My wife’s visa application (Partnership-Based Temporary Visa) overlapped with my departure date so we had to apply for a Certified True Copy (CTC) of my passport. To get one, I went to DFA Manila (in ASEANA) with the following documents:
- Original Passport
- Proof of Requirement for Certified Copy of Passport – DFA requires a valid reason for application of the certification. In our case, I brought a copy of INZ 1146 Form (Form for Partners Supporting Partnership-Based Temporary Entry Applications). This form lists it as a requirement.
When I got to DFA, I asked for assistance from the guard on duty. I showed him my documents, and he politely directed me to wait in line opposite the window for passport certifications. On my turn, I handed over my documents to the officer. After verification, I was instructed to go to the 2nd floor for payment. Total cost is 100 PHP. Then, I went back to the verification officer to present the receipt.
We could only wish for a faster processing but we had to wait for 10 days before we get the stamped and signed photocopy of my passport. It helps to apply for it in advance.
It is also advisable to go to DFA early and bring photocopies of your documents beforehand (even photocopy services have long queues).
* I used the same Certified True Copy of Passport for my NZQA application.