Last month, I wrote the blog post Philippine Consulate General in Calgary: Services Offered to announce the good news to all the Filipinos in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
But there’s not much information about Philippine passport application back then.
I decided to write a post focusing on how to renew Philippine passport in Calgary; I’ll keep this post updated as soon as any changes are made.
On July 4, 2016 the Philippine Consulate General in Calgary started providing the following passport-related service:
- Philippine passport application (new)
- Philippine passport renewal
- Philippine Consulate in Calgary: Services Offered
- Get a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) at PCG in Calgary
Don’t plan yet your visit to the PCG Calgary; make sure to read the rest of the post.
How to Renew Philippine Passport in Calgary
I was fortunate to receive a copy of the press release of the Consulate from Centre for Newcomers of Calgary that offers various immigrant services.
I used to spend my weekends at the centre. (FYI: caregivers in Calgary should take advantage of the programs offered by the centre. It’s also a great place to meet new friends. )
So I digress a little. But let’s focus now on getting the passport.
Step 1: The applicants from Alberta and Saskatchewan has to book an online appointment to get or renew a Philippine passport.
Step 2: Go to the Philippine Consulate General in Calgary. DO NOT arrive at the office building before 9:00 AM so you don’t have to wait at the lobby for the opening of the Consulate.
Arrive at the Consulate as a walk-in passport applicant. Reminder for walk-in applicant: Arrive at the Consulate soon after it opens at 9:00AM to list down your name on the walk-in applicants list. The number of walk-in passport applicants will be limited to fifty (50) per day. Twenty from Calgary and thirty from outside Calgary. Walk-in passport applicants from Calgary are not accepted on the first and last work days of every work week.
The Philippine Consulate General in Calgary is asking for consideration because one machine is available to handle the passport application. Here’s a good news: four machines will soon be added.
Note: The Consulate will also conduct consular outreach program in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Check the Consular Outreach Schedule.
Step 3: Submit complete requirements.
- Accomplished application form
- Original and photo copy of the data page of e-Passport
- Original and photo copy of any of the following: valid Canadian Permanent Residency card, valid visitor visa, and valid work permit
- Processing fee of C$ 81.00
Additional requirements are required if there’s a change of name or renewal of passport for minor applicants, dual citizens, etc.
Step 4: Pay the fee in cash.
Step 5: Have your photo taken. Be mindful of the clothing requirement.
Step 6: Get the new passport at the Consulate or bring self-addressed stamped envelopes if you want to receive the passport through mail.
Check online if your passport is ready to be picked up. Enter your first or last name in the search box. Paalala: Kung ayaw niyo na mag-antay ng matagal at ayaw niyong palispasin ang oras sa Internet gamit ang phone data, magpa-appointment. Uunahin muna ang may mga appointment kahit nauna pang dumating ang mga walk-in applicant.
The setup is not what we have expected but change is good, thought bit by bit.
Maybe in the future we can expect an online registration similar to the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver. For now, the best reactions we can show are gratefulness and consideration. (Remember it’s been a long . . . long . . . wait.)
What to Do in Times of Urgency
If you have to travel and your passport will expire for the next six months, you don’t need to have a new passport right away.
You can go to the Consulate office and get a signed travel documents that will allow you to leave and re-enter Canada without worrying.
Philippine Consulate General in Calgary
Address: Suite 920, 517 1oth Ave. SW Calgary, Alberta T2R 0A8
(Centre 10 Building, corner of 4th and 5th Street)
Tel. No. (403) 455-9343, (403) 455-9457, (403) 455-9483, (403) 455-9346
After Work Phone: (587) 577-1524
Office Hours: 9am to 4pm
Website and Facebook Page of the Philippine Consulate General in Calgary, Alberta
Do You Have Any Questions?
If you want to ask passport-related question, be reminded that the consulate can receive phone calls between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm from Monday to Friday. Another way to reach out is by sending email.
- Clarification on requirements
- Follow-up on passport release
- Other passport concerns
Phone: (403) 455-9346
Passport Appointment (only)
Phone: (587) 577-1524
Resource: Pinoy Times newspaper
My Trip to PCG Calgary
Because I am that curious, I decided to figure out how to go to Centre 10. I took the C-Train to go to the PCG Calgary and get off at 4th Street SW.
I crossed the street towards the Holt Renfrew (corner of 7th Avenue SW and 4th Street SW) and walked ahead all the way to 10 Avenue SW.
It probably took me 10 minutes of walking to get to Centre 10. I would have been faster if I’m not taking photographs along the way. The downtown is constantly changing with all the constructions going on.
I commend the staff of the Philippine Consulate General in Calgary for all the efforts. The application process may not be the ideal method but we are getting there, making small steps.
As Lao Tzu said “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Let’s make do of what we have.
How’s your trip and application? We love to know your Philippine passport renewal experience in Calgary.