DFA OFW Lane – Exclusive Courtesy Lanes for OFWs

Great news for OFWs in a rush for passport! The DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) announced recently that they will convert the DFA Robinsons Galleria satellite office exclusive for OFWs only. This will help our OFWs to get faster passport processing and other foreign services.

Are you an OFW and you hate the long lines and long months of online appointment schedules because you need to return abroad as soon as possible? Well then, the DFA will now allow all OFWs without appointments to process their passports.

The DFA OFW Lane in Robinsons Galleria is located just across the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) in EDSA so if you are an OFW and you are processing your papers and documents at the POEA and you have other passport matters, you can walk along EDSA and cross the street to go the DFA in Robinsons Galleria.

DFA OFW Courtesy Lanes

When will this exclusive DFA OFW Lane be opened for OFWs? The DFA satellite office in Robinsons is still under conversion and will be opened hopefully this 2016. In the meantime, OFWs can rely on OFW Courtesy Lanes at the DFA Aseana located at ASEANA Business Park, at Bradco Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard, Parañaque City.

DFA OFW Lane Requirements

No online appointment required for OFWs, thank God.

OFWs are required to bring the primary documents needed for passport processing or passport renewal such a copy of Birth Certificate, valid ID and old passport. The DFA also has strict request for OFW documents such as Employment Contract (OEC), Exit Clearance and plane tickets. If you have no clearance yet, just go to the POEA office, it is across DFA Robinsons Galleria.

dfa ofw courtesy lane

To sum up, the DFA don’t have OFW lanes for all of its satellite offices nationwide. Perhaps, during President Duterte’s term, this will be possible. Let us see. In the meantime, just check out the updates for these two DFA offices:

  • DFA Aseana OFW Lane (open)
  • DFA Robinsons Galleria OFW Lane (will be opened soon)

Reminders for OFW Getting Passport:

  • For OFWs, sufficient proof must be submitted such as a valid employment contract or OEC.
  • Earrings and contact lenses are not allowed during data capturing. Smiling with visible teeth is also not allowed.
  • Check all the data in the computer monitor and in the Enrollment Certificate before signing it.
  • Passports unclaimed after six (6) months will be cancelled per Department Order No. 37-03.
  • Check all data in the received e-passport upon release.
  • DFA may require additional supporting documents as may be necessary, especially for applicants with dual citizenship and with foreign-sounding family names to prove citizenship.

DFA OFW Passport Fees:

For First time passport applicants:

  • Regular Processing (15 working days): P950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00

For Renewal of passport applicants:

  • Regular Processing (12 working days): P950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00

For Replacement of a lost expired passport:

  • Regular Processing (12 working days): P950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00

For Replacement of a lost valid passport:

  • Regular Processing (12 working days): P950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00

Please take note that there is an additional fee of P200.00 for a lost valid MRRP / MRP or P350.00 for a lost valid e-passport.

Share your experience and views about DFA OFW Lanes below at the comments.

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81 thoughts on “DFA OFW Lane – Exclusive Courtesy Lanes for OFWs”

  1. I’m an ex OFW, arrived last July 2018..My passport will be expire on May 2019.i have a new job offer now.Is there an OFW lane in DFA Zamboanga City.Am I eligible to that?

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  2. Good day!
    Ofw po ako for 10 years and ng exit po ako last month.pwede po ba ako pumila sa ofw lane?july na po kasi expire ng passport ko at need ko mg apply uli.
    Thanks po….

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  3. sir/madam

    dati po akong OFW valid pa for 1yr and 5mns pa ang passport ko pero requirements po sa agency na inaapplyan
    ko na .atleast 3yrs valid ang passport para mailine-up for interview sa employer. Sa july na po ang schedule ng interview namin, gusto kong makasama sa interview ng emloyer kaya sana po i grant nyo po sakin na marenew ko ang passport ko in express way.

    madaming salamat at hoping po ako for your good consideration. Godbless.

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  4. Greetings!
    Just want to know if EX-OFWs can use this priority lane? Since they mentioned only for OFW. I Assumed that its only for newly hired and balik manggagawa having expired or need to renew. Thanks.

