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PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL IN JEDDAH SPONSORED HAJJ NIGHT


Friday, 02 November 2012
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL IN JEDDAH SPONSORED HAJJ NIGHT 31 October 2012 – The Philippine Consulate General culminated this year’s Hajj season by sponsoring a Hajj Night on 31 October 2012 at the premises of the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, in honor of close to 6,000 Filipino pilgrims who successfully performed the Hajj. The Hajj this year had the theme “Pilgrimage for Peace”, in line with the recent signing of the GRP-MILF Framework Peace Agreement on 15 October 2012. The Filipino pilgrims were among the four (4) million... Read more...
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PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL IN JEDDAH WELCOMES AMIRUL HAJJ AND LAST BATCH OF FILIPINO “PILGRIMS FOR PEACE”


Monday, 22 October 2012
  PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL IN JEDDAH WELCOMES AMIRUL HAJJ AND LAST BATCH OF FILIPINO “PILGRIMS FOR PEACE” 20 October 2012 - Officers and staff of the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah led by Consul General Uriel Norman R Garibay welcomed the Amirul Hajj (head of the Philippine Hajj Mission), Secretary Mehol K. Sadain of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) on 18 October 2012. Secretary Sadain arrived at the Hajj Terminal in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at around 1:00 a.m. together with the Commissioners of the... Read more...
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Philippine Consulate General Mission to Asir Region


Thursday, 18 October 2012
  PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL IN JEDDAH CONDUCTS CONSULAR MOBILE SERVICES IN ASIR REGION 16 October 2012 – The Philippine Consulate General conducted Consular Mobile Services (CMS) on 10 to 12 October 2012 in the Asir region in an effort to reach out to more Filipinos in the Kingdom. The CMS Team, led by Vice Consul RJ Sumague, was composed of consulate staff and personnel from the attached agencies, including the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Pag-IBIG Fund and Social Security... Read more...
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Family Health Day at Jeddah PCG


Monday, 05 December 2011
FAMILY HEALTH DAY AT JEDDAH PCG The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah held its first-ever Family Health Day on 27 October 2011 at the Community Hall of the Consulate General for its officers, staff and their dependents. The activity was organized by the Spouses and Dependents Association of Philcongen under the leadership of Madame Omega A. Garibay, wife of Consul General Uriel Norman R. Garibay in cooperation with the Philippine Nurses Association in Jeddah. The highlights of the activity were: vaccination against Meningitis spearhead by... Read more...
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CISA Donates TV to the Consulate General


Thursday, 20 October 2011
Press Release No. 2011/___, 18 October 2011 CIRCULO ILONGGO DONATES TV TO THE CONSULATE GENERAL Last 9 October 2011, the Philippine Consulate General became a recipient of a 32” LCD flat screen colored television from the Circulo Ilonggo of Saudi Arabia (CISA), one of the longest existing Filipino organizations in Jeddah. The unsolicited television donation was gladly received by Consul General Uriel Norman R. Garibay at a simple ceremony held at the Consular Section.  Also present during the handing-over ceremony were Consul and Head... Read more...
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AMBASSADOR TAGO PRESENTS CREDENTIALS TO THE CUSTODIAN OF THE TWO HOLY MOSQUES


Sunday, 16 October 2011
Press Release No 101-2011, 11 October 2011 AMBASSADOR TAGO PRESENTS CREDENTIALS TO THE CUSTODIAN OF THE TWO HOLY MOSQUES On 11 October 2011, Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mr. Ezzedin Tago presented his credentials to The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz at the Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, along with 26 other Ambassadors. After the ambassadors presented their credentials, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques said “friends and brothers, I welcome you to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which I... Read more...
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AMBASSADOR TAGO and SAUDI LABOR MINISTER MEET


Sunday, 16 October 2011
Press Release 96/2011, 09 October 2011 AMBASSADOR TAGO MEETS SAUDI LABOR MINISTER Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Mr. Ezzedin Tago was received on 3 October 2011 by H.E. Adel Faqieh, Minister of Labor of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Labor in Riyadh. Labor Attaché Albert Valenciano and Third Secretary Paulo Saret joined the meeting. Several officials of the Ministry of Labor also attended the meeting. Both officials discussed bilateral labor relations existing between the two countries, and... Read more...
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Ambassador Tago meets with MRH Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal


Sunday, 16 October 2011
AMBASSADOR TAGO MEETS WITH HRH PRINCE AL-WALEED BIN TALAL Press Release No. 94/2011, 09 October 2011 Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Mr. Ezzedin H. Tago was received on 3 October 2011 by HRH Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company at the latter’s office in Kingdom Tower in Riyadh. Ambassador Tago was accompanied during the meeting by Jeddah-based Trade Representative Paisal Abdullah and Third Secretary with the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh Mr. Paulo V. Saret. Ambassador Tago and HRH Prince... Read more...
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Ambassador Tago meets with Saudi Minister of Agriculture


Monday, 03 October 2011
Press Release 2011/90, 2 October 2011 AMBASSADOR TAGO INVITES SAUDI AGRO-INVESTMENTS TO THE PHILIPPINES Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Mr. Ezzedin Tago met with Saudi Minister of Agriculture H.E. Dr. Fahd bin Abdulrahman bin Balghunaim in Riyadh at the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture yesterday. The Saudi Minister of Agriculture expressed support to the Philippine Embassy’s mission to enhance bilateral cooperation in the area of agriculture. H.E. Dr. Balghunaim recalled his visit to the Philippines in May 2009, during... Read more...
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PHL Ambassador meets with Minister Assistant of Foreign Affairs


Monday, 03 October 2011
Press Release 2011/89, 2 October 2011 PH AMBASSADOR MEETS WITH MINISTER ASSISTANT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS HRH PRINCE KHALID BIN SAUD BIN KHALID Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Mr. Ezzedin Tago met on 28 September2011 with Minister Assistant HRH Prince Khalid bin Saud bin Khalid at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh. HRH Prince Khalid welcomed Ambassador Ezzedin Tago as the new Philippine... Read more...
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Amb. Tago Meets Saudi Justice Minister


Monday, 03 October 2011
Press Release 2011/86, 28 September 2011 AMBASSADOR TAGO MEETS SAUDI JUSTICE MINISTER On Tuesday 27 September 2011, Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mr. Ezzedin Tago met H.E. Abdullah bin Abdul Karim Al-Essa, Saudi Minister of Justice. Ambassador Tago asked the Justice Minister to convey to Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the appreciation of Philippine President H.E. Benigno S. Aquino III for the royal clemency extended several times by the Saudi King to Filipinos those... Read more...

Consular Mobile Service to Tabuk


Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Advisory No. 2011/48 Date:  CONSULAR MOBILE SERVICES RETURNS TO TABUK; SERVES 426 FILIPINOS   On 14-16 September 2011, the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia conducted Consular Mobile Services (CMS) at the Al Arabi Hotel in the City of Tabuk, approximately 1,010 kms. from Jeddah and located in northwestern Saudi Arabia.  Read more...
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Saudi Arabia's Nitaqat System


Sunday, 03 July 2011
  Nitaqat System in a Nutshell NITAQAT (ZONES) SYSTEM In a Nutshell[i] 41 classifications of employment sectors 5 company classifications based on employee tally 4 compliance-related and disciplinary zones 5 Company Classifications (based on total employee tally) 1-10 employees EXEMPT from classifications Nitaqat system does not apply 10-49 employees SMALL classification 5-24% Nationalization required 50-499 employees MEDIUM 6-27% Nationalization required 500-2999 employees LARGE 7-30% Nationalization required 3000-more ... Read more...
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Embassy Statement on Saudi Decision to Stop Visa for Domestic Helpers


Sunday, 03 July 2011
Press Release 49/2011 2 July 2011 Philippine Embassy Statement on Visas for HSWs The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh has learned through print media about the Saudi ban on stoppage of work visas for domestic workers from the Philippines which will be implemented effective 2 July 2011 as announced by the Saudi Ministry of Labor. Read more...
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Statement on Reported Saudi Ban on Issuance of Work Visas for Domestic Workers


Saturday, 02 July 2011
Press Release 49/2011, 2 July 2011 Philippine Embassy Statement on Visas for HSWs The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh has learned through print media about the Saudi ban on issuance of work visas for domestic workers from the Philippines, which will be implemented effective 2 July 2011, as announced by the Saudi Ministry of Labor. As of 1 July, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh has not received any official notice on the matter from the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Ministry of Labor. The Embassy has sought a meeting with Saudi... Read more...

