Frequently Asked Questions
No. Walk-ins will not be entertained. This is in keeping with physical distancing, a protective measure against the spread of COVID-19.
You need to book an appointment online through our website; please click on the following link:
Yes. However, you must ensure that it is your name and your email and mobile number that is registered so you will receive the confirmation.
Remember, on the day of the appointment, if your name is not on the list you will be denied entry.
Beginning 10 August, PCGNY has been accommodating applicants for the following services:
- Urgent passport applications;
- Travel Documents (A travel document is issued in lieu of a Philippine passport for applicants whose passports have expired and have to travel to the Philippines due to an emergency);
- Overseas Voter Registration;
- Social Security System;
- Legalization (which includes acknowledgements, certifications, and NBI clearance);
- Passport pick up;
- Civil Registry reports (Birth, Marriage, Death) – will be processed by mail only; and
- Dual Citizenship – petitions will be pre-vetted and will strictly be by appointment set by the Consulate. For more details, please click here.
- Limited Visa Services
To ensure optimal crowd management and social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, PCGNY currently requires –
Civil Registration applicants to MAIL their application. Instructions are found in the following link: http://newyorkpcg.org/pcgny/civil-registration/
Dual Citizenship applicants to go through PRE-VETTING by visiting the following link: http://newyorkpcg.org/pcgny/consular-services/dual-citizenship-ra-9225/
Visa applicants to MAIL their application. Instructions are found in the following link: http://newyorkpcg.org/pcgny/consular-services/visa/
From 21 September 2020, PCGNY has been operating from 9:00am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday (except on announced PH and US holidays).
For a list of these holidays, please visit: http://newyorkpcg.org/pcgny/the-consulate/non-working-holidays/
It may be considered urgent if your passport is your only form of identification or if you need it for your work permit. Otherwise, please wait until the situation normalizes before you have your passports renewed.
To avoid delays or refusals, please bring your accomplished application form, your passport, and all support documents (both originals and photocopies). Also bring your proof of your appointment, photo ID, face mask and payment.
If you wish your passport/legalized documents to be mailed to you, include a self-addressed, stamped, flat rate priority envelope with tracking number.
USPS priority mail (short envelope) : $7.95
USPS priority mail (long envelope) : $8.25
If your name is not on the list, you will be denied entry. Please ensure that you register your name as it appears on your passport/IDs when you book an appointment.
Due to the situation in the Philippines affecting logistics, there may be delays in the processing and delivery of your passport since all passports are produced in the Philippines. Expect an additional 2-4 weeks delay.
No. You can check our website to track the availability of your passport at: http://newyorkpcg.org/pcgny/services/passport-tracker/
Also, if you applied for a passport beginning July 2020, you will receive an SMS informing you once your passport is already ready for pick up. You will then need to set an appointment to pick it up at the consulate (if you did not leave an envelope for us to mail it to you).
When you book an appointment, choose the service “Legalization/Notarial”
You would need to bring the following:
- Two (2) copies of the unsigned document;
- Two (2) original Government-issued Identification Documents (IDs), showing full name, photo, and signature of the applicant;
- Two (2) photocopies of IDs for every document to be legalized; and
- Processing Fee of US$25.00 per document (not per page)
For more information on legalization/consularization of documents, kindly visit: www.newyorkpcg.org/pcgny/consular-services/legalization-notarization/
When you book an appointment, choose the service “Legalization/Notarial”
Once your NBI Fingerprint card form has been authenticated by the Philippine Consulate, you would need to submit it to the NBI.
For more information on how to accomplish an NBI Fingerprint card form, please visit: http://newyorkpcg.org/pcgny/other-services/nbi-clearance-renewal/
Effective 09 August, the following shall be required to possess or secure the appropriate visas in order to be allowed entry into the Philippines:
- Foreign spouses, regardless of nationality, of Philippine citizens;
- Foreign minor children or foreign children with special needs (regardless of age) of Philippine citizens; and
- Foreign parents of minor children who are Philippine citizens or Philippine citizens with special needs regardless of age.
This requirement includes former Philippine citizens who belong to the above-mentioned categories, and are not dual citizens.
In addition to the standard requirements for a visa, foreign spouses and parents/children should show proof of marriage or filiation, together with proof of the citizenship of the Philippine spouse or parent/child and proof that the Philippine spouse or parent/child will be travelling with them or is in the Philippines.