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  5. Hi ask ko LNG po pwedi po ba ako mg renew ng passport ko expire nya po April 2019 pwedi po ba ako s ofw lanes my copy po ako ng contract at ARC ID At Health insurance I’d ko po s previous employer ko ..balak ko ksi mg aply ulit..wla ksi ako nkuha n slot s appointment lhat full na ..pwedi kya ako mg walk in. Wait ko po response nyo

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    • Sir/ Madam pareho po kami ng na unang nagtanong meron iquama at contract ng dati kung employer hnd po kc natapos yung contract ko kc nalugi yung company 1yr lng po ako sa saudi malapit n pong mapaso yung passport ko sa 2019 ng January pwede po b ako mag-renew kahit walang makuhang slot sa appointment?

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  6. OFW po ako dito sa Saudi at kasama ko po ang asawa at anak ko dito sa Saudi. Pwede po ba ang renewal ng passport ng mag-ina ko ay sa OFW lane din? Salamat po.

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  7. Ask klang po,MADAM/ SIR, isa po ako ofw saudi gusto ko po mag renew ng passport,ang tanong ko po is,makukuha po ba kaagad on that day ang bago passport,ma prosses po ba kaagad,? Salamat po

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    • Help nyo nmn po ako please,tagal ko n po nag oonline oppointment s passport ko pero hnd ako makapasok,naabutan nlng ng expired date passport ko,saan po ako pwede mag renew?salamat po

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    • May OFW priority lane,and pkita lang ng present docs mo Valid, at old passport mo yun lng ang bilis na process nila

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    • hello po san po b pwede magrenew ng passport kasi kailangan na ng kapatid ko o.f.w po sya dati sa saudi ngayun aply sya sa taiwan kaso kailangan daw n irenew ung passposrt nya kahit sa isang taon p ang paso nito.iyon kasi requirement ng agency n inaplyan nya. hindi naman kami makakuha ng slot sa online puro puno sa oct p daw.eh kailangan n nya un kasi sa july n ang count off ng pagpasa ng mga requirement nila please lng po help nmn po.

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  8. Hello I’m an OFW from Dubai may last arrival feb.5 2018 and get married here in Philippines last March 6 2018, i was cancelled and no contract ,i am consider in priority lane? I have to renew my passport to change my status, and my husband nagmamadali na makabalik ako my Dubai please answer thank you very much

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  9. I am an ofw from qatar. I went for vacation last month and take time to renew my passport. I went to Robinson Galleria for the said purpose since i didn’t able to make an online appointment.
    My experience their was very good. Mabilis ang proseso at magagalang ang staff from counters to security guards. They will really assist you of your need.
    Salamat sa DFA sattelite office ng Galleria at sa mga taong nangangasiwa dun. Keep up the good work. Godbless.

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    • Hi po Sir Ronnie, just few questions I hope you can help me. Is your passport validity less than 6 months? Cause I’m going for my annual leave this coming April 1 and coming back to UAE by May 1 but my passport expiration is on Aug 16, 2018, its less than 6 months. I’m worried maybe I will encounter problem with the UAE Immig or Philippine Immig. I’m also worried how I will renew my passport back home since I was trying to book an appointment but April month is already full but your comment here gave me a relief. I will go there and do the same but if you can advise me what other requirements they need to accomodate me as OFW. Thanks you in advance.

      Regards

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      • Hello po..Uuwi po ako this coming August 2019 sa Pilipinas ang expiration po ng Passport ko is October 2019 iaaccomodate po ba ako?how many working days po bago po makuha ung new passport?May I know the requirements po..Thanks in advance po sa makakapagReply..

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    • Totoo ba to to ate… Kasi hirap din PO ako makkhua ng online appoint. Kauuwi ko Lang nung Feb at naabutan n ng expiry ngaun may… D kasi ako mavishan Kasi xpired passport ko…so direct na ba ako sa Robinson Sa galleria?

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  10. Good day

    Ask ko lang po may solo parent id po ako.
    Ano na po yung procedure na gagawin ko?
    Direct n po b ako pupunta or need ko po muna mg fillout ng form? Pano po ba?

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  11. gud pm po,asko ko lang yung passport ko last ko nagamit 2013 for work abroad,then nagexpired po 2017,pwd po ba ako magrenew ng passport kahit hndi na po magpaonline appointment?