Donations for Victims of Typhoon Pablo (International Code: Bopha)


Monday, 10 December 2012
Donations for Victims of Typhoon Pablo (International Code: Bopha) The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wishes to announce that groups and individuals who would like to send donations for the victims of Typhoon Pablo may do so through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (NDRRMC), Philippine Red Cross (PRC) or the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). They can send the donations through the following: Cash Donations NDRRMC Bank : Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP),... Read more...

Guidelines - Passport Releasing


Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Guidelines on Passport Applications and Releasing The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah would like to announce and reiterate the following policies and guidelines on the application and release of passports: Renewal and Extension of Passports The Consulate shall no longer extend the machine ready readable passport (green) as this is already being phased out. Read more...

Ramadan Offfice Hours


Wednesday, 18 July 2012
      Public Advisory No. 2012/011 Date: 18  July 2012   Office Hours of the Consulate for Ramadhan The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will have the following office hours during Ramadhan (20 July to 18 August 2012): Saturday to Wednesday – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday           -   Closed                    

Public Advisory No. 2012-010


Monday, 16 July 2012
Public Advisory No. 2012/010 Date: 15 July 2012   First-Come, First-Served System for Renewal of Passports The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wishes to announce that it has suspended the appointment system for passport renewal applications for the meantime and has adopted a first-come, first-served system. Applicants may come to the Consulate during office hours (Saturday to Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.). Priority will be given to infants, pregnant women, disabled and... Read more...

Public Advisory No. 2012-009


Monday, 16 July 2012
Public Advisory No. 2012/009 Date: 14 July 2012   Postponement of Consular Mobile Services in Asir Region The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wishes to announce that the Consular Mobile Services (CMS) for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Abha, Khamis Mushayt and nearby areas scheduled on 18 to 20 July 2012 at the Al-Azizia Hotel in Khamis Mushayt has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances. The new schedule of the CMS will be announced as soon as finalized. OFWs who have signed up for the CMS will... Read more...

Schedule for Consular Mobile Services in 2012


Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Public Advisory No. 2011/052 Date: 28 September 2011 SCHEDULE FOR CONSULAR MOBILE SERVICES IN 2012 The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wishes to announce the schedule of its Consular Mobile Services (CMS) in the Western Region for 2012, as follows: PASSPORT ENROLLMENT MONTH DATE AREA/CITY January 25-27 (3 days) Assir   (Abha, Khamis Mushayt, Najran, Jizan, Bisha, Al Namas, Muhayl and Sharourah) February - - March 29-30 (2 days) Makkah Al-Mukarramah   (Taif, Al Baha, Baljurashi, Turabah, Khurma, Raniah and... Read more...

Procedure on Securing Police Clearance


Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Advisory No. 2011/047 Date: 18 September 2011 REVISED PROCEDURES IN APPLYING FOR A SAUDI POLICE CLEARANCE FOR FORMER FILIPINO WORKERS OR RESIDENTS  With reference to the attached Circular Memo No. 91/74/23285 dated 4 September 2011 from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Office of the Deputy Minister for Consular Affairs), the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah would like to advice all Filipino workers or residents of Saudi Arabia to obtain a Saudi Police Clearance from concerned police authorities before going on a final exit or leaving... Read more...

Normalization of Passport Release


Monday, 11 July 2011
Advisory No. 2011/037 Date: 10 July 2011 PASSPORT PROCESSING OPERTIONS NORMALIZED The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah wishes to inform all Filipino nationals in Jeddah and the Western Region that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), in its press release dated 29 June 2011, has announced that the Office of Consular Affairs' (OCA) electronic passport (e-Passport) operations have normalized after previous operational concerns had been duly addressed. In this regard, DFA Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Jaime Victor B. Ledda... Read more...

