I got an e-mail this morning from Joseph. Joseph wants to live in the Philippines, and wonders about citizenship issues.
I am tired of life in America and I want to relocate to the Philippines. Can you tell me how to become a citizen of the Philippines so that I can live there?
Well, Joseph, thank you for writing. There are a couple things we need to discuss.
Firstly, you do not need to be a citizen of the Philippines to live here. In fact, at this point of your life you cannot qualify for Philippine Citizenship. You need to move here and live here for a while before you can even consider citizenship.
How can you live here? Go over and take a look at our Sister Site, Your Philippine Visa. You can stay here on a Resident Visa, a Balikbayan Visa or a Tourist Visa. If you are married to a Filipino, or former Philippine Citizen you can qualify for any of those visas. If you are not married to somebody from the Philippines, you can qualify only for a tourist visa which will allow you to stay here up to 16 months at a time.
If you do want to become a Philippine Citizen, you must meet the requirements for naturalization. The most important in your case is that you must live here 10 years before you can apply, or if you are married to a Filipina you can apply after living here for 5 years. There are other requirements too, but just remember you must live here for a while before you may apply for Citizenship.
Good luck to you Joseph. I hope your new life in the Philippines is a good one.