Frequently Asked Questions for U.S. and Canadian Residents

Passport Book

Your passport book cannot expire within 6 months of your release date. If it will, you must renew your passport before applying for any visas. Please pay the extra fees to expedite the renewal of the passport. Expediting times can take from 4–8 weeks to process.

Please send your passport book to the Travel Office. The consulate requires it to place visas in the passport book.

NOTE: A color photocopy of the signed passport ID page is also required. Please send both the passport book and the photocopy of the signed passport ID page to Church Travel.

What if the missionary didn't sign their middle name on their passport?

Missionaries should leave their signature as signed on the passport.

Why am I required to email my passport ID page to others?

The Area Travel Office staff in Manila is required to receive your passport ID page to begin the residency visa process before you arrive at the MTC. Please send this email promptly as soon as you have your passport book and have signed it.

Please scan and send your passport ID page to the following email addresses:,,,

In the subject line of the email, please write the following information about yourself:

Your full name, MTC date, Mission Name

(Example: Smith / John James, 31 March 2018, Philippines Tacloban)

Can I travel internationally before going to the MTC?

Please do not schedule any international travel within 60 days of your MTC date. This includes travel to Canada or Mexico and any cruises that are outside of the United States. This applies to all missionaries called to serve in the Philippines including senior couples/senior sisters.

Can I make corrections to my visa forms if the information already filled in is not correct?

You may use white-out tape (not liquid) to make needed changes on the questions about your passport only. Correct the items legibly using BLACK INK.

How do I attach my photo to the application?

You may use a glue stick glue (preferred) or you may paper clip the photo to the top-right side of the application. Please do not use staples or tape of any kind.

5 Photos/Signature on Photo

All 5 photographs must be the same picture. Please have the photos be precut to passport size. On one photo only, the missionary must sign their name on the front-right side of the photo, vertically on the photo itself. Do not use any liquid-type ink that will smear. Suggest use of older style ballpoint-type pens. Write hard enough for the ink to be seen. The signed photo must be attached to the visa application form. DO NOT SIGN the additional 4 photographs.

On Form 2A it says the missionaries' length of stay is three months.

Missionaries enter the Philippines with a three-month short-term visitor’s visa that will be switched to a long-term missionary visa after the missionaries arrive in the mission. This information is correct on the application.

On Form 2A, the missionary address appears as 2005 N 900 E. Is this correct?

Yes. Please do not change it.

Form 2A indicates that there is an application fee of $30.00. Do missionaries need to send the money to pay for this fee?

No, Missionary Travel will be paying this application fee.

The notary didn’t place the stamp in the correct place. What do I do?

The notary’s stamp must be:

  1. Contained wholly inside the white side sections of the visa application with their stamp not touching any black ink of the front of the visa application or bleeding through to any black sections on the back of the visa application.
  2. Be stamped on a separate piece of white paper with notarial language contained on the paper.
  3. Be on separate jurat or other notary acknowledgement form required by their state.

If the notary did not do it correctly, please call 1-800-537-3537 and ask us to email you a new application. Process the application again as instructed. Take the notary instruction sheet with you.

New Visa Processing Times

The Philippines consulate recently instituted an increase in visa processing times to be a “minimum of 30 days” for visa approval. Basically this means that if your visa is not received by the end of your MTC training, you will serve a temporary mission in the United States until the visa is approved and received.

If you are scheduled to attend the Philippines MTC and do not have your visa by your MTC date, you will attend the Provo MTC for training.

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