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

For Frequently Asked Questions on Dual Citizenship, please check the website of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration at www.immigration.gov.ph.

ELIGIBILITY

All natural born Filipinos who have lost their Philippine citizenship due to naturalization as a citizen of another country may file a Petition for Retention and Reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship on their behalf and that of their unmarried minor children.

DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS FOR MAIN PETITIONER

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

 

LIST OF REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE

In compliance with R.A. 9225 (Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003)

ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE PRESENTED IN BOTH ORIGINAL AND PHOTOCOPY FORM. ORIGINAL DOCUMENT(S) WILL BE RETURNED.

1.       Duly Accomplished Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Application Form. Downloadable over the Philippine Embassy website at www.philembassy.ca

2.       Original and photocopy of Philippine Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Birth Certificates and other civil registry documents may be requested through the PSA's on-line service at www.ecensus.com.ph

The following supporting documents may be submitted:

  • Original Marriage Certificate indicating the Philippine citizenship of the applicant, or
  • Original Old Philippine passport with an affidavit of being a natural-born Filipino

 

Where applicable, the applicant may be asked to present other documents deemed necessary to validate previous Philippine citizenship, identity or circumstances of birth such as, but not limited, to the following:

  • Original Court Order on annulment of marriage
  • Original death certificate of spouse

 

For unmarried dependent minor(s) below 18 years old born after parent(s) had acquired Canadian citizenship through naturalization, the parent applicant shall present the following:

  • Original birth certificate of the child indicating parents' names
  • Original marriage certificate of parents
  • Original birth certificates of parents
  • Original passports of the child and parents
  • Three (3) recent 2" x 2" colored photographs of the child
  • Processing fee of CAD 33.75
  • Other supporting documents that may be required by the Consular Officer

 

For unmarried dependent minor(s) below 18 years old born when either or both parents were still Filipino citizens, the parent applicant shall present the following:

  • Report of birth issued by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate General which has jurisdiction over the place of birth of the child
  • Three (3) recent 2" x 2" colored photographs of the child
  • Processing fee of CAD 33.75

3.       Three (3) recent 2" x 2" colored photographs of the applicant

4.       Canadian naturalization document or citizenship card

5.       Canadian passport

6.       Fee of CAD 67.50 in accordance with Circular AFF-04-01 (Implementing Rules and Regulations) (Note: An additional fee of CAD 33.75 will be charged for any affidavit and another CAD 33.75 for every unmarried dependent minor below 18 years of age included in the application in accordance with Memorandum Circular No. AFF-05-002 (Revised Rules Governing Philippine Citizenship under R.A. 9225 and Administrative Order No. 91, series of 2004).

For further information, please call or email the Philippine Embassy at (613) 233-1121 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

What are the privileges of reacquiring Philippine citizenship?

Individuals who will re-acquire their Filipino citizenship under RA 9225 may once again enjoy full civil and political rights under existing laws of the Philippines. These include, among others:

  • the right to own land and property in the Philippines;
  • the right to engage in business or commerce as a Filipino;
  • the right to travel bearing a Philippine passport;
  • the right to vote in the Philippine elections,
  • the right to practice his/her profession in accordance with Philippine laws and regulations.