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RETENTION/REACQUISITION OF PHILIPPINE CITIZENSHIP
(Dual Citizenship under RA 9225)

The Philippine Consulate General in New York (PCG NY) will start to accept  applications for dual citizenship on 13 July 2020 and will implement a "strictly by appointment only" policy. This measure is necessary to help slow the spread of Covid-19 and to ensure both operational efficiency and  safety of our kababayans and our personnel. 

Before the Consulate can confirm the appointment, the applicant has to take the following steps:

1. Download the fillable application form from our website and complete the documentary requirements which can be found at www.newyorkpcg.org/our-services/dual-citizenship?start=1.

2. Applicants must send by email their duly accomplished form and documentary requirements to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for assessment. The applicant must not sign the application. This must be signed later before an authorized official of the Consulate.

3. If found the application is in order, the applicant will receive an email to send the originals and two copies of documents, photos, and payment (money order payable to the Philippine Consulate General) at this address:

Philippine Consulate General
Dual Citizenship Section
556 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

4. The applicant then sends an email to the Consulate indicating the tracking number of the envelope containing his/her documents.

5. Once the Consulate receives the complete documents, a confirmation email and text message with the date and time of the oath taking will be sent to the applicant. The applicant must confirm the appointment within 24 hours. If no confirmation is received, said schedule will be forfeited and the applicant will be re-scheduled at a later date and time.

6. Please be guided by the diagram below when sending documents by mail to the Consulate.

 

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All original documentation provided will be returned upon issuance of dual citizenship documents.

In all cases, the evaluating officer may require the submission of additional documents if there is reasonable ground to believe that the applicant is not a former natural-born Filipino.

 


 

DUAL CITIZENSHIP

Republic Act 9225 otherwise known as the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003 (more popularly known as the Dual Citizenship Law) enables former natural-born Filipinos who have become naturalized citizens of another country to retain/reacquire their Philippine citizenship by taking an oath of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines before a Philippine Consular Officer. Upon retaining/ reacquiring their Philippine citizenship, they shall enjoy full civil, economic and political rights as Filipinos.

 

Under the principle of derivative citizenship, unmarried children below eighteen (18) years of age, whether legitimate, illegitimate, or adopted, of former Filipino parents who retained/reacquired their Philippine citizenship under this law, may also be deemed Filipino citizens, if they are included in the parent’s application for retention/reacquisition of Philippine citizenship and the requisite fees paid.

 

There is another kind of dual citizenship, which is not covered by the RA 9225. This pertains to a dual citizen by birth: A child born in the United States on or after 17 January 1973 when either parent was still a Filipino citizen is considered to be a dual citizen from birth such children should have their births reported to the Philippine Embassy/Consulate with jurisdiction over the place of birth to be recognized as Filipino citizens. See Report of Birth for details.

 

Individuals who have just retained/reacquired their Philippine citizenship and who wish to apply for a Philippine passport will need to make a separate application and submit the requirements as specified in “passport for dual or newly-registered PH citizens“.

 

Inasmuch as the printing facility of Philippine passports is not located in the Consulate, but in the Philippines, it will take around 4-6 weeks to receive the new passport.

 

Please further be informed that as dual citizen, it is not mandatory to apply for a Philippine passport. You may use your US passport when travelling to the Philippines. You simply have to present your dual documents to the Philippine Immigration Officer as proof of Philippine citizenship.