Here is the best way to process a passport for your fiancee in the Philippines?

USEmbassyManilaHere is the best way to process a passport for your fiancee in the Philippines?

When a foreigner processes a passport for their finances or wife, it’s wise to do it under their maiden name first. When processing it under the wife’s single name, all you will need is a valid ID and an NBI clearance. At times, a Barangay Clearance might be required to determine residence. If no valid ID is within your possession, under their single name, then you can take their birth certificate to the NBI.

This will only work if she is still single or has never processed for a change of name with the NBI.

  • The cost is only 115P plus a teller fee of 40P or 50P for ID purpose.
  • The cost is 165P plus a teller fee of 40P to 50P for change of name.

By purchasing a passport in your fiancee or wife’s single name it will help you avoid lots of red-tape. This way, you will already have the requirements for her passport and change the name later when you get around to it.

Applying for the passport

The online passport appointment sign-up, of the Department of Foreign Affairs, is where you begin when making an appointment. The appointment network helps you avoid all the long lines. Instead of waiting in line you just be sure to show up based on your appointment.

If this is their first time upon requesting a passport, click requirements and new application. The requirements will be listed, which will guide you. After the requirements have been read and fully understood, next click Schedule an Appointment. Click to confirm that you have read and click on Start Individual Appointment and begin filling out the form. After the form has been filled in, it will then let you print a copy to present at your appointment.

The “Where to Apply” option will give you the nearest location within your area. When you do find the office, be sure that both of you are dressed presentable and that your shoulders are properly covered. Otherwise, they will not let you step into their office. The same also goes for the NBI.

The cost for a Philippines Passport is 950P within the country and $60 in the US. If you are in the Philippines, and are not in a hurry, it is best to avoid paying express service. The passport should take three weeks, or less, for you to claim it.

The Philippines Passport is good for a total of five years at this time. Nevertheless, according to INQUIRER and PHILSTAR, it’s still up for approval to add more years. The House of Representatives is “…seeking to extend passport validity to 10 years for adults and five years for minors.”

Claiming the passport

After the waiting is over, it will then be time to go pick up the passport. Be sure to bring the receipt, with a valid ID, and be dressed presentably. If you are not dressed decent enough they will not let you enter their office.

Once they see your receipt, they will find your passport. After the passport has been found you will sign for it and be on your way.

What now?

Now the heavy burden is over with, and all the red-tape has been avoided.

She can now travel but only within areas that her passport is allowed. She must also travel under the single name listed in the passport book. If she is not under the listed name or there is no CFO Stamp of approval on the passport, she could easily be denied the opportunity to travel outside the country. The CFO Stamp is to help avoid the thought of human trafficking.

The CFO Stamp and its purpose

To spot human trafficking or those who have been forced into a marriage is the purpose behind the CFO. Attending the CFO can be a way to meet others. By meeting others who will be moving to another country can help build a whole new circle of friends.

A CFO Manual can be found on their site. More detail information about the CFO, from a Filipina’s experience, can be found here.

Where is the CFO


Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Ave.
corner Osmena Highway (South Superhighway)
Manila, Philippines 1007
Telephone: (+632) 552-4700


4th Floor, K&J Building
#4 Don Julio Llorente St.,
Capitol Site, Cebu City 6000
Telephone: (032) 255-5253

CFO FOI People’s Manual in PDF format.

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