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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

How To Renew your Philippine Passport and Change your Status


In this Article, I will be sharing my knowledge and experienced on how to Renew your Philippine Passport and Change your Status. I hope this will help you out.

If you want to finish your transaction early,then visit their office early in the morning.

DFA Office is open Monday through Friday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, except Holidays and scheduled office closures.



Passport Renewal Requirements:
 - Personal Appearance
 - Original Passport
 - Photocopy of Inside and Back Cover of the Passport

Change of Status (For Married Women, who wants to use the surname of their husband)

- Personal Appearance
 - Original Passport
 - Photocopy of Inside and Back Cover of Passport
 - Married Certificate in Security Paper issued by the NSO (National Statistic Office) or CTC issued by the Local Civil Registrar duly Authenticated by the NSO

Important Reminder:
 - For women, married to a Foreign National you need to secure the CFO Certificate from the  CFO OFFICE (Commission on Filipino Overseas) and present it to the DFA  before claiming your renewed passport.

Passport Fee:
 - Regular Processing (Epass)  - 25 Working Days
    P950.00 pesos
 - Expedite Processing - 15 Working Days
    P1,200 pesos

Procedures:
 - Photocopy your passport (inside and back cover) before going to the DFA
 - Secure and Fill up the Form (Get the form from Front desk or from the Guard)
 - Get a Priority Number
 - Go to the waiting area and wait for your number to be called for Verification.
 - Go to the Image Capturing Area for Photo Taking
 - Pay at the Cashier; don't forget to take your Payment Slip (It serves as your claiming stub)

DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) Office/Location
DFA Manila
 - 2330 Roxas Boulevard
   Pasay City Philippines
   (632) 8344000
DFA Cebu
   - Causing Lozada Bldg.,
     OsmeƱa Blvd., Cor. Lapu - Lapu  St., Cebu City
     (032) 256-3193 / 253-6798
DFA Davao
  - Ebro-Pelayo  Bldg., E. Jacinto St.,Davao City 
      (082) 227-3900 / 224-4885 

For more info about DFA Offices in other Cities and Provinces, please visit this page: DFA Offices in the Philippines
Visit Official DFA Website for more Information: http://www.dfa.gov.ph

(Please leave a comment if you find this article helpful. Thanks)

214 comments:

  1. Hello Sis,

    I think I found you on visa journey the name is also SpeedyKlat is that u also? Sis ask ko lng kung ilang days mo nkuha ang passport mo? tga davao din ako but I heard it will take 50 days now just to renew ur passport? I'm following ur blog Sis, thanks for sharing, this is a big help for us...God bless

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  2. Hi Sis...

    Yup, ako nga yun...I sent you an email regarding your concern.

    I am glad to know that this article helped you.

    God bless.

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  3. Hi, Im Mary and Im married to a American citizen. I want to renew and at the same time to change my status on my passport..but the thing is they want me to go to cebu to attend a CFO seminar because Im married to a American? is that really necessary just to change my status??

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  4. Hi Mary,

    Yes, the DFA required every Filipina who married to Foreign Nationals to attend the CFO Seminar even you only wanted to change your status. Because they assume that later on you will be migrating to the US to unite with your husband.

    You can go to Cebu and take the seminar. The CFO Certificate has no expiry. You will also need it when you apply for a visa to the US. CFO seminar is mandatory and you can't land on the plane without the CFO sticker stamp in your passport.

    I was in Davao that time when they required me to attend the seminar. Try to catch the Cebu Pacific airfare promos. :)

    God bless.

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  6. Hi Sis..

    Im Lovely i have marriage passport and it will expire on 2014..Gusto ko pong gamitin this year..Hiwalay na po ako sa asawa ko na foreigner almost 4 yrs..Kelangan ko pa po ba umatend ng CFO seminar just to change my status?Ayoko ko po gamitin Surname nya possible po ba ipa change status to my Maiden name?Ano po mga requirements at magkano po ang cost? pls i need your help regarding this..i appreciate your reply..thank and God bless..

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  7. i have marriage passport and it will expire on 2014 gusto ko pong magamit this year..hiwalay na po ako sa asawa ko na foreigner for almost 4 years..kelangan pa po ba ako umattend ng CFO seminar just to change my status?Ayoko ko po kc gamitin ang Surname nya..possible po ba ipa-change status to maiden name ung passport ko?? pls i need your help thanks and God bless..

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  8. Hi sis, do you have any legal documents na hiwalay na kayo? Like Divorce decree or annulment? If meron ka, you can go to the DFA and ask for their advice. I guess you don't need to attend the CFO seminar if you want to change your status to annulled or divorce or back to single. Because CFO is intended for emigrants who wants to migrate to other country. CFO seminar is basically educating the people who wants to migrate on what to do abroad if they are in trouble and other issues. So, if your mere concern is only to change your status single I guess they will not require you anymore. Try to contact the Department of Foreign of Affairs of what their advice for your case. God bless sis and ingatz....

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  10. Hi,my name is Ranessa Lyn from iligan city.I am on of the filipina who's married to a Foreign Nationals. This morning i went to DFA Cagayan De Oro City because i need to renew my passport and at the same time change my status. I am a newly wed.,last august 1 of this year. When i was in the DFA CAGAYAN, they told me that i need to go to CEBU CITY to attend a CFO Seminar because im
    married to a Foreign National.Gusto ko lang po sanang malaman kong ano po talaga ang lahat na mga requirements na kailangan po nila para madala ko na po ang lahat at hindi na po ako pabalik-balik sa lugar namin, at ang kompletong address sa cebu. Sa mga requiremets na nabasa ko dito ay curios lang po ako kong ano ba talaga ang kakailanganin nila. Sana po matutulungan po ninyo ako. Im planning this coming sunday po ako aalis dito sa amin at darating nang monday sa cebu.. Maraming salamat po and God bless.

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  11. hi iam rhea gongora hermosa nakapagpapassport n ko before at nakaalis n ko ng ibang bansa gamit apelyido ng asawa ko 7yrs n ko hiwalay sa asawa ko and maxpired n passport ko sa oct 2014 gusto ko sana irenew passport ko n gamit apelyido ng tatay ko back to single anu po b pwede ko gawin or kunin papers wala po kaming legal n usapan ng asawa ko pero balita ko ng asawa n sya ulit at nakasal so wat will i do para ma change surname ko old passport ko un lang po thanks



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  12. Helo
    Im filipina at married s us citizen. Gus2 q po mgchange ng pasport at status gmit ang apelyido nya. Kso and2 aq s hk..panu po b un
    Thanks

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  13. @ Ruby Hermosa - It would be better sis na consult any legal authorities... Kasi may record ka na sa DFA, then if kasal ka na dati you kailangan mo ng mga documents na hiwalay kayo. I am not sure lang about sa mga hiwalay if pwede ba makapag apply ng passport using their single name. I will make a research about sis and some inquiry. Will inform you....

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  14. @ Cherry Mendez - Punta ka jan sa Philippine Embassy jan sa may Central or Wan Chai ba yan. May place or office jan where you can renew your passport. Just inquire them nalang sis. God bless..

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  15. hi po ask ko lang po kung dapat my visa na ko bago ako magpalit ng status sa passport ko??

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    1. Hi,

      No sis, hindi mo kailangan ng visa para mag pa change status.. need mo Marriage Certificate, Birth Certificate mo, if may passport ka na dati in your single name bring it as well, then, CFO Certificate need din nila kasi foreigner hubby mo..... Message me lang if you have more questions.

      God bless...

      Speedy

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  16. Hi po Im married to foreign national then mag aapply ako ng renewal ng passport for change of status and surname ask ko lng po dun sa application form online ano na po ang name na ilalagay ko dun ung surname? ung sa huusband ko na po ba? or kung ano po nakalagay sa old passport ko na name? and yung purpose ng travel? Nka file palang po ung petition ko, ung pagpipilian po dun: Tour or Migration? Ok lang po ba na migration na ang ilagay ko for purpose ng travel? or bka hingan po ako ng proof galing sa u.s immigration? thanks andami ko po concern para po hnd po ako magkamali pagdating dun. Salamat po.

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    1. Hi,

      Yes, family name ng husband mo ang ilagay mo..Kasi mag-apply ka ng Change status....Tama ka, migration ang ilagay mo.... Then, before ka pumunta ng DFA make sure na attend ka muna ng CFO seminar and secure a CFO certificate para tuloy2 process ng passport mo.... Paphotocopy mo yung CFO Certificate, Marriage CErtificate mo from NSO, Original old passport mo, Birth Certificate at Passport Application form... Yung mga yun ang dalahin mo sa DFA... God bless....

      Message me lang if you have more questions... Also, regarding your visa process you can ask me question as well. God bless... I have a post regarding Visa Application for Spousal you can check it too....

      God bless..