Campaign to make Puerto Princesa Underground River as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature


Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Advisory No. 2011/029 Date: 16 June 2011   OVERSEAS FILIPINOS ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CAMPAIGN TO MAKE PUERTO PRINCESA UNDERGROUND RIVER AS ONE OF THE NEW SEVEN WONDERS OF NATURE The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wishes to inform all Filipino nationals within its jurisdiction that on 3 June 2011, President Benigno Aquino signed Proclamation No. 182 declaring a national and international campaign for the inclusion of the Puerto Princesa Underground River as one of the New Seven (7) Wonders of... Read more...
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Philippine Embassy seeking clarification on the extension of amnesty for overstayers


Friday, 13 May 2011
  Advisory 2011/32 14 May 2011 The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh recalls that the Saudi Ministry of Interior announced last 27 April 2011 that the Royal Pardon that was granted to expatriates who have violated residency rules and overstayed their visas  last 22 September 2010 (for a period of six months, or up to 23 March 2011) has been extended up to 14 September 2011. The Philippine Embassy immediately sent on 02 May 2011 a Note to the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs to clarify the parameters of the Royal Pardon as news reports regarding... Read more...
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Free Passport Extension of Green Passport


Saturday, 30 April 2011
Advisory No. 2011/20 Date: 20 April 2011   EXTENSION OF THE VALIDITY OF GREEN PASSPORT GRATIS IN CASE OF DELAYS IN ePASSPORT DELIVERY   The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah wishes to inform all Filipinos within its area of responsibility that pursuant to Foreign Service Circular No. 37-11 dated 19 April 2011,  all requests for the extension of the validity of Machine Readable-Ready Passports (MRRP/Green Passports) shall be extended GRATIS if the delayed passport has not arrived within thirty (30) calendar days from the date of... Read more...
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Police Clearance Requirements/Guidelines


Tuesday, 22 March 2011
POLICE CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS AND GUIDELINES (as of 22 February 2011) A. If applicant is in Jeddah/Western Region: For applicants in Jeddah or any province of the Western Region including Makkah, Madinah, Asir, Abha, Al Baha, Khamis Mushayt, Gizan, Rabigh, Taif and Yanbu, the Consulate General will endorse the application for Police Clearance to the Office of the Director of the Police Department, Jeddah or its counterpart in the Western Region. Read more...
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DFA Advisory - Delay in Passport Releases


Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Maintenance Work, Equipment Upgrades in ePassport Ongoing Monday, 14 March 2011 14:18 Public Information Service Unit 14 March 2011-The Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of Consular Affairs (DFA-OCA) said today that maintenance work and equipment upgrades in the ePassport Personalization Center at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) facility are ongoing. Read more...
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Delays in E-Passport release due to equipment upgrade and maintenance


Tuesday, 22 March 2011
The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah wishes to inform all Filipino nationals in Jeddah and the Western Region who have recently applied and will apply for an ePassport, that the ePassport Personalization Center at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), which produces the passport booklets, is currently undergoing maintenance work and equipment upgrade. Read more...
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Embassy Advisory 9 March


Thursday, 10 March 2011
The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh reiterates the statement issued on 06 March 2011 by the Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia that “…the applicable laws in the Kingdom strictly prohibit all forms of demonstrations, marches and sit-ins and any call for such actions.” All Filipinos in the Kingdom are advised to comply with the Ministry’s statement, which is attached, and to observe all other laws, rules and regulations of the Kingdom. In general, the Embassy advises Filipinos to be alert of their surroundings, avoid crowds, and... Read more...
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Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition

Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition of 2003 (RA 9225)

 

What is Republic Act No. 9225?


Republic Act No. 9225 otherwise known as the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003 declares that natural-born citizens of the Philippines who become citizens of another country shall be deemed not to have lost their Philippine citizenship.

Who qualifies to apply under the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003?


