Former Filipino citizens can request the Philippine Consulate General to administer their oath of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines for the purpose of reacquiring or retaining their Philippine citizenship in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act No. 9225. But before they can do that, they need to apply in the Philippine Consulate General's office with the proper documents for submission. Filing and applying for a Petition for Dual Citizenship will be easy if you follow all the necessary requirements.
Applicants do not need to call for an appointment in the Philippine Consulate. Just make sure to be there and submit your dual citizenship application form together with all the supporting documents at the Philippine Consulate located nearest your area during their office hours from Monday-Friday, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Take note of the non-working holidays in the Philippines and USA since the Philippine Consulate General's office will also be closed during these important holidays.
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Visit the official website of the Consulate General of the Philippines where you can see their citizenship retention and reacquisition form. See the important resources below for additional guidelines on requirements on how to file a petition and apply for dual citizenship in the USA and Philippines. Print the official Philippine Consulate Form entitled "Petition for Dual Citizenship and Issuance of Identification Certificate (IC)" that you can find in one of the resources below.
You're required to read the guidelines which is entitled "Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003 (R.A. 9225)" which you can also see in one of the resources below before filling-up the official form. You need to check whether your name is exactly the one written on your Philippine birth certificate or report of birth including married surname if applicable.
If you have a minor unmarried children below eighteen (18) years of age, bring and present the original copy and submit 3 photocopies of the child's birth certificate and foreign passport. Take note that the Philippine Consulate will only accept application forms that are typed or printed legibly and completely.
Attach two (2) recent and identical 2" x 2" clear photos showing the front view to your dual citizenship application form. The beneficiary children are not required to submit these photos.
Make sure that you are well prepared with the acceptable forms of identification when you submit your dual citizenship application form. Present the original copy and submit 3 photocopies of any the following accepted documents like your Philippine birth certificate, an old Philippine Passport, marriage contract indicating the Philippine citizenship of the applicant, voter's affidavit or identification card.
If you do not have any of the above documents, you could still bring another document that would show that you are a former natural born citizen of the Philippines and hopefully it will be accepted to the evaluating officer. You still need to provide an original copy as well as 3 photocopies of this document.
If your name appearing in the birth certificate or other document mentioned is not correct then you need bring supporting documents for your change of name if it's different from that indicated in your Certificate of Naturalization, foreign passport and other documents. You may execute an affidavit (form provided in the Philippine Consulate's website) explaining such difference and present original copies of at least two public or private documents showing your correct name as the applicant (make at least 3-4 photocopies to be submitted).
If you're a Bureau of Immigration (BI)-registered alien applicant, be sure to submit the original ACR and ICR/CRTV or (in its absence) an affidavit explaining the loss of the said documents. As much as possible, place them in a labeled folder for easy access of these important documents.
Present the original copy and submit 3 photocopies of your Certificate of Naturalization. In case if your Certificate of Naturalization is not available for any reason, execute an affidavit (a form provided in the Philippine Consulate's website, please see the resources below) and explain how your foreign citizenship was acquired as well as why the said certificate cannot be presented. Take note that this affidavit has to be notarized.
Pay a processing fee if your application will be accepted. The present principal application fee is $50.00 and $25.00 for each child-beneficiary.
Your payment may be in the form of cash, bank draft or money order payable to the Philippine Consulate General. Always refer to the Philippine Consulate General's official website before you personally apply to their office because there might be sudden changes to any of their requirements especially to their application fees.
Be sure to sign the Oath of Allegiance and Identification Certificate (IC) after paying your dual citizenship application fee. This certificate will be prepared by the Consulate and you'll receive a notice of the date and time for taking the Oath of Allegiance before a Consular Officer. You also need to affix thumbprints in the spaces provided in the Oath of Allegiance and Identification Certificate IC.
Expect to receive the original copy of your notarized Oath of Allegiance, Order of Approval and (IC) issued by the Consulate after the oath-taking. Your approved and completed application together with the supporting documents, including oath of allegiance, order of approval, ACR and ICR/CRTV, if any, will be forwarded in Manila, Philippines.
Tips & Warnings
If you visit the Philippine Consulate General's official website, they may require you to submit only one photocopy from your original document but there could be instances that they'll ask for more photocopies so just prepare at 3-4 for your convenience. Some of their offices may also have machine photocopiers.
Most Filipinos find the working staff assigned at different Philippine Consulate General's offices are very nice and helpful with smiling faces ever ready to assist applicants so don't hesitate to ask for help with regards to your dual citizenship application.
- OFFICIAL PHILIPPINE CONSULATE FORM: PETITION FOR DUAL CITIZENSHIP AND ISSUANCE OF IDENTIFICATION CERTIFICATE (IC)
- CITIZENSHIP RETENTION AND RE-ACQUISITION ACT OF 2003 (R.A. 9225)