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I have read the horror stories of going to DFA to get this done and how to get this done. From getting there are 10pm so you can get a number so you can be seen the day after. They have the online appointment system. Has anyone used this with success? Is there any tricks or ways around getting a passport with alot more ease then the system?

 

I know the documents and I would assume the more the merrier. Stating you need at least two of these.

 

Authenticated marriage certificate (if married or if you want to use your spouse’s surname)

 

Other supporting documents (for verification)

Marriage Contract

Land Title

Driver's License

Government Service Record

School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with dry seal

Other documents that show full name and birth details of applicant and/or citizenship

Voter's Registration Record from COMELEC

Baptismal Certificate with dry seal

Seaman's Book

Income Tax Return (Old)

NBI Clearance

 

Are there fixers in this market?

 

I did read Headshot's post and thanks. Are these still relevant?

 

http://www.livingincebuforums.com/topic/17569-philippine-passport/

 

Missing was what did you eventually do Headshot to get the passport.

 

Thanks Guys and Gals

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the.lone.gunman

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SkyMan

My wife used some service and it only cost something like p100 over what it would have been if she did it herself.

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USMC-Retired

And that service would be? Pretty Please... I can put a cherry on top if you like.

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J n J

It sound as though you are on the right track,bases well covered,slidin into home and on your way,COOL.DFA in Cebu I have yet to deal with although I dealt with getting a Passport in another city here and DFA was not bad at all,polite,efficient.The NSO office was where I got the biggest headache,getting a simple birth record was a really big hassle.BUT,DFA was courteous,and when they said the Passport would arrive in 30 days...and it did,I was pretty shocked,but it happened...twice!

I have found that by going to less crowded cities to deal with any Government agency in this country to be a good idea,have you considered that? Getting on line at 10PM the night before is just flippin ridiculous.LTO in Camiguin,for example,less crowded,no demands for "extra fees"("or you wont get what you want"!),courteous polite people and an all around better experience.It seems to me that smaller cities are just better for dealing with Government agencies (DFA on Camiguin? I do not know,been awhile) in the Philippines, and whatever you do,stay out of any of these offices in CDO (they know you have to spend money on a plane ticket if you do not want to 'deal' with them,YUCK PUH!).Just a word to the wise!

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Headshot

I have read the horror stories of going to DFA to get this done and how to get this done. From getting there are 10pm so you can get a number so you can be seen the day after. They have the online appointment system. Has anyone used this with success? Is there any tricks or ways around getting a passport with alot more ease then the system?

 

I know the documents and I would assume the more the merrier. Stating you need at least two of these.

 

Are there fixers in this market?

 

I did read Headshot's post and thanks. Are these still relevant?

 

http://www.livinginc...ppine-passport/

 

Missing was what did you eventually do Headshot to get the passport.

 

Thanks Guys and Gals

 

Go to Destination Specialists at SM City Mall. They will make sure you have all of the documentation you need, they will set up an appointment, and they will shepherd you through the whole process (which will only take a couple of hours out of your day). They will even go to DFA and pick up the passport when it is ready. We found the experience to be extremely easy and hassle-free when we did this for my daughter's Philippine passport...as opposed to the absolute drawn out and muddled process we encountered when my wife processed her own passport by herself. DS charges 300 pesos for this service. The total charge will depend on whether or not you want the processing time (the time between the interview and the passport issue) expedited...we did and the total cost was 1500 pesos for the passport (1200 pesos goes to the DFA). That included DS's fee. It was well worth the small added expense in my opinion.

 

Lest anybody think they are "fixers," travel agencies are licensed by the DFA to do this work. What they do is totally within the legal system the DFA has set up. There are no shortcuts taken, and the applicant must still qualify for the passport. You just don't have to wait around because they made an appointment for you. When you see the line of "walk-ins" at DFA, you will immediately understand how much time that saves you. BTW...ALL passport work is now done at the DFA office on the fourth floor of the Pacific Mall in Mandaue City. The office in Cebu City is closed. There is actually a thread on this subject already, but I guess it didn't get pinned.