Only natural-born citizens of the Philippines who have lost their Philippine citizenship by reason of their naturalization as citizens of a foreign country may retain/reacquire their Philippine citizenship under this Act.

RA 9225 does not apply to dual citizens, i.e., those who have both Philippine as well as foreign citizenship not acquired through naturalization.


How does one prove that he or she is a natural-born Filipino?


A former natural-born citizen, who was born in the Philippines, shall submit the NSO-authenticated copy of his or her birth certificate.

A former natural-born citizen, who was born abroad, shall present a copy of the Report of Birth issued by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate and, in applicable cases, the original copy of the Birth Certificate by competent foreign authorities.


What is the procedure in applying and what documents are required in order to apply?


1) Applicant shall present a copy of his/her Birth Certificate issued or duly- authenticated by the National Statistics Office (NSO) in Manila.
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2) Applicant accomplishes form entitled “Petition for Dual Citizenship and Issuance of Identification Certificate (IC) pursuant to RA 9225” and attaches three (3) 2”x2” photographs showing the front, left side and right side views of the applicant.

3) Applicant submits duly-accomplished petition to the Philippine Consulate / Embassy together with the photos, birth certificate and a valid ID.

(Note: applicants who are married and who wish to use their married names must submit a copy of their marriage certificate).

4) Applicant pays a processing fee of US$ 50.00 and is assigned a schedule for his/her oath of allegiance before a consular officer. Applicant takes his/her oath.

5) Applicant is given the original copy of his notarized oath of allegiance together with an Order of Approval issued by the Philippine Consulate General.

6) The Philippine Consulate General forwards to the Bureau of Immigration in Manila the petition, oath, order of approval, and other supporting documents for issuance of an Identification Certificate.

7) The Bureau of Immigration issues an Identification Certificate (IC) and forwards it to the applicant through the Philippine Consulate General.

Where do I apply for re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship if I am in the Philippines?


A former natural-born Filipino citizen who is already in the Philippines and registered in the Bureau of Immigration shall file a petition under oath to the Commissioner of Immigration for the cancellation of the Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) and issuance of an Identification Certificate (IC) as the case may be, under RA 9225.
A former natural-born citizen who is already in the Philippines but has not registered with the BI within 60 days from date of arrival shall file a petition under oath to the Commissioner of Immigration for the issuance of an IC under RA 9225.

Where do I apply for re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship if I am overseas?


A former natural-born citizen who is abroad but is a BI-registered alien shall file a petition under oath to the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate for evaluation. Thereafter, the Embassy or Consulate shall forward the entire records to the Commissioner of Immigration for the cancellation of the ACR and issuance of an IC under RA 9225.

A former natural-born citizen who is abroad and is not a BI-registered alien shall file a petition under oath to the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate for the issuance of an IC under RA 9225.

What is the Oath of Allegiance?


The Oath of Allegiance is the final act that confers Philippine citizenship. It reads as follows:

"I,________________, solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines and obey the laws and local orders promulgated by the duly constituted authorities of the Philippines, and I hereby declare that I recognize and accept the supreme authority of the Philippines and will maintain true faith and allegiance thereto, and that I impose this obligation upon myself voluntarily without mental reservation or purpose of evasion."

Is the conferment of Philippine citizenship under this act subject to administrative review?


The conferment of Philippine citizenship under this Act shall no longer be subject to the affirmation by the Secretary of Justice. However, Philippine citizenship may be revoked by competent authority upon a substantive finding of fraud, misrepresentation or concealment on the part of the applicant.

Can my foreign spouse also become a Filipino citizen under RA 9225?


No, the law does not apply to the foreign spouse. He/she has the following option if he/she wishes to reside permanently in the Philippines: (a) apply for naturalization; (b) apply for a permanent resident visa. But in case of a foreign woman married to a Filipino, she has to apply for the cancellation of her Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR).

Can my children also acquire Philippine citizenship under RA 9225?