      Speedy

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    2. Thank you very much for your reply. Nakatulong po talaga. God Bless and more power to your blog! :)

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  17. hello maam,
    I'm Phoebe Condeza O'Brien married to an american citizen..may katanungan po ako regarding sa passport, may passport ako sa pagkadalaga na hindi ko naman nagamit tapos married na ako last 2011,ichange ko siya sa surname ng husband ko. I know na the requirements my question is pwede kaya ako dito sa Cebu mg file ng passport ko? mga 2 weeks pa lang kami dito nakatira sa cebu with my husband pero taga mindanao talaga ako tapos sa DFA-Cagayan de oro ko nakuha yung passport ko sa pagkadalaga. Pwede po ba yun?
    Looking forward for your answer maam. Thank You!

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    1. Hi Phoebe,

      Yup, pwede jan ka na sa Cebu magrenew ng passport mo at mag pa-change status. Anywhere na may DFA pwede tayo lumapit at mag process ng mga docs natin. God bless at Good luck. Don't hesitate to leave me questions in the future even with your visa process.

      Happy Trails,

      Speedy

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  18. hello..
    ask ko lang about this cfo at nalilito ako. I was in dubai and had my passport amended nah, may tatak na ng consular officer that I am married to my husband. I want to renew my passport kasi and had it show my married surname. Do i still need to go thru this CFO seminar? thank you.

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    1. Hi Belle,

      I am not sure about the policy with regards to your case. Kasi if sa Pilipinas ka magrenew they really required a CFO certificate because they assumed that you will migrate to the US. You will still need a CFO certificate now or later especially if you want to go to the US. It is much better na tawag ka sa DFA or send them email for proper instruction sis. .. God bless..

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    1. Hi, anong year nakalagay sa other legal docs mo like birth certificate, etc.... I am not sure lang kung anong proseso ang gagawin sa maling info na nasa passport. Ang alam ko if mali ang info mo sa Birth Certificate mo at gusto mong ayusin, punta ka sa Hall of Justice... may form sila doon na kailangan mong i fill up at ipa notarized mo doon sa PAO (public Attorneys office)... Nakalimutan ko lang if magkano yung bayad.... Yung iba naman, na ayaw ayusin yung mga mali nagpapa late register sila.... I guess in your case, depende sayo if ano gusto mo gawin.. but make sure na magkapareho mga info mo sa passport mo at sa birth certificate at any other legal docs...

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    4. Honestly, di ko talaga alam papaano pag change sa passport. If mag-apply ng bagong passport hanapin rin kasi yung luma. I am not sure lang if may " affidavit of lost" I mean, wala kang isauli na lumang passport at apply ng bago ) if makikita ba nila record mo. TRy mo daw email or tawag ang DFA if ano maadvice nila... or any lawyers... God bless....

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    5. salamat po ma'am and god bless...

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  20. hello everyone!I am newly married & i am planning to renew & changing my status in the same time, what is possible requirements do i need to bring it? I am married to foreign also.I just read all post here so my concern & question is...Is it possible for me to change status even without CFO?If they needed that can i give to follow that certificate?

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    1. Hi Marivic,

      I would suggest to get a CFO certificate muna para tuloy2 process mo... Kasi required talaga nila ang CFO certificate to renew and change of status basta married sa foreign nationals.. Yung mga requirements were listed on my post sa taas.... God bless..

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  21. thank you another thing concern is sa CFO ba ang naka indicated ba sa pangalan ko ay surname na ng asawa ko o buong pangalan ko parin as a single once nakuha ko na ito?

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    1. In my case, family name ng asawa ko.. kasi yun nilagay ko sa application form.... you can use your husband's family if you want to change your status... besides you have your marriage certificate with you.

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  22. thank you so much, i am not yet leaving but needed to present it to DFA & allow me to change my status & i want to do it right kasi.God bless & again thank you!

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  23. hi! My name is Geraldine Bayarong. Married to a foreign national. ang concern ko lang po ay ung sa passport and CFO certificate and sticker po sa passport ko.. nakapag attend na po ako ng seminar last april 12,2013. ngaun ung cfo certificate ko kasi is ang nakalagay po married name ko na, pero ung passport ko po is ung single name ko prn. aalis na po ako ng bansa sa april 23,2013. makakapass through po ba ako sa immigration sa airport kahit magkaiba ung surname ko sa passport and CFO ko? please help! thank you!

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    1. hi Geraldine, para sure tawagan mo ang CFO... actually, di naman mag matter yun as long same name sa passport mo at sa ticket... tsaka don't forget to show your Marriage certificate if ever hanapan ka...

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  24. Hi ask qo lang ...ung passport q kc napakialaman ng anak q. Napilas at nasulatan ung second page 2016 p xpiration . Gsto q xa erenew pero gsto q sana gamitin n ung surename ng husband qo..pano po b gagawin q.matagal b proces pg ng change status aqo

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    1. Just follow the steps above.... mga 30 days yung processing..meron din earlier.. I forgot ilang days yun at magkano ang fee.. para tuloy process mo kuha ka muna ng CFO... God bless..

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  25. Hi just wanna ask im planning to get a passport but im getting married this coming november to my foreign boyfriend. Should i wait nalang ba na maikasal bago ako kumuha ng passport? Should i use my boyfriend's surname or akin pa rin ba gagamitin ko sa passport ko? Thanks

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    1. Hi Mary,

      I would advice/suggest na after wedding ka nalang kumuha ng passport mo.. PAra di mo na kailangan i ammend... After you get you MC fromNSO yun kuha ka na ng passport mo... God bless.

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  26. Hi may me alam po ba kng paanu ko irrenew ang passport ko even out of sratus na ko

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    1. hi what you mean na "out of status" ka na?

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  27. hello!I'm newly married to foreign also,just wanna ask bout passport.I renewed my passport still as a single yesterday,does it give a problem po ba when it comes my interview at the embassy?My husband applying I-130.

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    1. :( how come single pa yung name na ginamit mo? mas easy if married name na ginamit mo.. But it depends on you...But it is less complicated if family name ng hubby mo ginamit mo... Anong apelyido ginamit mo sa I-130 form?

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    2. I had hard time to get marriage authenticate.It say's after 3 months or 6 months could get it, so my hubby eager to have me renewal quickly as he suggesting me to renew it as single.He used my surname as single in applying I-130. Is it complicated or give it a problem on me?Thn'x for replying me...

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    3. ... Ah okay... In my case after 1 month I get married I requested a copy of our marriage certificate from NSO. Sino nagsabi na it took 3 - 6 months? By the way, oks lang yan kasi single naman pala ginamit ni hubby mo sa application. Yung single na family name mo ang gamitin mo throughout your application and the rest of the documents. Kasi yun na ang napagsimulang.. Kaya oks lang yan.. PAg-mag-attend ka ng CFO tell them na single name yung ginamit mo.... Oks lang yan.. Dito kasi sa US wala silang pakialam kung anong last name gamitin mo. Pero for marriage purposes and documentation mas okay sana last name ni hubby mo... Pero paano kayo nag-start ng process if wala ka pang authenticated na marriage certificate? Kasi need mo rin magsubmit ng marriage certificate from NSO sa petition nyo.. Kasali yun sa pagsubmit ng I-130 otherwise magka RFE kayo...

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  28. I have Marriage Certificate from Civil registrar and have also certified photo copy from original which i thought na tatangapin ito sa DFA for changing my status pero di nila tinangap kasi ang gusto nila authenticate from NSO, so nagpunta ako sa NSO, so sabi nila bagong kasal ako at after 3months or possible 6months bgo ko makuha authenticate sa kanila. Yung ginamit ng hubby ko for filing I-130 Photo Copy From the original of our Marriage certificate come from Civil Registrar here. Pwede ba yun?

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    1. ah okay.. okay lang yun.. accepted naman nila yung galing sa Civil REgistrar.....

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  29. hello sis ,,


    my name is gladys i am married to foreign national gusto ko lang po itanong kung anong requirements ang kakailanganin ko sa pag aply ng cfo certifacate at same time to change my status , yesterday i went to DFA legazpi to renew my passport pero ang sabi ng tao don sa office first i need to go to cfo manila to attent the seminar .naguguluhan po ako kung bakit kailangan ko pa i submit ang divorce paper and legal capacity ng asawa ko hnd pba spat ung marriage contract nmin? looking forward for ur answer ma'am

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    1. Hi sis...

      Basahin mo tong post about CFO.. Cebu nga lang to pero same pa rin yung mga requirements. About sa address, click mo lang yung CFO website para makuha mo address nila sa MAnila...

      http://valleyofcoconuts.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-to-get-your-cfo-certificate-in-cebu.html?showComment=1365986255597#c1700825534549393606


      OO, need nila ng kopya ng divorce decree if divorce asawa mo...tsaka yung kopya nga ng capacity to marry.

      LEave me a message lang if meron ka pang ibang mga katanungan.