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  12. hi as ko lng po ngpa appointment po ako s dfa for May 17, 2018 pero wala po ako narereceive n reference code from them, hindi ko po macancel or mapa resched.

    anyways I am working here in mauritius now, since I am married to foreign national here resident permit ang binigay skin instead of working visa, my company is willing to give me a letter stating that I went for a vacation to renew my passport and my original contract. my question is pede po ba ko s priority lane? and ok lng po b na di ko na macancel ang previous appointment ko since I dont have the code to cancel it. Expired po ng pasport ko ay March 2018 at ang uwi ko po ay May 2018 pa, from here bibigyan nila ako ng travel document pero pabalik ko need ko new passport. please advise.

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  13. Im an OFW at magbakasyon po ako ng Feb 2018. Ang passport ko po mag expire ng July 24, 2018 alam ko po pwede pa ako umuwi pero need ko mag renew nag passport para makabalik din ng Feb 2018. Since hindi na kaya ng schedule dito sa Dubai so sa Pilipinas ko plan mag renew sa una araw ng pag uwi ko. 20 days lang po ako sa Pilipinas at need ko po sana mag update ng status ko from Single to Married.

    Maraming salamat sa inyong payong.

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  14. gud am poh! ask qlng kc dis dec 20 pauwi po aq then expired passport q ng june 2018 nid qn b magparenew s pag uwi q pinas o pagbalik qn d2 riyadh by the way bbalik po aq d2 ng 1st wik ng jan. if ever s pinas aq parenew wla po aq valid ID. i hope masagot nyo aq ASAP maraming salamat po….

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  15. Good Day,

    Nag exit po ako last month from abu dhabi. Tanong ko lang po kung pwede mag walk in kahit walang standing applications abroad. Mag eexpire na po kasi ang passport ko November 2018. Gusto ko lang po irenew bago mag apply. Mahirap po kasi makakuha ng slot dahil palaging puno.

    Salamat po.

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  16. hi poh censya na ask ko lng avail ko pa ba yang ofw lanes kahit ex ofw na ako…wala ako appointment kc wala ng avilable slot magrenew ako ng passport…pwede ba ako jn kahit wala ako appointment…tapos wala na din oec ko

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    • Same situation kayo ng husband ko. Ex ofw din pero he’s applying right now. He got some interview na already in some agencies for he’s applying for

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  17. Hi po, OFW po ako dito sa dubai. Uuwi po ako nitong katapusan emergency leaved po may sakit ang tatay ko, kaso po ang passport ko mag expired ng January 2018, papayagan po na ako palabasin ng uae kung 4 months n lng po ang passport ko? Please let me know. Thank u

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    • Hello po pde nmn kayu makauwi at mg book ng ticket pero pg uwi nio Pinas dpat renewhin nio agad passport nio hndi po kc kayu mkkuha ng oec

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  18. Hi ask ko lng po sana kz uuwi ako ng december para mag bakasyon ofw po ako sa malaysia.. balak ko kz pag uwi ko mag renew ng passport ko bali etong passport ko ay extension nlang to bali 2 times na extension d2 sa malaysia dfa embassy. If mag renew ako jan sa pinas pwede.ko ba isama anak ko na 15 yo na maisabay ko xa pag mag renew ako at anak ko nmn ay new applicant xa sa passport pwede po ba un? Pls po pakisagot po sa tanung ko. Madami salamat sa may sasagot

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    • OFW ibig sabihin, Overseas Filipino Worker kung tama ba pag kaintindi ko dito kung ano ibig sabihin nang Overseas Filipino Worker, guro naman yun na yung sagot sa tanong mo. Minsan basahin muna kung ano ibig sabihin nang OFW para di mag mukhang tanga.

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  19. Sa Robinson Galleria po sa taas ng mercury ang pila. Ika-90 ang number ko bandang 5am ako dumating, 300 lang ata ang quota nila per day, 6am palang nasa 200 na ang pila at yung katabi ko na no.9 ay 3:30 pa daw dumating. Photocopy nyo na agad ang photo page at back ng passport pati visa page, 7 working days ang release, express na yun since less than 3months nlg mag e-expire na ang extension ng passport ko. 1200 po ang bayad

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  20. Hello po first time ko po kasi mag apply ng passport.kailangan kona po ng passport ngyong july 2017 immediately,,mkaka apply po ba ako agad ..thankyou po

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  21. FIm From Dubai Mag Emergency Leave po ako this coming July 3 2017, and expiry po ng passport ko November 2017, 14 days lang po ung number of days ng bakasyon ko, mapprocess po ba agad ung passport ko kc balik na din po ako agad ng July 16, 2017 sa dubai. Thank you po

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  22. Good day po,,ask q LNG po if sa courtesy po AQ ng OFW lane pwd pmunta ksi deported po AQ from Kuwait because of absconding case at uuwi AQ without passport,, but the validity pa ng passport q is May 2020,,gsto q po kmuha ulit ng passport. Anu po pwd gawin PRA makakuha agad ksi balak q pa po mgAbroad.

