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CITIZENSHIP RETENTION AND RE-ACQUISITION ACT OF 2003 (R.A. 9225)

REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES IN ACCORDANCE WITH M.C. NO. AFF-05-002 ISSUED BY THE PHILIPPINE BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION

1.  What is Republic Act 9225?

2.  Who are qualified to apply under the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003?

3.  How does one prove that he or she is a natural-born Filipino?

4.  Where do I apply for re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship if I am in the Philippines?

5.  Where do I apply for re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship if I am overseas?

6.  What is the procedure in applying and what documents are required in order to apply?

7.  Copy of Republic Act no. 9225

8.  Primer on Dual Citizenship

9.  Will my application for dual citizenship under R.A. 9225 affect my U.S. citizenship?

10.  Application Form in jpeg format (front | back) or in pdf format (front | back)

11.  Helpful Links

Philippine Bureau of Immigration http://immigration.gov.ph/

Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs http://dfa.gov.ph/main/

U.S. Department of State http://www.state.gov/

12. Contact the Consulate (Attn: Dual Citizenship Section)

 

 
 
 

CITIZENSHIP RETENTION AND RE-ACQUISITION ACT OF 2003 (R.A. 9225)

REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES IN ACCORDANCE WITH

M.C. NO. AFF. 05-002 ISSUED BY THE PHILIPPINE BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION


What is Republic Act No. 9225?

Republic Act No. 9225 otherwise known as the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003 declares that natural-born citizens of the Philippines who become citizens of another country shall be deemed not to have lost their Philippine citizenship.

Who are qualified to apply under the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003?

Only natural-born citizens of the Philippines who have lost their Philippine citizenship by reason of their naturalization as citizens of a foreign country may retain/reacquire their Philippine citizenship under this Act.

RA 9225 does not apply to dual citizens, i.e., those who have both Philippine as well as foreign citizenship not acquired through naturalization.

“..Natural –born citizens of the Philippines who have lost their Philippine citizenship by reason of their naturalization as citizens of a foreign country are hereby deemed to have re-acquired Philippine citizenship upon taking the oath of allegiance to the Republic.” (Section 3, RA 9225)

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How does one prove that he or she is a natural-born Filipino?

A former natural-born citizen, who was born in the Philippines, shall submit the NSO-authenticated copy of his or her birth certificate.

A former natural-born citizen, who was born abroad, shall present a copy of the Report of Birth issued by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate and, in applicable cases, the original copy of the Birth Certificate by competent foreign authorities.

Where do I apply for re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship if I am in the Philippines?

A former natural-born Filipino citizen who is already in the Philippines and registered in the Bureau of Immigration shall file a petition under oath to the Commissioner of Immigration for the cancellation of the Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) and issuance of an Identification Certificate (IC) as the case may be, under RA 9225.

A former natural-born citizen who is already in the Philippines but has not registered with the BI within 60 days from date of arrival shall file a petition under oath to the Commissioner of Immigration for the issuance of an IC under RA 9225.

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Where do I apply for re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship if I am overseas?

A former natural-born citizen who is abroad but is a BI-registered alien shall file a petition under oath to the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate for evaluation. Thereafter, the Embassy or Consulate shall forward the entire records to the Commissioner of Immigration for the cancellation of the ACR and issuance of an IC under RA 9225.

A former natural-born citizen who is abroad and is not a BI-registered alien shall file a petition under oath to the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate for the issuance of an IC under RA 9225.

Will my application for dual citizenship under R.A. 9225 affect my U.S. citizenship?

Prospective applicants for dual citizenship under R.A. 9225 are advised to visit and read the contents of http://www.travel.state.gov/law/citizenship/citizenship_778.html, the website of the U.S. Department of State which contains information about current U.S. government policy on dual nationality, or to seek legal advice from a U.S. immigration lawyer.

Contact Details:

PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL
Attn:  Dual Citizenship Section

3600 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel: 213 637 3025 | Fax: 213 639 0990

E-mail:
losangelespcg@earthlink.net
Website:
www.philippineconsulatela.org | www.philippineslosangeles.org

 

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