The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles renews and issues Philippines passports, issues Philippine visas, legalizes documents and provides civil registration services, according to the facility's official website. The consulate general also provides services for citizenship retention and re-acquisition, solemnizes marriages and provides registration services.
Philippine passport holders should renew their passports six months prior to the expiration date, notes the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles. The consulate general also recommends that travelers refrain from purchasing travel tickets until after receiving their new passports. Foreigners who wish to travel to the Philippines may also apply for a visa at the consulate, but American citizens do not have to do so if planning to stay for less than 30 days.
An American citizen who wishes to stay longer than 30 days in the Philippines must apply for a visa. Types of visas include tourist visas, minor visas, non-quota immigrant visas and quota visas, explains the consulate's website. The Philippine government only approves 50 quota visas annually. Other types of visas issued by the Philippine Consulate General include student visas and a special resident retiree's visa that caters specifically to the needs of non-immigrants who wish to live, retire and invest anywhere in the Philippines. This special retiree's visa includes a special study permit and offers multiple entry privileges.