    • Annulled marriage – the original and a photocopy of your PSA marriage certificate with the annotation that the Philippine court has issued an annulment decree
    • Divorced – the original and a photocopy of your PSA marriage certificate with the annotation of the divorce recognized by the Philippine court.
  • For applicants who are military personnel or servicemen, if you came to the U.S. without a Philippine passport and you are using only a military ID:
    • The certificate (and a copy) issued by your Commanding Officer
    • The original or an authentic copy of your PSA birth certificate
  • For applicants who are adopted:
    • The original or a photocopy of your PSA birth certificate issued after the adoption decree
    • A certified true copy of the adoption decree

Quick Summary Philippine Passport for Minor (below 18 years old) Applicants

  • For legitimate minors, either parent should be present at the Consulate. But the legal guardian can replace the parent and should bring the following:
    • your Affidavit of Support and Consent to Travel
    • a Special Power of Attorney
    • the original and a photocopy of your valid ID card
    • a photocopy of your Philippine passport or the valid ID card of the parent
    • the original and a photocopy of the PSA Marriage Certificate of the parents
  • For illegitimate minors, the mother should be present at the Consulate and should bring the original and a photocopy of the mother’s Philippine passport or valid ID card.
  • For illegitimate minors recognized by the father, the mother should be present at the Consulate and should bring:
    • Report of birth showing that the child is using the father’s last name; or
    • The original and a photocopy of the PSA birth certificate with the father’s surname, and the father’s Affidavit of Acknowledgement and Consent to use the last name.
  • For legitimate minors from a previous marriage, either parent should be present at the Consulate and should bring:
    • the report of birth
    • the PSA birth certificate
    • But the legal guardian may replace the parent and should bring the following:
      • your Affidavit of Support and Consent to Travel
      • a Special Power of Attorney
      • the original and a photocopy of your valid ID card
      • a photocopy of your Philippine passport or the valid ID card of the parent
      • The original and a photocopy of the PSA Marriage Certificate of the parents
    • For minors who are adopted, the adoptive parent/s should be present at the Consulate and should bring the following:
      • The original or a photocopy of the PSA birth certificate issued after the adoption decree
      • A certified true copy of the adoption decree

Quick Summary Philippine Passport for Dual Citizen

  • For dual citizens by birth, note that you are not covered by RA 9225. Hence, before applying, you should report your birth to the Embassy over the place of birth, or the Philippine Consulate General. Bring the issued report of birth on your passport application.
  • Also bring the original and a photocopy of your Dual Citizenship Documents – Identification Certificate, Oath of Allegiance, and Order of Approval.
  • Your latest Philippine passport and a photocopy of its data page
  • Your PSA birth certificate
  • A photocopy of your valid ID card
  • For married women who are using their husband’s last name, bring the original and a photocopy of your Report of Marriage (if married in the U.S.) or the PSA Marriage Contract (if married in the Philippines).
  • For married women who want to use their maiden name:
    • Widowed – the original and a photocopy of your husband’s PSA death certificate, or your PSA marriage contract annotated by the court declaring the death of your husband
    • Annulled marriage – the original and a photocopy of your PSA marriage certificate with the annotation that the Philippine court has issued an annulment decree
    • Divorced – the original and a photocopy of your PSA marriage certificate with the annotation of the divorce recognized by the Philippine court.
  • For applicants who are adopted:
    • The original or a photocopy of the PSA birth certificate issued after the adoption decree
    • A certified true copy of the adoption decree

How much is the Philippine Passport in the US? 

The fee for the Philippine Passport in the US is $60.

Keep in mind to bring an exact amount of money as the Consulate does not usually give any change. You can pay in cash, via US Postal Money Order, or a cashier’s check payable to the Consulate. But they don’t accept payments via Debit or Credit cards, or personal and traveler’s checks.

Passport Appointment Options

For applicants, you can choose to apply at the:

  • Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles
    • You can apply for any passport category
    • The application process is to be done on the premises of the Consulate
  • Philippine ePassport Renewal Center (LA PaRC) handled by VFS Global
    • Applicable only for Filipino citizens (not Dual Citizens) and has ePassport
    • Other categories should apply directly at the Philippine Consulate General
    • The application process is to be done at the facility of the LA PaRC
    • A convenience fee of $45 will be charged, other than the passport renewal fee of $65 and other ancillary services.

FAQ’s

How do I avoid Passport Scams?

To avoid passport scams, visit only the legal website of the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles. Check and verify that you meet all the requirements needed for the application. Relying on a government official “friend” or a “contact” who claims that they can get you a passport although you don’t qualify is already a major red flag. Avoid making deals with this kind of person.

Additionally, make sure that the passport details belong to you – do not accept a passport that doesn’t have your name. Don’t apply if your contact is encouraging you to provide fake documents. When you get your passport, verify that all the details are correct.

In summary, the best way to avoid scams and fraud when applying for a passport is that go directly to the Consulate. Don’t apply through third parties as this will not always ensure that your passport application is done correctly. Instead, process it by yourself. You know what your exact details are. Plus, you can decide right away if there are any unforeseen events during your application.

Complete all the things you need before going to the Consulate. No need to worry, because the steps for passport application are easy to follow.

How long does it take to renew a Philippine passport?

Typically, the processing time takes around six to eight weeks from the date of your passport application. However, the Philippine Consulate encourages all passport holders to apply for renewal at least nine months before the passport expiration.

Can I still use my Philippine passport even if I’m a US citizen?

If you are a dual citizen who is entering or leaving the Philippines, you can just bring your U.S. passport and your Dual Citizenship Document. Application for a Philippine passport is not necessary. Thus, when traveling to the Philippines, your Identification Certificate issued by the Philippine Consulate or the Embassy is enough proof of your Philippine citizenship.

Do you need a Philippine passport for a flight to Las Vegas from Los Angeles?

For U.S. citizens, you will not need a passport for a domestic flight. As a matter of fact, a valid ID with your most recent photo issued by the federal or state government is already enough.

But for non-U.S. citizens, there are more documents that you might need to bring. Other than your passport, you should also keep your visa documents with you at all times when traveling in the U.S. It is also useful if you bring your valid ID cards like a driver’s license.

How long does it take to get my Philippine passport in the USA?

For regular applications, passports are usually available from four to six weeks from the date of your application. The Philippine Consulate advises the applicants to plan travels that needed valid passports after receiving the new one. You can’t always be sure when will you get your passport. So, waiting for it before making any travel plans is the most practical thing to do.

Final Thoughts:

Being a first-time passport applicant can probably make you a bit anxious, especially if the process should be done at the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles. But just like any other government documents and ID processes, it’s not that difficult to follow the instructions. What matters most is that you complete the requirements and you can confirm that you qualify for the passport application.

If in case the steps are confusing you, you can always reach out to the Consulate to clear your questions. This way, you can also avoid scammers and you can be sure that your passport application will be processed smoothly.

 

Maggie

I learned a lot about finance after working for a digital marketing company specializing in investing and trading stocks, forex, etc. After that, I got exposed to other verticals such as wealth management and personal finance, which further improved my understanding of the financial world.

 

 

 

 

 

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