For those who are in the US and can’t go to Washington to obtain the services offered by the embassy, you have the option to go to the Philippine consulate in Los Angeles if you are near the state. Since the US is a big country and a lot of Filipinos are working and living here, the government saw that there was a need to increase its capacity to serve more OFWs here. Those who are far away from PH Embassy in Washington have alternatives to go to the consulates instead. To learn more about the services you can avail of, continue reading this article.
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The Philippine consulate in Los Angeles offers different services and among the popular ones are passport application and renewal, visa application and renewal, issuance of certificates, and marriage solemnization. The consulate also works with POLO to promote the interest and safety of Filipinos in the US. POLO designates emergency hotlines for Filipinos whose life and limbs are in danger. The agency reminds everyone to call only when there is an emergency. Inquiries for other services should be done through email, personal appearance, or telephone calls. In case you want to inquire about a service, make sure that you are not calling the emergency hotline.
While you are abroad, you will never know when to use the emergency numbers given by POLO or the consulate or when you need to obtain legal documents for your employment or residence. This is why it’s vital to keep the details of the consulate with you. Whether you put it in your “notes” app or you write it down on a piece of paper, it’s all up to you.
To help more Filipinos who are in the US, we came up with this blog to tell you the most essential details of the Philippine consulate in Los Angeles. We shared here the services offered by the embassy, questions frequently asked, tips before going to the embassy, and its contact details. You can use this as your guide.
History – Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles, US
The consulate located in Los Angeles, California was constructed in 1947. It was an extension of the consulate in San Francisco. The consulate was led by Vice Consul Marcelo T. Boncan who served until his death in 1948. His death led to a new appointment. In October 1955, the Philippine consulate was upgraded into a consulate general initiated by former President Ramon Magsaysay. According to history, it was the 11th to level up, following the consulates in the Great Britain, Canada, Japan, China, France, Switzerland, Guatemala, and Mexico.
PH Embassy and Consulate Offices in USA
Here’s a list of the consulates and PH embassy information in the USA:
- Philippine Embassy in Washington DC, USA
- Philippine Consulate in Chicago, USA
- Philippine Consulate in New York, USA
- Philippine Consulate in San Francisco California, USA
- Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles California, USA
- Philippine Consulate in Honolulu Hawaii, USA
- Philippine Consulate in Agana Guam USA
Here’s the list of services offered by the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles.
- Issuance of Passport
- Travel Document
- Issuance of Visa
- Requirements for the Retention and Re-Acquisition of Philippine Citizenship
- Notarial and other Legal Services
- Registration of Nationals
- Report of Marriage, Birth and Death
- Collection of Income Tax
- Balikbayan Stamp
- Philippine Embassy and Consulates General in the US
- Philippine Honorary Consuls General and Consul in the US
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Services
What are the documents I should bring during my passport renewal?
Passport renewal is one of the most availed services in the consulate. If you are planning to get your passport renewed in Los Angeles, here are the following documents that you should consider.
- Original old or expired passport.
- Complete passport application form.
- Photocopy of your passport’s data page
- Photocopy of your permanent resident card, a record of landing, and work permit.
- Passport processing fee
What are the documents needed when a minor wants to obtain a passport?
Can minors obtain their passport from the consulate? The answer is yes. However, they should not go alone. Minors need to be with their parents during the application process. The following documents should also be submitted:
- Birth certificate
- Report of birth form
- Letter from the doctor who delivered the child attesting to the birth.
- Medical record of the child from the hospital where the child was delivered, in case the doctor can’t be located anymore.
- Original and photocopies of the passports of the parents.
- Letter of consent with the signature of both parents
What happens if I lost my Philippine passport?
In case of lost passports, you can always apply for a new one. You need to report the incident to the authorities first before you can set an appointment. The following requirements are needed:
- Police report or case certificate
- Affidavit of Loss of Passport (this can be completed in the Philippine embassy but with a separate processing fee).
- Birth Certificate
- Marriage Certificate if applicable
- A legal document showing your name, date of birth, and place of birth.
- Photocopy of your lost or destroyed passport, if applicable.
- Death certificate of spouse, if applicable.
- Annulment/divorce, if applicable.
How to apply for dual citizenship?
To apply for dual citizenship, just go to the consulate and ask for a certificate. The staff might ask you to show your PSA/NSO version of your birth certificate and foreign naturalization certificate.
Tips When Visiting the Consulate
When visiting the consulate in the United States, here’s what you need to do:
Visit the official website of the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles, US.
Although this is not mandatory, visiting the official website of the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles gives you an idea of the latest news, updates, changes, and announcements. There you will discover new information in real-time.
Make sure to wear decent attire.
The consulate has its own dress code. Although not that strict, you have to adhere to it as you are visiting a government office. You should wear clothes that are decent such as jeans, blouses, dresses, and t-shirts. Don’t wear sando and shorts.
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Consulate General of the Philippines in Los Angeles, CA, USA
Contact Person: Hon. (Mr.) Jose Manuel G. Romualdez – Consul General
Address: 3435 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90010 U.S.A.
Tel. No. (+1-213) 639-0980 (trunk line)
Fax No. (+1-213) 639-0990
Hotline: (+1-213) 268-9990
Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Website: losangelespcg.dfa.gov.ph / www.philippineconsulatela.org
Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/PHLinLA/
Google Map Location
In case you are wondering where the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles is located, below is a map guide for you: