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There is no divorce in the Philippines, but when a divorce is validly obtained abroad and initiated by the foreign spouse, the Filipino spouse shall have the capacity to remarry under Philippine law.

The foreign divorce decree must be judicially enforced or confirmed in the Philippines by filing the proper civil action at the Regional Trial Court in the Philippines (RTC-Phil).  The court decision shall be registered in the Local Civil registry Office (LCRO) where the concerned RTC-Phil functions.

The registered document shall be submitted to the Local Civil Registrar where the marriage is registered. If the marriage was registered overseas, the registered document shall be submitted to the City Civil Registry Office at the Manila City Hall (CCRO Manila).

The following documents shall be submitted to CCRO Manila in annotating a civil registry document:

  • Original or Certified True Copy of the foreign judgment or order duly registered at the City Civil Registry Office at the Manila City Hall (CCRO Manila).
  • Original or Certified True Copy of the Certificate of Finality of the decision of the Regional Trial Court (RTC-Phil).
  • Certificate of Registration of the decision of the Regional Trial Court (RTC-Phil) at the Local Civil Registry Office (LCRO) where the concerned RTC-Phil functions.

After the annotation at the Local Civil Registrar’s Office (LCRO), the annotated documents and its requirements must be submitted to the Office of the Civil Registrar-General (OCRG) in Manila.

For additional information on legal services, legal aid or hiring the services of a lawyer in the Philippines, kindly check the websites of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) or the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) in Manila.

 

INTEGRATED BAR OF THE PHILIPPINES (IBP)

IBP Building

No. 15 Julia Vargas Avenue,

Oerigas Center, Pasig City,

Metro Manila Philippines

Tel No. (+632) 6313014 or 6313018

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Website: www.ibp.ph

PUBLIC ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (PAO)

4th and 5th Floors

DOJ Agencies Building

NIA Road corner East Avenue,

Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Tel No. (+632) 9299436

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Website: www.pao.gov.ph


Recognition is a judicial process where both the foreign divorce and the foreign divorce law need to be proven in Court.  You will need to file a Petition for Recognition of Foreign Divorce with the Regional Trial Court in the Philippines. You will need to hire a lawyer to prepare and conduct the case.How can the foreign divorce be recognized in the Philippines? 

 

What are the documents you should prepare?

  • Philippine marriage certificate/ record, if the marriage was celebrated in the country
  • Official Marriage certificate/record from the foreign country, if the marriage was celebrated abroad
  • Report of Marriage of a Filipino married abroad (if one was filed with the DFA)
  • Official copies of foreign divorce documents
  • Certified copy of the foreign country’s divorce law
  • Documents showing proof of Citizenship, i.e., Naturalization Certificate

Note that this is a general list. Depending on the particular foreign country involved, and depending on the particular case, other documents may be necessary.  This is because countries differ in marriage and divorce processes and documents.

Foreign-issued documents need to be certified by the issuing foreign office and authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate whose jurisdiction covers the foreign country, or Apostilled by the competent foreign authority in the said country.

Please note the following: 

            The Divorce Decree/ Order must be issued by a Court and certified by the Clerk of Court

The Divorce Law must be issued by a State and certified by a law librarian in that State where divorce was issued as the copy of the divorce law of that State.

JUDICIAL RECOGNITION OF FOREIGN DIVORCE IN THE PHILIPPINES

 

There is no divorce in the Philippines, but when a divorce is validly obtained abroad and initiated by the foreign spouse, the Filipino spouse shall have the capacity to remarry under Philippine law.

The foreign divorce decree must be judicially enforced or confirmed in the Philippines by filing the proper civil action at the Regional Trial Court in the Philippines (RTC-Phil).  The court decision shall be registered in the Local Civil registry Office (LCRO) where the concerned RTC-Phil functions.

The registered document shall be submitted to the Local Civil Registrar where the marriage is registered. If the marriage was registered overseas, the registered document shall be submitted to the City Civil Registry Office at the Manila City Hall (CCRO Manila).

The following documents shall be submitted to CCRO Manila in annotating a civil registry document:

  • Original or Certified True Copy of the foreign judgment or order duly registered at the City Civil Registry Office at the Manila City Hall (CCRO Manila).
  • Original or Certified True Copy of the Certificate of Finality of the decision of the Regional Trial Court (RTC-Phil).
  • Certificate of Registration of the decision of the Regional Trial Court (RTC-Phil) at the Local Civil Registry Office (LCRO) where the concerned RTC-Phil functions.

After the annotation at the Local Civil Registrar’s Office (LCRO), the annotated documents and its requirements must be submitted to the Office of the Civil Registrar-General (OCRG) in Manila.

