After receiving my passport with Fiancee Visa and had a CFO Sticker attached with it also, what other things I needed to prepare for my imminent departure? DFA Authenticated Papers.
My passport will expire on 2015 and by that time, I’m already settled in Germany. But since I will not be a permanent resident of Germany yet, I will have to renew my passport at Philippine Embassy in Berlin, Germany still. One of their requirements for such request is to REPORT Marriage in Germany. Report of Marriage needs NSO Birth Certificate that is authenticated by DFA. DFA authentication is also known as red ribboned because they tie red ribbon on the papers.
Now these are what I find very funny (please feel free to correct me if I’m mistaken with my ideas!)
1. I would have understood if agencies from other countries would request for Department of Foreign Affairs in Philippines to authenticate documents. I mean, what do they know about our NSO anyway. But take note that when we have applied for marriage at the city hall in Germany, our application papers were sent to Oberlandesgericht (a high court) and they accept my NSO Birth Certificate and NSO Certificate of no marriage and it’s translation to German of course.
And yet, our very own Philippine embassy does NOT accept NSO Birth Certificate?
2. Anywhere in Philippines, NSO Documents will suffice. There is no need to have it authenticated by DFA in Manila. So when you apply for SSS Number for example, you only need to bring NSO Birth Certificate and IDs.
Isn’t it that the Philippine Embassy located around the world a REPRESENTATIVE of Philippines? So, it’s like “a home” away from home for all Filipinos and yet NSO Documents alone is not enough unless it is authenticated by Department of Foreign Affairs?
I have contacted Philippine Embassy in Germany of course about these two points but there’s no response. My main motive behind these two ideas is that authentication cost money you know and if you really think and not just accept everything blindly, I think we could eliminate all these unnecessary expenses and save money.
Since I can’t expect any changes with the snap of my fingers, it was with heavy heart (and sad wallet) that I had my papers processed.
So how did I have my NSO birth certificate authenticated by DFA in Manila without flying all the way to Manila or paying expensive fees at the travel agencies?
I simply went to WWWExpress/DHL office located in Ramos, Cebu (across Diplomat hotel) and have it processed for only 650 pesos. After 10 days, my red-ribboned documents were delivered at the address I have specified. :)