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Hi All,

My husband's ROC application just got recently approved and we are so stoked because anytime now, we will be receiving his 10-year green card but unfortunately, we are facing some kind of problem.

He will be traveling to the Philippines to attend his brother's wedding (he is the bestman) on April 30th and will be coming back to the US on May 27th but his Philippine passport will be expiring on October 26th this year which means that the validity of his passport is less than six months upon departure and arrival both to the Philippines and the US.

Since he has a Philippine citizenship, we thought that he will not have a problem entering his home country with a passport valid for less than six months. When his best friend from high school who now works in Singapore found out about his trip to the Philippines, the best friend asked if he could make a side trip there for a couple of days and since he's never been there before, we bought his ticket to Singapore yesterday. While talking to the agent, we found out that his passport needs to be at least six months valid so he can enter Singapore. How true is this?

Also, is our assumption right that he will not have a hard time at the airport to enter his home country? How about coming back to the US?

We went to the Philippine Consulate (Los Angeles) website to gather some information about passport renewal timelines and it says renewals take about 8 to 10 weeks which is going to be too late for his April 30th departure. Is there an expedited process for Philippine renewal at this consulate?

Sorry for all these questions but right now, we are both in limbo on what to do. Please give us some advices all you knowledgeable and reliable VJ people.

Thank you in advance!

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ROC JOURNEY

09/30/14 (Day 00) - Application for I-751 Submitted

10/01/14 (Day 01) - Delivered

10/03/14 (Day 03) - Check cashed

10/04/14 (Day 04) - NOA1 (dated 10/01) Received

10/08/14 (Day 08) - Biometrics Appointment Letter for 10/22 Received

10/22/14 (Day 22) - Biometrics Completed

03/10/15 (Day 161) - GC Production Text and Email Notification Received

03/14/15 (Day 165) - Received I-751 Approval Notice

03/16/15 (Day 167) - Received text and email notifications that GC has been mailed

03/19/15 (Day 170) - RECEIVED GREENCARD! WOOOOT!

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***Moved from Working & Traveling During US Immigration forum to Philippines regional forum; topic is about Philippine passports.***

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Singapore does require passport validity of at least 6 months upon entry: http://www.ica.gov.sg/page.aspx?pageid=95&secid=94

If he wants to visit Singapore, he'll need a new passport.


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June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
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If he has 6 months left when arriving Philippines then he can head on over to DFW and renew his passport. Expedite service is available and takes about 10 days. Sooner if you have it done in Manila. After that there are no concerns what country he travels to.

http://manila.passport.com.ph/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Philippine-Passport/206073122778369

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CB8QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.state.gov%2Fdocuments%2Forganization%2F87474.pdf&ei=zK0EVdmyKoGigwT2iIPQCA&usg=AFQjCNErfCGE56WlbJK1yLU_rQrO8lUZqA&sig2=48sO4q0HXYYdHuux7LnjAQ&bvm=bv.88198703,d.eXY

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TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

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NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

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please do try to check with the consulate, if they can just extend the validity of the passport, like having a 1 year extension then you can just have the passport renewed upon his return. goodluck.

Thank you. Yeah, he will go to the consulate this Monday to see if there's an expedited service. If not, then he'll just have to apply for the extension. Hope the extension timeline is way shorter than renewal.


ROC JOURNEY

09/30/14 (Day 00) - Application for I-751 Submitted

10/01/14 (Day 01) - Delivered

10/03/14 (Day 03) - Check cashed

10/04/14 (Day 04) - NOA1 (dated 10/01) Received

10/08/14 (Day 08) - Biometrics Appointment Letter for 10/22 Received

10/22/14 (Day 22) - Biometrics Completed

03/10/15 (Day 161) - GC Production Text and Email Notification Received

03/14/15 (Day 165) - Received I-751 Approval Notice

03/16/15 (Day 167) - Received text and email notifications that GC has been mailed

03/19/15 (Day 170) - RECEIVED GREENCARD! WOOOOT!

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If he has 6 months left when arriving Philippines then he can head on over to DFW and renew his passport. Expedite service is available and takes about 10 days. Sooner if you have it done in Manila. After that there are no concerns what country he travels to.

http://manila.passport.com.ph/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Philippine-Passport/206073122778369

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CB8QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.state.gov%2Fdocuments%2Forganization%2F87474.pdf&ei=zK0EVdmyKoGigwT2iIPQCA&usg=AFQjCNErfCGE56WlbJK1yLU_rQrO8lUZqA&sig2=48sO4q0HXYYdHuux7LnjAQ&bvm=bv.88198703,d.eXY

Thank you for this insightful response. I will definitely have my husband try to renew his passport in Manila if it doesn't work out for him renewing his passport here in LA.


