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Philippines/damaged Philippine Passport with US Visa (10 yr multiple)


My parents visited me here in Maryland last year from September to December 2012. 2 weeks after they arrived my mother accidentally washed my father's jacket with passport inside its pocket.

We immediately went to have his passport replaced at the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC and he surrendered his old and damaged passport there. A few days before they fly back to Manila, he received his passport replacement without a US Visa in it. How can my father get his US Visa back? does he needs to apply again? he doesn't have his old passport but he had copied all the pages of his old one before surrendering it at the Philippine Embassy in DC. They have plans of visiting me again this year. Hope you can help me out. Thank you.

Sorry to hear he made such a big mistake because it's usually NOT necessary to surrender one's passport when applying for a new one. My wife had 10 year B1B2 USA visa and travels with it even after the expiry date of the passport's stamped inside together with her new passport. My wife laundered my USA passport by mistake also and I just continued to travel with it. The travel agent can probably check if the copy of the USA VISA and his former surrendered passport will work or  not; otherwise he'll have to apply for a new visa.

My wife, Lorna just told me to assure you that it might take time but YES his USA Visa copy when be allowed because it's issuance # can be authenticated.


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Bill and Lorna Collings


Feel FREE to ask us about traveling, living, relocating, retiring and investing in the Philippines. Guests from 93 countries, the latest being a female PHD from Uganda, make our place in Manila an incredible meeting place for world travelers who exchange travel stories. We understand both the joys and the hardships of living and traveling in the Philippines.


I arrived in the Philippines in January 1980 to travel for 2 months; I stayed 4 months before reluctantly leaving. I met my Filipina wife, Lorna. an incredible stellar, "one in a million" individual in 1983 in Seoul and we moved to the Philippines in 1986 and opened our 3BR house to world travelers on a budget. After welcoming thousands of guests from 93 nations our place has grown to 38 bedrooms in 5 townhouse units, 4 of which are attached but will never lose its "Home away from Home" atmosphere. Almost everyday at The Townhouse Hotel there's a party-like social scene with vibrant, almost magical energetic conversations between our guests who have the pleasure to meet each other and share their life's many experiences.Often three groups with conversations in different languages are going on at the same time. So we've been exposed to every kind of person from all over the world and shared their experiences. Since arriving back in the Philippines Nov 2011 from traveling for 8 months my wife and I have been busy buying land, building houses and expanding our Boracay beach front resort, Casa Camilla for 16 months. Hopefully we'll be finished by the end of 2013 with a total of 50 apartments, 44 units for yearly stays and the six units in our house to be saved for short term stays.

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