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DUAL CITIZENSHIP: REPUBLIC ACT 9225 OR CITIZENSHIP RETENTION AND REACQUISITION ACT OF 2003

Republic Act 9225, or the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003, was passed into law on 29 August 2003. R. A. 9225 grants natural born Filipinos who have lost their Filipino citizenship through naturalization in a foreign country the opportunityRepublic Act 9225, or the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003, was passed into law on 29 August 2003. R. A. 9225 grants natural born Filipinos who have lost their Filipino citizenship through naturalization in a foreign country the opportunityto retain of reacquire the Filipino citizenship.

Requirements and Procedure to Retain/Reacquire Philippine Citizenship:

As laid out in the Implementing Rules and Regulations, the requirements for those who wish to reacquire or retain their Fili.pino citizenship are as follows:

1. Duly accomplished application form. This will serve as the applicant's petition.

2. Set of Three (3) 2" x 2" photographs with plain white background showing the applicant's left-side view (1 photo), right-side view (1 photo) and front view (1 photo). If the size is not available, regular passport size is acceptab1e.

3. Birth Certificate issued on NSO security paper and authenticated/apostilled by the DFA or if born abroad, Report of Birth issued by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over applicants place of birth.

    Please note that original BCs will be submitted by the Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over applicant's place of birth.

4. Certificate of Naturalization as a. Greek/Cypriot/Macedonian citizen of other documentary proof of acquisition of said citizenship (present original and submit photocopy) with official translation from MFA.

5. Current valid foreign passport (present original and submit photocopy of info page.

6. If still available, latest Philippine passport

7. For those with minor children/dependents included in the application, legalized or authenticated Birth Certificate/Report of Birth of minor children/dependents. (Present original and submit one photocopy).

8. For applicants who were married, widowed, divorced, or whose marriage has been annulled, (if applicable), please present and submit copy of the appropriate document: Marriage Contract/Certificate of Marriage (if married in the Philippines) or Report of Marriage (if married Abroad); Death Certificate of spouse or Court Order of Presumptive death (authenticated by DFA); or Report of Divorce/Divorce Decree or Certificate of Finality of Decision and Court Order/Decision.

Please note that applicants may be asked to submit additional supporting documents in case of discrepancies, etc. After the documents are assessed by the evaluating officer in the Embassy, the applicant will be informed within 5 working days from the date of submission of the documents, if the application has been approved or not.

If approved, the applicant has to execute an Oath of Allegiance before a Consular Officer in the Embassy. After taking the Oath, the applicant may choose to apply for a Philippine passport. Please refer to the requirements for passport renewal.

Requirements and Procedure to Retain/Reacquire Philippine Citizenship

Petition/Application for Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition (under R.A. 9225)

NOTE: Please address all inquiries on consular matters (example: Passport; Civil Registry; Notarial and Legalization - SPA, Affidavit; Dual Citizenship; Overseas Voting Registration; etc.), including requests for appointment, to email address:

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The email will be received by the Philippine Embassy’s Consular Section which will reply to the email at the soonest possible time.

You may also call the Consular Section at tel. nos. 210 672 1883 ext 112 and 116 or sa 210 672 2011, from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM, Monday to Friday, except holidays.

Thank you.