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An Affidavit of Consent and Support is used when a minor child is applying for a passport or travelling with a person other than his or her parent(s), legal guardian or person exercising parental authority/legal custody over him or her. If the child is an illegitimate child, it is also needed when he or she is travelling with his/her biological father.
It should be signed by the parents or the legal guardian. However, if the child is an illegitimate child, the Affidavit of Consent and Support should be signed by the mother as the person exercising sole parental authority and custody over the child.
An Affidavit of Consent and Support used in applying for a passport for a minor child. If the parents or the legal guardian or person exercising parental authority/legal custody will not be accompanying the child in applying for a passport, a notarized Special Power of Attorney signed by the persons listed is also required.
It is also necessary for applying for a Travel Clearance. A Travel Clearance is required for the following:
The Travel Clearance is a document that is issued by the Department of Social Welfare and Development ("DSWD") Field Offices or by the Intercountry Adoption Board (ICAB) whichever is applicable to a minor travelling unaccompanied by any of the parent or persons exercising parental authority and legal custody over the child.
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This document can be used for the following purposes:
The user will then be asked questions depending on the purpose of the affidavit. Aside from the first purpose, the user will be asked for the person who will make travel arrangements, accompany the child to visa appoints and who will secure a travel clearance. General information regarding the travel, such as the point of origin and the destination and the purpose of the travel, will also be asked. The full name of the representative and the relationship of the representative to the person signing the affidavit will also be included in the affidavit.
General information regarding the affiant, such as their names, citizenship and address will also be asked. The affiant can be both parents, the mother, the father, or the legal guardian of the minor child. The user will also be asked for the number of children who will be covered by the affidavit, their name, age, birthday, and place of birth.
Once the document is completed, the user prints at least three (3) copies of the document. Once printed, the affiant swears an oath and signs the document in front of a notary public. If it is signed abroad, it should be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate. The notary public will keep one copy for their records.
Once the document has been notarized, it will then be submitted for the application of the passport or the travel clearance.
Some laws that are relevant to the Affidavit of Consent and Support are the 20014 Rules on Notarial Practice and the Philippine Passport Act of 1996.
Affidavits are governed by the 2004 Rules on Notarial Practice. On the other hand, Philippine Passport Act of 1996 lays down the policy and requirements for the issuance of passports while Administrative Order No. 19 Series of 2004 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development lays down the guidelines for minors travelling abroad.
The Department of Foreign Affairs of the DSWD may require the submission of other documents depending on the reason for travel of the minor child.
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