For additional information on legal services, legal aid or hiring the services of a lawyer in the Philippines, kindly check the websites of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) or the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) in Manila.

INTEGRATED BAR OF THE PHILIPPINES (IBP)

IBP Building

No. 15 Julia Vargas Avenue,

Oerigas Center, Pasig City,

Metro Manila Philippines

Tel No. (+632) 6313014 or 6313018

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Website: www.ibp.ph

PUBLIC ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (PAO)

4th and 5th Floors

DOJ Agencies Building

NIA Road corner East Avenue,

Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Tel No. (+632) 9299436

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Website: www.pao.gov.ph

 

How can the foreign divorce be recognized in the Philippines?

Recognition is a judicial process where both the foreign divorce and the foreign divorce law need to be proven in Court.  You will need to file a Petition for Recognition of Foreign Divorce with the Regional Trial Court in the Philippines. You will need to hire a lawyer to prepare and conduct the case.

 

What are the documents you should prepare?

  • Philippine marriage certificate/ record, if the marriage was celebrated in the country
  • Official Marriage certificate/record from the foreign country, if the marriage was celebrated abroad
  • Report of Marriage of a Filipino married abroad (if one was filed with the DFA)
  • Official copies of foreign divorce documents
  • Certified copy of the foreign country’s divorce law
  • Documents showing proof of Citizenship, i.e., Naturalization Certificate

Note that this is a general list. Depending on the particular foreign country involved, and depending on the particular case, other documents may be necessary.  This is because countries differ in marriage and divorce processes and documents.

Foreign-issued documents need to be certified by the issuing foreign office and authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate whose jurisdiction covers the foreign country, or Apostilled by the competent foreign authority in the said country.

Please note the following: 

            The Divorce Decree/ Order must be issued by a Court and certified by the Clerk of Court

            The Divorce Law must be issued by a State and certified by a law librarian in that State where divorce was issued as the copy of the divorce law of that State.

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Consulate General of the Republic of the Philippines

Honolulu

           PUBLIC ADVISORY ON VISA ISSUANCE            

Effective 01 April 2022, the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu will resume issuance of visa to foreign nationals. Entry to the Philippines, however, is still subject to the following health and safety requirements and procedures, especially those pertaining to COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and quarantine:

a. Fully vaccinated except minor children below twelve (12) years of age travelling with fully vaccinated foreign parent/s;

b. Carry/possess an acceptable proof of vaccination;

c. Present Negative RT-PCR test taken with 48 hours, or a negative laboratory based Antigen Test taken within 24 hours prior to departure from country of origin/first port of embarkation, excluding layovers, PROVIDED, the passenger has not left the airport premises or was not admitted into the transit country;

d. With passport valid for at least six months at the time of entry;

e. With travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs, with a minimum coverage of USD35,000 for the duration of stay in the Philippines; and

f. With valid onward /return ticket to port of origin or next port of destination. Only the following are exempted from the travel insurance and return ticket requirements (items E and F):

1.  Foreign spouses and/or children of Filipino citizens:

2.  Former Filipino citizens with Balikbayan privileges under Republic Act No 9174, including their spouse and/or children who are travelling with them; and

3.  Foreign nationals with valid immigrant visa or non-immigrant visa except 9A visa holders.

Please note that fully vaccinated nationals of countries listed in EO 408 (US included) may enter the Philippines without a visa for visits under 30 days.

For instructions on how to apply for a Philippine visa, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FOR INFORMATION ON TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS TO THE PHILIPPINES, PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK: ADVISORY ON THE REVISED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS GUIDELINES FOR ARRIVING FOREIGN NATIONALS

Applicants should email their completed visa application form and copies of the supporting documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for initial evaluation. Once found in order, the Visa Section will email instructions regarding the next steps of the application process.

REQUIREMENTS:

9 (A) Temporary Visitor’s Visa

  1. Actual passport of applicant (valid at least 6 months from return date) and one (1) photocopy of the data page
  2. Duly-accomplished and notarized Non-Immigrant Visa application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink, and notarized if sent by mail
  3. Travel Itinerary (applicant must be a holder of a roundtrip/onward flight ticket out of the Philippines)
  4. One (1) colored photo, 2” x 2”, taken within six months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background. No sleeveless attire. Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  5. Proof of Financial Capacity (photocopy of latest bank statement and an employment certificate from the employer indicating position and salary, or affidavit of support), for Tourist Visa (for pleasure only).
  6. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps worth USD 8.95 for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, for mailing of passport with visa.
  7. Visa fee, according to fee schedule below (non-refundable), payable in postal money order or bank check made payable to "Philippine Consulate General". Personal checks are not accepted. 