      God bless...

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  30. Hi! I am to a american citizen. Ask ko lang, ano ba need dalhin para sa CFO seminar? And is it really in Cebu? I am from Manila kasi. And need pa po ba magpa schedule for seminar or kahit walk in na lang? And saan po siya sa cebu? :/ thank you po.

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    1. Hi,

      You don't need to go to Cebu. There's one in Manila.

      Check the CFO website for there address in Manila and procedures.

      http://cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1348:fiancee-spouses-and-other-partners-of-foreign-nationals&catid=140

      Thanks

      God bless.

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  31. hi,

    if i attended the guidance and counseling seminar when im still his fiancee, that means i'm using my maiden name in my GCC then we got married after a month..can i use the GCC in renewing my passport using my married surname?

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  32. Hi,

    I married a foreign national and i wanna change my status as well as my surname in my passport. Confuse ako sa change of status and CFO seminar. If aatend na ako ng CFO seminar dadalhin ko OLD passport ko at don nila ilalagay ang sticker?..or they will just give me a CFO certificate then the DFA will be the one to put the sticker in my new passport?.

    thank you. :)

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    1. Yes, dadalhin mo yung old passport mo... But for the mean time yung certificate muna ibibigay sa yo... Babalik sa sa CFO after mo magkaroon ng Visa. Tama ka, sa new passport mo ilalagay yung sticker.. Yun nga, after na may visa ka, doon pa ilalagay yung sticker.... God bless..

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  33. Salamat sa reply Oncetobeawriter..:)

    May God bless the desires of your heart!

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  34. hi everyone!!
    paano ba mag palit ng change status,,??
    kasi sa appointment system ng dfa,my nkalagay dun na new,renewal.or lost??alin cliclick ko??
    new,or renewal??
    sa 2017 pa ung expiration ng passport ko..
    gusto ko lang mag pa change status kasi married na ako sa husband ko na german citizen and meron na rin akong GCC na galing CFO.

    hope to hear your suggestion.
    thanks in advance!!

    Mrs.GG

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    1. Hi sis,

      Sa akin parang renew yung nilagay ko.. Bale February ako nag-apply nun tsaka April pa mag-expire passport ko...I am not sure sa appointment online... Pumunta kasi ako agad sa DFA office.... Email mo sila or di kaya tawagan....

      God bless.

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  35. hi po..married ako and surname ng husband ko ung nsa passport ko.. gusto ko sana papalitan from his surname to my real surname nung hndi pa kmi kasal..is that possible?paano ung mgiging proceedure if its possible..hope you can help me..

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    1. Hi MissA,

      Honestly, I don't know the answer about your question.. Usually kasi if gusto mong gamitin ulit yung Last name mo pagkadalaga, sa Pilipinas kasi it implies na you are single or divorce(annuled).... Dito sa US oks lang kasi wala silang pakialam anong last name gamitin mo... Possibleng hanapan ka ng legal documents like (divorced decree or annulment docs)..... I would suggest kontak mo directly yung DFA or any good lawyer na maka-advice sayo with regards to your case... God bless..

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  36. Hi, I want to know regarding the exemption on CFO. My husband is a USC and I also would like to change my surname to his.
    I have read that if you have resident visa from other country, you can be exempted to undergo seminar. I have resident visa in UAE and I am currently working here as an OFW.
    Have you encountered this before?
    Appreciate your help! Looking forward to reading more of you blogs especially with regards to spousal visa application.
    Thank you and more power.

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    1. Hi Thea,

      Where are planning to change your status(Passport)dyan ba sa UAE or sa Pilipinas? Kasi if dyan sa UAE hindi mo na kailangan ng CFO.. Kasi Pilipinas lang ang CFO.... Tsaka much better dyan ka nalang rin mag process ng visa mo sa UAE para mabilis... God bless.. Meron akong mga post with regards to spousal visa. If may tanong ka just leave me a message or a comment to any of my post.

      God bless.

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  37. Hello, uuwi kasi kami ng June sa pinas. so naisip ko lang doon mg name change, mas madami pa palang requirements doon. If dito sa UAE, hindi ko na pala need mg seminar.

    thanks sa info!

    tc

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  38. Hi, ask ko lang po if pwede ba ko mag renew / change of surname sa dfa satellite branches? Or need tlga sa dfa main branch? Thanks

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    1. Hi Gracie,

      Honestly, di ko alam.. Just call them para sure...

      Thanks for the visit.

      God bless..

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  39. hello po...may itatanung po ako.plano ko po kasi kumuha or mag apply ng passport.kaya lang po may problema ako sa birtcertificate ko,mali po ang spelling ng middle name ko.anu po bang dapat kung gawin para maayus to?kailangan ko pa po bang pumunta sa civil office of registry kung saan ako nakaregister pra doon magpabago?or may ibang paraan pa pra hindi na po ako bumyahe pabalik sa dati naming lugar kung saan ako nakaregister.
    thanks po.sana matulungan nyo po ako.

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    1. hi Glenda,

      try mo punta sa NSO at ask mo kung ano requirements para ma correct yung error sa BC mo.... USually kasi sa local civil registrar kung saan ka narehistro...pero try mo lang... try mo rin visit sa LCR jan kung saan ka now....

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  41. Kinasal po ako dti s japanese d2 po kmi s pinas kinasal,,2011 po nag divorce kmi ,,dec2011 kinasal po ako uli s asawa ko ngaun sa japan...2012 po ng January umuwi ako s pinas pra manganak ...aug 2013 nagsimula n po problema pagkagaling s dfa,,,hinihingan po nila ko ng divorce decree ng kasal po nmin ng dti kong asawa ,,kya e2 po magfile po kmi judicial recognition noong sept 2012,,,,inip n inip n po husband ko pti ako kc po lumalaki n po baby nmin d p natatapos ung s court,,,ask ko po may ibang way p po b pra mkaalis ako kc tgal po ng iniintay nmin,,,i mean pwede po b ko mag request s atty ko ng khit anong kasulatan pra ipakita s dfa n umaandar n nman ung kaso pra mkakuha lng ng passport please po pki advice po ako stress n po tlga ko d2 s pinas gusto ko n bumalik s japan pra magkasama sama n kmi tnx

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  42. Hi Maam..
    My name is sheila grace,,i was married to an american citizen,, at ngayon divorced na kmi ,,, i got my passport with my married name. Gusto ko ho sanang e change ang status ko ,,, i have the divorced decree already and.cfo. Certificate ,,, ask ko lng sana advice. Niyo ragarding on my case ,,,, thanks and God bless,,,

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    1. Hi Grace,

      Inquire mo ang DFA if ano requirements nila for your case. Besides, my divorced decree ka naman so baka pwede ka na mag change ng name to your single name dati.

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  43. Hi gudpm.. Muslim po ung husband ko and ako na din po.. Singaporean po siya.. Pero sakanila po kc kht married na hndi po cnusunod sa name ng lalaki, status lng po ang magbabago.. Gusto ko po sna palitan ung status ko sa passport as married at the same time ung muslim name ko na po sana ang gusto kong gamitin.. Do I need to go to CFO? Thnx po..

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    1. Hi Nurul,

      Yung CFO kasi para sa lahat ng mga Filipina na nakapag-asawa ng foreigner. So, pagdating mo ng DFA at nakita doon na foreigner asawa mo talaga ipaattend ka nila ng CFO.

      Try mo sila inquire.

      God bless

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  44. Kailangan po ang CFO pag irerelease naung new passport? Maraming salamat po sa info.. Godbless too..

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    1. Oo, in some instances di nila i proceed yung processing if wala ka pang CFO. Sa case ko kasi later on na nila na noticed na foreigner pala asawa ko.... Nasa loob na yung papel ko... Pero pag-release kinuha nila kopya ng CFO certificate ko..

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  45. Hi,

    Tatanong ko lang po. Me and my husbandgot married abroad, novemebr last year. Ngayon po, hindi ko na report sa phil embassy yung marriage namin. I was holding a student visa pero umuwi kami dito last march before it expired. I applied for a settlemnet visa and its still on process. I didnt change my name yet, and single pa rin yung status ko dun sa passport ko. Do i still need to attend a CFO seminar kahit na tumira na po ako dun sa labas for more than a year? One more thing, sabi sa CFO requirements na marriage certificate should be authenticated by the phil embassy/consul if married abroad, pero yung amin di po authenticated, kailangan pa po ba? Plano ko po kasi sana dun nlang sa labas mag change ng last name and status. ThNk u po.

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    1. Hi Mae,

      I will suggest na please send an email directly to CFO about your concern. As far as I understand even nakatira ka na sa ibang bansa for how many years they are still requiring you to attend the CFO Seminar. Even yung mga fiance Visa, need rin nila mag CFO kasi i -check sa airport yung CFO sticker na ilalagay sa passport mo... Kindly email them about your marital status if oks ba na kahit hindi naireport yung marriage nyo sa Phil Embassy. They will reply u ASAP naman if mag-email ka sa kanila.

