Congrats!Sharing my passport submission experience and might be informative to some. Apologies if this will be lengthy once again.
Since I’m from Iloilo, I had to send my passport either to the Visa Application Centre in Manila or Cebu. After doing some research, getting info from friends and asking my visa consultant, I decided to send it to Cebu, here’s why:
1. It is more convenient to send your passport where your biometrics were collected, otherwise,
2. VFS will charge additional P392 package transmission fee if you forwarded your passport to a different VAC on top of the courier fee.
Anyhoo, here is how I sent my passport:
Sept 9- Ordered manager’s check in the amount stated for the Courier fee plus the SMS service fee- P398
- LBC’d my passport and the required docs like my Passport request letter, Contact info (printed mine in a piece of paper), the signed consent form and of course the manager’s check.
Sept 10- I was already having a mini panic attack by this time thinking my parcel got delayed because there was no update when I checked the tracker.
Sept 11- Praise God LBC finally updated my transaction and it was safely delivered to VAC Cebu.
Sept 12- Very early in the morning, I received SMS and Email updates from VFS that my transaction was on process, they also gave me a transaction number if I wanted to check the status online. AND by 1:35pm, I was informed that my decision envelope (passport and IRCC letter) has been couriered from VAC cebu through LBC.
SEPT 13- GOT MY STAMPED PASSPORT
Again, I’m amazed how fast the process has been since I reapplied and truly grateful for this blessing. Initially, I was told to wait until next week to receive my passport. But lo and behold, got mine in 5days including shipping.
Because I’m a bit OC, despite reading stuff from the website about the passport submission, I still called their hotline to make sure I fully understood the guidelines and all. Also, since there was money involved I was sigurista na because I’ve been getting different amounts from people. Every piso counts matapos ang lahat nang gastos sa application na ito.
Upnext...relax a bit, book my flight and prepare for this journey.
Super happy for you!
Btw, I got my GCMS already. Quite weird because there's no detailed reason why my application was denied. What I had in my refusal letter is the same verbatim.