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SkyMan

And that service would be? Pretty Please... I can put a cherry on top if you like.

The wife's not here now but I'll ask her tonight.

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misty

Just applied for our kid's passport earlier today (not in Cebu). It was past 2pm when we arrived at the DFA office. I thought it would be busy but I was wrong. I was surprised to see empty benches inside. :kidding: Anyways, it took us less than 20 minutes to sort things out, with their guard stapling all the necessary documents, waiting to be called for verification, paying the cashier, having my kid's passport photo taken, me signing for him and off we go.

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trthebees

My wife's passport has just gone under the 6 months validity which the BOI require for her to exit the Philippines. So we are about to renew it.

There doesn't appear to be an appointment system in Cebu like there is in Manila.

So I'm wondering if anyone has had any recent experience of renewing in Cebu.....and whether they had to get there at some pre-dawn hour in order to be dealt with that day.

Considering it's a renewal, the additional identity document requirements seem a bit excessive, but as the city is 4 hours away on a bus, and we always then need to stay over a couple of nights by the time we've dealt with things, we always go fully prepared with anything that may be needed.

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jigsy

My wife also went under 6 months and renewed last week at the DFA place in Metro Manadue (new name now, but can never remember).

 

She did get there early and did have a lot of hanging around for an initial appointment to check the documents, but was seen in the morning. Once these were checked, she had another appointment in the afternoon and that was that - all done until she collects it in 2/3 weeks.

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trthebees

My wife also went under 6 months and renewed last week at the DFA place in Metro Manadue (new name now, but can never remember).

 

She did get there early and did have a lot of hanging around for an initial appointment to check the documents, but was seen in the morning. Once these were checked, she had another appointment in the afternoon and that was that - all done until she collects it in 2/3 weeks.

Thanks for your comment....looks like it's straightforward enough....just get there and get on with it

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Jack_be_nimble

Well, this thread is now 2 years old.  I've heard there is a new requirement for new passports for filipinas  married to foreigners. They must have a CFO sticker attached to their passports for travel?????....as proof they attended a CFO seminar???  I thought CFO was only for emmigration/OFW's, or those looking for permanent visas ....ummmm.  But not for tourist vacation visa for filipinas married to us foreigners?  My brain hurts when it comes to gov stuff.

 

Sent an email to CFO..............waiting for response.

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Salty Dog

The sticker isn't required just for travel but she needs to attend the CFO seminar if she wants to change her name on her Passport .

 

Just to be safe we carried her CFO completetion certificate on our trip to Singapore and they asked to see it.

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Jawny

My wife renewed her passport in Tacloban recently. It was painless (except to have to go to Tacloban). the staff were efficient, polite and helpful. She brought other passport related business for some relatives and got information on how to process that. She was told when the passport would be ready for pickup, and it was there as promised. We could have used the courier service and avoided a return trip.

 

As to the CFO stamp, my wife's passport had a name change done in the consulate in Korea. As a result, no CFO stamp was needed.

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enoonmai

Well, this thread is now 2 years old.  I've heard there is a new requirement for new passports for filipinas  married to foreigners. They must have a CFO sticker attached to their passports for travel?????....as proof they attended a CFO seminar???  I thought CFO was only for emmigration/OFW's, or those looking for permanent visas ....ummmm.  But not for tourist vacation visa for filipinas married to us foreigners?  My brain hurts when it comes to gov stuff.

 

Sent an email to CFO..............waiting for response.

In order to change to the married name on the passport you must get the CFO sticker, at least in Cebu. They have moved to somewhere around the Capital and they have an online registration in Cebu but you are still required to be there at 8am to register even though the seminar is 2pm-5pm. My wife went yesterday and sat through the whole thing then was told at the 1-on-1 that she was denied because she didn't have my Affidavit in Lieu of Legal Capacity document from the Consulate. We turned all that in to the city clerk where we were married, I don't have a copy. We're going to check with the clerk's office to see if they have a copy, if not I don't know. Go back to the Consulate? Anyone know?

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