      Hope everything will go smoothly with your visa journey. God bless.

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    2. Salamat po sa response. Na email ko na po cla mga 3 weeks ago pero wlang sagot, pati yung Philippine embassy ng UK wla din. Di nman ma report ng husband ko doon kasi nasa british embassy ng manila yung marriage certificate namin. Aantayin ko nlang ma release yung visa ko then il call CFO manila or cebu.

      Thank u po and God bless.

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    3. Ganun ba? Bakit kaya di sila nagreply... So, bale yung Visa na gagamitin mo pabalik ng UK sis is ibang type ng visa? Not Spousal? IF ibang Visa, baka pwede na walang CFO...Cge sis, hintayin mo nalang muna yung release ng visa mo...

      God bless.

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  46. Hi!

    I just read your blog and I would like to ask a question. I just got married and I want to use my husband's surname (change status). Is it possible to change my status yet still use the old passport because I need the visa that was stamped in my old passport. If not, what will happen to my old passport?
    Hope to hear from you.

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Yen,

      No, you can't use your old passport. But you can still keep it. But I am not sure lang if may valid visa naka-stamped if ano gagawin nila.. USually, bubutasan lang yung old passport mo, tsaka bigay rin naman sayo...Try mo mag-inquire sa kanila if ano advice nila, gayung may visa na naka-stamp sa old passport.... Valid pa ba yung visa or expired na?

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  47. Hi po.

    tanong ko lang po, kasal po ako sa foreign national last May 30, 2013.. at this time tomorrow ko pa makukuha yung marriage license namin, ask ko lang kung kailangan paba mag Agencyf pag nag apply ng visa for migrate?

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    1. Hi Marybelle,

      Taga-saan hubby mo US ba? No need an agency. You can do it by yourself together with your hubby.

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    2. autralian po sya. pinapatanong nya din po kung anu daw kailangan nyang gawin doon sa australia, kailangan nya po ba mag file ng petition don mismo sa embassy nila? maramimg salamat po sa reply, pasenya na late ko na nabasa, medyo busy po kase.

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    3. 12 hours po kase ang byahe papuntang embassy sa kanila, kaya po gusto nya isang lakaran nalang, pinapa e-mail nya sa akin lahat ng kailangan ko at kailangan nyang gawin.. sana po matulungan nyo po kami. mag isa lang din po kase ako, umaasa lang din sa pagtatanong-tanong.

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    4. Magreresearch ako ha? Sa pag-kakaalam ko jan ka na magprocess sa Australian Embassy sa Pilipinas.. Message mo ako if ano na status at update...

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  48. at kailnagn po ba mag attend muna ng Seminar bago mag apply ng panibagong passport as married? sabi din kailangan daw yung pictures nyo mag asawa habang kinakasal don sa seminar, e panu po kung walang picture?

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    1. Not necessarily yung sa kasal. Pero, bakit wala kayong marriage pic? Dala ka ng pics nyo together...

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    2. kaka delivered lang po ng pictures namin kahapon, kala nga po namin nawala na, nagkaroon daw kase ng problema sa printing kaya 3 weeks bago nabigay sa amin, galing po ako sa CFO kanina para mag pa appointment for seminar, pero sabi di na daw sila nagbibigay ng schedule, first come first serve nalang, Monday and thursday for Australia kaya po babalik ako don sa thursday ng madaling araw para maka abot sa 15 slots.

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    3. Hi Marybelle, sorry sa late reply. Sna oks na CFO mo.. honestly wala akong idea about sa pagkuha ng Visa to Australia..hayaan mo I will ask my friend who married a Filipina... Update mo ako, the progress of your application.. God bless..

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    4. Saan pala galing ang pictures nyo?

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    5. http://www.immi.gov.au/visawizard/#vw=%23a_results

      Yang link sa taas, ibigay mo yan sa kanya yang yung info paano ka maka-apply ng spouse visa.. yung sa right column....

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    6. Hi Marybelle,

      Kumusta na case mo? nakapag-CFO ka na ba?

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  49. Ask ko lang po kun halimbawa nagpakasal po sa foreign national ang babae tapos lumabas na ang visa nya,ppwde po ba na wag muna palitan ang status at surname nya sa passport nya at agad na umalis na sya papunta sa bansa ng napangasawa nya or kailangan talaga na palitan muna yun bago sya maka alis,

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    1. Depende kung saang bansa xa pupunta.. Iba-iba kasi requirements ng bawat bansa.. If dito xa pupunta sa US, walang problema.... Pwede naman kasi xang magpalit ng apelyido dito or pwede na nga hindi.. so Depende...

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    2. Sa japan po, ppwede b dun ndn magpalit or kahit ndi na magpalit? Kung ppwede po,pag punta po ba nya sa airport immigration anu mga kailangan nyang dalhin o ipakita pra di sya masita or whatever,thanks a lot

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    3. hi,

      Honestly di ko lang sure kung ano ang policy ng Japan... Try to call the Japan Immigration sis...

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  50. Hi,

    I am married and got separated for almost 18 years now. No communication at all. On my documents I an still using my married name. The problem is I have some properties not under my name because I don't want to use my married name on it. First I am an OFW and I want to change all my documents. Will it be so complicated to get a new passport using my single name??

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    1. Hi Anne,
      I will honestly say that your case is a real legal issue.
      First of all, you said you were married yet separated. In that case, if you will pull out your record from NSO it will appear that you are still married. In which, that NSO document is one of the requirements for you to submit to the DFA to get a passport.
      You are an OFW and I assumed that your passport is under your married name. In that case, you still need a submit a documents for change of status. In some point, you might get one but still it is complicated and will cause you problem in the future.

      I will suggest, file an annulment. It would be easier for you because you don't have any communication with your (ex)husband for 18 years. It might quiet expensive but I believe that it is totally worth it.

      But to make it sure, please ask an advice from a lawyer or contact the DFA or visit the nearest consulate abroad.

      Thanks for dropping.

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  51. Hi,
    I just want to ask, i got married last year and my boss wants me to go to China for a business trip but my passport is still bearing my maiden name. Do i have to change status or can i use my current passport and pretend to be single? Please note that i have changed my status in SSS and Philhealth.I just want to know if this will have legal implications and i am worried that it might cause me problems during my stay abroad..Please help.

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    1. Hi Kat,

      How long you will stay abroad? As far as I know, yung sa passport is okay lang naman as long as valid pa yung passport mo. Basta make sure yung name sa ticket mo ay pareho rin ng nasa passport mo. Hindi naman ibig sabihin na dahil gamit mo yung single name mo sa passport ay nag-pepretend ka na single.. :) nagkataon lang na valid pa talaga yung passport mo even after you get married.

      Pero kung ako sayo, para wala ka nang iisipin at hindi ka maguguluhan, ipa-change status mo na yung passport mo... :) 45 days lang naman at makuha na. Pero if urgent na kailangan ka na talaga umalis I believe it's okay to use your old passport....

      Kontak mo rin yung DFA Kat para cgurado talaga at walang aberya.. :)

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  52. good day. i married to an indonesian national last feb 2013 here in the phils. would it be possible to use my old passport which my maiden on it. because actually i am also processing an employment visa to australia and they had urgency with my documents actually my status have change already to married but i didnt use my husband surname (my husband has no problems on it).

    my questions are:
    1.if i can still use my old passport
    2. do i need to have cfo bec i married a foreign national


    thank you so much..

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    1. Hi Mae,

      It is still possible to use your old passport for employment purposes as long as it is more than 6 months valid. If you don't want to change your passport to your husband's last name you don't need a CFO. CFO is for migration purposes. Employment Visas has another kind of seminar before departure. I forget what they called.

      The answer is NO... you don't need a CFO if you will go to Australia for employment.

      You can ask the DFA as well just to make sure.

      God bless.

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  53. Hello... I'm Carolyn Bation and just got married last May 2013. I had my passport last year and I'm planning of getting another passport using my husband's surname. Do I need to have 2 valid IDs using my husband's surname or ok na kahit yong IDs ko lang nung single pa ako? Tnx and more power.

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    1. Hi Carolyn,

      Oks rin yung mga ID's na single ka pa.. dalahin mo kahit anong ID's ka meron kahit expired....

      :)

      God bless..

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  54. hi ask q lang ..single ung nasa passport ko ..lalake po ako maam pero mag papakasal kame this year and tapos pakasal aalis din papuntang canda...ok lang ba kung single ung nasa passport ko or paano gagawin dun? thanks

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  55. Hi Melvin,

    Sa Canada ka na ba dati? Walang problema sayo kasi lalaki ka naman di mo na need ng mag-adjust ng status... tsaka sa passport wala namang naka-indicate na married or single. Kaya oks ka lang.... Just make sure na valid at hindi pa expire yung passport mo.... No worries you're fine.

