THE Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco (PCGSF) announced on Tuesday, July 21 that it has suspended all applications for consular services that are done in-person effective Thursday, July 20 in a release sent out by its Cultural, Community and Public Information Section.
The suspension is due to the directives by California Gov. Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Mayor London Breed mandating the closure of offices in non-critical sectors, and also to safeguard the health and well-being of applicants and personnel, the release stated.
Appointments for the following applications that require in-person services were cancelled July 23 until further notice:
• Passport renewal
• Passport release (important note: new passports are to be released by mail)
• Notarization services
• Dual citizenship (important not: applicants may be submitted via email)
• Social Security System.
Only the following services that are submitted via mail will be attended to:
• Extension of passport validity
• Civil Registry applications (Report of Birth, Report of Marriage, Report of Death, Consular Mortuary Certificate)
• Dual citizenship (submitted via email).
The PCGSF, at the same time, released detailed information on services it can provide at this time and how to contact consular divisions via email.
Those who have an urgent travel to the Philippines are advised of the following:
• If their passport is still valid, they may wish to apply for the extension of their passport’s validity. Details may be accessed at this link: http://philippinessanfrancisco.org/news/7137/591/Passport-Extension/d.phildet/.
• If their passport validity has expired or the passport is lost, they may apply for a Travel Document which may be used for one-way travel to the Philippines and is valid for thirty (30) calendar days. Details may be accessed at this link: http://philippinessanfrancisco.org/news/5197/591/Travel-Document-Procedure/d.phildet/.
Those who have already applied for passport renewal may request to have their new passport mailed to them. Details may be accessed at this link: http://philippinessanfrancisco.org/uploads/Consular/SF/Images/PassportIssuancebyMail.v4.pdf.
For other queries regarding passport concerns, the public can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those in need of notarization services may apply for an Apostille with their respective Secretaries of State. For queries regarding legal concerns, the public can send an email to email@example.com.
Civil Registry Applications
Those filing civil registry applications (Report of Birth, Report of Marriage, Report of Death, Consular Mortuary Certificate) are advised to mail-in their applications to the Consulate. For queries regarding civil registry applications, the public can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those applying for dual citizenship are advised to send their documents (application form, PSA birth certification, naturalization certificate) by email to email@example.com, or to mail their physical documents to the Consulate for pre-review. Those who are eligible for dual citizenship based on the pre-review shall be advised of the next steps via email or phone call.
Those in need of emergency services (e.g. due to death in the family, medical emergencies, legal concerns) are advised to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 269-2090.
Social Security System
For inquiries regarding SSS services, send an email to email@example.com or call (415) 757-0641.
The Tuesday release also noted that “to counter the surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, San Francisco ordered all indoor malls and non-essential offices to close, effective Monday, July 20. The pause in the city’s reopening shall continue indefinitely until critical indicators related to the spread of COVID-19 improve. Mayor Breed also reserved the option to close additional sectors beyond those mandated by the state in order to reduce the ongoing surge of cases and hospitalizations.”
“The Consulate advises all Filipino-Americans in its jurisdiction to continuously follow state and local health directives, practice good hygiene, wear masks, practice social distancing and limit going outside except for essential services. Those who come in contact with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and/or experience symptoms are advised to get tested and self-quarantine for at least fourteen (14) days,” it added.