Previously, we shared a guide for Filipinos who are planning to get married in Oman. This time around, we are going to talk about another family-related topic: applying for a child’s Report of Birth. This, in turn, can be used to obtain the child’s Philippine Birth Certificate.
If you have just given birth, or if you will soon be parents to a newborn baby, don’t forget to apply for a Report of Birth. If both parents are Filipino citizens, or even if only one of the parents is a Filipino, applying for the child’s Report of Birth – and eventually obtaining his/her Philippine Birth Certificate – is an essential task.
Guide to Applying for a Report of Birth
Under Philippine law, the Philippine Birth Certificate serves as an official and permanent record of a person’s existence and family relations. It is a common requirement in many situations: enrolling in school, applying for a voter’s ID, getting a job, getting married, and so on.
For children who are born abroad, their parents or legal guardian can apply for a Philippine Birth Certificate. This is done by reporting the child’s birth at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate that has jurisdiction over the country or locality where the child was born.
Requirements and Fees
To apply for a child’s Report of Birth at the Philippine Embassy, you will need to prepare:
- Accomplished Report of Birth (ROB) Form (4 copies). You can download it through this link.
- Child’s Birth Certificate issued by the Royal Oman Police (1 original apostille + 3 copies). This should be translated into English and apostilled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Check out this link for more information about getting an Omani birth certificate.
- Passports of the Child’s Parents (original + 4 copies). The original passport is required for verification by the Consular Section.
- Marriage Certificate of the Child’s Parents (1 original apostille + 3 copies). This should be issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and apostilled by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). As an alternative, the parents may also submit 4 copies of their Report of Marriage (ROM) issued by the Philippine Embassy.
- Report of Birth Fee – OMR 10
- Affidavit of Delayed Report of Birth – OMR 10. This applies to cases when the Report of Birth is submitted more than one (1) year from the child’s date of birth.
NOTE: Keep in mind that the Philippine Embassy will only accept a Report of Birth for Filipinos with proof of having been born in Oman, especially in cases of delayed registration. If one of the requirements cannot be submitted because of special circumstances, a request for a meeting with Consular Personnel may be sought by sending an email to email@example.com.
Obtaining the Philippine Birth Certificate
About three (3) months after submitting a Report of Birth at the Philippine Embassy in Oman, the child’s Birth Certificate can be obtained from the PSA in the Philippines. You can do this by:
- Assigning a representative in the Philippines to get the Birth Certificate at any PSA Census Serbilis Center or SM Business Center on your behalf; or
- Applying online through the PSA Serbilis official website.
Meanwhile, if you need to submit copies of your child’s Philippine Birth Certificate to any government agency or establishment in Oman, see to it that it gets apostilled by the DFA first. In some cases, you may also need to have it translated into Arabic by a licensed translator, before submitting it to certain Omani government agencies or establishments.
Furthermore, to enable your representative in the Philippines to get documents apostilled on your behalf, be sure to assign him/her as your Attorney-in-Fact (AIF). This can be done by applying for a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) that can be notarized at the Philippine Embassy in Oman.
DISCLAIMER: The above guide is presented for general information-sharing purposes only. To know more about applying for a Report of Birth, please visit the official website of the Philippine Embassy in Muscat, Oman. In addition, please read this article for more details about how to get documents authenticated or apostilled.