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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)

Basic Requirements for Principal Petitioners:

  1. Two (2) copies, signed and completed RA 9225 Application Form (download here)
  2. Original and two (2) photocopies, proof of that the petitioner was a natural-born Philippine citizenship
    • Any of the following proofs of Philippine citizenship are acceptable:
      • Philippine Birth Certificate (if born in the Philippines) or Report of Birth (if born abroad)
      • Philippine Marriage Certificate (if married in the Philippines) or Report of Marriage (if married abroad)
  3. Latest Philippine passport
  4. Two (2) photocopies, data page of latest Philippine passport
    • If the latest Philippine passport can no longer be located, the petitioner may instead provide two (2) completed and signed Affidavits of Explanation, explaining in detail the circumstances by which the passport was lost.  This comes at an additional processing fee of GBP 23.00 which must be paid via postal money order (for UK residents) or bank draft (Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey, and Jersey residents).
    • Download a template of the Affidavit here.
  5. Original and two (2) photocopies, Certificate of Naturalisation or Registration
    • Petitioners who misplaced their copy may request for a new one from the government of their foreign citizenship.
  6. Latest foreign passport
  7. Two (2) photocopies, data page of latest foreign passport
  8. Five (5) pieces, passport-size (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm) identical photographs on white background
  9. Processing fee, GBP 46.00 payable via postal money order (for UK residents) or bank draft (for Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey, and Jersey residents)
    • PAYEE must appear as PHILIPPINE EMBASSY LONDON
    • Postal money orders may be obtained from the nearest post office
  10. Special delivery envelope paid up to 500g
    • We will use this to return your original documents after your petition has been reviewed  
    • Special delivery envelopes may be obtained from the nearest post office
    • Do not forget to write your name and delivery address on the 'TO' field of the envelope
    • Non-UK residents (Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey) may consider purchasing pre-paid postage online through this link
  11. Original and two (2) photocopies, supporting documents for petitioners with special circumstances:
 Circumstance Supporting Document/s
Married applicants

Philippine-issued Marriage Certificate (if married in the Philippines) or Report of Marriage (if married abroad)

If the marriage was solemnised after the petitioner became naturalised as a foreign citizen, the petitioner may provide a copy of his / her foreign marriage certificate but he / she will be required to file a Report of Marriage after his / her oath taking.

Divorced / Separated

Annotated Philippine Marriage Certificate stating that the divorce / annulment / separation has been recognised by Philippine courts. 

Please contact the Philippine Statistics Authority for guidance if you need to have your Philippine Marriage Certificate annotated.

Widow/er Deceased spouse's Death Certificate
Change of name (due to other reasons other than marriage) or other vital details

Annotated Philippine Birth Certificate

We do not accept deed polls.

 

Basic Requirements for Dependent Petitioners:

1. Five (5) pieces, identical passport-size (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm) photographs on white background

2. Original and two (2) photocopies, Philippine-issued Birth Certificate (if born in the Philippines) or Report of Birth (if born abroad)

  • If the dependent petitioner was born after his/her parents became naturalised as foreign citizens, a copy of the foreign Birth Certificate (long form) may be provided in lieu of the Philippine-issued Birth Certificate / Report of Birth.  However, a Report of Birth must be filed immediately at the Philippine Embassy of his/her place of birth after his / her parent/s' oath taking.

3. Original, latest Philippine passport (if applicable)

4. Two (2) photocopies, data page of latest Philippine passport (if applicable)

5. Original and two (2) photocopies, Certficiate of Naturalisation or Registration

6. Original, latest foreign passport

7. Two (2) photocopies, data page of latest foreign passport

8. Processing fee, GBP 23.00 paid through postal money order (for UK residents) or bank draft (Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey, and Jersey applicants)

  • PAYEE must appear as PHILIPPINE EMBASSY LONDON

 

Steps:

  1. Prepare a complete set of your documentary requirements.
    • Each application form must be stapled or clipped together with the supporting documents in the order that appears above.
  2. Post the two (2) complete sets of your documentary requirements to the Citizenship Division, Philippine Embassy, 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:

  • Incomplete submissions will immediately be returned to the petitioner.  The Philippine Embassy is not liable for the loss of any documents sent by petitioners.
  • 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