RECOGNITION AS A FILIPINO CITIZEN

This applies to children born abroad to parents who are former Filipino citizens and are eventually a naturalized citizens of another country at the time of birth of the child. Moreover, at the time of application for Dual citizenship, the child is already 18 years old and above. This also applies to anyone with Filipino lineage who are not eligible to apply under R.A. 9225 or the "Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003."

Under the Bureau of Immigration’s Law Instruction No. RBR-99002, issued on 15 April 1999, any child born of a Filipino parent may be recognized as a Filipino citizen under existing laws.

The application for Recognition as a Filipino citizen must be submitted to the Bureau of Immigration of the Philippines, with the following documentary requirements:

Documentary Requirements

Petition in the form of Letter-Request

The petition is in the form of a letter-request, made under oath by the Filipino parent or legally appointed guardian. A person who is 18 years old or above must apply in his/her own capacity.

In default of parents or a judicially appointed guardian, the following persons shall exercise substitute parental authority over the child in the order indicated:
(a) The surviving grandparent as provided in Article 214 of the Family Code;
(b) The oldest brother or sister over 21 years of age, unless unfit or disqualified; and
(c) The child’s actual custodian, over 21 years of age, unless unfit or disqualified.

In case the letter-request is made by a person on behalf of any of the parents, the legally appointed guardian, or persons exercising substitute parental authority, he or she must be duly authorized through a power of attorney to file such petition.

Birth Certificate issued by US vital records with Apostille

Submit one (1) original/CTC and (3) photocopies.

The complete names of parent/s must be reflected on the birth certificate issued by the US Vital Records.

Affidavit of Citizenship

This must be executed by the applicant’s Filipino parent attesting to his/her citizenship at the time of the birth of the child. If executed outside the Philippines, it must bear an Apostille.

Photocopy of Child's Passport

If the child has one.

Photocopy of Filipino Parent's Passport

If he/she has one.

Proof of Filipino Citizenship of a Parent at the time of child's birth (other than the child or parent's passport)

If he/she has one.

All documents issued by the foreign governments and those executed in a foreign country shall bear an Apostille. 

Communications, statements, or documents executed in a language other than English or Filipino should be officially translated under the seal of the authorized officer of the appropriate foreign embassy. 

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 292, the Bureau of Immigration through its Records Section, will automatically furnish the Department of Justice an official copy of its Order of Recognition within 12 days from its date of approval. Identification Certificates (IC) shall be issued only after confirmation by the Secretary of Justice. 

For more information

CONTACT
Office of the Commissioner
Bureau of Immigration
Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, Manila
Tel. Nos. (632) 527-3261 or 527-3277
Fax No. (632) 338-4538

What's next after you have the Identification Certificate or IC?

Report your birth to the appropriate Philippine Embassy or Consulate which has jurisdiction over the place of birth.

Click here to know how to report the birth.  

Apply for Philippine Passport

The child is eligible to apply for a Philippine passport immediately after reporting the birth to the appropriate Philippine Embassy or Consulate.

Click here to know how to apply for Philippine passport.