June 23, 2010

Passport Renewal Concern

So you are now in the final stage of your application. You were given 45 days to submit your Machine Readable Passport. Problem is when you check with DFA, the earliest appointment they could give you is September 2010.

Do not panic. Here's a good news for you.

OFWs need not wait for passport appointment, according to Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)

“Returning OFWs and those that are due for overseas deployment can have their passports processed immediately provided that they present documents that show there are jobs waiting for them in their countries of destination,” said the statement of the DFA-OCA.

“Similarly, employment agencies with passport applicants are given special slots for immediate processing and expedited issuance of passports,” it added.

On top of this, the DFA satellite office at the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) in Ortigas will also re-open on June 22 (not June 21 as earlier reported) to cater solely to the needs of OFWs.

The DFA has also increased the number of passport appointments to accommodate more applicants.[Source]

In your case, you just need to show request from Canadian Visa Office -Manila.