Embassy opens field office at Olaya District

Posted at 05/16/2013 4:48 PM | Updated as of 05/16/2013 4:50 PM

MANILA – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh will open a field office at the Olaya District to extend consular services to Filipinos, particularly those working to correct their residency and labor status before the grace period of the Saudi Arabian government ends on July 3, 2013.

The field office will begin its operation on May 18 to June 5 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday to Wednesday.

It will offer the following consular services:

• Processing of Travel Documents;
• Releasing of Found Surrendered Passports;
• Extension of Found Surrendered Passports; and
• Requesting Search for Surrendered Passports.

"The Embassy would like to remind the Filipino community that the current grace period of the Saudi Government for correcting irregular residency and labor status ends on 03 July 2013," the embassy said in a statement.

The embassy added that Filipinos who have no new employers to transfer to, especially those without a valid passport, are advised to go home to the Philippines before the grace period ends.

"Should they decide to return to the Philippines during the current grace period, they will have to secure a travel document from the embassy," the embassy added.

The requirements for travel documents are as follows:

• Colored photo with white background (preferably passport size);
• Duly-accomplished passport application form (available both at the field office and from the Embassy website) and;
• Copy of old passport or other supporting documents

Travel documents are free of charge.

"The Embassy wishes to emphasize that Filipinos in this situation can still return to Saudi Arabia in the future when they obtain valid visas," said the embassy.

Meanwhile, those who received calls from the embassy can claim their found surrendered passports at the consular field office. The passport can only be released to the person it was issued to. No representatives are allowed.

Those who want to extend the validity of their found surrendered passports can also do so at the consular field office. The extended validity will be one year. The fee is SAR 80.00.

Filipinos can likewise come to the consular field office and submit a request, via a drop-box, to find their surrendered passport in the Embassy’s database. The Filipino should then wait for a call from the embassy regarding his/her request. Request forms are available at the field office, free of charge.