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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 reacquire/retain their Philippine citizenship by taking an oath of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines before a Philippine Consular Officer.  Upon 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 reacquired their Philippine citizenship under this law, may also be deemed Filipino citizens, if they are included in the parent’s application for reacquisition of Philippine citizenship.

However, there is another kind of dual citizenship, which is not covered by the law.  This pertains to a dual citizen by birth:  A child born in the United States when either parent was still a Filipino citizen is considered to be a dual citizen from birth (if born on or after January 17, 1973).

Dual citizens who wish to apply for a Philippine passport will need to make a separate application and submit the requirements as specified in "Passport" link on the left.

REQUIREMENTS FOR REACQUISITION/RETENTION OF PHILIPPINE CITIZENSHIP

I.  ORIGINALS of the following:

1.  Three (3) Duly accomplished application forms

2.  Four (4) 2x2 recent photos (Without eyeglasses and taken against a plain white background)

3.  Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA ) (If there is no record of birth with the PSA, apply for late registration of birth at the local civil registrar at the place of birth . (To obtain a PSA birth, marriage or death certificates, click here  or visit www.psahelpline.com or www.psaserbilis.com.ph)

4.  Latest Philippine passport (if available)

5.  U.S. Certificate of Naturalization

6.  U.S. passport / ID

7.  Additional requirements:

a.  For married individuals

     PSA-issued Marriage Certificate (if married in the Philippines), or

     DOH-issued Marriage Certificate/Report of Marriage (if married in the US) 

b.  For widow/widower

     PSA-issued Marriage Certificate (if married in the Philippines), or

     DOH-issued Marriage Certificate/Report of Marriage (if married in the US),

    AND

    PSA-issued Death Certificate of spouse (if spouse died in the Philippines), or

    DOH-issued Death Certificate of spouse (if spouse died in the US)

c.  If annulled or divorced

     PSA-issued Marriage Certificate with annotation on annulment, or judicial recognition of divorce    

     (if previous marriage was registered in the Philippines),

      or

     DOH-issued Marriage Certificate and Divorce Decree (if marriage was registered overseas)

     (Note:  If an applicant changed civil status a number of times, he/she needs to present the required documents to support the change of civil status.)

d. For applicant who obtained US citizenship as derivative of his/her parent

    U.S. Certificate of Citizenship, if available, or Affidavit of Explanation on Derivative Citizenship, if US Certificate of Citizenship is unavailable (Click here to download the Affidavit:  https://honolulupcg.dfa.gov.ph/images/2021/DUAL-CITIZENSHIP/Affidavit_of_Explanation_on_Derivative_US_Citizenship.pdf

    AND

    U.S. Certificate of Naturalization of parent

 e.  For each dependent minor child

  • PSA Birth Certificate (if born in the Philippines), or DOH-issued Birth Certificate/Report of Birth (if born overseas)

-  Latest Philippine passport (if available)

-  U.S. passport

-  U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (if available)

-  Four (4) colored photos, size 2"x2" (without eyeglasses and against a plain   

    white background)

II.  THREE SETS of already arranged documents of all the requirements.  A set includes the following:

  • Original Application form
  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate
  • Photocopy of Certificate of Naturalization/Citizenship,
  • Photocopy of US passport/ID
  • Photocopy of all other additional documents (as applicable).

Applications with incomplete requirements such as original documents, photocopies and discrepant data will not be processed.

III.  Application Fee

  • For principal applicant                                         -           US$50.00
  • For every qualified derivative minor applicant     -           US$25.00

Payment shall be in the form of cash or money order, debit/credit card, bank draft, certified check or cashier’s check, made payable to the "Philippine Consulate General". Personal checks are not accepted.

The Consular Officer reserves the right to require additional proof or documents from an applicant, to prove his/her citizenship or identity, and ensure accurate and complete personal data entries.

IMPORTANT: Applicants are requested to dress appropriately and decently for the oath-taking ceremony and refrain from wearing shorts, slippers, rubber shoes, and sleeveless shirts/blouses. Business or Filipiniana attire is recommended. 

Applicants who wish to apply for a Philippine passport after the oath-taking need to schedule an appointment for passport.

If the applicant is from another island or out of state, there is no need to make an online appointment.  Kindly scan and email your filled-out application (notarized) and supporting documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for initial evaluation.  If your application is in order, you will be informed of the next steps in the application process. 

