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Adult Passport Renewals – By Appointment or Via Mail with Payment

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Message for U.S. Citizens: 

Adult Passport Renewals – By Appointment or Via Mail with Payment

 

 

Beginning April 1, 2017, all U.S. citizens renewing their adults passports may now choose between TWO OPTIONS when submitting their application form (DS-82) and passport to the Embassy. 

 

Option 1: Book an appointment on the U.S. Embassy website. You, or a designated representative, will need to appear for your appointment date with the completed DS-82 application form, recent 2”x2” photos on white background (no eye-glasses), and $110 passport fee.  If you are sending a representative on your behalf, the representative must have a written, signed authorization letter from you, authorizing the representative to apply and make payment for a passport renewal on your behalf.

 

Option 2: Follow our current mail-in process by sending the completed and signed application and your prior passport to the U.S. Embassy. All mailed-in applications must now include a U.S. dollar demand draft made out to “U.S. Embassy Manila” in the amount of $110.  If an application is sent without the enclosed U.S. dollar demand draft, the application will be returned to you and will not be processed.  Currently, we can only accept demand drafts from any of our three participating local banks:  Bank of the Philippines Islands (BPI), Security Bank, and Banco De Oro (BDO). 

 

Our no-walk-in policy for adult renewals still applies except for those who have a valid emergency travel in less than two weeks.  For such cases, the person is advised to walk-in to the American Citizen Services (ACS) section with the confirmed flight itinerary, plane ticket or medical records (if urgent travel is due to a medical emergency) and will be carefully assessed if the request warrants an emergency passport issuance or not. 

For specific information on adult-renewal process, please visit our website: https://ph.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/renew-an-adult-10-year-validity-passport/

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State Trooper

Ive read the link but am still confused. Can we schedule an appointment at the Consulate in cebu? And pay fees there? Or is everyone going to Manila?

And can you use anyone's bank account to get that draft order. Those banks typically require you to be a customer with a dollar account. I dont have one but know people who do. Can they get the bank draft on my behalf?

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angbumabasa

Man what a CF. Had to coordinate with US Emb. for this. Could not do it on our own w/Air21. They schedule w/Air21 for the pickup. Needs not what entirely what stated on website. Need extra photo. Local Air/21 had no idea WTF was going when we inquired. Draft w/BDO does not need an account but can only do it btwn 0900 and 1000 hrs on wkdays. Conversation w/ACS USemb as disaster. Filipina who cannot enunciate and me 75yo hard of hearing. 20 minutes w/Asaya banging on the phone booth. Glad it’s only every 10yrs. JJ

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Monsoon
5 hours ago, tonny said:

If you are sending a representative on your behalf, the representative must have a written, signed authorization letter from you, authorizing the representative to apply and make payment for a passport renewal on your behalf.

 

They must have been taken over by the Philippines! The ever famous (in the Philippines anyway) but worthless authorization letter, that could be written by anyone in the first place. 

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tonny

Have no answer to those questions go to the Cebu office of the Embassy and check. I do know that Metro Bank will do somethings other banks will not do and you can always try MR Bong at China Bank IT park good luck

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SkyMan
50 minutes ago, tonny said:

MR Bong at China Bank IT park good luck

Not sure what he could do as China Bank isn't an excepted bank.

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M.C.A.
3 hours ago, State Trooper said:

Ive read the link but am still confused. Can we schedule an appointment at the Consulate in cebu? And pay fees there? Or is everyone going to Manila?

And can you use anyone's bank account to get that draft order. Those banks typically require you to be a customer with a dollar account. I dont have one but know people who do. Can they get the bank draft on my behalf?

You don't need to be a member to get that bank draft but for sure you'll need dollars and also the fee in dollars, I did this last year when it first started, I used the mail in method with Air21, now that's Air21 at the US Embassy you won't be dealing with the local Air21 these guys do everything from picking up your package, they have the envelope to delivering it back to you.

Initially the bank BDO tried to get me to open an account but I am with PNB well anyway the bank manager came out with a document stating that they work with the US Embassy and you won't need to open an account, so I didn't but you will need to bring your passport, and Immigrant card to that bank the bank manager looks at all documents before they sign the bank draft.

Phone numbers and information are online https://ph.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/

https://ph.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/renew-an-adult-10-year-validity-passport/

On one of these links you'll also be filling out an online form for renewal.

