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    PASSPORTS   

Extensions of Validity of Passports No longer Allowed Beyond October 2015

26 December 2013- Per the regulations of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), all non-machine readable passports may no longer be extended beyond October 31, 2015 and must be completely phased out by November 24, 2015.

All Filipino nationals holding Machine Readable-Ready Passports (MRRP; green passports) and Machine Readable Passports (MRP; maroon passports) will no longer be allowed to apply for an extension of the validity of these passports after October 31, 2014.

They must instead apply for a new e-Passport as soon as possible before the expiry of their current MRRP (green) or MRP (maroon) passports.  Those who fail to do so will likely encounter difficulty at immigration checks when travelling through any ports of entry around the world after October 2015.



Passport holders are also reminded that there are strict rules for applying an extension of the validity of expiring or expired passports.  Passports that are valid for less than six (6) months or those that have already expired may be extended once only in the following instances:

1. death in the family requiring the OFW and the members of his/her dependent family to urgently travel to the Philippines;

2. medical emergencies requiring the OFW and members of his/her dependent family to urgently travel to the Philippines or another country for medical treatment;

3. OFWs returning to their employers abroad with valid employment contracts processed by the POEA; and

4. those going home on final exit visas (for Filipinos in the Middle East).

In these instances, proof of urgency such as a copy of the death certificate, medical certificate, valid employment contracts processed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) or any of the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO), along with plane tickets with confirmed flight details should be presented.


PHILIPPINE CITIZENSHIP REACQUISITION AND RETENTION
DUAL CITIZENSHIP


Philippine Republic Act 9225 of 2003

What is Republic Act No. 9225?

 

Republic Act No. 9225 otherwise known as the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003 declares that natural-born citizens of the Philippines who become citizens of another country shall be deemed not to have lost their Philippine citizenship.

 

Who are qualified to apply under the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003?

 

Natural-born citizens of the Philippines who have lost their Philippine citizenship by reason of their naturalization as citizens of a foreign country may file a Petition to re-acquire their Philippine citizenship under this Act.   

They “… are hereby deemed to have re-acquired Philippine citizenship upon taking the oath of allegiance to the Republic.”

 

OR

 

Natural born citizens of the Philippines who become citizens of a foreign country shall retain their Philippine citizenship upon filing a Petition and taking the aforesaid oath. (Section 3, RA 9225)


 

How does one prove that he or she is a natural-born Filipino?

 

A former natural-born citizen, who was born in the Philippines, shall submit the NSO-authenticated copy of his or her birth certificate.

A former natural-born citizen, who was born abroad, shall present the original and photocopy of the Report of Birth issued by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate and, in applicable cases, the original copy of the Birth Certificate by competent foreign authorities.


 

Where do I apply for re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship if I am in the Philippines?

 

A former natural-born Filipino citizen who is already in the Philippines shall file a petition under oath to the Commissioner of Immigration.


 

Where do I apply for retention or re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship if I am in Switzerland or Liechtenstein?

 

A former natural-born citizen who is in Switzerland shall file a petition under oath with the Philippine Embassy in Berne (for residents of Switzerland or Liechtenstein) or the Consulate General in Geneva (for residents of the Cantons of Geneva or Vaud).



CIVIL REGISTRY

REPORT OF BIRTH

The birth of a Filipino citizen in Switzerland must be reported at the earliest opportunity to the Philippine Embassy in Berne  or the Philippine Consulate General in Geneva,  for transmittal to and proper registration with the National Statistics Office  (NSO).

REPORT OF MARRIAGE

The marriage contracted by a Filipino citizen in Switzerland must be reported at the earliest opportunity to the Philippine Embassy in Berne or to the Philippine Consulate General in Geneva for proper transmittal to and registration with the office of National Statistics Office (NSO) in the Philippines.

JUDICIAL RECOGNITION OF FOREIGN DIVORCE

There is no divorce in the Philippines. In cases where a Filipino citizen contracts marriage with a foreigner, a divorce validly obtained thereafter in a foreign court by the foreigner spouse must be judicially recognized by a Philippine court before the Filipino spouse can remarry under Philippine laws.
 
The judicial recognition of said divorce shall be the basis for the annotation of the relevant civil registry documents - that would enable the Filipino spouse to re-marry or the female (Filipino) spouse to revert to her maiden name. 

Judicial Recognition of Foreign Divorce

REPORT OF DEATH

The Death of a Filipino citizen in Switzerland must be reported at the earliest opportunity to the Philippine Embassy in Berne, Switzerland or to the Philippine Consulate General in Geneva, Switzerland for proper registration with the office of National Statistics Office (NSO) in the Philippines.


      VISAS  

Foreigners wishing to enter the Philippines will need to apply for a visa. Visas are endorsements denoting that the holder is permitted to proceed to the Philippines.

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Revised Schedule of Consular Fees



 



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