Foreign document authentication

Beginning Tuesday the 14th of May, the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines will no longer be authenticating foreign documents with a stamp and a red ribbon. These include documents such as proof of income, divorce papers, military discharge pagers and many more.

Per the staff at the DFA in Manila beginning Tuesday the 14th of May, all foreign documents will need to be Apostille documents secured in the country of origin or through an Apostille service for a fee.

This change will include all Philippine Embassy / Consulates in foreign countries that are participating parties in the Apostille convention.

I was in the process of converting my visa to an SRRV and barely made it in time. For those already in the Philippines needing foreign documents authenticated for a similar reason, I was told you will have to obtain them from their country of origin.

For those planning on a move to the Philippines I would suggest you make sure that you have the appropriate authentication prior to that long and expensive flight to the RP.

I am supplying links related to the U.S. only as I cannot speak to the procedures in other countries, though countries that are not Apostille contracting parties will have different procedures.

https://dfa.gov.ph/dfa-news/statements- … 4-may-2019

https://www.bakermckenzie.com/en/insigh … galization

https://www.nationalapostille.com/

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel … jKrz_-BYKg

Oh Geeze... that’s going to cause some major hassles for folks. Especially for those that are already here.

This authentication may be easier than it seems?
Has anyone asked if your govt agency office in Manila can do that work for you instead of back in your own country?

daenr :

This authentication may be easier than it seems?
Has anyone asked if your govt agency office in Manila can do that work for you instead of back in your own country?

At this time, the U.S. Embassy in Manila does provide Apostille service.

Looks like they nailed me! I have an Embassy appt for May 23!!!! If they won't do anything now, is anyone familiar with a Apostille Service Provider in Manila that I can hire to complete the process of requesting new apostilled documents? (rodcar48[at]hotmail.com)

Rodjet0712 :

Looks like they nailed me! I have an Embassy appt for May 23!!!! If they won't do anything now, is anyone familiar with a Apostille Service Provider in Manila that I can hire to complete the process of requesting new apostilled documents? (rodcar48[at]hotmail.com)

I do not know of any service within the Philippines at this time, though your U.S. issued documents would need to be notarized and Apostilled in the U.S.

Have you tried contacting this agency? They could at least point you in the right direction.

https://www.nationalapostille.com/

I'm actually at their website now! I'll also talk with the PRA on Thursday after my Embassy Appointment. Thanks for the response!

Before being able to register my foreign divorce at the Manila Civil Registry in April 2019, my divorce paper need to be red ribboned at the Consulate/Embassy in Australia...and red ribboned again at DFA Pasay. Are you saying the Red Ribbon at the consulate in your home country is now accepted.

PS. My attorney in melbourne handled the Consulate Red Ribbon and I also had a green ribbon by DFAT, which was completely  a waste of money as it was not needed.

May 2018 the house passed a bill that would allow Filipinos to skip the judicial recognition of Foreign documents (eg) divorce decrees and proceed to gain "single status" with PSA records. I can't find out if that became a law...Anyone know??

Munchie :

Before being able to register my foreign divorce at the Manila Civil Registry in April 2019, my divorce paper need to be red ribboned at the Consulate/Embassy in Australia...and red ribboned again at DFA Pasay. Are you saying the Red Ribbon at the consulate in your home country is now accepted.

PS. My attorney in melbourne handled the Consulate Red Ribbon and I also had a green ribbon by DFAT, which was completely  a waste of money as it was not needed.

Red Ribboning is a thing of the paste in Philippine consulates in countries like the U.S. who are members of the Hauge Apostille agreement.  In countries that are not members, the Philippine consulate will continue Red Ribbon authentication.
Documents already red ribboned are not part of the change.

My wife and I were married in the U.S. and in order for our marriage to be registered in the Philippines, we simply took the marriage license to the Phil embassy in D.C. and registered it. No red ribbon needed.

If your documents have already been red ribbon authenticated at the Phil consulate. you're done, at least in the way I read the new rules. 
The new requirements for Apostilled documents is for anyone who has not yet begun the process of authenticating their documents.

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