you interested in having Philippine and US citizenship?
Philippine Consulate in Chicago wishes to inform the public that
pursuant to Republic Act No. 9225, also known as the Citizenship
Retention and Re-Acquisition Act of 2003, an individual, who was
a natural-born Filipino citizen but lost his/her Philippine citizenship
due to naturalization as a citizen of a foreign country, may now
apply for the Administration of Oath of Allegiance to the Republic of
Applications of individuals
residing within the jurisdiction of the Philippine Consulate General in
Chicago (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana,
Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma,
Nebraska, South Dakota, Ohio and
Wisconsin) should be personally submitted to the Consulate General,
interested individuals residing within the jurisdiction of this
Consulate General may contact the Consular Section, Philippine Consulate
General, 30 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 2100, Chicago IL 60602, at tel. no.
(312) 332-6458 ext. 23 or fax no. (312) 332-3657 or e-mail at email@example.com
to secure an appointment for interview and administration of the oath of
Please print the form in a legal size bond paper (8 1/2" X
General of the Philippines – Chicago http://www.chicagopcg.com/dual.html
Can I acquire real property in the Philippines
even if I am already a naturalized American citizen?
natural-born citizen who has lost his Philippine citizenship may acquire
a private land up to a maximum area of five thousand (5,000) square
meters in the case of urban land or three (3) hectares in the case of
rural land to be used by him/her for business or other purposes. In the
case of married couples, one of them may avail of the privilege herein
granted (please see Republic. Act 8179, Sec 10). (click
here for more information >>)
I would like to donate certain items (books,
computers, medicine, etc.) to a beneficiary in the Philippines. Can said
items be extended duty-free entry status and be brought into the
Philippines without paying customs duties and taxes?
medicine and other relief goods, books and educational materials,
essential machineries/equipment, consumer goods and other articles may
be granted duty-free entry by the Department of Finance and the Bureau
of Customs, upon the recommendation of the Department of Social Work and
Development or other concerned agency. Prospective donors can seek
assistance from the
Commission on Filipinos Overseas
Center, Quirino Avenue
Tel # (632)
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Rules on Dual Citizenship
rules on dual citizenship: Filipinos with dual citizenships can
now enter end leave the country, trouble free, as long as they
present both their Philippine and foreign passports to
immigration officers at the time of arrival or departure,
according to immigrations Commissioner Alipio Fernandez Jr.
developed after bureau of immigration came out with new rules
for arriving and departing passengers who availed themselves of
the dual citizenship law passed by Congress last year.
the law, Filipinos who became, or are intending to become
naturalized citizens of other countries, have not lost their
Philippine citizenship. According to Mr. Fernandez, a Filipino
who presents a foreign passport shall only be given an
indefinite stay in the country if he or she can show a valid
Philippine passport or a certificate from the BI as proof of
immigration officer then makes the appropriate stamp on both the
foreign and Philippine passports of the passenger. Immigration
executive director Roy Almoro said the new rules were issued in
the wake of reports of misunderstanding between immigration
officers and passengers with dual citizenship.
immigration head of supervisors Ferdinand Sampol said dual
citizens who entered the country using foreign passports will be
cleared for departure provided they present a valid Philippine
passport and bureau of immigration certificate.
passenger is no longer required to present a certificate, exit
permit or proof of payment of immigration fees.
Supreme Court of the United States has stated that dual nationality is a
“status long recognized in the law” and that “a person may have
and exercise rights of nationality in two countries and be subject to
the responsibilities of both. The mere fact that he asserts the rights
of one citizenship does not without more mean that he renounces the
other”, Kawakita v. U.S., 343 U.S. 717 (1952).
nationality results from the fact that there is no uniform rule of
international law relating to the acquisition of nationality. Each
country has its own laws on the subject, and its nationality is
conferred upon individuals on the basis of its own independent domestic
policy. Individuals may have dual nationality not by choice but by
automatic operation of these different and sometimes conflicting laws.
The laws of the United States, no less than those of other countries
contribute to the situation because they provide for acquisition of U.S.
citizenship by birth in the United States and also by birth abroad to an
American regardless of the other nationalities which a person might
acquire at birth. For example, a child born abroad to U.S. citizens may
acquire at birth not only American citizenship but also the nationality
of the country in which it was born. Similarly, a child born in the
United States to foreigners may acquire at birth both U.S. citizenship
and a foreign nationality.
laws of some countries provide for automatic acquisition of citizenship
after birth. For example, a U.S. citizen may acquire another nationality
merely by marrying a citizen of certain foreign countries. In addition,
some countries do not recognize naturalization in a foreign state as
grounds of loss of citizenship. A person from one of those countries who
is naturalized in the United States keeps the nationality of the country
of origin despite the fact that one of the requirements for
naturalization in this country is a renunciation of other nationalities.
automatic acquisition or retention of a foreign nationality does not
affect U.S. citizenship; however, the acquisition of a foreign
nationality upon one’s own application may cause loss of U.S.
citizenship under Section 349(a)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality
Act (8 U.S.C. 1481). In order for loss of nationality to occur under
Section 349(a)(1), it must be established that the naturalization was
obtained with the intention of relinquishing U.S. citizenship. Such an
intention may be shown by a person’s statements or conduct. If the
U.S. Government is unable to prove that the person had such an intention
when applying for and obtaining the foreign citizenship, the person will
have both nationalities.
Current Law and Policy
States law does not contain any provisions requiring U.S. citizens who
are born with dual nationality or who acquire a second nationality at an
early age to choose one nationality or the other when they become
adults, Mandeli v. Acheson, 344 U.S. 133 (1952). The current nationality
laws of the United States do not specifically refer to dual nationality.
recognizing the existence of dual nationality and permitting Americans
to have other nationalities, the U.S. Government does not endorse dual
nationality as a matter of policy because of the problems which it may
cause. Claims of other countries on dual-national U.S. citizens often
place them in situations where their obligations to one country are in
conflict with the laws of the other. In addition, their dual nationality
may hamper efforts to provide diplomatic and consular protection to them
when they are abroad. In general it is considered that while a dual
national is in the other country of which the person is a citizen, that
country has a predominant claim on the person.
to Which Country
Americans who possess only U.S. citizenship, dual national U.S. citizens
owe allegiance to this country and are obliged to obey its laws and
regulations. Such persons usually have certain obligations to the
foreign country as well. Although failure to fulfill such obligations
may have no adverse effect on the person while in the United States
because the foreign country would have few means to force compliance
under those circumstances, the person might be forced to comply with
those obligations or pay a penalty if the person goes to the foreign
country. In cases where a dual national encounters difficulty in a
foreign country of which the person is a citizen, the ability of U.S.
Foreign Service posts to provide assistance may be quite limited since
the foreign countries may not recognize the dual national’s claim to
Passport to Use
215 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1185) requires U.S.
citizens to use U.S. passports when entering or leaving the United
States unless one of the exceptions listed in Section 53.2 of Title 22
of the Code of Federal Regulations applies. Dual nationals may be
required by the other country of which they are citizens to enter and
leave that country using its passport, but do not endanger their U.S.
citizenship by complying with such a requirement.
RECOGNITION A child with a U.S. passport and one Filipino parent can
obtain a letter from the Bureau of Immigration recognizing the child as
a Filipino citizen. The application requirements are listed below.
Letter request (notarized)
2. Birth certificate of child (NSO)
3. Birth certificate of petitioner (Filipino parent) (NSO)
4. Marriage contract of parents (NSO)
5. Child's passport
6. Parents passports (Picture and data page only)
7. Affidavit of citizenship executed by parents (2) (notarized)
8. Proof of Filipino citizenship of petitioner at time of the birth of
Item 8 BI will accept the parent’s affidavit and PI passport.
each item, you need the original and 5 copies. They will inspect and
return the passports and keep the copies. In all other cases they will
keep the originals and the copies. For the notarized items, the
notarized original and copies of that are acceptable.
statements must include how the person identified himself/herself. For
example, a U.S. passport and the Filipino Parent’s Community Tax
of application: P1,510.
ON DUAL RECOGNITION Last month we published an article regarding the
fact that a child with a U.S. passport and one Filipino parent can
obtain a letter from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) recognizing the
child as a Filipino citizen. The article listed the necessary documents
to be provided to start the process. A payment of P1,510 was made when
the package was submitted.
ON DUAL RECOGNITION This supplements the information in the October and
November 2001 newsletters. About 3 months after the hearing, you will be
summoned again to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in Manila. The child,
regardless of age, must accompany the Philippine parent for the taking
of a thumbprint. Document fees of P8, 520 are assessed, bringing the
total expenditure to P10, 040. You will be given an appointment about a
week later to pickup the final documents recognizing the child as a