I was born in the Philippines; my parents are both Filipino citizens. Our family moved to Macau and we were granted permanent residency several years ago. In 2012, I renounced my Filipino citizenship because I applied for Chinese nationality and it was later on approved. I am planning to go back to the Philippines next year to pursue my schooling. I just want to know if I can apply for dual citizenship in the Philippines. If so, what should I do? Which government agency should I approach regarding my concerns? I would greatly appreciate your help.
Dear Ms. Lhynne,
Considering that you are a natural-born Filipino citizen as you are born of Filipino parents and you merely acquired your foreign citizenship after the application thereof, you may apply for dual citizenship under the provisions of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 9225, otherwise known as the “Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003.”
You may file your application before the Bureau of Immigration, which is situated in Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, Manila. It is essential for you to submit the following: (1) Duly accomplished verified petition; (2) Two pieces passport-sized colored pictures over royal blue background; (3) Original and photocopy of your foreign passport; (4) Photocopy of the certificate of naturalization or in the absence thereof, an original affidavit stating how you acquired your foreign citizenship; (5) Two pieces of self-addressed stamped envelopes; (6) Proof as a natural-born citizen, which may be any of the following: (a) Philippine birth certificate; (b) Old Philippine passport; (c) Voter’s identification card; (d) Philippine marriage certificate; or (e) Other Philippine issued official document indicating that you are a natural-born citizen.
Upon submission and assessment of your application, you will be required to take your oath of allegiance before an authorized legal officer of the Bureau of Immigration. In the event that you cannot personally appear before this office, you may take your oath of allegiance before any person duly authorized to administer oath. However, it is necessary for you to attach to the said oath of allegiance a duly notarized written justification or explanation why your oath of allegiance was not taken before an authorized legal officer of the Bureau of Immigration. Both the oath of allegiance and written justification or explanation must be submitted to this office together with the above-stated requirements.
If your requirements are complete, you will be asked to settle your filing fee in the amount of Three Thousand Pesos (P3,000.00). (immigration.gov.ph) The Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration shall grant your petition for dual citizenship if he finds your application in order. An order of approval and a certificate of Retention and Re-acquisition shall likewise be issued in your favor.
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