If the applicant is from Oahu, please click this link to make an online appointment: https://kiosk.na4.qless.com/kiosk/app/home/19

NOTE: Oath taking ceremonies are scheduled upon approval of the application.  Oath taking is not done on the same day of the submission of the application. 

Click here to access sample dual citizenship application form.

 

CITIZEN'S CHARTER

Petition for Reacquisition/Retention of Philippine 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 reacquire/retain their Philippine citizenship by taking an oath of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines before a Philippine Consular Officer.  Upon 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 reacquired their Philippine citizenship under this law, may also be deemed Filipino citizens, if they are included in the parent’s application for reacquisition of Philippine citizenship.

Office or Division: Dual Citizenship Section
Classification: Complex
Type of Transaction: G2C
Who may avail:

Former natural-born Filipinos who have become naturalized citizens of another country

Unmarried children below eighteen (18) years of age, whether legitimate, illegitimate, or adopted, of former Filipino parents who reacquired their Philippine citizenship under this law
CHECKLIST OF REQUIREMENTS WHERE TO SECURE
Confirmed online appointment (except for Filipino citizens who can avail of the Courtesy Lane including seniors, pregnant women, persons with disabilities, and minors 7 years old and below) Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu website (honolulupcg.dfa.gov.ph)

Accomplished application form (3 originals)

(Applications and copies of supporting documents sent by mail should be notarized.)

Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu or downloadable from its website

Four (4) 2x2 colored recent photos of applicant (applicant to wear shirt with collar, no eyeglasses) Photo studio
Birth Certificate (original and 3 copies) Local Civil Registrar/National Statistics Office/ Philippine Statistics Authority
Old Philippine passport (original and 3 copies) c/o applicant
Certificate of Naturalization (original and 3 copies) US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Foreign Passport (original and 3 copies) State Passport Office, concerned government agency

For married women:  Marriage Certificate, if married in the Philippines, or Marriage Contract/Report of Marriage, if married abroad (original and 3 copies)

For marriage contracted in the Philippines or abroad and reported to a Philippine embassy/consulate - Local Civil Registrar/National Statistics Office/ Philippine Statistics Authority 

For marriage contracted abroad but not reported to a Philippine embassy/consulate - State Department of Health/concerned government agency
For widow/ed: Death certificate of spouse (original and 3 copies)

For death in the Philippines or abroad and reported to a Philippine embassy/consulate - Local Civil Registrar/National Statistics Office/ Philippine Statistics Authority 

For death abroad but not reported to a Philippine embassy/consulate - State Department of Health/concerned government agency

If divorced: Marriage Certificate and Divorce Decree. (original and 3 copies)

For marriage contracted in the Philippines or abroad and reported to a Philippine embassy/consulate - Local Civil Registrar/National Statistics Office/ Philippine Statistics Authority 

For marriage contracted abroad but not reported to a Philippine embassy/consulate - State Department of Health/concerned government agency 

Divorce Decree – State Department of Health/concerned government agency
Client Steps Agency Actions Fees to be Paid Processing Time Person Responsible

1. Go to PCG on day and time of appointment; wait for number to be called

For Courtesy Lane clients, log-in at Qless kiosk and wait for number to be called

1. Summon client None  
Consular Assistant
Dual Citizenship Section
2. Submit documents for processing and evaluation 2. Receive, assess and evaluate completeness of documents; informs applicant of oath taking schedule None 10 minutes
Consular Assistant
Dual Citizenship Section
3. Submit application forms and copies of documents to the Cashier and pay the required fee 3. Receive the documents and payment, and issue Official Receipt

USD 50 (adult)

USD 25 (minor)

3 minutes
Collecting Officer
Cashier
4. Return to PCG for oath taking. Proceed to Consular Waiting Area and when called, present the Official Receipt

4. Summon and request client to check accuracy of details on the Oath of Allegiance, Identification Certificate (IC) and Order of Approval.  

4.1 Request client to sign Oath and IC, affix thumbprint on the IC, and receive the originals of the Oath, IC and Order.

None 5 minutes
Consular Assistant
Dual Citizenship Section
5. Listen to briefing and profess the Oath of Allegiance 5. Inform applicants of benefits and obligations of Philippine citizenship, answers queries, if any, and administers the oath None 10 minutes
Consul/Vice Consul Assistant
Dual Citizenship Section
  TOTAL Depends on number of applicants 28 minutes (Steps 2-5)