Saturday, June 23, 2018

Retention and Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship

Former Filipinos may re-acquire their Philippine citizenship through Republic Act (RA) No. 9225 or the Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act. This law, which took effect on 17 September 2003, declares that former natural-born Filipino citizens who acquired foreign citizenship through naturalization are deemed to have not lost their Philippine Citizenship under conditions provided in the Act. A former Filipino can re-acquire Philippine citizenship by taking the oath of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines.


  • Duly accomplished application form
  • Birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (Formerly known as NSO) duly authenticated by the DFA. In case the birth certificate is not available, other documentary proof of the applicant’s being a former natural-born Filipino citizen.
  • Certificate of Naturalization. Since the Act requires that the “loss of Philippine citizenship by the applicant must be on account of naturalization as a citizen of a foreign country”, the applicant should submit documents showing the fact of his/her naturalization as a citizen of a foreign country.
  • DFA Authenticated marriage certificate, if married
  • DFA Authenticated death certificate, if widowed
  • Annulment, if the marriage is annulled. The court decision to nullify the marriage must be certified by the proper court and authenticated by DFA
  • Divorce decree, if divorcee. It must be certified by the proper court
  • Three (3) passport photos of the applicant (colored taken against a white background, size 3.5cm x 4.5cm)
  • Payment in cash of consular service fee of $85.00 for taking an Oath of Allegiance for the re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship

The processing of the application will take two (2) business days.