Note: The Philippine Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service. The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted. 

Further to standard requirements for a 9(A) visa, following are additional requirements:

FOREIGNERS WITH SPOUSE OR MINOR CHILDREN IN THE PHILIPPINES

  • Proof of filiation (PSA-issued marriage/birth certificate or apostilled copy of marriage/birth certificate) with the Filipino national
  • Proof of Filipino citizenship of spouse/minor child (Philippine government-issued ID indicating Filipino citizenship)
  • Proof that Filipino spouse/minor children is in the Philippines (barangay certificate/current school record of minor children)
  • Invitation letter from Filipino spouse/ guardian of minor child to visit the Philippines

FOREIGNERS WITH THEIR MEDICAL ESCORT FOR MEDICAL REPATRIATION

  • Entry Exemption Document (EED) issued by the DFA
  • Proof of medical emergency
  • Supporting document indicating treatment to be performed in the Philippines

FOREIGNERS WITH OFFICIAL BUSINESS WITH THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT

  • Entry Exemption Documents (EED) issued by the DFA
  • Letter of endorsement from the sponsoring government agency from the Philippines

FOREIGN NATIONALS APPLYING FOR A SPECIAL INVESTOR'S VISA (SIRV)

  • SIRV should apply for a 9(a) Temporary Visitor's visa for their initial entry to the Philippines. Subsequently, they shall file their SIRV application with the Board of Investments (BOI) upon arrival in the Philippines.

Fee for 9 (A) Visa

For nationals of countries with visa agreement with the Philippines: Single entry valid for three (3) months US$ 30.00

For nationals of countries without visa agreement with the Philippines: Single entry valid for three (3) months US$ 40.00

9 (C) Seamen Visa

  1. Actual passport of applicant (valid at least 6 months from return date) and one (1) photocopy of the data page
  2. Duly-accomplished Non-Immigrant Visa application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink, and notarized if sent by mail
  3. Travel Itinerary (roundtrip ticket not necessary)
  4. One (1) colored photo, 2” x 2”, taken within six months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background. No sleeveless attire. Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  5. Letter from Shipping Company
  6. Crew List, if applicable
  7. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps worth USD 8.95 for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, for Passport with Visa to be mailed back.
  8. Visa fee of $20.00 (non-refundable), payable in postal money order or bank check made payable to "Philippine Consulate General". Personal checks and credit/debit cards are not accepted.

Note: The Philippine Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service. The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted. 

9 (E) Foreign Government Officials Visa

Holders of diplomatic and official U.S. passports who will be traveling to the Philippines on official business for a stay not exceeding 30 days no longer need to apply for a diplomatic or official visa with the Philippine Consulate General. U.S. government officials must possess passports that are valid for at least six months beyond the contemplated period of stay in the Philippines and a return ticket to the U.S. or to their next country of destination. 

  1. Actual passport of applicant (valid at least 6 months from return date) and one (1) photocopy of the data page
  2. Duly-accomplished Non-Immigrant Visa application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink, and notarized if sent by mail
  3. One (1) colored photo, 2” x 2”, taken within six months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background. No sleeveless attire. Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  4. Letter from US government agency requesting issuance of visa or Note Verbale from US State Department, endorsed by the Department of Foreign Affairs
  5. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps worth USD 8.95 for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, for Passport with Visa to be mailed back.
  6. Visa fee – gratis

Note: The Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service. The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

1. How long can I stay in the Philippines based on my visa?

The period indicated under “Valid From” to “Valid Until” are the inclusive dates during which the visa holder may enter the Philippines.

The “Period of Stay” indicates the continuous period of authorized stay in the Philippines which commences from the date of arrival in the Philippines. This may extend beyond the period of validity of the visa, depending on the date of arrival in the country.

2. Can I stay longer than the authorized period of stay on my visa?

Yes, you may extend your stay in the Philippines through the Philippine Bureau of Immigration. You will find information on how to extend your stay in the Philippines on this page: http://www.immigration.gov.ph/faqs/extensionofstay 

 

PETITION FOR CORRECTION OF CLERICAL ERROR IN CIVIL REGISTRY DOCUMENTS

Under Republic Act 9048, as amended by Republic Act 10172, Filipinos abroad may file a petition before the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu to correct a clerical or typographical error in an entry in the Civil Register without need of a judicial order.

Appointment is required for this service. 

Email the Civil Registry Unit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up an appointment. 

RA 9048, as amended by R.A. 10172, allows the correction of clerical or typographical errors in any entry in civil registry documents. 

