Being a Filipino parent, I deemed it important for my child to be registered as a Filipino. I am aware that some other parents do not see it as a necessity. They may have valid reasons for NOT doing so and I can not judge them for it nor speak on their behalf.
I was told some of their reasons and one that stood out was that they do not particularly like the hassle that goes along with it. Paperwork is indeed a hassle not to mention that it also requires long travel to get to where the Philippine Consulate is in Sydney. It also requires a fee- AU$45 is not cheap!
My husband and I are on the same page. He strongly supported me when I told him I want our child to be registered as a Filipino. My son is Australian citizen by birth. I have to applaud my husband for painstakingly preparing all the requirements that I need prior to lodgement of documents.
This post will present the requirements that parents need to prepare for the child’s registration to the Philippine Consulate.
These are the following:
- Two (2) original duly accomplished Report of Birth forms (available at the Consulate or online HERE)
- Original and four photocopies of the following:
a. The child’s Birth Certificate issued by the NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages;
b. Philippine passport/s of Filipino parent/s
c. Parents’ NSO-issued Marriage Certificate or Report of Marriage of the parents (if married abroad)
d. A non-refundable AU$45 fee to be paid either in cash or postal money order payable to the “Philippine Consulate General”.
The process flow is further shown below:
Be warned that the Philippine Consulate in Sydney strictly implements the last requirement: they only accept CASH or postal money order. I noticed that most of the people who had transactions at the Philippine Consulate never had cash with them; they had to withdraw money from a convenient store nearby. It’s better to keep your cash handy to save time.
It must also be noted that lodgement of documents is only done from 9am till 1pm, Mondays to Fridays, except Philippine public holidays.
Philippine Consulate in Sydney