OFWs work hard for their family and country. Here’s how passport renewal has become easier for our modern-day heroes. 
 
A valid passport is one of the most important official documents for an overseas foreign worker. It certifies your identity and citizenship and entitles you to travel under your government’s protection while abroad.
 
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has modified the passport renewal process for both overseas foreign workers who are in the Philippines and those currently living and working overseas. Know more about the procedure below. 
 
For overseas foreign workers currently in the Philippines
OFWs no longer need to schedule an appointment online through the DFA website. Instead, you can just go to the DFA NCR Central in Robinsons Galleria and go to the OFW Passport Renewal Center, a dedicated passport application center for OFWs. They process documents from 8am to 12NN. You may also avail of the OFW Lane or Priority Lane at DFA Aseana or at any DFA Satellite Office or Regional Consular Office.
 
Whether you are a seafarer or land-based OFW, you are required to renew your passport within 12 months of arrival in the Philippines. Here are the required documents for processing:
  • Seafarer
    Original and photocopy of the following:
    • Valid Seaman’s Book
    • Philippine Passport
    • SRC ID
    • Two valid government-issued IDs
       
  • Land-based OFW
    Original and photocopy of the following:
    • Valid Seaman’s Book
    • Philippine Passport
    • Two valid government-issued IDs

Here is a list of acceptable IDs for a passport application.

For overseas foreign workers currently abroad
If you are currently abroad, you must renew your passport in the Philippine embassy or consulate with consular jurisdiction over your current state or region of residence. Consular jurisdiction refers to the areas where an embassy or consulate provides assistance to nationals and services such as passport renewal, so make sure you go to the correct one.

You will need to set an appointment with the embassy or consulate and make a personal appearance, as they will be capturing your biometrics data and photo. 
 
Processing of applications takes longer abroad than in the Philippines. First of all, appointment schedules at the embassy or consulate are limited. Secondly, embassies forward applications to the DFA office in Manila. Finally, passports are printed and then shipped abroad by batches. Depending on where you are in the world, you may have to wait one to three months for your new passport. This is something you should keep in mind, so keep track of your passport’s validity and schedule accordingly.
 
Here are the required documents for processing:
  • e-Passport
  • Accomplished Passport Renewal Form
  • Two valid government-issued IDs

Fees for passport renewal
Depending on where you applied for passport renewal, fees and processing times are as follows:

  • Aseana and Consular Offices within Metro Manila
    • Regular processing (15 working days) – P950.00
    • Expedited processing (6 business days) – P1,200.00
  • Consular Offices outside Metro Manila
    • Regular processing (15 working days) – P950.00
    • Expedited processing (7 business days) – P1,200.00
  • Foreign Service Posts
    • Regular processing (28-60 days) - $60.00

There are additional fees for lost and mutilated passports:

  • Applications filed in the Philippines – P350.00
  • Applications filed overseas – prices vary depending on Foreign Service Post (contact Post for details)

For lost valid passports, there is an additional 15 business days clearing period.

Aside from proof of identity and citizenship, a valid passport allows OFWs to come home and visit the loved ones they sacrifice so much for. As our modernday heroes, they deserve the perks that make life easier for them.