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Today, I got a note in my e-mail from Dennis.  Dennis is in the United Kingdom.

Here is what Dennis had to say:

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I am married to a Filipino,we have six girls aged between two and twenty two, all British, Please could you tell me if they all qualify for citizenship in the Philippines,and can we get them all Philippine passports on arrival when we immigrate there next year,and. what costs are involved.

Thank you.

Dennis

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Hello Dennis,

If your wife was a Citizen of the Philippines on the day that each child was born, then they are eligible to be Philippine Citizens.  If your wife had already naturalized and lost her Philippine Citizenship, then your children are not eligible to be Philippine Citizens.

If your wife was indeed a Philippine Citizen at the time of the kids’ birth, then she should file a “report of birth abroad” with the Philippine Embassy or Consulate that serves the area where your children were born, and this is how they would become recognized as Philippine Citizens.

Yes, if your children are eligible, then you could acquire passports for them while you are in the Philippines, or you could acquire Philippine Passports for them in London at the Philippine Embassy if you prefer to do it that way.  If it were me doing the applying for Passports, I would do it in London rather than in the Philippines. I feel that it will go more smoothly there. Things are always complicated and take more time here in the Philippines, much more bureaucracy to deal with!

Good luck to you.

Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur who is based in Davao. Bob is an American who has lived permanently in Mindanao since May 2000. Here in Mindanao, Bob has resided in General Santos City, and now in Davao City. Bob is the owner of this website and many others.

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Hi Dennis – If you meet the criteria as Bob pointed out you can obtain the girls citizenship and new passports at the Philippine Embassy in London before you travel, much easier.
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Jim.

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

“Things are always complicated and take more time here in the Philippines, much more bureaucracy to deal with” This is true, the Philippine Embassies and Consulates’ around the world seem to work with a higher degree of efficiency than in Mega Mania. I pondered that and will render a guess as to why. Employment which we know is needed here on the islands. Outside of the country (Philippines) to represent the government they send their best and brightest. Albeit you could sometimes wonder about that, I have found that service is better outside the country. (RP) Here in Manila and… Read more »

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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Hi Paul, I have to agree with your theory about efficiency at Philippine outposts abroad compared to the inefficiency at the Philippine Government offices in the country.

In addition to what you say, I think that the people working at the outposts abroad are living in a place where they see systems working faster and more efficiently, and because of that, they try to provide the same level of service at their offices.

What do you think?

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

“Things are always complicated and take more time here in the Philippines, much more bureaucracy to deal with” This is true, the Philippine Embassies and Consulates’ around the world seem to work with a higher degree of efficiency than in Mega Mania. I pondered that and will render a guess as to why. Employment which we know is needed here on the islands. Outside of the country (Philippines) to represent the government they send their best and brightest. Albeit you could sometimes wonder about that, I have found that service is better outside the country. (RP) Here in Manila and… Read more »

Blue boy
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Blue boy

You are correct. The bureaucracy mess here ensures everyone has a job, in addition to that, different layers and departments of checking the same thing helps, normally what an efficient computer program can do. Hopefully things may improve who knows? There are growing calls for it from within the Philippine government sector.

Mohamed Almerbati
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Mohamed Almerbati

Hi Bob :
Previously u mentioned that currently one can request an extension of Tourist Visa for up to 6 months.
Can you please expand on this subject & what documents are required for such a request.
Thank you & best regards.

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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Really nothing to expand. Just go do a visa extension and request 6 months.

Gary Neil Dadds
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Gary Neil Dadds

Getting the Filipino passports in London should be a lot less stressful but will be a lot more expensive. I would question why they need a filipino passport. They will get a certificate of citizenship then just travel on ther UK passports. Our 22 year old son hasn’t had a Philippine passport since he was a baby.

Blue boy
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Blue boy

Why should they not need a Philippine passport? The answer is, because it is their heritage and they have every right to keep it and be proud of their mother’s nation. My wife’s nation is as part of me, as much as part of my children. I want Philippines to be equally respected as my own country is in my home. That is what marriage is about. You bring two worlds together if you are going for an inter-racial marriage. Certificate of citizenship may do the job, but having a Philippine passport is a matter of pride and belonging and… Read more »

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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Since the person wrote in and ask me specifically about getting passports, I felt it was the right thing to answer their question instead of just ignoring it.

angkoldoy
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angkoldoy

Thanks for the update Bob. This is what happened to us at the Philippine Consulate in Honolulu (circa 2002): At that time we were contemplating obtaining dual citizenship for my wife, our older daughter had been born prior to her mother’s naturalization process. Our youngest had been born after her mother became a US citizen. Both daughters were born in the US. We arrived at the consulate with the intention of obtaining “dual citizenship” for my wife and the older daughter. As we were speaking with and turning over our paperwork to the kind employee at the consulate, she looked… Read more »

Bob Martin
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Your children are dual citizens for life. They can continue to renew their passports as long as they are alive.

Blue boy
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Blue boy

I got my 13g Permanent visa in 6 days in a Philippine embassy overseas. All done by courrier. Yes, it is faster. The Acr-I card wait was longer inside the Philippines + the Quarantine process.

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