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Reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship

Former Filipinos may reacquire their Philippine citizenship through Republic Act (RA) No. 9225 or the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition 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 the conditions provided in the Act. A former Filipino can reacquire 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
  • 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 or PayNow of the consular service fee of $85.00 for the Oath of Allegiance for the re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship

Important note:

Please bring a photocopy of all of the documentary requirements, the processing of the application will take two (2) business days.

Making An Appointment

All clients for PHL citizenship retention/reacquisition are required to make a prior appointment through email.

Please send your request to and indicate “Retention/Reacquisition of PHL citizenship” as the subject. Kindly state your full name (last name, first name, middle name) and contact details (email address and contact number). You will be advised of the date and time of your confirmed appointment.

“No Appointment, No Entry” policy will be strictly enforced by the Embassy. Only the applicant will be allowed to enter the Embassy premises.

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