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OFWs part of courtesy lane for passport application and renewal

In line with the physical distancing measures, new systems the Online Passport Application System (OPAS) and the Courtesy Lane Online Appointment System (CL-OAS) are available through and

The system reduces the time spent on site by courtesy lane applicants and allows a more streamlined transaction.

Courtesy lande eligibility for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs):

1. An OFW applicant must present proof of their OFW status, such as:

-Valid OWWA E-card;

-Valid employment contract;

-Valid work visa

2. Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB) stamped at an international border not more than three hundred sixty-four (364) days from the date of application

3. Expired or cancelled working visa or employment contract, and a Philippine passport with an immigration arrival stamp of not more than three hundred sixty-four (364) days from the date of application.

Consular Offices are authorized to set their own daily maximum number of applicants based on operating capacity of the CO and the safety and convenience of the public.

Access to the Courtesy Lane may be restricted in emergency or extraordinary circumstances such as in the present Covid-19 public health emergency.

OFWs have the option to choose from regular or expedited processing of their passport application.


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