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2015 Philippine Consulate General in Chicago – Consular Outreach in Minnesota (Part I)

By Erika Presson, August 6, 2015



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.

There are 3 major requirements for a Philippine ePassport Renewal reflecting your Married Name:

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:

 

Click HERE to check if there are scheduled
Philippine Consular Outreaches near you!

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.

Passport Renewal Requirements mailed in advance to ChicagoPCG | Philippine Consulate General Chicago: 2015 Consular Outreach in Minnesota (Part I) | ©2015 - onwards, ChicagoPCG.com, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

Passport Renewal Requirements mailed in advance to ChicagoPCG | Philippine Consulate General Chicago: 2015 Consular Outreach in Minnesota (Part I) | ©2015 – onwards, ChicagoPCG.com, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

…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:

 

Philippine Center in Minnesota
1380 Frost Ave., Maplewood, MN 55109
8 August 2015, Saturday
9:00am to 5:00pm

 

This particular Consular Outreach, however, has announced that they will be accepting walk-in applicants at 3pm as seen on their website.

2015 Philippine Consular Outreach Schedule from the Philippine Consulate General Chicago | Philippine Consulate General Chicago: 2015 Consular Outreach in Minnesota (Part I) | ©2015 - onwards, ChicagoPCG.com, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

2015 Philippine Consular Outreach Schedule from the Philippine Consulate General Chicago | Philippine Consulate General Chicago: 2015 Consular Outreach in Minnesota (Part I) | ©2015 – onwards, ChicagoPCG.com, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

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.

Overseas Filipinos (not just in the U.S.): If you care about our country’s future, please register as an Overseas Voter at your local Philippine Consulate or at scheduled Consular Outreaches.

 

Your vote matters. Don’t let it go to waste. Exercise your right to vote.

 

With that said, I’ll end this blog post for now and will blog once again after the weekend’s Consular Outreach. :)



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