Citizenship Re-Acquisition / Retention Requirements (RA 9225)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in compliance with the strong public health measures of the Government of Alberta, the Philippine Consulate General in Calgary will only accept mailed applications for Citizenship Re-Acquisition at this time. Thank you for your understanding.
Duly-filled out Application Form
Petition for Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition
Three (3) recent 4.5 cm X 3.5 cm photographs (colored with white background) taken within the last 3 months. Please paste photos on the application form as indicated.
Fee of CAD 72.50 per applicant
Payments for mailed applications must be in money order or bank draft in exact amount and made payable to the Philippine Consulate General. Please use these exact words with no abbreviations.Otherwise, the bank will not accept your draft/money order. Personal cheques and Western Union cheques / bank drafts are not accepted)
Three (3) photocopies of each of the following documents:
Note: Present original documents during the oathtaking.
- Birth Certificate authenticated/issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) / National Statistics Office (NSO)
- Marriage Certificate (for married female applicant, from PSA/NSO if married in the Philippines and from Vital Statistics Office if married in Canada)
- Death Certificate of spouse (for widowed/widower applicant) from PSA/NSO if widowed in the Philippines and from Vital Statistics Office if widowed in Canada
- Appropriate divorce decree or court order on the annulment of marriage (for separated/annulled/divorced applicant). If marriage in the Philippines is annulled, submit marriage certificate from PSA/NSO with annotation on the divorce/annulment of marriage
- Old/previous Philippine passport – in case of lost Philippine passport, execute an Affidavit of Loss with the template to be provided by the PCG (Additional Fee: CAD36.25)
- Canadian passport
- Citizenship Card/ID (for those who were naturalized before 2012)
- Certificate of Oath Taking as a Canadian
Note: 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 (Additional Fee: CAD 36.25) with the template to be provided by the PCG.
Other Supporting Documents (that the evaluating Officer may request):
- Certificate of Non-availability of Birth Record (if born before 1950) from the Local Civil Registrar or from NSO/PSA
- Baptismal Certificate / Joint Birth Affidavit
- Marriage Certificate of parents
- Order of adoption, if applicable
- Other proof of Philippine Citizenship: old voter’s ID, Transcript of Record / School Records, old IDs such as: SSS / GSIS / UMID / Drivers License
Requirements For Inclusion Of Dependent Minor Child/Children (below 18 years old) in the parent/s’ application
Indicate name/s of dependent minor child/children on page 2 of the Application Form.
Submit the following required photos:
- Two (2) recent 4.5 cm X 3.5 cm photographs (colored with white background) for each dependent child
- One (1) additional photo of the parent for each dependent child included in the parent’s application
Submit three (3) photocopies of the following documents:
Note: Present original documents during the oathtaking.
- Foreign passport of the child;
- Birth Certificate (if born in the Philippines, present PSA/NSO birth certificate)
- Philippine Passport (if child was born in the Philippines)
- Certificate of Oath of Canadian Citizenship, or naturalization documents (non-Canadian)
Fee of CAD 36.25 per child (cash, bank draft or postal money order; can be included in the parent’s total payment).
Please mail applications to:
RA 9225 Section
Philippine Consulate General in Calgary
Suite 100 - 1001 1st ST SE Calgary, AB Canada
Please take note of the following when sending your applications through mail:
Send only the original application form and photocopies of your supporting documents in the mail. Present original documents for verification when you appear at the Consulate General to take your oath. All original documents will be returned.
Due to the volume of applications received, the pcg may not be able to immediately respond to calls/emails following up on applications submitted. Please wait for the PCG’s email (to be sent to the email address you provided in the application form) notifying you of any of the following:
- If there are additional supporting documents required in order to process the application.
- Schedule of the oath taking ceremony, if the documents are complete and the application is approved.
The group oath taking takes place from Monday to Friday between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM or until all the participants’ documents have been prepared and verified. Please arrive AFTER 3:00 PM and not earlier.
Note: only those who are scheduled to take their oath will be allowed entry into the PCG. Escorts are not allowed unless requested by applicants needing help such as wheelchair assistance for senior citizens, PWDs, or pregnant women.
Note: Face mask use is required and everyone is expected to observe physical distancing. This is in compliance with COVID-19 public health measures.
Personal appearance is required during the oath taking ceremony. Minor dependents (below 18 years old) are not required to join their parents in the oath taking ceremony.
Queries on dual citizenship applications may be sent to calgarypcg.RA9225@gmail.com
Frequently Asked Questions On RA 9225
What is Citizenship Re-acquisition/Retention 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.
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.
After their applications are processed and approved, they would have to visit the Consulate General on a predetermined date to take their oath of allegiance before a consular officer.
Those who are unable to apply in person may send their applications and requirements by mail. However, they would need to visit the Consulate General for their oath-taking.
You may also submit and process your applications with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration in Manila, should you be in the Philippines.
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.