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A few days ago me and Aaron went to the Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA to file for our Philippines passports. First time for Aaron to get a Philippine passport and a renewal Philippine passport for me. We’ve been wanting to go there since middle of last year, but didn’t get around to it until end of the year. We know we had to be there early, I mean really early even before the mall opened. Luckily now the DFA office here in Davao City located at the third floor of SM City Mall Matina, not too far from our house. Good thing that the office is inside the mall, so it’s not so hot inside the office anymore while waiting. So Aaron and I went there like around 9:30am just right before the mall opened.

Aaron & Feyma

Aaron & Feyma

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We already went there last year to get the applications. We just want to get the application paper from the security guards. They were just handing out outside the door of the DFA office there. We didn’t even have to fall in line for that. Our purpose of going there to renew my passport since its already expired a long time ago ever since I was still living in the States. When it’s expired (around mid 1990’s) I just didn’t bother to get a renewal since I already had my US passport anyway. At that time the Philippines would not recognize the dual citizenship yet. They just passed the law on august of 2003.

So after we (me and the kids) got our dual citizenship here early last year, we then decided to get our Philippine passports. Since Aaron is going to the States this year,  its good for us to get his Philippine passport for the first time.  When the person at the DFA office explained the requirements to me for Aaron to do, he could tell I am cringing every time he’s explaining. Duh in short too many requirements to fulfill. Big Sigh. One of the requirements you have to fill the same papers (7 times) and have it notarized by the lawyer. Wow unbelievable… One of the requirements that will takes us long to get is the NSO birth certificate for Aaron. They will not bend down there, the applicant had to  submit the NSO birth certificate. So any Filipina giving birth in the USA should report the birth of the kid to the nearest Philippine consulate office in your area. So that the kid will have records in the Philippines too. Easier to get any Philippine documents then especially passport after dual citizenship. Unfortunately none of my kids were reported of their birth to the Philippine Consulate Office after giving birth. I never knew and never had friends that reported the birth of their kids too as far as I know. I really wish to God we did. It will be all easier for us by now then.

The personnel at the DFA office told me that the processing for the reporting of the birth (NSO) since we are in the Philippines will take around 4-6 months. Wow, really long, but we don’t have a choice but to report it. My understanding when the personnel explain, they will send the papers again to the USA (at the consulate office there) for their records that the child was born there. Send it back to the NSO office here in the Philippines for verification and approval. At least the kid already has records both countries. Oh well just have to do what they requires us to do.

So reminder again Fil-Am friends: To please report your kids after giving birth in the USA to the nearest Philippine Consulate Office in your area. Some of you might want to get a dual citizenship of your kid. It will be easier to get the Philippine passport then. 

Cheers!

Feyma

Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.

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Rio Mazo Sisson
8 years ago

Feyma and Aaron Sorry to hear about your experienced at the DFA. My husband and I just had our first child last year. We were wondering what we have to do since our family is planning to move back to the Philippines, so I went to the Philippine Consulate of Chicago website coz thats the closest Philippines Consulate into where we live and as I was scrolling around and reading, I read about if someone give birth here in the U.S it should have to let them inform/report and send them some documents for the future reference. So my husband… Read more »

Neal Roberts
8 years ago

Good looking Pic Aaron & Feyma Bayoy Martin

Stephen Warren
8 years ago

Wake up Philippines, it’s 2014

John Weeks
John Weeks
8 years ago

Feyma – I understand that the whole process is MUCH easier if done at the Consulate in the US, as opposed to here. Have you looked into that?

Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith
8 years ago

Just a note to US citizens: If you have a child born in the Philippines, you should report the birth as soon as you can gather all the paperwork required. I did it when my daughter was 5 months old and got her US passport and Certificate of US Citizen Born Abroad very easily. The longer you wait, the more tedious the process becomes.

Dirk
Dirk
8 years ago

Feyma,

We tried to register our son at Consulate in NYC a few months back. We were rejected because we had yet to register our marriage. We have now done that and will try again next month.

Raymundo Munoz Gavina
Raymundo Munoz Gavina
8 years ago

Me and my wife were former Filipino citizen, year 1970 when we became naturalized citizen of USA, a year or so later, three kids were born and raised in the USA. What I gather is that I must report it to the Philippine Consulate, I better start sending email, thanks for the info

Bill S.
Bill S.
8 years ago

I wish you all the luck and patience in the world if you have to deal with the NSO there, they make going to the BI office a picnic by comparison.

Come this March, we will have been waiting a year so far, just to get the NSO to sign the annulment papers to finalize the process that my fiance thought was finalized back in 2009, long before we ever met.
As I am sure you know, the Philippine Govt. does like to do redundant paperwork thats for sure.

Good luck Fema & Aaron!

Jim Hannah
Jim Hannah
8 years ago

Hey, that’s all a big hassle for you. Wouldn’t it be easier for him just to travel on a USA passport; to renew the one he traveled into the Philippines on?

Onlygoodfellas Resto
8 years ago

Sorry to hear that,As far I know even the married you need to submit to the nearest consulate or embassy if your married abroad so that the filipina had a record in the nso too , for example us all our document we forward it including our child that born abroad so that when we arrive here in pinas everything will be goes smoothly as in the Philippines everything slow:) , I know a lot of married couple they never submit anything yet meaning the filipina is still single.:))

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