NOTICE ON PASSPORT APPLICATIONS
CONSULATE GENERAL IN CHICAGO TO ISSUE
The Philippine Consulate
General Chicago would like to inform Filipinos in its consular
jurisdiction that effective Monday, 2 June 2008, applications for the
new Machine Readable Passports (MRP) will be processed by the
Consulate. The new MRPs will provide improved security features at
no additional cost. The new MRP will still cost US$50.00.
A Machine Readable Passport (MRP) is a passport where the
personal details of the applicant is printed in such a way that it can
be read by the naked eye and at the same time, it contains a
“machine readable zone” containing the personal data of the
passport holder that can be read by a machine or computer.
The MRP allows faster entry and exit of the traveler at
airports, as the data and biometrics in the MRP can be read by a
machine and stored automatically in the database of immigration
officers. This means greater convenience and security for traveler.
The new MRP, which is maroon in color, consists of 44 pages. The data
in the MRP is now fully printed. The MRP has superior security
features compared to the old green passports, which virtually
eliminates the possibility of identity theft and acts of fraud.
the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila prints the MRP.
Applications received by the Consulate General will be sent to DFA via
diplomatic pouch. In view of the transit time, it will now take SIX
(6) WEEKS for a passport to be released to the applicant, from the
time the application is processed.
PERSONAL APPEARANCE IS REQUIRED. All applicants, whether for the renewal of a passport, or those applying for the first time must appear personally at the Consulate General for data verification, thumb mark/finger-printing and signing of the application form. Application by mail will not be accepted.
Current holders of valid Philippine passports (green
passport that has not expired), need not worry as the green passports will
still be honored as a bonafide travel document issued by the
Government of the Philippines until its date of expiry, even
after the roll out of the new machine readable passports.
NEW PHOTO REQUIREMENTS for the MRP are the following:
For other inquiries on the Machine Readable Passport, please contact
Vice-Consul Roberto T. Bernardo, Mr. Antonio M. Allam, Jr., or Ms.
Rosenia L. Centeno at (312) 332-6458, or visit the Consulate’s
website at www.chicagopcg.com.
Please check the website of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs at www.dfa.gov.ph for the latest information regarding the Philippine Machine Readable Passport.
Consulate General of the Philippines-Chicago