Friday, November 16, 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.

Requirements:

  • Duly accomplished application form
  • Birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (Formerly known as NSO) duly authenticated by the DFA
  • 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.