    God bless

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  56. hello po!im Sheila frm Davao. Maam na notice ko po na maganda itong blog nyo at fit na fit sa mga katanungan ko ngayon.

    naikasal po ako sa Denmark last July2,2013 pero british po yung husband ko, hindi po namin naipa authenticate yung marriage contract namin sa Phil. Embassy sa denmark kaya kailangan pa ipadala ng DFA yung marriage contract ko pabalik sa Denmark para ma acknowledge din dito sa Pinas.

    Magpapa change po sana ako ng marital status ng passport, ready po akong mag seminar to get CFO cert, kaya lang po isa sa requirment ng CFO ay VISA? Paano po pag wala pang Visa? kasi saka na po sana ako mag aapply pag yung passport ko ay nakapangalan na din sa husband ko.

    nalilito na po ako kung anong dapat unahin, patulong naman po :(

    floressheilajoy@yahoo.com.ph

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    1. Hi sheila,

      Nasa iyo na ba yung authenticated Marriage Certificate mo? Kasi mo hindi nyo napa-authenticate sa Phil Embassy sa Denmark.

      Kailangan mo munang ma-ipapaauthenticate yung Marriage Certificate sa Phil Embassy sa Denmark kasi doon kayo ikinasal. Kasi kailangan mo yung authenticated copy pag-seminar sa CFO....

      Nope, hindi mo muna kailangan ng visa pag-magseminar sa CFO.
      Certificate muna ang ibibigay sayo pagkatapos ng seminar.... Ipaphotocopy mo yung certificate at yun ang ibigay mo sa DFA pag-magpachange status ka.

      Pag may visa ka na, balik ka ulit sa CFO para magparegister at mabigyan ka nila ng CFO sticker (which is sa Passport mo ipadikit yung sticker)..... Di ka bibigyan ng CFO sticker if wala kang Visa....

      As of now, if nasa sayo na yung authenticated copy ng marriage certificate mo, pwede ka na magseminar sa CFO... Just make sure dala mo rin yung iba pang mga requirements.

      God bless...

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    2. magandang umaga po

      im joan nalilito na po kasi ako di ko po alam kung ano ang unahin kung ang cfo o ang pag renew ng passport kasal po kasi ako sa foreign national nitong june 2013 at nakakuha na po ako ng kopya ng mc namin may picture din po kami nung nag pakasal kami. Di lang po ako makapag process ng papers ko kasi di ko po alam kung ano ang unahin ko. sana po matulungan niyo po ako alam ko po kasi na nahihirapan na po ang aswa ko gusto nia na rin po sa akong sumond sa kanya sa mexico.

      bigyan nyo naman po ako ng advice para makasam ko na po ang asawa ko. ano po ba ang mga kailangan dalhin sa pag kuha ng cfo at paano po ako mag pa schedule ng seminar sa kamila dami po talagang tanong sa isip ko firstym ko lang po kasi ito kaya di ko po talaga alam ang gagawin ko. Wala naman akong mapag tanungan o mahingan man lang po ng tulong about my concern sana p matulungan ninyo kaming mag asawa.

      god bless po

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    3. Hi Jhoan,

      Thank you for dropping by here in my blog.

      Suggest ko sayo dahil need mo magrenew ng passport mo at tsaka married ka sa foreign national, uunahin mo muna yung CFO. Kasi ganun rin ang mangyari if pupunta ka ng DFA para mag-renew ng passport mo i require ka rin nila mag CFO. So, it is better na mag CFO ka muna bago ka pumunta ng DFA....

      May post ako with regards to CFO requiremets.... Click mo yung VISA guidelines sa taas xa ng blog ko left side.. Click mo yan at scroll down, makita mo jan yung post ko about CFO in Cebu.... same thing rin if sa Manila ka mag-attend...

      Leave me a message if meron ka pang mga katanungan.

      God bless.

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  57. Hi Oncewantobeawriter,

    Nung time sa interview mo, in private room ba kayo ng-usap ng consul or sa cubicle lang cla tapos nkatayo ka lang infront of her/him? Ano naman yong susuotin during interview? Allowed ba yong jeans and blouse with collar? Di kasi ako mahilig sa skirt. Wish to have your reply regarding my quiry..thanks a lot.. Good day and GOD bless..!!!

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    1. Hi Cathy, wala akong nakita naka jeans eh during my interview... Pwede naman slacks sis. Yes, nasa cubicle sis tapos nakatayo sa harap ng CO. Madala lang ang interview sis... :)

      When interview mo sis?

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  58. Hello day, salamat sa reply mo. Wala pa akong sked. On going pa ang process, its on Texas now. Hopefully next two weeks may responds na kami. Gather lang ako ng info para may idea din ako. ASK uli ako sa iyo sa susunod ha!,,salamat sa blog mo. It helps a lot. God bless and ingat day.. :)

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    1. No Problemo sis... :)

      God bless and ingats....

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  59. hi married na ako pro still using my maiden name.....and now malapit na uli akong mgrenew can I still renew my passport gamit ang apelyido ko?ano ilalagay ko sa status ko single or married? tnx:)

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    1. Hi Angel,

      Pwede naman.. Pero yung nasa status hindi ko sure if ano ang ilalagay mo kasi married ka na at may marriage certificate.

      Para sure sis, try to call DFA kung ano ang advice nila...

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  60. Hi po ng kuha po ko ng paaport anu po b dapt kong gawen gnito po kc un ang nk lgy n nym po sa paaport ko is jinna Lene po which is ng base po cl sa nso b.crtfcte ko pero since then po ang gmit ko is jinnalene pupuwde ko bng Maplitan un name at anu po ang mga step po to corrct it pls ans me po

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    1. Hi, sa pagkakaalam ko punta ka ng city hall at ask inquiry kung panno.. kasi may form yan na i fill-up.... punta ka sa city hall nyo sis....

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  61. hello po, im kimberly lopez, gusto ko lang isure kung need ko pa paappointment for change status or pwede na ako drop by sa alinmang dfa office, my marriage cert na ako galing nso, dko lang ksi alam kung magpapaappointment pa ako, what icclick dun ,sa new or renew? thnks alot po

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    1. Hi Jenver,

      Depende sayo kung magpa-appointment ka.. Para hindi ka na pipila. Pwede rin naman walk-in. Saang DFA ka? I mean anong city? Mas mabuti pa-appointment ka nalang.. yung sa new or renew naman, depende kung may old passport ka.... Kung may old passport ka at expire na, renew ka at mag change status....
      Para mas mabuti email ka or tawagan mo ang DFA sis... Sumasagot naman sila sa mga emails.

      God bless

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  62. I got married in U.S and green card holder, I'm here in Phils., I travelled w/ my maiden name passport, I filed LATE Registration of married, it's taking too long! & can't wait any longer, it's been 5 mos.Now I just renewed my passport still in my maiden name, my question is Do I still need to attend CFO? any advice pls? I would really appreciate any help, thanks!

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    1. Hi sis,
      Penitetion ka ba ng hubby/fiancee mo noon papunta sa US? nakapag-CFO ka ba dati? I need to know these things para masagot ko tanong mo...

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  63. Hello po ask ko lang po sana, kung magpapachange po ako ng status sa passport same po ba ang process,at ung working days na hihintayin gaya ng pagkuha mo ng passport for the first time and mas okay po ba na i will just change my status before ongoing po ang process ko sa immigration or after po? salamat po and magkano na po ba babayaran lahat lahat po? thanks po

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    1. Hi RAchel,

      As far as I know at based on my experienced same lang. Not sure lang nowadays, visit mo website ng DFA... www.dfa.gov.ph.

      Depende sayo kung gusto mo magchange status. Kung gusto mong gamitin ang apelyido ng asawa mo, mas mabuti na magpa change status ka muna before starting the visa process para pare-pareho yung nga mga record mo from the start.
      Check mo ang link sa baba.. May nakalagay jan if magkano ang fee at gaano katagal yung pagprocess.

      https://www.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/site-administrator/passport-information

      God bless...

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    2. hi notice q po mganda ung blog nyo fit n fit po tlga sa ktanungan q,
      i have a passport po s pgkdalaga ko will xpyr 2017 p po.Pero ngaun married n po aq nong july 2013 british po ung husband ko,i want to use my husband's surname ano po b ang dpat qong ggawin??pwd po p mgppchange status ng passport q s DFA lang??not in CFO??magssimula plang po xa mgpprocess ng petition this year please po i need ur help thanks

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    3. Hi Angeline,

      Salamat sa pagdaan sa aking blog. :)
      Kung gusto mo na magpachange status at dalahin apelyido ng husband mo in your passport required talagang mag CFO. Kasi, di i release or iprocess ng DFA ang passport mo in your married name unless may CFO certificate ka. So, first thing talaga is attend ka muna ng CFO bago pumunta ng DFA at magpachange status ng passport mo.. God bless..