For the list of basic requirements, please visit: http://newyorkpcg.org/pcgny/consular-services/visa/
All visa applications shall be submitted by mail to:
Consulate General of the Philippines
Visa Section 556
Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10036
For inquiries, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Effective 07 December 2020 and pursuant to Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolution No. 85, dated 26 November 2020, and with reference to Republic Act No. 6768, as amended (Balikbayan Program), the following are exempted from the temporary suspension of visa-free privileges starting 07 December 2020:
- Filipino citizens’ foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them; and
- Former Filipino citizens, together with their foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them.
The entry of the above-mentioned foreign nationals shall be subject to the following conditions:
(a) They must be nationals permitted/allowed to enter the country visa-free under Executive Order No. 408, series of 1960;
(b) They must have a pre-booked quarantine facility;
(c) They must have a pre-booked COVID-19 testing at a laboratory operating at the airport; and
(d) They are subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port of entry and during the date of entry.
Further, the entry of the above-mentioned foreign nationals shall be subject to the implementing guidelines to be issued by the Bureau of Immigration.
Yes. Please make sure you have a valid mobile number and email address. Automated confirmatory messages as well as updates will be sent to you through both.
No. For in-person transactions, you would need to pay during your appointment through cash or money order. For mailed applications, you would need to pay through money order – no cash should be mailed!
No. You may only book your primary service (ex. Passport application). However, if you wish to avail of a secondary service/s (ex. Overseas voter registration), please inform the consular assistant at the window so that you may be duly endorsed to the next service.
You may book an appointment as early as thirty (30) days in advance.
Yes. However, family booking will only be for a parent accompanying their minor child/ren. Other members of the family who are adults are required to have separate online appointments.
Please be warned, family appointments with non-minors will be cancelled.
The design of the system is that the opening of slots is done at a maximum thirty (30) calendar days in advance. So for example, for 25 January 2021 slots it will be available only on 26 December 2020 at the earliest (December has 31 days).
Passport appointment time slots are from 9.00am to 3.50pm at ten-minute intervals. So for a 25 January 2021 appointment for 9.00am, it will be automatically made available on 26 December 2020 – and not earlier – at 9.00am. Succeeding appointment slots will be automatically opened ten minutes after and so on until 3.50pm (the last appointment slot for the day). No slots are made available before 9.00am or after 3.50pm. So please make your appointments between these hours.
Legalization appointment time slots are from 9.00am to 11.45am at fifteen-minute intervals. Succeeding appointment slots will be automatically opened fifteen minutes after and so on until 11:45am (the last appointment slot for the day). No slots are made available before 9.00am or after 11:45am. So please make your appointments between these hours.
Alternatively, you may wish to apply for an Apostille Certificate from your State Secretary. This is equally accepted in the Philippines.
No. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 all clients are required to book an appointment.
Those who need physical assistance such as the very elderly, persons with disabilities, and pregnant women may be allowed one companion each.
Applicants may be allowed inside earlier than scheduled but not earlier than five (5) minutes from their appointment schedule. For example, if your appointment is at 10:30am, the earliest you may be allowed entry is at 10:25am. This is dependent, however, on the current number of applicants inside the building.
Please do not come too early at the Consulate since there is no waiting area outside the building. If you do come early, you can wait at the nearby coffee shops. Please do not congregate outside the door of the Philippine Center.
Yes. If you are not wearing a face mask you will be denied entry.
Temperatures will be checked using a non-contact thermometer. If your temperature is 100.4F or above, you will be asked to return home.
You will be given several notifications by text message when your appointment nears so you won’t forget. If you do not come on time, your appointment will be cancelled and you will have to book a new one.
You will be asked to return at a later date, in which case you may have to book another appointment.
You may email your appointment-related question to: email@example.com
The passport remains at all times the property of the Philippine Government, the holder being a mere possessor thereof. The fraudulent acquisition, loss or destruction of the Passport is a crime punishable under the law, with penalties stipulated under RA 8239. The Consular Officer is authorized to determine if the applicant can apply for a passport, and what documentary evidence must be presented.
Only the Secretary of Foreign Affairs or any of his authorized consular officers may issue a Philippine passport
- Only citizens of the Republic of the Philippines are entitled to a Philippine passport.
- Former Filipino Nationals who are naturalized citizens of foreign countries are no longer entitled to use or renew their Philippine passports, having lost their Philippine citizenship (Commonwealth Act No. 63 of 1936)
- Those who have acquired foreign citizenship by naturalization but have reacquired Philippine citizenship upon taking the oath of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines in accordance with R.A. 9225 the “Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003″ may apply for Philippine passports, if they satisfy the requirements of R.A. 8239 “The Philippine Passport Law”
In the interest of national security, public safety and public health, a consular officer may refuse to issue a passport, restrict its use, withdraw or cancel a passport.
In view of the need to determine an applicant’s current citizenship, a consular officer may require an applicant to present a valid document of foreign residency i.e., a US Permanent Resident Card, US Visa, INS notice, etc.
No matter what your status is here in the US, you can apply for a Philippine Passport, provided that you can show us that:
- You are who you say you are – Proof of Identity
- You are still a Filipino citizen – Proof of Citizenship
What the Consulate verifies is the truth of the Oath signed by all passport applicants, which says:
“I solemnly swear under penalty of law that I am a Filipino; I am the person in the attached photograph; the thumbprints on this form are mine, I have never made false representations in any of my passport applications; the statements made on this Application Form are true and correct; and the attached supporting documents are authentic.”
All passports are printed by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. Regular passport applications received from Philippine Embassies/Consulates will be available from four (4) to six (6) weeks from the date of application. Applicants are advised to plan trips or interviews where they will need valid passports only after receiving the new passport.
No. You may renew your expired passport any time you wish.
However, we strongly recommend that you should have a valid passport with at least seven to eight (7-8) months validity prior to making any travel plans.
No passport photo is required. Your photo will be taken digitally by our Data Encoders during the passport application enrollment step. Please note of the following tips for posing during photo capturing :
- Straight frontal shot (no tilting of head)
- “Medium” smile (no teeth showing)
- Collared shirt/decent attire
- Both ears visible/both eyebrows visible (no bangs)
- Head scarf/veil for religious or health reasons allowed
Image can be rejected for the following reasons:
- Distorted image – head is tilted or smile is too wide
- Women – excessive makeup, large earrings
- Men – wearing makeup, earrings
- Colored contact lenses that disguise the natural color of the applicant’s eyes. Clear contact lenses however, are allowed.
- Use of headgear other than scarf/veil for religious or health reasons
- Use of eyeglasses/shades
- Poor photo quality/poor or uneven lighting
The applicant is advised to present documents to justify the need to change/amend data found on his/her passport. The Consular Officer reserves the right to require further proof. Applicant is further advised that implementing changes/amendments may not be carried out immediately, but may require corresponding with the Philippine Statistics Authority.
The Consulate will not cancel a passport as long as it is valid. The applicant is only required to present it to Consulate for cancellation once the new passport arrives. Once cancelled, the old passport will also be returned to the applicant.
In accordance with Department Order No. 010-2017 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10928 (2017), the Philippine passport has a ten-year validity period, for those issued to Filipinos 18 years or older. Filipinos under 18 years will still be issued five-year valid passports.
No. The Philippine passport has a standard booklet containing forty-four (44) pages. Should the passport run out of pages, you need to renew your passport.
Yes. You may request for a Certificate of Unclaimed Passport from DFA-Aseana or the concerned Consular Office or Philippine Embassy/Consulate, and submit this certification together with your application.
No. Your passport must be at least six-months valid for you to be able to travel abroad.
However, Filipinos who are currently abroad may travel back to the Philippines even if their passport are less than 6-months valid.
No. Expired and Renewed passports do not affect the validity of the foreign visas. However, you must bring your old passport with valid visas along with your new passport when travelling. When in doubt, consult the Foreign Embassy that issued your visa.
No. Stapling documents, especially on the covers, and putting unnecessary designs or accessories may damage the passport or which might damage the chip and make the ePassport invalid.
Before leaving the consular office, make sure that you check the details of your new passport carefully. If the details on your passport are incorrect, such as your name, sex or date of birth, you may reapply for a passport and pay the regular passport fee of $60.00.
If the documentary requirements are found to be in order, an oath taking ceremony will take place on the same day of the appointment schedule.
The Order of Approval granting the application shall state your name as appearing in the birth certificate, followed by an alias or “also known as” (AKA) indicating the name as appearing in your foreign passport.
If you secured a correction of entry of your birth certificate with the appropriate Local Civil Registrar or the Court, the Order of Approval and the Identification Certificate, if any, shall state your name as reflected in the annotated birth certificate
Under the Philippine Comprehensive Tax Reform Program of 1997, incomes earned overseas by Filipinos from 1998 onwards are no longer taxable by the Philippine government. Hence, all Filipinos abroad, including those who have retained/reacquired their Philippine citizenship, have been exempted by the Philippine Government from paying Philippine income tax on incomes earned abroad.
Incomes earned in the Philippines, however, will be subject to Philippine income tax. Prospective applicants are advised to visit and read the contents of the website of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, which contains information about current U.S. government policy on taxes on incomes earned worldwide, or to seek legal advice from a U.S. tax lawyer.
