Filipinos living in the United States can renew their passports at an off-site center accredited by the Philippine government that will soon be opening in Los Angeles.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that the Los Angeles Offsite Passport Renewal Center (PaRC) will be operated by VFS Global, a private outsourcing company, under a 2019 agreement with the government .
The Passport Renewal Center aims to meet the growing demand for electronic passport renewal applications in the United States. The opening date of the passport center has not yet been announced.
The opening of a VFS Global Philippine Passport Renewal Center (PaRC) in Los Angeles is a continuation of the global agreement between the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the VFS that began in 2019 “Consul General Edgar B. Badajos said in a statement.
Badajos explained that the Foreign Ministry made a pact with VFS Global following President Duterte’s order to government agencies “to streamline procedures and make e-passport renewal services faster and more convenient,” especially for overseas Filipinos ”.
The official also said that renewing the passport through the VFS Global PARC would not be mandatory.
VFS Global, which has established other passport service centers to serve Filipinos in other countries, will charge additional fees for its services.
“It is up to the applicant to decide whether they wish to apply through VFS Global or through the DFA-Global Online Nomination System (GOAS),” said the Consul General.
The Alternative Passport Renewal Center is looking to increase the work of the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles given its limited staff.
The Los Angeles Consulate General, which has jurisdiction over southern California, southern Nevada, and the state of Arizona, serves approximately 1.3 million Filipinos overseas.
“As of May 2021, the Consulate General has been processing the maximum number of applications for passports, dual nationality and other consular services that its limited premises and staff can accommodate and process on a daily basis,” the press release said.
“With the demand for passport renewal services far beyond the operational capacity of the consulate, it was felt that opening a VFS Global PaRC in Los Angeles would help resolve the problem,” he added.
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