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  • There is no expedited processing for this service. Petitioners are reminded that the decision to reacquire one's Philippine Citizenship is considered a serious and important one which entails the applicant to carefully think about the duties and responsibilities he or she will be expected to carry out upon reacquisition of his/her Philippine citizenship.
  • Incomplete submissions will immediately be returned to the petitioner.  In the event that no self-addressed, stamped, special delivery envelope is provided by the petitioner who submits an incomplete application, their documents will be destroyed through a secure shredding process in compliance with data privacy and protection regulations.
  • Documentary requirements must only be submitted BY POST.  These are to be sent to The Philippine Embassy, 6 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG.  Once received by the Embassy, these documents will be verified and evaluated.  Successful petitioners will be notified by the Embassy by email and will be sent a link to the Oath Taking Booking Portal so they can book an appointment for their oath taking.  This booking portal is separate from the VFS Appointment Portal for other consular services. 
  • Due to strict physical distancing measures being implemented, the personal submission of documents is not possible at the moment.
  • Only those with confirmed oath taking schedules will be allowed to enter the Embassy premises.  To avoid overcrowding, only successful petitioners are allowed inside the oath-taking venue.
  • Successful petitioners must book a separate appointment for passport application should they wish to apply for a new Philippine passport.  They are also expected to bring a complete set of documentary requirements.  For more information, please refer to this link.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE TRAVELLING TO THE PHILIPPINES

  • Although RA 9225 documents are recognised as proof of Philippine citizenship per Philippine of Bureau Immigration issuance SMB-2014-045, dual citizens travelling to the Philippines are advised to present valid Philippine passports as there have been instances of dual citizens being offloaded from their flights for being unable to present a valid Philippine passport as proof of current Philippine citizenship even if they presented their RA 9225 documents to relevant authorities.
  • Those who enter the Philippines using a travel document are required by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration to secure a Philippine passport prior to their exit.
  • Current processing time for Philippine passport applications is at least 8-10 weeks, due to current circumstances. For more information, please click this link.


"Philippine citizenship can never be treated like a commodity

that can be claimed when needed and suppressed when convenient."

- Yu vs. Defensor-Santiago, 169 SCRA 364, 379 (1989)

 

 

Requirements:

  1. Two (2) sets, completed Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Forms
  • Petitioners must sign their name as it appears in their foreign naturalization certificate or foreign passport. In case of change of name, you must state the name appearing in your birth certificate or the old Philippine passport.

        Original and two (2) photocopies of the following documents:

  2.  Proof of former Philippine citizenship such as :

  • Birth Certificate (if born in the Philippines) or Report of Birth (if born outside the Philippines) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on security paper
  • Old Philippine passport
  • Voter's affidavit or Voter's ID
  • Marriage Contract indicating the Philippine citizenship of the Petitioner
  • Other document that would show that the Petitioner was formerly a natural-born Filipino citizen, as may be deemed acceptable by the Evaluating Officer

  3.  Certificate of Naturalization or Registration

  • If the document is not in English, an English translation of the Certificate must be duly authenticated by the Embassy in the United Kingdom of the country where you were naturalized, or by the appropriate government agency of such country.
    • If you misplaced your Naturalization Certificate, please click the appropriate link below for information on how to request a new one:

  4.  Data page of your most recent Philippine passport

  5.  Data page of your current foreign passport

  6.  Marriage Certificate (if married in the Philippines) or Report of Marriage (if married abroad) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority on security paper (applicable for married female applicants only)

  7.  Five (5) passport-size photographs

  8.  Retention / reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship fee of GBP 46.00 paid via postal money order or bank draft (for Irish applicants) paid out to the Philippine Embassy

  9.  Self-addressed, stamped, special delivery envelope with tracking number

If you decided to include minor dependents (below 18 years old) in your petition, the following requirements must also be submitted:

Original and two (2) photocopies of the following documents:

  1. Minor’s Birth Certificate (if born in the Philippines) or Report of Birth (if born outside the Philippines) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on security paper
  2. Minor’s Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Registration
    • If the document is not in English, an English translation of the Certificate must be duly authenticated by the Embassy in the United Kingdom of the country where you were naturalized, or by the appropriate government agency of such country.
  3. Data page of the minor’s most recent Philippine passport
  4. Data page of the minor’s current foreign passport
  5. Two (2) passport-size photographs of the minor
  6. Retention / reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship fee of GBP 23.00 per minor dependent paid via postal money order or bank draft (for Irish applicants) paid out to the Philippine Embassy

Steps:

  1. Prepare a complete set of your documentary requirements.
  2. Post the two (2) complete sets of your documentary requirements to the Embassy of the Philippines, 6 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HG.
  3. Visit the Philippine Embassy in London on your confirmed Oath-Taking schedule and complete the following steps:
    1. Sign all relevant documents at the Philippine Citizenship Waiting Area.
    2. Proceed to the Consul’s Office for the briefing and oath-taking.
    3. Take the Oath of Allegiance.

Important Reminders:

  • Applicants must only post a complete set of the photocopies of the documentary requirements and bring the original copies with them during their scheduled oath taking.
  • Pursuant to the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Data Privacy Act of 2012, applications deemed incomplete will be returned to the applicant.  Applications submitted without a self-addressed envelope and stamp will be destroyed through a secure shredding process.
  • The Embassy may request additional supporting documents as circumstances warrant.
  • Applicants without the required civil registry documents (Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, etc.) may request for the said documents through the Philippine Statistics Authority’s online facility.
  • The Oath-taking ceremony shall take place at the Philippine Embassy, 10 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG.  Upon approval of the petition, the Citizenship Officer will email the petitioner a link to the Oath Taking booking portal.  This is separate from the VFS Appointment Portal for other consular services.
  • As a courtesy to other successful petitioners, those who have been provided the link to the appointment portal for their oath taking are requested to refrain from making multiple bookings.  In the event that an applicant wishes change his/her booking, he/she is requested to make sure that he/she cancels the initial booking.  In the event of multiple bookings made by a single applicant, the system will automatically cancel the earlier booking schedules.  For example, if Juan dela Cruz initially books an appointment for 15 January 2021 but then manages to book a schedule for 02 January 2021 without cancelling his initial booking of 15 January 2021, the system will automatically cancel his booking for 02 January 2021.
  • Successful petitioners must book a separate appointment for passport application should they wish to apply for a new Philippine passport.  They are also expected to bring a complete set of documentary requirements.  For more information, please refer to this link.

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Frequently Asked Questions on the Retention / Reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship