FAQs

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FYI: For purposes of the May 9, 2016 elections, the filing for registration/certification shall be from May 6, 2014 (Philippine Time) to 31 October 2015 (Philippine Time).

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1. Who qualifies for dual citizenship?

Natural –born citizens of the Philippines who have lost their Philippine citizenship by reason of their naturalization as citizens of a foreign country are hereby deemed to have re-acquired Philippine citizenship upon taking the oath of allegiance to the Republic.” (Section 3, RA 9225)

You will need:
- Re-acquisition form
- Report of birth
- Re-acquisition of parents

2. What documents do I need in order to apply for dual U.S. – Philippine Citizenship?

Submit the original and one duplicate copy of the following required documents to apply for re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship:
- Duly-accomplished Dual Citizenship application form
- Philippine Birth Certificate
- Philippine and U.S. Passports
- Copy of Marriage Certificate/Contract, for married women
- Copy of U.S. Naturalization Certificate
- Four (4) colored photos
- Processing fee of $50.00 (non-refundable)

Download applicable checklists below:
- Retention/Re-acquisition Checklist
- Report Your Birth of Child Born Checklist

3. Would I have to pay taxes in the Philippines once I’m a dual-citizen?

 No, only if you receive income from a business or property in the Philippines.

4. How can voting directly affect Filipinos living in the United States?

- Voters in the U.S. are not at risk of voter suppression and extrajudicial killing as Filipinos in the Philippines.·
- We can demand better social services for families and the youth.·
- Gives us the voting power to influence positive change in the political climate in the Philippines.·
- The vote will be in the people's hands and hold political figures accountable for promises they made during elections and to promote fairness in their political practices.

5. Is there a fee for Overseas Absentee voting?

No.

6. When is the last day to register for overseas absentee voting in the year?

Dual Citizenship must be claimed by October 31st.

7. Who can I vote for when I become a Dual Citizen?

- President (only in presidential election years)
- Vice president (only in presidential election years)
- Senators
- Party-list representatives (The party is the one being voted)
*Must be present in the Philippines to vote for barangay elections

8.  Why should I apply for dual citizenship and what are the benefits?

- Ability to work in the Philippines
- Ability to own property
- Ability to execute research
- Ability to vote (Federally, must be present in the Philippines to vote for barangay elections)
- Ability to travel to ASEAN countries without a visa (eg. Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, etc.)
*Must be present in the Philippines to vote for barangay elections

9. What is The Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003?

This law pass on August 29, 2003 grants natural-born Filipinos who have lost their Filipino citizenship through naturalization in a foreign country, the opportunity to retain or re-acquire their Filipino citizenship.

10. Who are natural-born citizens of the Philippines?

Natural-born citizens of the Philippines are those who are citizens of the Philippines from birth without having to perform any act to acquire or perfect their Philippine citizenship. These are:

- Those whose fathers and mothers are citizens of the Philippines at the time of their birth; and
- This means that at the time of a child’s birth in the United States of America of Filipino parents, she/he is an American citizen under US law, and a Filipino citizen under Philippine law.
- Those born before January 17, 1973, of Filipino mothers, who elect Philippine citizenship upon reaching the age of majority.

11. What is the difference between Dual Citizenship and Reporting Your Birth?

- Dual Citizen Applicants: Natural-born Filipinos who have lost their Filipino citizenship through naturalization in a foreign country.
- Report Your Birth Applicants:  Children born in the US when either parent was still a Filipino citizen at the time of birth

12. Where can I go for more information for each Philippine consulate in the U.S.?

- Chicago: www.chicagopcg.com
- Los Angeles: www.philippineconsulatela.org
- New York City: www.philippinesnewyork.org
- DC: www.philippineembassy-usa.org
- San Francisco: www.philippinessanfrancisco.org
- Hawaii: http://www.philippineshonolulu.org

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