Once you reacquire/retain your Philippine citizenship, you will again enjoy full civil, economic and political rights and be subject to all attendant liabilities and responsibilities under existing laws of the Philippines under existing Philippine laws.
Among these rights are:
- The right to travel with a Philippine passport;
- The right to own real property in the Philippines;
- The right to engage in business and commerce as a Filipino; and
- The right to practice one’s profession, provided that a license or permit to engage in such practice is obtained from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), or the Supreme Court in the case of lawyers.
- You may also vote in the Philippine national elections (for President, Vice President, Senators and sectoral representatives) in accordance with the provisions of the Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003.
- Your foreign spouse also automatically becomes eligible for an immigrant visa.
- You will enjoy all other right and privileges enjoyed by Filipino citizens.
Residency in the Philippines is NOT a requirement for those who retain/reacquire Philippine citizenship. Those who intend to vote in local elections, however, must establish residence in the locality where they wish to vote.
Having retained/reacquired your Philippine citizenship, you can reside in the Philippines for as long as you want without having to apply for entry visa and paying immigration fees. You can choose to retire or permanently settle in the Philippines.
The Act does not require one to renounce his or her US citizenship. Also, there is no prohibition against dual citizenship in the US.
The US Supreme Court, as early as 1952, has stated that dual citizenship is a “status long recognized by law” and that “a person may have and exercise rights of nationality in two countries and maybe be subject to the responsibilities of both. The mere fact he asserts the rights of one citizenship does not mean that he renounces the other” (Kawakita v US, 343 US 717). In 1964, the US Supreme Court also ruled that a naturalized US citizen has the right to return to his country of origin and resume his former citizenship while remaining a US citizen, even if he never returns to the US (Schneider v. Rusk, 377 US 163).
No, your old Philippine passport was rendered null and void the moment you were naturalized as a US citizen. You must surrender it to the Consulate for cancellation. You are, however, eligible to apply for a new Philippine passport upon the successful retention/reacquisition of your Philippine citizenship.
The answer would depend on the intended period of stay in the Philippines and if the spouse is a visa-required national under the Philippine visa regulation.
Foreign spouse (as well as children) included in the visa waiver category may avail of the Balikbayan-Program for stays of up to one (1) year. Otherwise, they would need to apply for an appropriate visa.
An immigrant visa may be issued to a Filipino citizen’s foreign spouse which entitles him/her to permanently reside in the Philippines. The visa may be obtained by applying at the Philippine Consulate General. The effectivity of the visa, however, is contingent upon the Filipino citizen’s retention of his/her Filipino citizenship.
Yes. Under the principle of derivative citizenship, unmarried children below eighteen (18) years of age, whether legitimate, illegitimate, or adopted, of former Filipino parents who retained/reacquired their Philippine citizenship under RA 9225, may also be deemed Filipino citizens, if they are included in the parent’s application for retention/reacquisition of Philippine citizenship and the corresponding fees are paid.
If the adult child was born in the Philippines and at least one parent is still Filipino at the time of child’s birth, he/she may file his/her own application for dual citizenship under RA9225.
If the adult child was born in the US and both parents are already naturalized US citizen at the time of child’s birth, the adult child or parent/s can apply for Recognition of Filipino Citizenship at the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines. (Please see Recognition of Filipino Citizenship)
If the adult child was born in the US and at least one parent is still Filipino at the time of child’s birth, the adult child or parent/s can apply for Report of Birth of a Filipino Abroad at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate which has jurisdiction over the place of birth. (Please see Report of Birth)
Under the law, those intending to practice their profession in the Philippines shall apply with the proper authority for a license or permit to engage in such practice. One of the requirements of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) is that the applicant is a dual citizen.
The ceremony is a solemn and meaningful event. Please dress in proper attire to respect the dignity of the event (please no jeans, sandals, skimpy dress, etc). Those in improper dress may be refused entry to the premises.
You may request certified true copies (CTC) of these documents by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the Consulate confirms availability of the applicant’s records, the applicant will be requested to send the payment of US$25.00 per document which shall be in the form of bank draft, cashier’s check or money order payable to the Philippine Consulate General (personal checks and crdit cards are not accepted) AND a pre-paid, self-addressed USPS Priority/Priority Express Return Envelope. Once mailed, the applicant should inform the Consulate of the tracking number of the envelope for easy reference.
Note that this service cannot be rushed as it often requires a search through our archives. Expect to receive the documents requested at least fifteen (15) working days.
You will need to present your original dual citizenship papers (Oath of Allegiance, Identification Certificate and Approval Order) during the following:
- When you apply for a Philippine passport
- If traveling to the Philippines with a US passport and planning on staying for more than one (1) year.