Our eldest son, JJ, who was 13 years old at that time, traveled to the USA all by himself.
Before a minor can travel abroad unaccompanied by any parent or legal guardian, a DSWD permit is needed.
Here are the requirements and procedure for obtaining a DSWD permit for unaccompanied minor travelling overseas:
- Fill out the DSWD Application Form. Click on this link to download the form.
- Submit the accomplished form together with the following documents:
i. Photocopy of Birth Certificate or Passport of the minor;
ii. Written consent of both parents or Legal Guardian. In JJ’s case, however, I was the only one who accomplished the written consent because my wife is in the US.
iii. Photocopy of Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents or Certificate of Legal Guardianship if the minor is under guardianship.
iv. If the minor is visiting a relative or friend abroad, a written acknowledgement of support by the relative or friend MIGHT be required like in our case. The document should bear the original signature of the relative or friend. In the absence of the acknowledgement letter, you will be required to execute a waiver duly notarized by a notary public.
v. 2 colored passport size photos of the minor taken within the past 6 months.
NOTE: Although Photocopy is stated, it is prudent to bring with you the original document just in case they need to see it.
Here is an example of Written Consent.
To Whom It May Concern:
I, Juan dela cruz, of legal age and resident of 123 Aguinaldo st., Red Park Subdivision, Pasay City, is the father of John dela Cruz, born on September 1, 2005 in Quezon City, with Passport No. XYZ1234567 issued on 10 March 2015 in Manila, hereby consent that the above named child will travel to Chicago, IL, USA on November 12, 2015 until January 30, 2016. He will be staying with his grandmother, Juanita dela Cruz-Smith, resident of 49 Viewcrest Cescent, Chicago, IL USA, with Passport No. ABC012345678.
I hereby release the DSWD and other Philippine government agency from any liability whatsoever arising from the travel of my child.
Any questions regarding this consent letter can be directed to the undersigned at 621-XXXX or my mobile number 0917-XXXXXXX.
JUAN DELA CRUZ
NOTE2: If the minor is traveling with a person other than the parent/s or legal guardian, a photocopy of the passport of the traveling companion should be presented.
Php 300.00 with validity of one (1) year.
Php 600.00 with validity of two (2) years.
III. How long does it take for the certificate to be released?
It took 5 working days for the permit to be released from the day I submitted the application. The ideal time frame should be at least 2 months prior to the date of departure of the minor to give some leeway for unexpected delays specially for those with extraordinary circumstance like common names, missing documents etc.
IV. DSWD OFFICES
DSWD-National Capital Region
389 San Rafael Street, corner Legarda St., Sampaloc, Manila
Tel/Fax: (02)313-1435 loc 210,733-0010 to 14/488-3104
DSWD Field Office I
Quezon Avenue, San Fernando, La Union
Tel/Fax: (072) 888-2505/888-2184
DSWD-Field Office II
3 Dana Pagyaya, Regional Government Center Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
DSWD-Field Office III
Government Center, Maimpis, San Fernando, Pampanga
DSWD Field Office IV-A (CALABARZON)
Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa City
Tel/Fax: (02) 387-2632 or 850-8380/807-1518
DSWD Field Office IV-B (MIMAROPA)
1680 F.T. Benitez corner Gen. Malvar Sts., Malate, Manila
Tel/Fax: (02) 336-8106 local 401/336-8106 local 103
DSWD Field Office V Magnolia St. PBN Buraguis, Legaspi City
Tel/Fax: (052) 821-7920 or 480-5346/480-5754
DSWD Field Office VI
M.H. del Pilar Street, Molo, Iloilo City
Tel: (033) 300-0526/ 337-6221
DSWD Field Office VII
MJ Cuenco Avenue corner Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City
Tel/Fax: (032) 233-8779 or through trunkline no. 412-9908
DSWD Field Office VIII
Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City
Tel/Fax: (053) 321-3090 or 321-1176/ 321-1007
DSWD Field Office IX
General Vicente Alvarez St., Zamboanga City
Tel/Fax: (062) 991-6030, 991-6056 (trunkline)/993-0652
DSWD Field Office X
Masterson Ave., Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City
Tel/Fax: (088) 858-88-92/858-89-59
DSWD Field Office XI
Suazo St., cor. Magsaysay Ave., Davao City
Tel/Fax: (082) 226-28-57/227-8746
DSWD Field Office XII
9506-Purok Bumanoag, Brgy. Zone 3, Koronadal City
Tel/Fax: (083) 520-0572 or 228-3180/228-8637
DSWD Field Office CARAGA
R. Palma St. Butuan City
Tel/Fax: (085) 346-0113/815-9173
DSWD Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
40 North Drive, Baguio City Tel/Fax:
(074) 444-3209 or 444-3262/442-7917
Here is the map to the DSWD Manila: