What is a DFA Red Ribbon?
Why is a DFA Red Ribbon important?
How can I get a DFA Red Ribbon?
How much does a DFA Red Ribbon cost?
How long does it take to get a DFA Red Ribbon?
DFA = “Department of Foreign Affairs”
A DFA Red Ribbon is simply and literally a red ribbon wrapped around your paper(s). It signifies that your papers are Authentic Philippine Documents. In most countries, your Philippine documents are not considered as valid if it doesn't have a red ribbon from the DFA. The red ribbon is a proof or an authentication.
For example, if you are using your NSO Birth Certificate just INSIDE the Philippines, you don't NEED a red ribbon for it. But if you are using your NSO Birth Certificate OUTSIDE the Philippines, then you NEED a red ribbon for it. For example, papers that need red ribbon when I applied for a German Spouse Visa were the NSO Birth Certificate and the NSO Certificate of Marriage.
Unfortunately, you can only get the red ribbon at DFA Manila. I lived in Cebu so what I did was ask for help in a Travel Agency, give them an authorization letter, and let them do the work. So I really have no idea with the actual processing of the paper at DFA Manila. I think if you process yourself, it would only cost about 300 Pesos or less (I am not sure just a rough estimate from what I have read or heard). I paid 1900 Pesos in the Travel Agency per document and I received my Certificate of Marriage with Red Ribbon from DFA after 3 weeks.
Now you are probably wondering why is it so expensive. In my opinion, 1900 Pesos for a single paper is really very expensive. But considering that I was not living in Manila, it would be much easier and hassle-free rather than I go to Manila. If you process the paper yourself you have to book a 2-way ticket from your place to Manila. You have to fall in line, and maybe wait for your number or whatever the procedures are. If something is wrong with your papers or the DFA needed some additional/supporting papers but you don't have it, you forgot to bring it or you need to process this additional paper in your hometown then it would be a TOTAL WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY! In addition, it would also be possible that you can't get your paper the same day. Maybe you can only get your paper the next day, or after 1 week, who knows? And so if that happens, you have to book a room in a hotel and so on...
So what you think? 1900 Pesos or process it yourself? ^_^
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