When traveling abroad (for any reason; to immigrate or for a holiday) make sure your passport has more than 6-month validity. To ensure that your transitioning smoothly into your new host country don’t end up being burned, make sure to monitor your passport’s validity. But what happens if it will expire while you are abroad?
On 1 August 2010, the Embassy of the Philippines in Ottawa started issuing the state-of-the art ePassport to first-time passport applicants and those renewing their Philippine passports.
Requirements for new and renewal of passports remain the same, except that applicants no longer need to submit photographs. Personal appearance is required for purposes of capturing the personal data of the applicant using biometrics.
With this development, the Embassy will stop issuing the Machine Readable Passport (MRP). However, all brown MRPs and green non-machine readable passports already issued by the Embassy, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Regional Consular Offices and all Philippine Foreign Service Posts will remain valid until the date of their expiry.
Allow a one-year renewal period
Most countries require that your passport remains valid for more than six months. There might be repercussions if this isn’t the case. Considering that it will take a month or more to renew your passport, it is best that you start the application process a year before it expires.
Visit the Philippine Embassy or your nearest Consulate General Office
You can renew your passport in the Philippine Embassy found in the host country you are in. Usually, the Consulate General will receive and process your application, as well as send it to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila. Since it takes at least 8 weeks for the entire process to come through, it is only logical to renew your passport a year before its expiration date.
No need to set up an appointment, as applicants is served on a walk-in basis.
There are requirements you must prepare. The list below is taken from the website of the Embassy of the Philippines, Ottawa, Ontario.
A. For Electronically-Read Passports (ePassport) Requirements.
B. FOR FIRST TIME APPLICANTS:
C. FOR APPLICANTS RENEWING THEIR OLD NON-MACHINE READABLE PASSPORTS
D. REPLACEMENT OF LOST PASSPORT
Passport fees are payable in cash, postal money order, certified or cashier’s cheque payable to the order of the Embassy of the Philippines. Personal cheques and credit cards are not accepted. Do not send cash through the mail.
Amendment of Name/Information in Passport
A. For married women who choose to adopt surname of husband in their new passport:
B. For women who have their marriage annulled:
C. For adopted minors:
D. For those who changed their names:
For Minors (below 18 years old)
Extension of Valid Green Passport
Others (*For passports to returned by mail)
If you have any questions or clarifications, it is best to ask from the Embassy or Consulate General Office near you.
Source: Philippine Embassy to Canada.
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