A clerical or typographical error refers to an obvious mistake committed in clerical work, either in writing, copying, transcribing, or typing an entry in the civil register that is harmless and innocuous, such as the following: 

  • A misspelled name or misspelled place of birth and the like, and can be corrected or changed only by reference to other existing record or records
  • Day and/or month of birth
  • Gender/sex (provided that this correction is not a result of a sex-reassignment) 

Who may file the Petition?

The petition may be filed by a person of legal age who must have a direct and personal interest in the correction of the error in the civil register, such as the: 

  • Owner of the record that contains the error to be corrected or first name to be changed
  • Owner’s spouse, children, parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, guardian, or any other person duly authorized by law or by the owner of the document sought to be corrected.
  • A person is considered of legal age when he is eighteen years old and above. Thus, a minor (less than eighteen years old) cannot by himself file a petition. 

Where should the petition be filed?

The general rule is that petition shall be filed with the Local Civil Registry Office (LCRO) where the record containing the clerical error to be corrected is kept. Included in this general rule is the case of the Office of the Clerk of Shari’a Court where records of divorces, revocations of divorces, conversions to Islam are kept and where some Muslim marriages are registered. 

However, in case the petitioner is a migrant within or outside the Philippines, meaning his present residence or domicile is different from where his civil registry record or records are registered, he may file the petition in the nearest LCRO in his area or Philippine Consulate General if abroad. His petition will be treated as a migrant petition. 

How much is the fee in filing a petition?

The C/MCR and the District/Circuit Registrar (D/CR) are authorized to collect from every petitioner One Thousand Pesos (P1,000.00) for the correction of clerical error. 

In the case of a petition filed with the Consul General (CG), the fee is Fifty US dollars ($50.00) for the correction of clerical or typographical error. The said fee is the same for all Philippine Consulates. 

A migrant petitioner shall pay an additional service fee of Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00) for the correction of clerical or typographical error to the Petition Receiving Civil Registrar (PRCR). This service fee shall accrue to the local treasury of the PRCR. 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS TO FILE A PETITION FOR CORRECTION OF CLERICAL OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR 

Petition is in the prescribed form of an AFFIDAVIT that:

Must be subscribed and sworn to before any person authorized by law to administer oath.

Set forth facts necessary to establish the merits of the petition.

Show affirmatively that the petitioner is competent to testify to the matters stated.

State the particular erroneous entry or entries sought to be corrected and the correction to be made. 

In case of correction of DAY AND/OR MONTH in the date of birth or SEX of a person, the petition shall be supported with the following documents: 

  1. Earliest school record or earliest school documents;
  2. Medical records;
  3. Baptismal certificate and other documents issued by religious authorities;
  4. A clearance or a certification that the owner of the document has no pending administrative, civil or criminal case, or no criminal record, which shall be obtained from the following:
  5. Employer, if employed;
  6. National Bureau of Investigation; and
  7. Philippine National Police.
  8. Affidavit of Publication from the publisher and a copy of the newspaper clipping. 

Petition must be supported with the following documents: 

  1. A certified true machine copy of the certificate or of the page of the registry book containing the entry or entries sought to be corrected or changed; 
  2. At least two (2) public or private documents showing the correct entry or entries upon which the correction or change shall be based; 
  3. Notice or certification of posting; 
  4. Other documents which the petitioner or the Consul General may consider relevant and necessary for the approval of the petition. 
  5. In case of correction of sex, the petition shall be further supported with: 
  6. A medical certification issued by an accredited government physician that the petitioner has not undergone sex change or sex transplant.

 

PROCEDURE FOR PETITION FOR CORRECTION OF CLERICAL ERROR IN CIVIL REGISTRY DOCUMENTS

(For Civil Registry records registered at a Philippine Embassy/Consulate)

 STEP 1

Book an appointment by emailing the Civil Registry Unit (CRU) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 STEP 2

On day of the appointment, submit Petition & all the required documents stated above and provide necessary information during interview at the Civil Registry Unit (CRU)

 STEP 3

Pay the corresponding fees at the Consulate’s Cashier.

 STEP 4

Return to CRU and submit the Official Receipt. CRU Staff to inform petitioner on the date of release in conformity with the required 10-day posting and 5-day decision of the Consul General.

 STEP 5

Posting of Petition at the Philippine Consulate General’s bulletin for 10 consecutive days.

 STEP 6

Consulate issues the Certificate of Posting.

 STEP 7

After 5 days, the Consul General acts on the Petition.

 STEP 8

Petitioner can claim the approved petition on the Consul General’s level on the appointed date or may submit a self-addressed stamped prepaid priority envelope if unable to claim in person.

