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U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines

 

Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Consular Agency Cebu - Reduce Operating Hours July/August 2015

 

June 19, 2015

 

THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD.

 

During July and August 2015, the U.S. Consular Agency office in Cebu will operate on a reduced service schedule.

 

July 1-July 19 – CLOSED

 

July 20-24 – Monday – Thursday, open from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. (temporary extended hours) and Friday open from 8:00 am to 12:00

 

July 25-August 9 – CLOSED

 

August 10-14 – Monday – Thursday, open from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. (temporary extended hours) and Friday, open from 8:00 am to 12:00

 

August 15-25 – CLOSED

 

On August 26, the Agency will return to the normal operating schedule.

 

During the weeks of July 20 and August 10, ONLY the following services will be available at the Consular Agency:

 

·        Emergency services for U.S. citizens

 

·        Notarials

 

·        Reports of Birth Abroad

 

·        Passports

 

The staff working at the Agency during this period will not be able to answer questions related to services from the Social Security Administration (SSA), Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) or US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  For questions related to these agencies, please contact them directly at:

 

SSA:  Tel: +63-2-301-2000 ext. 9, Fax: +63-2-708-9714/9723, Email: [email protected]

 

VA:  Tel: +63-2-550-3888, Fax: +63-2-550-3942

 

USCIS: Tel: +63-2-301-2000 ext. 2224, Fax: +63-2-301-2208, Email: [email protected]

 

For questions related to nonimmigrant visa services, please call +63-2-976-8500/8501/8502 or send an email to [email protected]  For questions related to immigrant visa services, please call +63-2-976-8500/8501/8502 or send an email to [email protected]

 

If you need emergency assistance during the periods of closure, please contact the American Citizens Services section at the Embassy in Manila at (63 2) 301-2000, extension 2246 or 2567.  If you have questions about passports or Reports of Birth Abroad, please send an email to ACS at [email protected]

 

See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Philippines Country Specific Information.

 

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

 

Contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, at +(63) (2) 301-2000, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(63) (2) 301-2000.

 

Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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RPretire?

Looks like typical govt office hours (sarcasim) :snap:

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BossHog

Beyond pathetic.

 

Okay, if the guy's retired or something then thanks.(I get that)

 

but a professional gov't office needs to be open more hours than that.

 

There are quite a few Americans within easy travel distance to warrant the opening of a Cebu consulate.

 

I been to plenny of shit-ass countries that had US consulates in dodgy non-capital cities.

 

What exactly is the problem here?

 

Time for a proper Cebu consulate.

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spydoo

Any other country's government officials would give an explanation and apologise for the inconvenience. Ok, every other civilised country.

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Skywalker

 

 

Time for a proper Cebu consulate.

 

Considering that Cebu is the original Capital City, and the oldest, I have to agree.

 

Manila is not a place I would ever consider living in, I do my best to avoid it even with flights.

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BossHog

 

 

Manila is not a place I would ever consider living in, I do my best to avoid it even with flights.

 

Manila is just spanking awesome

 

with all the restaurants and stuff and casinos

 

i wouldn't want to live there

 

but damn it's fun for a few weeks.

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Wolfpack

Considering that Cebu is the original Capital City, and the oldest, I have to agree.

 

Manila is not a place I would ever consider living in, I do my best to avoid it even with flights.

 

I have not done any international flights through Manila recently but the domestic side of the air port in Manila is much improved...

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Paddy

Manila is not a place I would ever consider living in, I do my best to avoid it even with flights.

 

 

 

I have not done any international flights through Manila recently but the domestic side of the air port in Manila is much improved

 

 

If you live in/around Cebu, then I agree - there is no need to add another airport to a trip. If, however, you don't live in/around Cebu you're pretty much stuck using Manila (I have no knowledge of Clark).

 

Between the end of Feb and beginning of Jun I was in/out of NAIA T3 4 times for international and domestic flights. No problems at any time. In fact, it's no worse (and sometimes better) than going to the US from Toronto's Pearson airport. It's a heck of a lot less distance to walk in any case!!

 

Just to stay on topic - that office schedule is pretty appalling. Either there is a Consulate or there isn't.

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Manila is not a place I would ever consider living in, I do my best to avoid it even with flights.
Word.

 

I have not done any international flights through Manila recently but the domestic side of the air port in Manila is much improved...

Except for its main problem which is that it's in Manila.

 

Either there is a Consulate or there isn't.
Technically there isn't  John Domingo is a volunteer.

 

I been to plenny of shit-ass countries that had US consulates in dodgy non-capital cities.   What exactly is the problem here?   Time for a proper Cebu consulate.
I tend to agree.  From what I understand years ago there wasn't going to be a Cebu Consulate and John was able to keep it open (or start it up) because he works voluntarily.  But that's been that way for many years and there are a lot more American expats here now.  What worked for us before now may be working against us in that as long as John remains as a volunteer, the DoS has no reason to look into getting us a real, full time, paid Consul.
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tonny

No he leaving the service the new announcement says  the new guy will be , Consular Agent, Glenn Loop, will take his place.

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Highlighter

Maybe I'm missing something.

 

I have lived and worked overseas for 25 years and only ever needed the use of an embassy once (could have managed without it) What do people use an embassy / consulate for? Passport renewal visa applications maybe I could understand but is a remote consulate necessary for this?

 

Pretty sure the embassy is not much help if you've broken local laws and have ended up in jail.

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Maybe I'm missing something.

 

I have lived and worked overseas for 25 years and only ever needed the use of an embassy once (could have managed without it) What do people use an embassy / consulate for? Passport renewal visa applications maybe I could understand but is a remote consulate necessary for this?

 

Pretty sure the embassy is not much help if you've broken local laws and have ended up in jail.

 

Well, if you have a baby, you need to get it a CRBA (Certificate of Registered Birth Abroad) and a passport. You can do that at the consular office. If you want to get married here, the Philippines wants you to get a document that says you aren't already married in your home country. You can get that in the consular office. When SSA and the VA come to town, they need a place to meet with people. The consular office is a convenient place to do that. If you need a US notary stamp on a document, the consular office can do that. There are many things that a consular office can do that can save you the trip all the way to the US Embassy in Manila. I am very glad we have the consular office in Cebu.

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Well, if you have a baby, you need to get it a CRBA (Certificate of Registered Birth Abroad) and a passport. You can do that at the consular office. If you want to get married here, the Philippines wants you to get a document that says you aren't already married in your home country. You can get that in the consular office. When SSA and the VA come to town, they need a place to meet with people. The consular office is a convenient place to do that. If you need a US notary stamp on a document, the consular office can do that. There are many things that a consular office can do that can save you the trip all the way to the US Embassy in Manila. I am very glad we have the consular office in Cebu.

 

Ok that all make sense, thank you.

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Ok that all make sense, thank you.

 

You're welcome.

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dnl_grout

When SSA and the VA come to town, they need a place to meet with people. The consular office is a convenient place to do that.

 

 

Yes I agree...I did not think I would get to far with information about an SS problem on the day the reps were there. Plenty people there with all kinds of issues, a one stop shop. When it got to the point of him saying he is waiting E-mail from manila I though here is where it ends.

 

About to walk out after setting there a wile I here him shouting sir!  sir!  He handed me a print out of the current state of claim. I was shocked that I had the answer and paper copy. We need office there even without consular, better if he's there to say no you can't marry her cause your to old than taking some flying machine to manila. 

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