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Application for Philippine Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition (R.A. 9225)

Application for Philippine Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition (R.A. 9225)

What is Citizenship Retention/Re-acquisition and who are eligible to apply for it?

Republic Act 9225 or the Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003 (more popularly known as the Dual Citizenship Law) enables natural-born Filipinos who have become naturalized citizens of another country to reacquire their Philippine citizenship by taking an oath of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines. Upon reacquiring their Philippine citizenship, they shall enjoy full civil and political rights as Filipinos, subject to certain conditions.

Under the principle of derivative citizenship, unmarried children below eighteen (18) years of age, whether legitimate, illegitimate, or adopted, of those who reacquired their Philippine citizenship under this law shall also be deemed Filipino citizens.

A child who is 18 years of age or older at the time of the parent’s re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship, but was born when either parent was still a Filipino citizen, shall be considered to have been a natural born Filipino and may apply for re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship on his/her own behalf.

Who are considered “natural-born” Filipinos?

Natural-born Filipinos are citizens of the Philippines from birth without having to perform any act to acquire or perfect their Philippine citizenship. Those whose fathers or mothers are citizens of the Philippines at the time of their birth and those born before 17 January 1973, of Filipino mothers, who elect Philippine citizenship upon reaching the age of majority are considered natural-born Filipinos.

Philippine citizenship law derives from the principle of jus sanguinis or the citizenship of the parents.

Downloadable Application Forms:

Basic Requirements for Principal Applicant

  1. Duly-filled out Application Form originally signed by the applicant

  2. One (1) copy of the Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) formerly known as National Statistics Office (NSO).

  3. Three (3) pcs. recent 2in X 2in photographs (colored with white background). Do not paste the photos, write the name of the applicant at the back of each photo.

  4. One (1) copy of previous Philippine passport/s

  5. One (1) copy of Canadian passport

  6. One (1) copy of the Certificate of Canadian Naturalization

  7. One (1) copy of Philippine citizenship renunciation, if applicable

Additional Requirements for Principal Applicant

  1. If married - One (1) copy of Marriage Certificate issued by the PSA/NSO for those married in the Philippines or the Report of Marriage registered by a Philippine Foreign Service Post for those married outside of the Philippines. In the event the marriage was held after the applicant’s naturalization, one (1) copy of the marriage certificate issued by the Vital Statistics Office of Canada.

  2. If widowed - One (1) copy of Marriage Certificate (same as above) and one (1) copy of Death Certificate issued by the PSA/NSO for the spouse who died in the Philippines or issued by the Vital Statistics Office of Canada.

  3. If annulled - One (1) copy of Marriage Certificate issued by the PSA/NSO for those married in the Philippines duly annotated that the marriage has been nullified or a certified photocopy of the Court decision issued in the Philippines granting the annulment.

  4. If divorced - One (1) copy of the Divorce Decree issued by a Court in Canada. (Note: This only applies to an applicant who filed for the divorce after acquiring Canadian citizenship).

Important Information:

  • PSA documents can be requested through this website:
  • Original documents will be presented for verification when applicant appears at the Consulate for the oath taking ceremony
  • Personal appearance is required during the oath taking ceremony. Minor dependents are not required to join. (Proxy attendance is not allowed)
  • Processing may take up to 4-6 months due to backlogs.

Other Supporting Documents that the evaluating Officer may request (1 copy):

  • Certificate of Non-availability of Birth Record (if born before 1950) from the Local Civil Registrar or from NSO/PSA
  • Baptismal Certificate / Notarized Joint Birth Affidavit
  • Marriage Certificate of parents
  • Order of adoption, if applicable
  • Other proof of Philippine Citizenship: old voter’s ID, School Records (some school transcripts reflect the citizenship of student), SSS / GSIS / UMID / LTO Driver’s License

If the applicant has a discrepancy in his/her name in his/her Canadian and Philippine documents, the applicant must execute an Affidavit of One and the Same Person.

Requirements for Derivative Citizenship Applicant (17y/o and below who acquired Canadian citizenship by virtue of one the parent’s naturalization):

  • One (1) copy of birth certificate from PSA/NSO (if born in the Philippines) or birth certificate from Vital Statistics Office (if born abroad)
  • One (1) copy of Philippine passport (if born in the Philippines)
  • One (1) copy of Canadian passport
  • One (1) copy of Certificate of Canadian Naturalization
  • Two (2) pcs. recent 2 in X 2 in photographs (colored with white background). Do not paste the photos, write the name of the applicant at the back of each photo.
  • One (1) pc. recent 2 in X 2 in photograph of the principal parent applicant (one additional photo per dependent child)
  • One (1) copy of the (applying) parent’s RA9225 certificates if the application is done after the parent took his/her oath.

Note: Child/ren born in Canada with one Filipino parent at the time of birth should be registered as Filipino citizens through the Report of Birth (Services > Civil Registry > Report of Birth)

Schedule of Fees

Principal Applicant $72.50

Payments can be made in Canadian Dollars either in cash, bank draft, postal money order, debit card, or credit card (with 2.4% convenience fee applied for credit card only), for applicants submitting their application forms personally at the Consulate.

Derivative Applicant $36.25
Affidavit of One and The Same Person $36.25

Submission of Application:

By Mail RA 9225 Section Philippine Consulate General in Calgary Suite 100 - 1001 1st ST SE Calgary, AB Canada T2G 5G3
In-Person Book an appointment at the PCG through Book an appointment during the outreach services of the Consulate, if any (link is officially announced through PCG Calgary’s official facebook page at )

Queries on dual citizenship applications may be sent to

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) On R.A. 9225

How can I apply for the re-acquisition of my Philippine citizenship?

Those who are residents of Alberta and Saskatchewan should send their applications and supporting documents to the Philippine Consulate General in Calgary. You may also submit and process your applications with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration in Manila, should you be in the Philippines. However, the oath taking will be done in the Philippines as well.

What rights and privileges am I entitled to once I reacquire my Philippine citizenship?

Once you reacquire your Philippine citizenship, you will once again enjoy full civil, economic and political rights under existing Philippine laws.

Among these rights are:

  • The right to travel with a Philippine passport;
  • The right to own real property in the Philippines;
  • The right to engage in business and commerce as a Filipino; and
  • The right to practice one’s profession, provided that a license or permit to engage in such practice is obtained from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), or the Supreme Court in the case of lawyers.

You may also vote overseas in Philippine national elections (for President, Vice President, Senators and sectoral representatives) in accordance with the provisions of the Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003.

What effect does reacquiring my Philippine citizenship have on my taxes?

Under the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program of 1997, income earned abroad by Filipinos from 1998 are no longer taxable. Hence, all Filipinos abroad, including those who have reacquired their Philippine citizenship, have been exempted by the Philippine Government from paying Philippine income tax on income earned abroad. Income earned in the Philippines, however, will still be subject to Philippine income tax.

Do I need to reside in the Philippines if I reacquire my Philippine citizenship?

Residency in the Philippines is NOT a requirement for those who reacquired Philippine citizenship.