 STEP 9

Consulate sends the approved petition to the DFA Manila via diplomatic pouch scheduled the following month.

 STEP 10

DFA Manila sends the approved petition to the Office of the Civil Registrar General (OCRG) in Manila..

 STEP 11

OCRG acts on the approved petition.

 STEP 12

OCRG Manila forwards decision to DFA Manila.

 STEP 13

DFA Manila forwards OCRG’s decision to the Philippine Consulate General.

 STEP 14

The Consulate issues the Certificate of Finality. CRU Staff informs the client of the decision of the OCRG.

 STEP 15.a

(If petition is affirmed by OCRG) Consulate sends to DFA Manila the Certificate of Finality, and certified true copies (CTC) of the un-annotated civil registry document, CTC of the annotated civil registry document, CTC of the Petition, together with the covering despatch.

 STEP 15.b

(If petition is impugned by OCRG) Consulate, within 15 days upon receipt of the impugned petition, files a motion for reconsideration to OCRG and sends said motion to the OCRG through DFA Manila.

 STEP 16

DFA Manila transmits to OCRG the Certificate of Finality, and CTC of the un-annotated civil registry document, annotated civil registry document, the Petition together with the endorsement letter (if petition has been affirmed) OR the Motion for Reconsideration (if the petition has been impugned).

 STEP 17

Petitioner may request from PSA/NSO Manila an authenticated copy of the corrected or annotated Civil Registry document paper after DFA Manila has forwarded to OCRG the Certificate of Finality, other CTC of petition and supporting documents, including the endorsement letter.

 

PROCEDURE FOR MIGRANT PETITION FOR CORRECTION OF CLERICAL OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR

(For civil registry records registered at a Local Civil Registrar in the Philippines)

 

STEP 1

Email complete requirements to the Civil Registry section at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for evaluation. After evaluation, if we found that your documents are in order, you will be informed regarding the schedule of appointment for the submission of the original documents and payment.

 STEP 2

On the day of the appointment, submit Petition & all the required documents (bring the original and have it photocopied) and provide necessary information during the interview at the Civil Registry section.

 STEP 3

Pay the corresponding fees at the Consulate’s Cashier.

 STEP 4

Return to Civil Registry section and submit the Official Receipt. 

 STEP 5

Posting of Petition at the Philippine Consulate General’s bulletin for 10 consecutive days.

 STEP 6

Consulate issues the Certificate of Posting.

 STEP 7

The Consul General acts on the Petition by forwarding said petition to the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) where the record of civil registry document was registered.

 STEP 8

Consulate sends the petition to DFA Manila via diplomatic pouch scheduled the following month.

 STEP 9

DFA Manila forwards the petition to the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) where the record of civil registry document was registered.

 STEP 10

The LCR will contact and ask the Petitioner to pay for the additional service fee.

 STEP 11

Petitioner or his representative proceeds to LCR, pay the appropriate fee and submit the Official Receipt. LCR to inform petitioner or his representative on the date of release in conformity with the required 10-day posting and 5-day decision of the LCR.

 STEP 12

Upon receipt of payment, LCR prepares Notice of Posting.

 STEP 13

LCR posts the Petition at a conspicuous place for 10 consecutive days.

STEP 14

DFA Manila sends the approved petition to the Office of the Civil Registrar General (OCRG) in Manila.

 STEP 15

OCRG acts on the approved petition.

 STEP 16

OCRG Manila forwards decision to DFA Manila.

 STEP 17

LCR posts the Petition at a conspicuous place for 10 consecutive days.

 STEP 18

LCR issues Certificate of Posting

 STEP 19

LCR acts on the petition. LCR informs petitioner or his representative that the petition has been approved.

 STEP 20

Petitioner or his representative proceed to LCR and obtains copy of the approved petition at LCR level on the appointed date.

 STEP 21

LCR mails the approved petition to OCRG Manila.

 STEP 22

OCRG acts on the approved petition.

 STEP 23

OCRG Manila forwards decision to LCR.

 STEP 24

LCR issues the Certificate of Finality.

 STEP 25.a

(If petition is affirmed by OCRG) LCR mails to OCRG Manila the Certificate of Finality, record sheet, annotated Civil Registry Document, and endorsement letter.

 STEP 25.b

(If petition is impugned by OCRG) The LCR, within 15 days upon receipt of the impugned petition, files a motion for reconsideration to OCRG and sends said motion to the OCRG.

 STEP 26

Petitioner may request from PSA/NSO Manila an authenticated copy of the corrected or annotated Civil Registry document paper three days after the LCR has forwarded Certificate of Finality, record sheet, annotated Civil Registry Document, and endorsement letter to OCRG Manila.

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)