According to Section 4 of RA 9225 (Derivative Citizenship), the unmarried child, whether legitimate, illegitimate or adopted, below eighteen (18) years of age, of those who re-acquire Philippine citizenship under this Act may also acquire Philippine citizenship provided they are included in the original petition of their parents.

A married child, although a minor, cannot therefore be included in the petition of his/her parent.

Children 18 years old and over do not qualify to acquire Philippine citizenship under RA 9225. They have the same options that are open to the foreign spouse.

After I have re-acquired Philippine citizenship, can I apply for a Philippine passport?


Yes, and so can the minor children who are deemed to have acquired Philippine citizenship under RA 9225. You would need to comply with the requirements for first-time passport applicants.

What rights and privileges will Philippine citizens under RA 9225 enjoy?


Those who retain or reacquire their Philippine Citizenship under RA 9225 shall enjoy full civil and political rights and be subject to all attendant liabilities and responsibilities under existing laws of the Philippines and the following conditions:

Those intending to exercise their right of suffrage must meet the requirements under Section 1, Article V of the Constitution, Republic Act No. 9189, otherwise known as “The Overseas Absentee Voting Act 0f 2003” and other existing laws.

Under the Act, the right to vote or be elected or appointed to any public office in the Philippines cannot be exercised by, or extended to, those who are candidates for or are occupying any public office in the country of which they are naturalized citizens and/or those who are in active service as commissioned or non-commissioned officers in the armed forces of the country which they are naturalized citizens.

Those seeking elective public office in the Philippines shall meet the qualifications for holding such public office as required by the Constitution and existing laws and, at the time of filing of the certificate of candidacy, make a personal and sworn renunciation of any and all foreign citizenship before any public officer authorized to administer an oath.

Those appointed to any public office shall subscribe and swear to an oath of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines and its duly constituted authorities prior to their assumption of office: Provided, they renounce their oath of allegiance to the country where they took that oath;

Having reacquired Philippine citizenship, can I now acquire land and other properties or engage in business?


As provided for under the 1987 Philippine Constitution, a Filipino citizen is entitled to purchase land and other properties and engage in business. This right would now apply to former natural-born Filipinos who have re-acquired Philippine citizenship under RA 9225.


Can I now reside in the Philippines?


Having reacquired your Philippine citizenship, you can reside in the Philippines for as long as you want without having to apply for entry visa and paying immigration fees. You can even choose to retire or permanently settle in the Philippines. As a Filipino citizen, you are subject to duties and other obligations imposed on other ordinary Filipinos, such as paying the necessary community tax residence and other tax liabilities in accordance with the tax laws of the Philippines.


Once I re-acquire Philippine citizenship will I be required to renounce my other citizenship?


No, the Act does not require one to renounce his or her other citizenship.

Will I now be required to pay income tax and other taxes? Am I exempt from paying the travel tax?


In accordance with existing laws, income earned in the Philippines is subject to the payment of tax. Filipinos who re-acquire citizenship and opt to reside and work in the Philippines will pay the income tax due at the end of each fiscal year. They are also subject to other obligations and liabilities, such as the community tax and residence tax.

Countries routinely forge bilateral agreements in order that their respective citizens who earn income overseas do not pay income tax twice.

On the other hand, Filipinos who have re-acquired Philippine citizenship, but residing permanently overseas, also enjoy tax exemptions extended to Filipino citizens permanently residing in other countries, the OFWs and their dependents.

Having re-acquired Philippine citizenship under this Act, am I allowed to practice my profession in the Philippines?


Under the law, those intending to practice their profession in the Philippines shall apply with the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) (or Supreme Court in case of Lawyers) for a license or permit to engage in such practice.

If I need to get more details on the rules and procedures for the implementation of RA 9225, which government office do I contact in the Philippines?


Under Administrative Order No. 92 Series of 2004 dated 12 January 2004, the Bureau of Immigration has been designated as the government agency in charge of formulating the rules and procedures for the implementation of Republic Act No. 9225. The contact details of Immigration Commissioner are as follows: Office of the Commissioner, Bureau of Immigration, Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. (Tel. No. (63)2 527-3265 / Fax No. (63-2) 527-3279)

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