Monday, 7 April 2008

Passport services for OFWs now available at the POEA

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryID=114292

Overseas Filipino workers need no longer go to the Department of Foreign Affairs to get their passports.

The DFA announced that starting April 15, all passport related services can be obtained at their satellite office at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) building.

The DFA said in a statement that OFW's passport applications filed at the POEA office will be processed and released after at most seven working days for a fee of P750, or after 14 working days for a fee of P500. These passport fees remain among the lowest in the world. Moreover, most countries in the world take at least six weeks for passport processing.

Since July 2007, DFA has been issuing the Machine Readable Passport (MRP). The maroon-colored MRP contains a data summary in a format that is capable of being read by machine.

The MRP meets all the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization, and facilitates the passport check at port of entry, increases the credibility of Philippine passports and better secures the holder's identity.

All countries in the world now issue and use MRPs.

DFA encourages the public to file their passport applications way ahead of their intended travel date and not to wait until the last minute.

Passport application requirements include personal appearance and submission of the completed application form, 3 colored passport photos with royal blue background, authenticated birth certificate and at least two government-issued identification cards and documents proving the applicant's identity and citizenship.

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