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  23. hello po sept2017 po expired passport ko uwi po ako phil sa june 2017 1mnth lang po vacation ko so kailangan ko pong mag renew ng passport sa phil ilang days po mare2lease passport di npo b kailangan ang appointment?

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      • hi poh ask lng 1yr na ako sa pinas expired na passport ko hirap kumuha ng appointment wala ng slot till dec..pwede ba akong walk in jn sa ortigas bale mag apply ako ule…slamat

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  24. hi po!ask q lng po kung meron npo dto nkpag renew na s dfa Galleria?need q po ng suggestion kung ano oras dpt mag simula pumila?totoo po ba na 5am png me pila na s labas kht 8am to 12nn ang business hours ng dfa?

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  25. Hello po, tanong ko lang po kung puwede bang walk-in sa DFA robinsons pampanga..for renewal po kasi kmi ng mga anak ko ages 12, 7 and 5..validity po ng passport namin is until october 2017 and kailngan din namin lumipad this summer..ngayon ko lang kasi nalaman by online appointment na pala dun e chineck ko puro not available na mga slots..

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  26. I am an ofw pero last March 2014 pa ako nkauwi dito Phils. March 2018 ma epired passport ko at mag aapply ulit ako abroad but need ko muna renew passport ko. Can i go to ofw courtesy lane even i dnt have contract and oec?

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  27. Hi, I am currently working in Malaysia. Pages of my e-passport is almost used up but my passport is still valid till 2018. Passport renewal in Malaysia will take 1~2 months. As I plan to go back to manila for 3~4 days, I would like to renew my passport as well. Can I request for earlier release of the passport? I can’t stay more than 3-4 days. Please advice.

    Thank you

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  28. hi.. OFW po ako .. asking for help.. ng renew po ako ng passport sa DFA aSEANA for express releasing of passport ..pero pagpnta ko ng DFA sa date ng release na nakalagay ..pinapabalik ako kc hindi pa daw printed yung passport . nag-ask ako ng help sa passport division pero wala silang assurance na makukuha ko yung passport ko .jan.10 po ang returning flight ko to dubai .. meron po bang makakatulong para mapadali yung release ng passport ko ? .. please send me update ..

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  29. Hi good morning! I am an OFW here in Thailand. I am planning to bring my sons here just for a vacation. But their passports had already expired. My sons are still of minor age but ages 14 15 and 16. And I am planning to renew their passport when I go home this March 2017. We live in the province and it’s difficult to have an appointment in Manila as a I am not sure of what date I can really go home and that ‘s only good for two weeks. Can we be accommodated in the OFW priority lane without an app0nitment?

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  30. Gud morning . Pwede po ba ako sa courtesy lane para mag pa extension of validity ng passport.my husband is ofw in malaysia..mag bakasyon po ako doon december 10 , may ticket na ako papunta at pabalik january 1, 2017.d ko na nasilip ang passport ko mag expire March 26, 2017. Please advise. Thank you po.

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  31. Good evening po. Ask ko lang po sana if pwede makapagrenew agad at possible na makuha agad ng sister ko passport na within 4-5 days? Binigyan po sya ng travel documents na magamit pa nya passport nya thou expired (para lang maihatid parents namin na me mga sakit) pero kakailanganin nya irenew dito sa pinas… Pls advise. Thanks. Good day.

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  32. Kailangan pa bang may exit clearance na kukunin sa DFA? It will be hard po sa pagpila again. Reasonable po ba na may exit clearance from the DFA?
    Pwede na ba ang employment contract from employer at plane ticket?
    Noong umuwi ako last september 2016, exempted naman ako dahil same employer.
    I hope you can answer my questions.
    Thanks.
    –ofw from Riyadh

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  33. Hi! Just want to ask if a photocopy of employment contract would be enough to support my docs to renew my passport? My agency is not giving original copy of employment contract. They will just give a photocopy of it.

