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REPUBLIC ACT 9225 OR CITIZENSHIP RETENTION AND REACQUISTION ACT OF 2003

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.

Requirements and Procedure to Retain/Reacquire Philippine citizenship

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:

  1. Duly accomplished application form.  This will serve as the applicant’s petition. (Application form is available only at the embassy).
  2. Four (4) passport size ID photographs with royal blue background (4.5 x 3.5 cm)
  3. Birth Certificate issued on National Statistics Office (NSO) security paper and authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila or if born abroad, Report of Birth (ROB) issued by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over applicant’s place of birth.
  4. Certificate of Naturalisation, with english translation, as a Dutch citizen or other documentary proof of acquisition of Dutch citizenship (present original and submit photocopy).
  5. Current valid foreign passport (present original and submit photocopy of information page).
  6. If still available, latest Philippine passport (present original and submit photocopy of information page).
  7. For those with minor children/dependents included in the application, legalized or authenticated Birth Certificate/ Report of Birth of minor children/dependents, (present original and submit one photocopy) and two (2) ID photographs with royal blue background (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm)
  8. For applicants who were married, widowed, divorced, or whose marriage has been annulled (if applicable), please present and submit copy of the appropriate document: Marriage Contract/Certificate of Marriage (if married in the Philippines) or Report of Marriage (if married abroad); Death Certificate of spouse or Court Order of presumptive death (authenticated by DFA); or Report of Divorce/Divorce Decree; or Certificate of Finality of Decision and Court Order/Decision (authenticated by DFA).

Please note that applicants may be asked to submit additional supporting documents in case of discrepancies, etc. After the documents are assessed by the evaluating officer in the Embassy, the applicant will be informed within five (5) working days from the date of submission of the documents if the application has been approved or not.

If approved, the applicant has to execute an Oath of Allegiance before a consular officer in the Embassy.  After taking the Oath of Allegiance, the applicant may choose to apply for a Philippine passport (i.e. 5 days from the date of application).  Please refer to the requirements for passport renewal (including Oath).