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CITIZENSHIP RETENTION AND RE-ACQUISITION ACT OF 2003 (R.A. 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 are qualified to apply under the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003?

 

Natural-born citizens of the Philippines who have lost their Philippine citizenship by reason of their naturalization as citizens of a foreign country may file a Petition to re-acquire their Philippine citizenship under this Act.     

They “… are hereby deemed to have re-acquired Philippine citizenship upon taking the oath of allegiance to the Republic.”

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Natural born citizens of the Philippines who become citizens of a foreign country shall retain their Philippine citizenship upon filing a Petition and taking the aforesaid oath. (Section 3, RA 9225)

 

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 the original and photocopy 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.

 

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 shall file a petition under oath to the Commissioner of Immigration.

 

Where do I apply for retention or re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship if I am in Switzerland or Liechtenstein?

 

A former natural-born citizen who is in Switzerland shall file a petition under oath with the Philippine Embassy in Berne (for residents of Switzerland or Liechtenstein) or the Consulate General in Geneva (for residents of the Cantons of Geneva or Vaud).