ROC JOURNEY

09/30/14 (Day 00) - Application for I-751 Submitted

10/01/14 (Day 01) - Delivered

10/03/14 (Day 03) - Check cashed

10/04/14 (Day 04) - NOA1 (dated 10/01) Received

10/08/14 (Day 08) - Biometrics Appointment Letter for 10/22 Received

10/22/14 (Day 22) - Biometrics Completed

03/10/15 (Day 161) - GC Production Text and Email Notification Received

03/14/15 (Day 165) - Received I-751 Approval Notice

03/16/15 (Day 167) - Received text and email notifications that GC has been mailed

03/19/15 (Day 170) - RECEIVED GREENCARD! WOOOOT!

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If he has 6 months left when arriving Philippines then he can head on over to DFW and renew his passport. Expedite service is available and takes about 10 days. Sooner if you have it done in Manila. After that there are no concerns what country he travels to.

http://manila.passport.com.ph/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Philippine-Passport/206073122778369

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CB8QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.state.gov%2Fdocuments%2Forganization%2F87474.pdf&ei=zK0EVdmyKoGigwT2iIPQCA&usg=AFQjCNErfCGE56WlbJK1yLU_rQrO8lUZqA&sig2=48sO4q0HXYYdHuux7LnjAQ&bvm=bv.88198703,d.eXY

Thank you for this insightful response. Yeah, I'll have my husband try renewing his passport in Manila if it doesn't work out for him here in LA.


ROC JOURNEY

09/30/14 (Day 00) - Application for I-751 Submitted

10/01/14 (Day 01) - Delivered

10/03/14 (Day 03) - Check cashed

10/04/14 (Day 04) - NOA1 (dated 10/01) Received

10/08/14 (Day 08) - Biometrics Appointment Letter for 10/22 Received

10/22/14 (Day 22) - Biometrics Completed

03/10/15 (Day 161) - GC Production Text and Email Notification Received

03/14/15 (Day 165) - Received I-751 Approval Notice

03/16/15 (Day 167) - Received text and email notifications that GC has been mailed

03/19/15 (Day 170) - RECEIVED GREENCARD! WOOOOT!

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Thank you for this insightful response. Yeah, I'll have my husband try renewing his passport in Manila if it doesn't work out for him here in LA.

If he does have to renew in Manila, have him do it as close to arrival as possible and be ready to reschedule his return flight if need be. The DFA's switching to a new system and are having trouble changing over and as a result passport issuance is taking longer than usual.


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Dec 11, 2014 - NOA1: Not sure what to put here, Dec 11, 2014, Dec 24, 2014 or something in between.

Dec 24, 2014 - NOA2: I called USCIS @ USEM on Jan 5, 2015 and was told the I-130 was approved on Christmas Eve. Thank you Santa!

Jan 13, 2015 - MNL Case Number & Packet 3 Received via email (I emailed the IV Unit-Manila requesting these on Jan 5, 2015 and Jan 12, 2015)

Jan 21, 2015 - NOA2: Mailed (via PhilPost!) paper/hard copy delivered to our place here in Manila.

Jan 22, 2015 - Packet 3: Mailed (again via PhilPost!) paper/hard copy delivered to out place here in Manila.

Feb 24 & 25, 2015 - Day 1 & Day 2 of Medical @ SLEC. Immunizations given on Day 2, thankfully

Mar 5, 2015 - USEM Interview Appointment - IR-1 Visa Approved! (CEAC Status updated to ISSUED afternoon of interview day)

Mar 10, 2015 - 3pm - Received SMS saying IV Package ready for pickup at 2GO MoA. Picked up at 5pm. (Shipped/Picked Up/In Hand on 3rd Business Day post interview)

Mar 13, 2015 - CFO Manila - Done

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Now disposing/selling/giving away/shipping to the US stuff from 14 years in the PHL and 4 years together before heading to POE.

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UPDATE:

So my husband went to the consulate general office here in LA last Monday to ask if there's an expedited renewal service but unfortunately, he was told that there's none and that there's a backlog in Manila at the moment for all passport renewals adding another 4 weeks waiting time making the total processing time between 10 - 12 weeks.

He was advised to renew his passport in Manila upon arrival but unfortunately, he will arrive in Manila at 9:40PM on May 1st, which is a Friday meaning the earliest date he'll be able to go to the DFA is on March 4th. Even if he opts for an expedited service (10 days), it'll still be late for his May 9 flight to Singapore. When he told this to the lady attending to him, the lady said that he can apply for VALIDITY EXTENSION.

Has anyone here experienced this before? What are the requirements, fees and how long does it take? Any advice, tip, suggestion is greatly appreciated.

