January 2011 Issue #1
Greetings from the Philippine Consulate of Victoria!
We wish everyone the best for the year 2011
AS of 14th January, the Consulate has CEASED ACCEPTING MRP (Machine Readable Passport) applications due to depletion of MRP booklets.
Passport applicants who cannot undertake the personal appearance requirement to apply instead for the renewal of their green passports or travel documents (in instances of mutilated passport).
The Embassy accepts passport renewal by mail.
For further information, please visit: www.philembassy.org.au
The Melbourne Consulate is authorised to extend the green passport (MRRP) or machine readable passport (MRP) of less than one year validity for maximum of two years from the date of application.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is currently transitioning from MRP/MRRP to the ePassports and is encouraging Philippine passport holders to undertake the necessary preparations in accordance with their passport requirements.
In other news, Labor Attaché Melinda Rada has completed her tour of duty last 31st December 2010. Pending the arrival and assumption of duty by the incoming Labor Attaché Mr. Jalilo dela Torre, the Melbourne consulate will service the requirement for the authentication of employment contract in Victoria and in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Please be reminded that the Melbourne Consulate operating days/hours:
Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Consular Section (Visa and Consular Services)
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Suite 1205/ 1 Queens Road
Melbourne, VIC 3004
Tel: (61-3) 9863 – 7885 Fax: (61-3) 9863 – 7884
(03) 9863 7872 – passport/dual citizenship
To download forms: www.philippineconsulatevictoria.com.au/forms/
Your Consulate is manned by volunteers who give their time and valuable efforts to service the needs of Filipino nationals and Australians in Victoria, it is therefore requested that consideration and due respect and understanding is accorded to them so we can continue to service the community smoothly. Mabuhay!