Great news for our Filipino kababayans residing in Canberra!
The Philippine Embassy in that area will be conducting its annual Adelaide Mobile Mission on 7-8 April 2017. During this occasion, assistance will be provided in matters concerning passports and dual citizenship.
E-passport and dual citizenship applicants who want to attend the event are urged to make appointments with the embassy beforehand as walk-ins will not be accommodated at the venue (Enfield Uniting Church Hall, 2 Park Street, Sefton Park SA 5083).
Complete applications for either should be submitted to the Philippine Embassy by 1 February 2017 and forms for both the e-passport and dual citizenship application can be accessed via this link.
Accomplished forms for the e-passport application should be accompanied by the following documents, all of which should be certified by a Justice of the Peace:
Photocopy of data page of current valid passport;
Photocopy of current valid Australian visa;
NSO-authenticated Marriage Certificate or Report of Marriage (for female applicants who also wish to change their status from Single to Married)
Once your appointment or the e-passport is approved, you should arrive at the Mobile Mission site half an hour prior with the following:
Your original current valid passport;
Postal money order for the e-Passport service fee (AUD118 per application) payable to “Philippine Embassy Canberra” (Families applying together can pay for their entire application using one postal money order.)
You can either claim your e-passport by post (send your original passport and official receipt for the service fee to the Philippine Embassy at 1 Moonah Pl. Yarralumla, ACT 2600 through registered mail or express post platinum). It takes about 8-10 weeks for the Embassy to receive the new passports from Manila, and these will be mailed to you along with your old passport, which will be cancelled by the agency upon receiving your e-passport.
For dual citizenship applicants, you need to submit the following documents to the Embassy along with the finished application form by 1 February 2017. As with the e-passport application, all supporting documents have to be certified by a Justice of the Peace:
Copy of Philippine Birth Certificate or a report of birth from the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the country where the applicant was born;
Copy of old Philippine passport;
Copy of Australian Certificate of Naturalization;
Copy of Australian passport;
4 passport-sized photos taken in the last six months;
Copy of Philippine Report of Marriage or Australian Certificate of Marriage if married in Australia;
Mail order cheque payable to “Philippine Embassy Canberra” amounting to AUD90.
Don’t forget to include your email address in the application form so that the Embassy can confirm the receipt and approval of your application as well as your appointment’s date and time.
Oath-taking for dual citizens will thus take place on 9 April 2017, Saturday, at 3 PM at the Mobile Mission venue.
Further inquiries can be posed to the Embassy via their contact number (02 6273 2535 ext. 231) or their email address (firstname.lastname@example.org).