Thanks a lot!

Edited by dare448

ROC JOURNEY

09/30/14 (Day 00) - Application for I-751 Submitted

10/01/14 (Day 01) - Delivered

10/03/14 (Day 03) - Check cashed

10/04/14 (Day 04) - NOA1 (dated 10/01) Received

10/08/14 (Day 08) - Biometrics Appointment Letter for 10/22 Received

10/22/14 (Day 22) - Biometrics Completed

03/10/15 (Day 161) - GC Production Text and Email Notification Received

03/14/15 (Day 165) - Received I-751 Approval Notice

03/16/15 (Day 167) - Received text and email notifications that GC has been mailed

03/19/15 (Day 170) - RECEIVED GREENCARD! WOOOOT!

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Question now is, can they do the validity extension at the LA Consulate? And if not, you should've asked right then and there or call them up again for what he would need if it can only be done here in Manila.

A google search, I came across this:

http://www.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/2013-06-27-21-50-36/phl-embassies-and-consulates/1814-extensions-of-validity-of-passports-no-longer-allowed-beyond-october-2015

and this (PDF Document):

http://www.philippineconsulatela.org/WEB%20MATERIALS/passport_amend_guidelines.pdf

You might be better off seeing if this can be done in LA, rather than getting stuck here in Manila only to find out that can't be done in his case.


"Ad Astra Per Aspera"

"Audentes Fortuna Adiuvat"

==========

Dec 11, 2014 - Filed I-130 via DCF @ US Embassy Manila (...and we're on the clock...) - Read about my experience filing DCF here > http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/527064-filed-dcf-i-130-for-ir-1-at-us-embassy-manila-aar/

Dec 11, 2014 - NOA1: Not sure what to put here, Dec 11, 2014, Dec 24, 2014 or something in between.

Dec 24, 2014 - NOA2: I called USCIS @ USEM on Jan 5, 2015 and was told the I-130 was approved on Christmas Eve. Thank you Santa!

Jan 13, 2015 - MNL Case Number & Packet 3 Received via email (I emailed the IV Unit-Manila requesting these on Jan 5, 2015 and Jan 12, 2015)

Jan 21, 2015 - NOA2: Mailed (via PhilPost!) paper/hard copy delivered to our place here in Manila.

Jan 22, 2015 - Packet 3: Mailed (again via PhilPost!) paper/hard copy delivered to out place here in Manila.

Feb 24 & 25, 2015 - Day 1 & Day 2 of Medical @ SLEC. Immunizations given on Day 2, thankfully

Mar 5, 2015 - USEM Interview Appointment - IR-1 Visa Approved! (CEAC Status updated to ISSUED afternoon of interview day)

Mar 10, 2015 - 3pm - Received SMS saying IV Package ready for pickup at 2GO MoA. Picked up at 5pm. (Shipped/Picked Up/In Hand on 3rd Business Day post interview)

Mar 13, 2015 - CFO Manila - Done

==========

Now disposing/selling/giving away/shipping to the US stuff from 14 years in the PHL and 4 years together before heading to POE.

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Question now is, can they do the validity extension at the LA Consulate? And if not, you should've asked right then and there or call them up again for what he would need if it can only be done here in Manila.

A google search, I came across this:

http://www.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/2013-06-27-21-50-36/phl-embassies-and-consulates/1814-extensions-of-validity-of-passports-no-longer-allowed-beyond-october-2015

and this (PDF Document):

http://www.philippineconsulatela.org/WEB%20MATERIALS/passport_amend_guidelines.pdf

You might be better off seeing if this can be done in LA, rather than getting stuck here in Manila only to find out that can't be done in his case.

Hubby did ask but they are very strict. They only allow emergencies such as death in the family, medical emergencies and the like. We have researched a little bit as well but the one we found online was written way back in 2011 so we're not sure if it still applies these days. It said that DFA in Manila allows cases like my husband's as long as he is able to bring all purchased airline tickets upon application.


ROC JOURNEY

09/30/14 (Day 00) - Application for I-751 Submitted

10/01/14 (Day 01) - Delivered

10/03/14 (Day 03) - Check cashed

10/04/14 (Day 04) - NOA1 (dated 10/01) Received

10/08/14 (Day 08) - Biometrics Appointment Letter for 10/22 Received

10/22/14 (Day 22) - Biometrics Completed

03/10/15 (Day 161) - GC Production Text and Email Notification Received

03/14/15 (Day 165) - Received I-751 Approval Notice

03/16/15 (Day 167) - Received text and email notifications that GC has been mailed

03/19/15 (Day 170) - RECEIVED GREENCARD! WOOOOT!

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