How To Apply For A Child’s Philippine Passport When Both Parents Are Abroad?

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Maraming mga magulang ngayon ang parehong nasa abroad at mga legal guardian na lamang ang naiiwan para mag-alaga sa bata. Ang ating topic today is: “How To Apply For A Child’s Philippine Passport When Both Parents Are Abroad?”

According the DFA directives and on their website, these are the general requirements:

For Minor Applicants (below 18 years old)

General Requirements:

  • Confirmed appointment (except for 1 year old and below)
  • Personal appearance of the minor applicant
  • Personal appearance of either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / of mother (if minor is an illegitimate child)
  • Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by NSO or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by NSO. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in NSO Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable. Report of Birth duly authenticated by NSO is required if minor was born abroad.
  • Document of identity with photo, if minor is 8-17 years old (for first time and renewal applicant) such as School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal
  • For minor applicants who never attended school, a Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school, is required
  • Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by NSO
  • Notarized Affidavit of Support and Consent to travel from either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / from mother (if minor is an illegitimate child)
  • Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person traveling with the minor
  • Photocopy of valid passport of either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / of mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) or identification documents (Please refer to List of Acceptable IDs)

If both parents are abroad:

  • Affidavit of Support and Consent (ASC) executed by either parent indicating the name of the traveling companion (authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General). If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the ASC.
  • Special Power of Attorney (SPA) with an attached photocopy of either parent’s valid passport (authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General) authorizing a representative in assisting the child to apply for a passport. If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the SPA.
  • Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance
  • There is no need to secure a DSWD Clearance if the minor traveling abroad has parents who are in the Foreign Service or living abroad or are immigrants, provided he / she is holding a valid pass such as a dependent’s visa / pass / identification card or permanent resident visa / pass / identification card which serves as proof that he / she is living with parents abroad.
  • Proper ID of the duly authorized representative (Please refer to List of Acceptable IDs)

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-Don Magsino MBA is a qualified Immigration Lawyer in the United Kingdom. London Office: 239 Kensington High Street, London W8 6SN 0207 316 3027 / 07446 888 377 http://www.stanfordlawassociates.co.uk

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