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my future wife tells me the consular agency in Cebu is closed. her friend told her the rent was to high and they moved...but where? I even tried their phone number to set up appointment to get affidavit cert. to marry and got recording to make appointment online with manila embassy.
is Cebu still open and you just walk in? I was thinking they might be closed till January 2nd or so.
any ideas?
thanks, jim

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my future wife tells me the consular agency in Cebu is closed. her friend told her the rent was to high and they moved...but where? I even tried their phone number to set up appointment to get affidavit cert. to marry and got recording to make appointment online with manila embassy.

is Cebu still open and you just walk in? I was thinking they might be closed till January 2nd or so.

any ideas?

thanks, jim

First I've heard, I wouldn't put much faith in what you hear on the bamboo telegraph. Pretty normal for them to close on anything resembling a holiday or in between, it is volunteer position so just have to be happy it's there at all...

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passingby

For sure be happy it is there!!  It is GREAT to have here and when ever there I always express my appreciation to the staff

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Paul

And, remember, the US Consular Agency (aka US Consulate) is only a part time run office. I do not know if that will change in the future, though.

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Monsoon

They should move the embassy down to Cebu. I would much rather jump on a plane and navigate things there than drive over to Roxas and navigate the twats, I mean things there. 

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T.S.

I just randomly walked in to get that legal capacity to contract marriage certificate. No appointment was needed, unless the rules have changed in the last few years.

 

Bring the exact amount needed in USD or PHP. They don't make change and Mr. Domingo was definitely not amused when I told him to keep the change.

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mpt1947

When I first saw this post - I sent an email to John Domingo the VOLUNTEER Consulate I asked if the Consulate was moving, or were they just closed for the holidays Following is John's reply

 

Hello Mike,
We are closed for the holidays. Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We
open on Thursday the 2nd and will continue providing services as we have
been doing since 1946. Happy New Years.
John

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Headshot

If they were closing the Consulate, the Embassy would have sent out a notice stating that.

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passingby

IF only the Embassy operated with the efficiency of the Consular Agency!!  My hat is off to John for the service he and his staff give us!!

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mactanfamily

Be advised. When John does leave, the office is going to go to complete SH*#. If it stays open at all.

 

He has done a fantastic job for us all.

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If they were closing the Consulate, the Embassy would have sent out a notice stating that.

The embassy sends out notice they will be closed often only a day or two before they are to be closed, even when they know they will be closed a year ahead of time. We have gotten pretty good at predicting their closures and schedule appointments accordingly, but many people from the provinces wind up at the embassy doorstep for appointments to find out they are closed. For the most part, many embassy employees do not seem to be aware the Cebu consulate exists.

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It is pretty easy to predict when they will be closed. The office is closed for every US and Philippine holiday. They are also closed for a couple of weeks each year, so John can take a short vacation. This year was different, though, as the embassy sent a consular officer down a couple of times while he was gone to maintain a presence at the office at least once a week.

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Ronin

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I went to the consular today to renew my passport, here's some comments...

 

The consular is located in the Waterfront Hotel and Casino on the bottom floor.

 

We arrived the night before and stayed at the Waterfront for about 4,000p (agoda), this included a very nice buffet breakfast.  Some people trash the Waterfront but i think it's a nice hotel and we will stay there anytime I need to deal with the consular.

 

The office is large with about 60 seats and a small well stocked library for reading material for the wait (you must surrender your cell phone and any other electronic devices when you enter).

 

There are two windows - window 1 and window 2.

 

The office operates on a first come first server basis, you receive a number and wait until it is called.  After your number is called you go to window 1 to explain what it is you want to do and get your paperwork or have your paperwork checked.

 

Then you sit down and wait for your name to be called for window 2.  Window 2 is where you pay your fees and do your transaction.

 

I didn't catch his name but the consular was very polite, professional and to the point.  Two thumbs up!

 

 

Everything I've read online says the office opens at 9 am.

 

I arrived at 8:50 am and received number 24, the office was already handling transactions (I think they were on 15 or so).  My transaction was complete and I was out the door by 10:00 am.

 

You can have copies made in the office but they are 1 USD each page.

 

There didn't seem to be a dress code as I saw many wearing shorts.  I dressed up a bit with collared shirt.

 

Any visitors you take with you will have to present an ID to enter.

 

About my passport renewal.

 

I read and followed the instructions on this page:

http://manila.usembassy.gov/service/passports/renewal.html

 

I arrived with the pre printed form and 2 2" photos.  If you go to a photo shop, make sure you specify 2" photos.  The photo shop I went to had "Passport" photos are not the required 2".

 

The cost to renew my passport was $110 USD.  Make sure you have correct change.

 

The consular told me that it takes 4 weeks to get the passport back.  He then made the remark that it's usually sooner but 4 weeks is a safe bet.

 

I have about 26 days left on my visa and I asked him what happens if my passport is not back.  He told me that I could take a copy of my passport main page and the page with the visa to the BI and explain my passport was being renewed.  They should allow a new visa stamp to avoid overstay fees.

 

That's all :D

 

 

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Paul

 

 

The cost to renew my passport was $110 USD.  Make sure you have correct change.

 

Thanks. I still have almost two years on my passport. It expires December 2015. I hope the prices don't go up again. The last time I renewed it, in 2005, it was like $82, or there about, back then?

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passingby

We are very lucky to have John and the office here in Cebu!  I really do NOT like to go to the Embassy in Manila for anything!!

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