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    4. hello po am so much thankful s response nyo,laking help po tlga to sken so now alam ko na what to do......GOD bless po,,

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    5. Hi Miss Angeline, ask ko lang nagtake kba ng test as a requirments for applying visa as a spouse to uk?

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  64. Hello sis
    Im married already worried Lang ako please help me kasal na ako ung last name ko ba dati na single pa ako un ang middle name na gagamitin kna at last name ng husband ko? Kc mag change status ako sa passport ung signature kba dati sa passport palitan ko din ba???? Please help me sis thank you so much

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    1. Oo, yun ang ginawa ko.. :) depende sayo, ako pinalitan ko na rin signature ko.. pagkatapos ng kasal, pinalitan ko lahat ng documents at signature din..

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  65. Thanks sis oo pnalitan kna agad ung middle name ko na ngaun ung ung last name ko tama ba? at nag changed signature na ako din kc ganamit kna last name ng husband ko.pero sis wala pa akong new id at d pa ako ng change status sa passport ko single pa din pero nag filled na ako sa form ko para ma process visa ko gnamit kna last name ng husband ko at new signature ko Ok Lang ba un mag change naman ako status nextmonth sa passport ko?please help me sis thank you so much and god bless :)

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    1. nagsubmit na kayo ng petition sis? sis, sali ka sa facebook group namin sis, maraming makakatulong sayo..

      Ito yung page sis.. https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyFriendsandIUSvisajourney/ see you there

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  66. Hi po i just got married to a foreign national 3 months ago, magapply na po hubby ko for I-130 pero worried ako kasi dipa ako nagpachange status. Okay lang ba na gamitin nya maiden name ko sa lahat ng forms na isasubmit. Or mas ok bang surname na nya gamitin sa forms while im applying for change of status and new passport? Ano po mas okay.

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    1. Hi Maureen,

      Honestly, I am not in the position to give you a legal advice.
      First question ko sayo, oks pa ba passport mo? I mean, when expiration nya. Actually, based, sa nalalaman okay lang naman lalo na if nakapagfile na ang asawa mo. Then, kung in the future gusto mo namang gamitin yung surname ng asawa mo, mas mainam na mag change status ka muna bago magprocess kasi kailangan mong isali yung kopya ng passport mo sa pag file ng I-130. Depende sa inyo, pero mas less hassle and less complicated kung tugma lahat ng info mo. Suggestion ko lang yan. At yan ang ginawa ko, so far wala akong naging problema sa mga papel ko. Mabilis lang naman ang araw. Meron namang 30 days sa pagkuha ng passport. Tsaka yung CFO, one day lang naman. Mas mainam na yung okay lahat ng dokumento mo.

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  67. yes i agree to : oncewantobeawriter,,,kc my ksamahan aq during counselling s CFO married nxa ung sa passport nya ung s pgging single p nya,pnchange status nya tlga khit nd p xyrd passport nya kc too hassle pla conflict sa ibang documents nya dmi hiningi s knya kaya gnwa nya is to change her passport into her husband's surname kc un din and advice s kanya pra tugma lhat

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  68. hello po am jane maac,, ask ko lang po panu mag change name sa passport mali po kasi ung middle name ko nung kumuha ako ng passport eh di pa sya corrected kaya ang nakalagay ung hermoso parin dapat po kasi hermosa,, ngaun po may correction na kaya kailangan ko po ng hermosa naman ang middle name,, panu po kaya process nun,, apply b ako ulit ng new passport?

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    1. Hi Jane,
      thanks for visiting my blog. Yung concern mo sis is legal matter kasi nga spelling yung mali. Mas maigi punta ka ng DFA at hingi ka ng advice kung ano ang gagawin para tama yung nasa passport mo.. Wag kang matakot sis, ask them a question.. :)

      God bless..

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    2. Hi ,ask ko lng,married po ako at american ang asawa ko,at green card holder po ako,ang problema ko po yung philippine passport ko nun single pa ako at ang gren card ko po eh pareho ng middle name,imbes na gamitin ko po yung last name ko nun single pa ako as my middle name sa greencard ang ginamit po eh yng middle name nun single pa ako,magkaproblema po ako pagbiyahe.salamt po

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  69. hello po,

    Ask ko lang sana po. Kasal po ako sa isang US citizen, kaso po mag wowork po siya ng less than 1 year sa China. Ang plan po namin eh kumuha ng visiting visa sa china muna tapos eventually mag apply po sa US. Ang tanong ko po, alam ko po eh country specific ung CFO seminar, ano po ba ang dapat ko attendan, US po ung sa other Asia Pacific Countries? Thank you po.

    Hannah

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    1. Hi Hannah,

      thanks for visiting my blog. Alam na yan ng CFO if saang country ka. Mas mainam na email mo sila para sigurado... ito website nila. www.cfo.gov.ph
      Nagrereply naman sila sa mga emails.

      Good luck and God bless..

      Speedy

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  70. Ask ko lng po if pwde po b na original copy of marriage contract or certified thru copy from local civil registry po dlhin s cfo as requirements for guidance counseling..kz yun plng po sng meron ko wla p po gling nso..tnx pi

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    1. Hi Jhen,
      Honestly, di ko na alam ang latest requirements nila with regards sa MC.. Sabi ng isang ka sis natin dito na di daw pwede. Dapat daw printed in SECPA... try mo call ang CFO or email. www.cfo.gov.ph

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  71. Good day!
    My name is Liza and recently married to a British citizen last April,i just wanna ask about the English test requirements? do you have idea what the test all about? And i'm planning to Renew my passport at the same time change status,Do i need to bring a divorced paper of my husband in his first wife? And regarding the change of status at teh same time renewal what appointment should i apply online? is it renewal? or do i need to visit to DFA personally? I have already 2 valid id's (tin and company) using my husband surname is that acceptable in DFA for my new passport? Thank you very much. godbless!

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    1. Hi Liza,

      First of all, salamat sa pagbisita sa blog ko.

      First tanong mo, hoenstly wala akong alam tungkol sa Englist test for UK.

      You just need a photocopy of the divorce decree for CFO.

      Renewal then use the info's in your application.

      During my time, I did visit DFA in person and apply (my advice, take the CFO first before heading to DFA).

      CFO requires 2 id's and you can present it to them.
      DFA needs your old passport, application form, marriage cert (NSO), CFO Certificate, payment and if you do, you can bring other legal documents as well such as birth certificate, etc

      You can visit DFA website for more info about online registration or appointment. www.dfa.gov.ph

      Visit CFO website too. www.cfo.gov.ph (If you are in Manila, CFO no longer accepts walk-in, registration must be made through their website.)

      Salamat rin and God bless.

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    2. Thank you so much..God bless you.

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    3. Another question please..when applying CFO online should i need to use my husband surname? and also to the DFA appointment. I'm confused. thank you again.

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    4. Yes, sis.. Kung plano mo ng mag change status at dalahin apelyido ng asawa mo kailangan mo ng simulan sa mga application kagaya nyan. Meron ka namang marriage certificate na magpapatunay na asawa ka nya.. hehe.. Ang sagot sis, oo.. :) God bless..

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  72. Okay maraming salamat talaga.. god blee

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  73. hi sis my sister is going to attend cfo seminar before changing her passport status,my questions are:
    1.ok lng po bah postal at philhealth lng yung valid i.d na madala nya?with regards nmn po kac sa ibang papers like nbi,voters affidavit,mc,and other documents kompleto na poh xa sa i.d lng kami nagdoubt baka kac di pde ang philhealth at postal.,.
    2. Saan ko poh pwede malaman and requirements sa pagprocess nya ng visa?australian po yung napangasawa niya.
    3.Okay lng po bah sa cebu xa magcfo kahit sa manila xa kumuha ng passport nya?
    4.and lastly sa pagchange nya ng passport status pwede bah sa cebu nlng nya gawin kahit sa manila xa nag.apply nito nung kumuha xa?.Godbless and Thank u poh.,.
    hope to hear from you soon kac plan namin pumunta ng cebu next month.,

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    1. Hi sis,

      Salamat sa pagbisita sa blog ko.

      Unang Tanong: Yes sis, pwede yan xa.. Di ba nasa kanya pa yung old passport nya? Pwede rin yun ipakita nya as her ID, pati yung NBI.

      2 - With regards sa pagprocess ng visa to Australia sis, honestly wala akong alam. Pero try kong tanungin yung kaibigan kong Australian, Pinay napangasawa nya at kung paano sila nag-apply.

      3 - Oo sis, pwede xa sa Cebu mag CFO.

      4 - Oo sis, pwede sa Cebu or kahit saang DFA Office.

      Ayan sis. Check mo lang ulit yung reply ko about sa Pagprocess ng Australian visa. Tatanungin ko muna yung kaibigan ko. US lang kasi alam ko eh.

