South Korea Visa Now Only Through Travel Agencies

If you are planning to visit South Korea anytime soon, it is good to know that you no longer need to wait in line by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to get a visa.  Starting July 1, 2018, South Korea visitors may secure their visas through authorized travel agencies! According to the KoreanContinue reading “South Korea Visa Now Only Through Travel Agencies”

My Experience Using the New DFA E-payment Portal

My passport is due to expire this month so I really made it a point to have it renewed before the end of May.  It was pretty difficult to get an appointment slot through the http://www.passport.gov.ph website but I finally was able to secure one last June 2, 2018. This was not the first timeContinue reading “My Experience Using the New DFA E-payment Portal”

Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: Wrong Year of Birth

A PSA Birth Certificate (formerly NSO Birth Certificate) bearing an incorrect birth date and month of the owner can be corrected under R.A. 9048 (also known as the Clerical Error Law).  But what if it is the birth year that needs correction?  Is this still covered by R.A. 9048?  Let us find out. Gelay wasContinue reading “Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: Wrong Year of Birth”

Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: Wrong Gender in NSO Birth Certificate

How do you correct a person’s gender in his NSO Birth Certificate (now PSA Birth Certificate)?  If he is male but his birth certificate shows him as “female”, can he have his birth certificate updated to show his correct gender? If your birth certificate shows an incorrect gender, it is considered a clerical error andContinue reading “Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: Wrong Gender in NSO Birth Certificate”

Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: How to Change an Illegitimate Child’s Last Name to Father’s Last Name

Can illegitimate children use their father’s last name?  What are the policies regarding a father’s acknowledgment of his illegitimate child when the child was born on or after August 3, 1988? Sandra was born when both her parents were just fresh out of college.  Her mom, Irene, still lived with her parents while her dad,Continue reading “Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: How to Change an Illegitimate Child’s Last Name to Father’s Last Name”

Problems with NSO Birth Certificate : “I Know My Name Is Pedro.”

What if the first name you have been using all your life is not the name written on your NSO Birth Certificate (now PSA Birth Certificate)?  )?  Is it possible to have such errors corrected?  Let’s find out from “Pedro”. His family and friends have always called him Pedro, “Pete” for short.  In a seaContinue reading “Problems with NSO Birth Certificate : “I Know My Name Is Pedro.””

Problems with NSO Birth Certificate : No First or Last Name in NSO Birth Certificate

What could be more disappointing than finding out that you do not have a first name or last name written on your NSO Birth Certificate (now PSA Birth Certificate)? It could be that your parents were overwhelmed with joy when they first saw you that they failed to tell the nurses your name.  Or maybeContinue reading “Problems with NSO Birth Certificate : No First or Last Name in NSO Birth Certificate”

Adopting a Foundling vs. Birth Simulation: What are the Pros and Cons?

After last Tuesday’s post on the characterization of a Foundling, I received numerous inquiries on adopting a foundling.  There were a handful who asked if it would be possible for the persons who found the foundling to simply facilitate the registration of the baby/child as if it were their own – meaning, have an NSO BirthContinue reading “Adopting a Foundling vs. Birth Simulation: What are the Pros and Cons?”