Every Filipino newcomer or immigrant has an important question to ask at some point: how to renew the Philippine Passport in Canada?
Because personal appearance is required, you can renew your passport in the Philippine Consulates in Toronto or Vancouver or wait for the consular outreach program in your province.
If you choose or thinking of renewing your passport in Vancouver, this two-part post is your guide.
The Steps on How to Renew Philippine Passport in Vancouver
Note: The Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver serves residents of Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, and Yukon.
- Check the requirements of passport renewal.
- Schedule your appointment online.
- Choose your mode of transportation (stick to your budget): bus, car, or airplane.
- Submitting all the documents.
I shared all the tips in detail to help you successfully reach your destination and goal by avoiding common mishap of a first-timer renewing a passport in the immense, busy city of Vancouver.
Feel free to skim, skip, and take notes of important information.
Step1: Completing All the Requirements
Remember to check first the requirements before proceeding. You don’t want to let a single required document you have yet to get from the Philippines to hamper your trip and delay the renewal in days or months. Quite scary and it could happen to anyone.
Common Requirements for Philippine Passport Renewal
- Original and photocopy of the passport (data page, the page with photo and personal information).
- Accomplished e-Passport application form.
- Original and photocopy of one of the proof of identity: permanent resident card, work permit, tourist visa, or dual citizenship certificate.
- Self-addressed envelope (available in post office). It is used to mail back the new passport to your address.
- Passport renewal fee: pay an exact amount of $81.00 in cash or by money order/bank draft payable to the Philippine Consulate General.
Note: Photo is not required. (You will be photographed at the office.)
Visit the Q & A page for the complete list of requirements and for other cases such as changing name and passport renewal of minor.
Step 2: Booking an Appointment Online
By this time you should have decided the day of your trip. Be patient in booking online since it will take some time; refrain from unnecessarily refreshing the page (or wondering in other websites).
- Check the available dates. Click any of the dates with white background (still available) to book an appointment online. You can book 90 days prior to your chosen date.
- Select appointment time by clicking the time with white background.
- Selected appointment information is displayed and you will be prompted to log in as new or returning user. New user has to register and provide personal information. It only takes a few minute. Note: Registration and confirmation email are sent to the email address you have provided so make sure you have access to that account. If you can’t find the confirmation email, check the spam folder.
- Print the confirmation email. You have to present it at the front desk to confirm your appointment.
You may choose to cancel your appointment if by any chance you wouldn’t make it. Do so a few days before so that others can grab that spot.
Tip: Do you have free time and wish an earlier appointment? Well, you can. To keep you in company, watch your favorite show or read a book with laptop by your side. Book an appointment by refreshing the webpage every now and then. Depending on the circumstances, you can grab a spot as early as 2 days or a week later.
How was your experience booking online? It may seem daunting but it’s simple and easy. The challenges are yet to come in steps 3 and 4 found in the Part 2 of How to Renew Philippine Passport in Vancouver. Part 2 includes traveling (which can turn into a nightmare) and submitting all the requirements.
Refresh . . . refresh.
If you missed booking online for the outreach program and you’re on a tight budget . . . there’s one more left to do.
Click the refresh button (as often as you can) on the online booking. Occasionally some of the days will be opened for booking (white box) an appointment a week or a day ahead.
Unfortunately, this tip only works for online booking for PCG Vancouver and probably not for the outreach program. On the bright side: it worked on me and maybe on you too!
Head on to the Part 2 of this post to find your way in Vancouver and complete the steps three and four.
Photo Credit: By Nixenzo at en.wikipedia [Public domain or Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons