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#1 kalamputi

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 10:36 AM

Good morning to all.

My wife-not yet a citizen-and our daughter is leaving in October for the Philippines. I am aware that she needs a letter written by me-attesting to knowledge of her trip-but are there guidelines for a form to use, who it should be addressed to, the pertinent info to include, etc? The USCIS site was useless.

 

Where and when will she need to present this letter?

 

Thanks, as always.



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Posted 26 September 2018 - 05:07 AM

Here are a few templates to give you an idea of what a "Letter of Consent" should contain.
US only requires an adult witness, but you should get it witnessed by a Notary Public as some countries may require this.

Downloadable templates
https://philalegal.o...t_to_travel.pdf(PDF)
http://purewaterfort...Travel_2018.pdf(PDF)
https://www.us-passp...nsent-form.html(This is not a US government website)
https://travel.gc.ca.../consent-letter(Canadian Immigration, a government website)

These are "fill it out online and print or save it" options
https://www.lawdepot...US#.W6r_suXPzAQ
https://sample-paren...d.pdffiller.com
https://eforms.com/c...r-child-travel/
https://www.rocketla...nsent-form.rl#/
https://legaltemplat...travel-consent/

Canada also requests a copy of the child's Birth Certificate and a photocopy of the signature page of the passport of the absent parent who signed the "Consent to Travel" letter or a photocopy of the absent parent's national ID (drivers license/State ID if from US)
These may not be required, but are something that you should be able to present on request.

Specific to your situation.
Entry requirements for a Minor Child entering Philippines (unaccompanied by parent)
When the child is of Philippine ancestry, a Letter of Consent to Travel and proof of Philippine ancestry are required (If the child is using a non-Philippine passport, Mom's passport and child's birth certificate are sufficient for proof of ancestry)

MINOR CHILDREN WITH PHILIPPINE ANCESTRY

Minor children (unmarried and below 15 years old) with Philippine ancestry, who will travel to the Philippines accompanied by a Philippine grandfather, grandmother, guardian or relative, are exempt from waivers of exclusion and waiver of exclusion service fees. Thus, they do not need to apply for WEG at the port of entry. However, the accompanying travel companions of these minor children with Philippine ancestry are required to submit proof of the childrens Philippine ancestry to the Bureau of Immigration at the port of entry.

The mother or father of these minor children is also advised to execute an Affidavit of Consent to Travel, for submission to the Bureau of Immigration. The affidavit should state the name of the childrens travel companion and the latters relations with the children. The Affidavit has to be executed at the Philippine Consulate General.


The Philippine Consulate in New York version of the Affidavit of Support and Consent. (PDF)
The Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles version of the Affidavit of Consent, Support, Guaranty and Authorization. (PDF)
(The LA PDF is a 'fillable form'. Just type in any of the shaded fields and you can then print the filled out form)

Philippines does require these forms to be notarized.

Note that the text of these forms covers multiple situations. Delete the text that does not apply to you when copying the form into a word processor.

She should have the documents available at every border crossing, both exit and entry. They may also be requested by ticket counters, boarding gates and other points where travel documents are checked.

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Posted 26 September 2018 - 08:59 AM

I thank you. However, the paragraph from the Philippines consulate is confusing in light of what you say directly above it (that these documents are not mandatory if accompanied by a parent). Please just confirm that, in addition to the notarized letter with both parents' signatures, the only other documents needed are my wife's (Philippines) passport and my daughter's (US) birth certificate? Additionally, I might also make copies of my own passport to include with everything else.

 

I hope and I trust that no documentation from the NY Consulate is needed.

 

Cheers!



#4 Fritz

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Posted 27 September 2018 - 06:00 AM

Yes all three documents are required.
Daughter's passport to enter the country.
Birth certificate documents the relationship as daughter for anyone who asks.
Letter of Consent if anyone questions why daughter is traveling without both parents.

The WEG requirements as posted by the consulates are confusing. They specify that the requirement applies to children under 15 who are not of Philippine ancestry and are not traveling with, or meeting a parent on arrival. To make matters more confusing, not all consulates mention the exemption for children of Philippine ancestry.
Birth certificate and Mom's Philippine passport exempt daughter from WEG. (Traveling with parent, able to apply for a Philippine passport as a natural born citizen)

Additionally (If their stay in Philippines will be longer than 30 days) Mom will be able to request a 1yr Balikbayan visa for daughter at passport control in Philippines as she is traveling with a Filipino parent.

The NY Consulate form is just a prepared template for the Letter of Consent provided for the convenience of those needing one. Any of the forms that include all the information can be used.

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