      God bless rin sa inyo and take care.

      Speedy

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  74. kac nung nagpunta akong cdo dfa i ask if pde bah doon ko nlng ipa change surname nang sis ko kahit na sa manila xa nag.apply nung una kuha nya ng passport sabi nila di daw pede dapat daw kung saan kumuha ng passport doon daw dapat echange din .,.mas mamapagastos ka kac kami if punta pa kaming manila kaya nagtanong ako sau for 2nd opinion...yes sis nasa kanya pah old passport and 2018 pa nga magexpired nid lng talga nya echange yung surname nya gusto kac nang husband nya surname na niya ang dalhin ng sis ko.,okies sis i'll wait for ur reply regarding sa visa processing.,.,thank u so much for ur reply,.,Godbless

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    1. Hi Michelle,
      Xenxa na, di ko pa nakausap yung kaibigan ko.. Busy lang talaga...

      Sa tanong mo naman, mas maigi if kontakin mo yung DFA kung ano advice nila. Na kung pwede ba sa Cebu mag change status. Ito website nila. www.dfa.gov.ph

      Message kita as soon as makausap ko yung kaibigan ko.

      God bless.

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  75. hello sis,
    Good afternoon im Girlie Eldridge , also married to a American Citizen i just found your blog when im looking on google search for how to apply to change status of my phil passport, thanks god i think your blog could helped me a lots. I have a question sis, is it ok if i get renew my phil passport and same time change my status. Even if my passport will be expired by next year 2015. Should i have to change status to all my id photos.

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    1. Hi Girle,

      Salamat rin sa pagdaan mo sa blog ko.
      Ito ang mga sagot ko sa mga katanungan mo.

      - Yes, pwede mo silang isabay dalawa.. Pero basically, change status ka kasi 2015 pa naman mag-expired passport mo. SAbay na yan sila.To all your id's na i pa change status, depende sayo. Ano-anu ba yung mga Id's mo.. hehe. :)

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  76. and sis how about the CFO How could i start to get a CFO? do i need to get an appointment to go there and what should i have to bring when i get a CFO. Should i need to do first change status all my id's before attending CFO and getting a change status for my Passport using my husband name.

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    1. Sagot:

      Bago ka magpachange status mo sa passport mo need mo muna mag-attend ng CFO kasi required yan ng DFA kasi foreigner ang asawa mo. Need mo lang ng dalawang Id's pagpunta ng CFO. Kahit di lahat nakaapelyido sa asawa mo..

      Para sa mga requirements ng CFO: please visit my blog here:
      http://valleyofcoconuts.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-to-get-your-cfo-certificate-in-cebu.html?showComment=1399951073678#c9174262340412230049

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  77. hOping to your reply and thank you so much for response. god blessed you always sis. :-)

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  78. Helo poh.i got a lot of concerns poh about my situation.way back 2010 first timw poh aq mgkorea and dhil po bata aq nun my manager added 1 year on my real birthday so ang nsa passpprt q nuon ay 1990 but my real birth year is 1991..and then 2nd time ulet nagkorea aq using the same passport .and paguwi ko mg pilipinas ngdecide nkong mgrenew dhil mgeexpired na this coming septmber ing passport ko..ngdecide ndn aq na itama ung birth year q from 1990 to 1991..nagpunta aq nung march sa dfa at sinabi qnga icorrect na details sa passport q..so sinubmit q lht ng requirements and sinabhn nla aq pagawa aq affidavit of descrepancy sa attorney dfa so nagpagwa aq as isa sa mga requiremnt for my passport..and netong month of may narecieved qna ung bagong passport q with my real birth year on it..finally!.pero hnd poh nla binalik skin umg dating passport q..ang bngy lng nla is ung bago..so kelan lng dn pph na engaged aq netong june sa bf qng koreano..wer planning to get married on september..so since galing npoh aq sa korea nuon witj my old passport,ano pph ba mgging effect nito skn ngyon kng sakling makasal n kami ng fiancee q this septmber and apply for spouse visa?my old passpor is 1990 at twice poh aq ngkorea nuon..at now napalitan na ng 1991 at later on apply for marriage visa ano pph kaya ang mgyyri and ano kaya ang gagawin skn mg immigration about this?and papano pph ba kng mgchange status aq sa passport after nmin mkasal at mgseminar s cfo want to use his surname papalitan oh kaya ng dfa wh kaakissue lng skn mg passport q netong May?i hope and i really wish you could give me some advice thanks

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    1. Hi Jose Galpao,

      Greetings!

      I believed wala namang epekto yung old passport mo kasi latest naman tinitingnan nila. They don't care about the old ones.

      Sa pagchange status naman, pwede ka namang bumalik ulit sa DFA dala yang bagong passport at mag-apply ulit for change status. Kahit matagal pa yan mag-expire pwede ka mag-apply ulit for change status (dalahin apelyido ng asawa mo). walang problema yan.

      God bless with your visa journey. Take care.

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  79. hi sis..
    im so glad that I found this page..=))im melody my husband Is an American..we got married through proxy Marriage..because he is currently serving in Afghanistan..ask ko lang sana yung concern ko..yesterday lang kami nkasal ..and my hubby wants me to use his last name..so kailangan kong mapachange status..kailngan ko ba tlaga umattend ng CFO..kahit kakakasal lang namin? saka ano ano yung mga requirements na dadalhin ko kapag pumunta ako dun? please sis sana masagot mo toh..THANKS..

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  80. sis nabasa ko na yung mga requirements kaya lang yung isa dun parang naconfused ako.
    .Report of Marriage duly registered by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate or the Department of Foreign Affairs (if married abroad) then nabasa ko na yung husband ko ang kailangan kumuha nun..eh panu yan nasa Afghanistan xa ngayon...

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    1. Hi Melody,

      Tanong ko lang if saan kayo ikinasal para alam ko ano ang sagot.. :)

      Waiting for your reply.

      God bless.

      speedy..

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  81. Morning po sis,glad nakita q page mo dito. May concern lang AQ.married aq s using Australian citizen last year..then we decided n punta AQ dun this year with my kids..but my problem is my passport.ginagamit q kc yung apelyido ng dati Kong Asawa.hiwalay kami last 2003 coz nagkapamilya xa habang NSA I bang bansa AQ.and now NSA ibang bansa din xa kxma ang isa n nman nyang pamilya..gusto q sna magpalit ng apelyido using my own family name or my foreign husbands family name..ano po dpat kung gawin.bcert lang ng ibang anak nya dito s pinas hwak q yung anakn nya s ibang bansa d q nakuha kc dun n nanganak young girl..pls help..tnx and God bless us

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    1. Hi sis,

      You said married na kayo ng Australian spouse mo. It means, legally married ka na sa new husband mo....

      Pwede mong ipa-ammend passport mo sis sa DFA.. Change your Status. Bring your MC, old passport at iba pang mga document.

      What you mean, ibang anak nya sis? Anak mo rin ba?

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    2. Hindi po sis..anak nya s I bang babae.. Two kids s two different woman..pero yung nanganak lang dito s pinas ang nakuha q s nso n bcert yung nanganak s ibang bansa d q nakuha..what do u mean s ipa-ammend and what kind of other documents.. Thank u so much s reply mo sis its really a big help.

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    3. HI sis,

      Kung hindi naman ikaw yung guardian ng mga bata di mo kailangan ng mga birth Certificate nila. Isa di mo naman sila isasama papuntang Australia di ba? kasi anak nya yun sa ibang babae at wala sila jan sa yo.. Ammend sis, yung ipa-change status mo yung passport mo sis.. Dahil kasal naman kayo ng Aussie husband mo, pwede mo gamitin apelyido nya.. Dalahin mo old passport mo, marriage certificate nyo, birth certificate mo, id's,.. kasal ba kayo nung ex mo? kung yes, annulled na kayo? sagot, yes yata, kasi naikasal ka na eh sa foreign husband mo.. kung may annulment paper ka rin, dalahin mo na rin...

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    4. Kasal kmi nung Una qng husband sis pero wla kaming record s NSO ndi naiforward daw pero meron kaming record s province nmin n nkakuha kmi ng marriage liscence..kc nkakuha AQ ng senomar q s NSO n wla aqng record..pero nung nag abroad AQ last 2003 ngamit q apelyido nya kc agency nag ayus ng passport q. So annulment paper wla po aq

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    5. oks lng yang walang annulment sis, . pa change status ka nalng kung gusto mo..

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  82. Hi sis.. Can you pls give me a piece of advice in processing a I-130 visa application? We got married last May 31,2014.. And my husband planning to petition me as soon as possible.. Can you give me some tip? Thanks a lot.. Godbless

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    1. Hi Jing2,

      First question: Are you planning to use your husband's last name? If Yes, You need to wait another month to get a copy of your Marriage Certificate from NSO... Pero if sa Manila ka, baka mas mabilis... IF sa Province kasi, mostly more or less after a month. Then, attend ka ng CFO and change status ka ng iyong passport.

