Since moving to and getting married in the U.S., the only updated forms of identification I have are my U.S. government-issued ID’s. My Philippine ePassport still reflects my maiden name, though not expiring till 2017, I would very much like to have all my documents reflect my married name. The Philippine Consulates used to offer “Passport Amendments” to reflect name changes, which are basically just stamps on your Passport Page. Now, the only way to change my maiden name to my married name in my PH ePassport is to renew it.
I have already filed for Report of Marriage just 2 weeks after we got married in 2013. There’s one problem left, it’s too damn expensive to fly out to my designated Philippine Consulate which is in Chicago!
Thankfully, Philippine Consulates routinely organize “Consular Outreaches” or “Consulates on Wheels” to reach Filipinos in major US Cities in order to provide Consular Services. I’ve monitored Philippine Consulates’ Facebook Pages and official websites and I’ve compiled all the information I could find here:
Make sure you follow your Consulate’s instructions and requirements for their Consular Outreach!
After stalking my Consulate’s (Philippine Consulate General in Chicago) Facebook Page for more than a year, in March 2015, they’ve finally announced their Consular Outreach Schedule. There’s a Philippine Consular Outreach on Saturday, August 8th, 2015 in Minnesota!
LUCKY! I’ve been waiting for this Philippine Consular Outreach since 2013. I missed both 2013 (by just a few days) and 2014 Consular Outreaches. Some, if not most, of these Consular Outreaches are “by appointment only” basis and some would announce (on their website / Facebook Pages) closer to time if they are accepting walk-in applicants. Consulates will require applicants to mail in their applications in advanced for scheduling purposes.
…And that is what I did! I had all the paperwork ready, and mailed it out to the Consulate more than a month ago. Just a few days ago, they’ve emailed and called (though I missed the call and they left a voicemail) to let me know my appointment schedule and my confirmation number for the Philippine Consular Outreach. The outreach details below are found on their PDF Flyer:
This particular Consular Outreach, however, has announced that they will be accepting walk-in applicants at 3pm as seen on their website.
Some of the Consular Services they are able to give are ePassport Renewals, Civil Registry (Report of Birth, Report of Marriage, Report of Death), Authentication / “Consularization” of Documents, and Overseas Voter’s Registration.
Of course, I would most definitely avail of all the services that are applicable to me. (Why not, right? I’m attending this Consular Outreach anyway and I don’t want to have to fly out to Chicago to get things done!) Since I’m already done with Civil Registry (Report of Marriage), I would be (as mentioned above) renewing my ePassport to reflect my Married Name, Have my NSO/PSA Marriage Certificate and CEMAR copies Authenticated (at least 1 of each; I will also discuss how I got these in future articles), and most importantly, register as an Overseas Voter for the upcoming 2016 Philippine General Elections.
Just one last note to every Filipino out there:
You still have time to register for the elections. Satellite Voter’s Registrations are also available at Malls! Surely, there’s no excuse for you to not register.
With that said, I’ll end this blog post for now and will blog once again after the weekend’s Consular Outreach. :)