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  34. Ask ko lang po, ngresign po ako sa work ko sa Qatar at dumating dto Sept. 25,2016. Now ngaapply po ako ulit at requirements po lagi sa agency pg mgaaply eh 1-2 years valid ang passport. June 2017 po expire ng passport ko. Pde po bko dun sa OFW lane khit wala p po ako new work abroad, May previous OEC po ako at copy ng QATAR id ko dati. Pde npo b requirements un? Thank you po

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  35. Is there any priority lane at oceana or any branches for new seafarer (MAAP – maritime academy of asia and the pacific cadet) since they only have limited time to apply during their semestral break? need ASAP reply mam coz they are on semestral break vacation as of yesterday and scrambling/looking for available OL appointment which happened to have no more available slot in NCR ànd nearby regional branches/offices til 1st week of december 2016.

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  36. hi.. im locally employed but will be travelling to singapore for a month. i wanted to bring my husband and 3year old daughter however both of them has no passport. will i be able to use the courtesy lane.. appreciate your feedback.. TIA

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    • The courtesy Lane mentioned in the article are for OFWs. All DFA has courtesy lanes, too for pregnant women, senior citizens and PWD (person with disability). If you are not under those categories, you can’t use those lanes

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  37. Hi! pauwi po ako ng Pilipinas sa January 2017. May 2017 po ang expiration ng passport ko. Wala po ba magiging problema sa pagre-renew ko? OFW po ako.

    Salamat po.

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  38. Hello po tanong ko lng po mgrerenew po ako ng passport ko expired this coming October 2016.ofw po ako at pregnant.pwedi b ako sa courtesy lane.ipparush ko po kc kylngan ko ng bumalik ng dubai.ang kapit ko lng n valid id is postal id.accept kya po ako sa dfa lipa khit wlang appointment.pls answer po tga oriental Mindoro p po ako.

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  39. magrerenew po ako passport saan po maganda magrenew?
    nagbakasyon lang po ako at babalik po ako sa same employer.
    ano po ang mga dapat kong dalhin na requirements?

    maraming salamat po

    please reply po kayo…

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  40. hi ask ko lang po kasi im currently applying for a job abroad but their requirement is to have a valid passport 1 yr before the expiry date,mine will expire this coming 11/2016.i already submitted my documents but they are still waiting for my passport,per agency if i dont give them my renewed passport within august I will not be included for final interview.I s it possible that i go to DFA aseana even i dont have an appointment?i dont have contract yet,i can only provide birth certificate and old passport..

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    • Perhaps you can request a letter from your agency indicating you are accepted by their agency and you are required to renew passport to complete and finalize your job abroad

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  41. Hi!!! nagwowork ako sa abu dhabi, and intends to go for vacation mga october 4th, nais ko sanang irenew ang passport ko sa pilipinas since magexpire na siya by nov 20 2016.. pwede ko bang gamitin tong DFA Robinsons Galleria. since i have to go back to abu dhabi BY 23th october…. or mas maigi na mag schedule me online?

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  42. hi there! 🙂 gusto ko sana magtanong if yung courtesy lanes for OFW po ba pde sa mga new OFW’s? or for renewal lang ba un? need kasi ng passport ng BF ko and sa province pa sya nkapagpasched tapos pag dating nya dun ayaw tanggapin employee ID nya…I want ask din if meron bang pde icontact regarding sa ganitong matters kasi nakapirma na sya ng employment contract…all he has is his employee ID nawala na nya yung college ID nya and super tagal dumatin ng unified ID…

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  43. Hi Goodmorning I’m ofw from Hk mgbabakasyon po aq this coming August 2016 for 1 week para I kuha ng passport ang 2 anak ko ages 7 and 5 kaso wla ng available time slots ma coconsidered pa din ba aq sa priority lane ng mga ofw..
    Thanks…please kindly reply po…

    ☺☺

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  44. is this info up to date po? need ko po kc mag renew ng passport ng anak ko. 3 wks holiday lang po ako at d wala akong makuhang slot sa any online application ng mga satellite dfa branches.
    thanks po.

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