Since our Report of Marriage via mail to Los Angeles was rejected, here’s the Part II of filing our Report of Marriage to the Philippine Consulate. By this time is via the Outreach Program in San Diego California.
Again it is important to report our marriage to the Philippines because this serve the purpose of renewing our passport using married name and if we plan to become a dual citizen.
Referring to the ROM Requirements Listed at Phil. Consulate site, here’s the document I submitted at the Outreach Program.
- Cover Letter indicating the list of the documents I am submitting. It also served as a checklist for me so I can easily review my papers.
- Notarized Affidavit of Delayed Registration of Marriage, since we already passed 1 year of our wedding anniversary.
- Four (4) Original duly accomplished Report of Marriage Contracted Abroad Form. Notarized
- Wives should indicate maiden name as the last name.
- 4 Photocopies of Marriage Certificate
- 4 Photocopies of my passport (Filipina Spouse)
- 4 Photocopies of my Husband’s passport (US Citizen Spouse)
- 4 Photocopies of my Birth Certificate (Filipina Spouse)
- 4 Photocopies of my husband’s birth certificate (US Citizen Spouse)
During the Process of ROM at the Outreach Program:
Since all our requirements are complete and notarized – the officers were able to process our papers and we were able to pay the $25 processing fee. We didn’t pay the $6 return envelope since we were there personally and they already processed our papers. From the 4 sets of ROM documents – they took 3 sets of documents and 1 set was returned to us. They told us we can request the NSO Certified copy of Marriage Certificate 3 to 4 months from the date we’ve been approved.
Yay! ROM Application Success!
Please READ Important NOTE and TIPS:
- The Original documents → Marriage Certificate, Passport and Birth Certificates are NOT taken from us during the filing of ROM at the Outreach Program. We just brought it just in case they require proof of original documents for comparison to the photocopies of the document.
- For the Notarization– we done our notary at San Diego Honorary Consulate suggested by the Outreach Program indicated on the Appointment Confirmation List. It is $10 per notary, cheaper than the $20 per notary at Postal Annex. The notarial and legalization of documents are NOT included in the Outreach Program.
- In California (based from my experience so far) ~ The notary is being done on additional paper since there is no space on the form itself. You don’t have to provide the additional paper, they will provide it for you.
- Our marriage contract has been authenticated with red ribbon during the time we have our ROM forms and Affidavit of Delayed Registration being notarized at the San Diego honorary consulate. It is not really required to have the marriage certificate be authenticated, but since we are already there – the lawyer assistant have it authenticated as well.
- If you are planning to file a ROM during the Outreach Program, always check the Phil Consulate jurisdiction website you belong to so you can plan ahead of time.
- If you are planning to file a ROM by mail, follow the instructions under Procedure and Requirements of filing a ROM such as Notarization of ROM forms to avoid rejection.
Disclaimer: I am no expert on filing a ROM. I wrote this blog based from my own experience. Requirements may vary depending on your jurisdiction. See Consulate Finder Map for your reference.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What age shall I use on filling up ROM Form? It should be your age the time you get married.
- What surname shall I use on filling up ROM form? Should be your maiden name or your surname before marrying your US Citizen Fiance. See procedure and Requirement #2 on this link – ROM
- What signature can I use for the ROM? Any signature you are currently using now.