      I have a post here on my blog of what documents to submit in filing the I-130. You need your Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate from NSO or duly authenticated (para safer mas maganda from )NSO, etc....

      Feel free to PM me kung ready na MC mo...

      God bless...

      As of now, you or your husband can gather other docs... BC nyo, photocopy ng front page ng passport nyo, passport size photo ( 2 pcs - each of you), picture nyo together, hotel and restaurant receipts, airline tickets,

      Yung form ng I-130 makikita sa www.uscis.gov.ph...

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  83. Thank you sis.. Pde bng ung name ko nlng gamitin nya sa pgfile ng I-130? Kc sa province kme kinasal.. Sbi nila it takes 4-6moths bago dw maregister sa nso ung MC nmn.. Pro ano mas better ill use my surname or his surname?

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    1. Depende talaga sayo sis kung anong apelyido gagamitin mo... Less hassle kung sa lahat ng docs pareho lahat apelyido mo.. Oo, pwede yung apelyido mo gamitin sa sa pag-file pero kailangan mo rin ng Marriage Certificate na isubmit to USCIS.. Sabi nila oks naman yung galing sa LCR, pero para safer mas maganda yung galing talaga sa NSO... sa Iloilo kami ikinasal, after 1 month nakuha ko na yung NSO Marriage Cert ko.. It worth the wait... Ako apelyido ng asawa ko ginamit.. Ganda nga ng apelyido ko pagkadalaga eh,,,hehe.. Kaso mas gusto ko apelyido ng asawa ko dalahin ko para mag-asawa talaga..lol..

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  84. Gud am po mam,so happy n Nikita KO po blog nyo.may mega issues lang po ako s pagchange ng surname.married po ako s first husband KO with 2kids.but he died last 2012.nagpkasal po ulit ako last year s isang foreigner. Gusto po ng Asawa KO at in-laws KO n magmigrate kami sun.may passport n po ako pero s apelyido ng first husband KO and it will expire on 2015.gusto KO po SNA magpachange n gagamitin KO apelyido ng husband KO ngayun.pano po gaga win KO?yung name po ng Una Kong Asawa may gumamit daw n kamag anak nya n nag abroad.. Mlalaman po b yun?hoping po s advice nyo.thank you po.

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    1. Hi Trisha,

      Pwede ka naman mag change status/renew ng passport mo kahit 2015 pa ang expiration.
      Pero bago ka pumunta ng DFA, mag-attend ka muna ng CFO seminar, kasi required yun ng DFA if foreigner asawa mo....

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  85. Sis kumuha ako ng endorsement sa registrar office sbi less than 1 month makukuha na ung MC nmn sa NSO.. Agad agad b kylngan na ung passpost ko sa pgfile ng husband ko? Tnx

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    1. Hi Jing,

      Oo, isa sa mga requirement/s yung front page photocopy ng passport sis. Madali lang yan, Just wait for another 2 months hanggang magka passport ka. It worth the wait...

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  86. Hi sis. Mgfifill up na ako ng g325a so ung surnme na ng husband ko ilalagay ko since mgpapachange status nmn ako sa lahat ng documents ko.. Ano b mga important documents na kylngan ipachange status sis? Bka kc my mkalimutan ako.. And ung info ng parents ko sa g325a form sis maiden name lng tlga ng mother ko kylngan sa info nya? And sis ng Aral kc ako sa baguio ng college pro pabalik balik dn ako pg bakasyon sa house nmn sa province kylngan pb ilagay ung address na nirentahan nmng apartment nun? Tnx

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  87. I lost my passport and at the same time want to change to my husband's last name. Should I apply for new, renew or lost passport?

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    1. Hi Jandc,

      As far as I know, you need to get an affidavit for your lost passport. You need to bring it to the DFA. It would be better if you ask advice from them of what you are going to do... www.dfa.gov.ph.

      God bless..

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  88. Hi mam! Can i still used my married name even if we are annuled?

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    1. Kasi lahat ng legal documents ko like govt papers under his last name. Pwede ko ba ipagpatuloy yung last name niya kasi wala nmn na ako plan to get married. Ok lng ba yun gamitin ko last name niya khit annuled na kami

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    2. Hi Vanessa,

      Sorry tagal ko nakareply.

      Sali ka sa facebook group namin. MAraming tutulong sa iyong mga katanungan..

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyFriendsandIUSvisajourney/

      See you there.

      God bless..

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    3. Hello sis tanong ko lang anu requirements para sa tourist visa I'm married to Australian national sana matulungan mo ko.salamat GodBless

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    4. Hi Aiza,

      Paxenxa na talaga wala ako maxado alam tungkol sa tourist pa- Australia, US lang talaga alam ko...

      God bless..

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  89. hello .. I'm clarisse.. married to a japanese national.. tanung kolang po kpag ba spouse visa ang kukunin may interview pa po ba yun at anu anu po ang tinatanung ? katulad padin po ba ng CFO ?
    1st time ko kasi..
    salamat sa makakasagot :)

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    1. Hi Clarisse,

      Paxenxa na talaga ha, pero di ko talaga alam ang proseso ng visa application para Japan... :(
      US lang alam ko... I am sorry.. God bless...

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  90. Hello, Sis,
    Ask ko lang, yun po bang Report of Marriage and Registration of Marriage ay iisa lang??

    And then about sa change status and change name or surname sa passport, kaylangan pa po bang ireport sa embassy na nag change name na sa passport?

    Thanks.

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    1. Hi sis,
      Sa pagkaka-alam ko yung Report of Marriage is yung: example sa abroad kayo ikinasal tapos sa Pinas kayo magprocess ng visa.. Need ireport yung marriage nyo jan sa Pinas. Yung Registration of Marriage naman is magpaparehistro ng kasal.

      Second tanong: Ikaw ba ang ba ang magpa change status sis? Nasa Pinas ka ba ngayon? Kung sa Pinas ka ngayon, no need na sis.

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    2. Hi sis, salamat sa reply, pauwi p lng po ako ng pinas dis month, and plan ko na sna palitan yung status at surname ko kc married na din ako sa foreign, mag change name na ko, hindi ko na ba kailngan magreport sa embassy?

      2nd Q: duon po sa Cfo, kapag nag fill up po ako don, surname na rin po ba ng asawa ko yung ilalagay ko?

      Thanks po ulit.

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    3. Hi Casandra,
      Kung abroad kayo ikinasal need nyo ireport ang inyong kasal sa nearest Philippine Embassy. Tapos, bago ka mag change status mag-attend ka muna ng CFO.

      Second: Oo, pwede na surname ng asawa mo ang ilalagay mo sa mga form kasi may marriage certificate ka naman.. But make sure to report it and mairecord sa NSO.

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  91. Thank you sis. Gaano ba katagal bago makuha ulit ang passport with the change name and status.

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    1. Depende sis sa fee.. sa time ko dati, 1200 yata yun for 30 days.. Sis, join ka facebook group namin.. Maraming makakatulong sayo sa visa process mo or sa mga katanungan mo.. Minsan kasi tagalan ako makareply...

      ito yung link sis..https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyFriendsandIUSvisajourney/

      see you there..

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  92. Sis my expiration ba ang Cfo certificate?

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    1. wala sis.. basta wag mo lang iwala.. need talaga yan pagkuha ng CFO sticker..

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  93. Good afternoon po
    hello po ate..ako po ay married last july 15 this year.. gusto ko po mag renew ng at nakapag appointment na rin po ako,, Question ko po ate ang nilagay ko po instead na miggartion eh tou po sa application nila.. kasi po ang asawa ko ay nag wowowrk po sa Dammam Al khobar every 6 months and he's company gining him a vaction for 1 month he is a Turkish Nationality,, ask ko lng po ate if ok lng po ba at wala magiging prob s DFA if NOT miggration ang nilagay ko.. second question po ate.. regarding po sa CFO na attend n po ako sa kanila at my Certiffication narin po,, kaya lang po at that time i used my last name kasi po hinde pa po kami kasal nung time na ng attend ako sa CFO.. hinde po ba ko magkkaron ng prob regarding sa Certification ko ate pls po help me to answer my question... Maraming Salamat po.. malking tulong po talaga ang ang site na to para sa mga kagaya kong nakapag asawa ng foreigner,,
    God Bless you Ate.. Thanks alot

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    1. Hi Laarni,
      About sa DFA (not immigration), honestly, di ko talaga alam. Pasensya ka na, di ko alam. Pero sasabihin naman nyan sayo eh, during your appointment, pagpunta mo mismo ng DFA. Mabuti itawag mo sa kanila, para may peace of mind ka.. :)

      Last name mo nung single ka pa ang gamit mo sa CFO, anong nakalagay sa passport mo? Single name mo ba or married last name mo?

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