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DUAL CITIZENSHIP (RA 9225)

The Philippine Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Law of 2003 (RA 9225) is a privilege accorded only to those in compliance with the law and existing regulations.

dual citizen by birth is a natural born Filipino born in a foreign country allowing/accepting dual nationality/dual citizenship; thus all that person (or parent/s of the person) needs to do is report the birth.

 

HOW DOES ONE REACQUIRE PHILIPPINE CITIZENSHIP UNDER RA 9225?

Natural-born Filipinos who lost their Filipino citizenship through naturalization in a foreign country may re-acquire Philippine citizenship by taking the Philippine Oath of Allegiance before a duly authorized Philippine official. The Philippine Oath of Allegiance does not require a person to renounce his allegiance to any other country.

 

WHO ARE NATURAL BORN FILIPINOS?

Those who are citizens of the Philippines from birth without having to perform any act to acquire or perfect their Philippine citizenship. These are persons:

  • Born after January 17, 1973, whose fathers or mothers are citizens of the Philippines at the time of their birth;•
  • Born before January 17, 1973 to a: Filipino Father; or Filipino Mother and that person elects Philippine citizenship upon reaching the age of majority.

 

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

 Submit the original and duplicate of the following documents:

  • Duly accomplished application form Dual Citizenship Form
  • Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority authenticated by DFA Manila OR Report of Marriage Certificate of Naturalization of foreign citizenship with English translation.
  • Foreign passport or Identity Card (copy: data page)
  • Philippine passport (copy: data page)
  • Three (3) recent passport-size colored photographs
  • Fee: US$50 or HUF 16,500

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR DEPENDENTS (DERIVATIVE CITIZENSHIP)

  • Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs or Report of Birth
  • Foreign passport or Identity Card
  • Two (2) recent passport-size colored photographs for each qualified dependent
  • Fee: US$25 for each minor child

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Accomplish fully, sign, and photocopy application form. Incomplete information may delay the processing of application.
  • Submit all requirements. All original documents will be returned as soon as verified by the processor. The Embassy retains all original English translations.
  • If the documents are complete, the Embassy will schedule the taking of the Oath of Allegiance
  • Personal appearance is required.
  • Passport application are processed and paid separately.

 

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS?

Filipinos who have re-acquired their Filipino citizenship under this Act may once again enjoy full civil and political rights under existing laws of the Philippines. Examples of these rights are:

  • Right to vote in Philippine national elections
  • Right to own land and property in the Philippines
  • Right to engage in business or profession as a Filipino

 

DO I NEED A PHILIPPINE PASSPORT TO TRAVEL TO THE PHILIPPINES?

No, just bring your valid Foreign passport and your Dual Citizenship Documents when you go to the Philippines.

 

HOW CAN I GET A PHILIPPINE PASSPORT?

Present these documents to the passport processor:

  • Dual Citizenship Documents
  • Old Philippine Passport or in case of loss, Affidavit of Loss
  • Completed Passport Application Form and
  • Birth Certificate from the National Statistics Office/Philippine Statistics Authority (5) Marriage Certificate from the National Statistics Office/ Philippine Statistics Authority  for females wishing to use their married surname for the first time. 

 

HOW LONG CAN I STAY IN THE PHILIPPINES?

You can stay in the Philippines indefinitely provided that upon your arrival in the Philippines you present before the Philippine Immigration Officer your valid Foreign passport and your Dual Citizenship Documents.

EXCEPTION: when you travel with your Foreign Husband/Wife/Child. You and your foreign husband/wife/child are entitled to a visa-free entry to the Philippines for a period of one (1) year from arrival in the Philippines, among other privileges, provided you all have round trip/return tickets with the same return flight schedule to the US.