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Jawny

Getting the demand draft can be a Royal pain.  It will depend upon the bank and branch used.  I asked at a local bank (one of the three allowed) and it would have taken a couple of days or more to get the demand draft.  Their policy was to have TWO bank officers approve the draft and one of them was on leave or some other activity.  

I got a renewal late last year and at that time the consulate in Cebu was accepting passport renewals.  They may still be doing so even though the notice from the embassy doesn't mention that.  The ACS staff here is pretty messed up with regard to keeping the public informed.  I'd call the consulate before making a trip there.

There's a recent thread about this topic and lots of details from others experiences.

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M.C.A.

I used BDO but the other banks listed are BPI and SBC, no other banks, it took about an hour to get my bank draft.

Here's another checklist from the same two links I posted above but addresses obtain passport in the Philippines.  https://ph.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/82/2016/12/PASSPORT-ADULT-RENEWAL-BY-MAIL-CHANGE-NAME-RENEW-LIMITED-PASSPORT-Dec-2016.pdf

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sugbu777

What a process. Sounds like the ol' monkey-football.;)

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M.C.A.

For sure I agree sujbu777 everything here is major pain and even our US Embassy has to make it so difficult, why can't they have us pay online as an option while we are filling out the online US Passport requirements that would save weeks waiting for Bank drafts to clear and then why does the US Embassy need to wait two weeks for these bank drafts to clear they are bank drafts, and then look at the staffing of the US Embassy, yes its friendly, helpful but?  Shouldn't we be employing Americans only.

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angbumabasa

Update: US Emb, upon receiving a telcon, issues a form made to US Citizen, to Air21 in NCR. Air21 sends form, for us by way of Tacloban then Maasin. Upon receiving form in Maasin Air21 agents arrive at door to pick up package costing P440 and it's on it's way to US Emb. More later.

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Jawny

It is apparent that the red tape hassles for processing a passport in Manila hassles are in large part due to the bureaucracies of the Philippines. For example, the requirement for demand drafts exclusively in lieu of cash. I've experienced similar hassles inother embassies. Just check a few other embassy websites and you'll see there are unique details in different countries. 

I'd rather see locals used for the clerical and admistrative work rather than US citizens. Be careful what is wished for comes to mind.  From my understanding of the personnel practices of the State Department, it's costly to hire US nationals.

Consular staff who are US nationals are typically recruited from the USA. Sometimes recruitments can be limited to individuals who are already permanent residents, but less common for managerial staff. The person who is hired or transferred in from the pool of ForeignService staff will typically have housing allowances, travel costs etc, all part of their benefits. This would result in a lot of higher fees for the processes they do now. I could be wrong, but in many overseas USA facilities such as military bases, embassies and the like, hiring local nationals is sensible and economic.

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M.C.A.
4 minutes ago, Jawny said:

It is apparent that the red tape hassles for processing a passport in Manila hassles are in large part due to the bureaucracies of the Philippines. For example, the requirement for demand drafts exclusively in lieu of cash. I've experienced similar hassles inother embassies. Just check a few other embassy websites and you'll see there are unique details in different countries. 

I'd rather see locals used for the clerical and admistrative work rather than US citizens. Be careful what is wished for comes to mind.  From my understanding of the personnel practices of the State Department, it's costly to hire US nationals.

Consular staff who are US nationals are typically recruited from the USA. Sometimes recruitments can be limited to individuals who are already permanent residents, but less common for managerial staff. The person who is hired or transferred in from the pool of ForeignService staff will typically have housing allowances, travel costs etc, all part of their benefits. This would result in a lot of higher fees for the processes they do now. I could be wrong, but in many overseas USA facilities such as military bases, embassies and the like, hiring local nationals is sensible and economic.

So then wouldn't this make sense for the Philippine Consulates in the US?  Hire US staff ... Americans need jobs even expats, how hard is this job really.

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Monsoon
11 minutes ago, M.C.A. said:

So then wouldn't this make sense for the Philippine Consulates in the US?

I would bet that a lot of support staff at the Philippine consulates in the US are American citizens. 

 

19 minutes ago, Jawny said:

 From my understanding of the personnel practices of the State Department, it's costly to hire US nationals.

Extremely. 

 

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