Sometimes, the whole issue of citizenship can seem like a maze when you are involved with an cross-national marriage like I am, and many of the readers of this site are. When a Citizen of one country marries a Citizen of another country, things can get somewhat confusing!
Perhaps the situation is most confusing when it comes to our kids! You see, our two oldest kids are dual citizens. By their birthright they are US Citizens, since they were born on US soil. But, at the time of their birth, Feyma was a Philippine Citizen, and thus under Philippine law our two oldest kids are also Philippine Citizens. Now, our youngest son is a different story, though! Feyma had already been naturalized as a US Citizen by the time Jared was born! Jared was born on US soil, so he automatically has US Citizenship. Because at the time of his birth Feyma was not a Philippine Citizen, Jared is not a Philippine Citizen at all. Confusing, huh? Of course, in addition to their birth on US soil, the fact that I (their father) am a US Citizen also makes them US Citizens as well.
At the time that we moved to the Philippines, we all got Resident Visas here (13g Visas). We all still hold 13g Visas. However, there is a way to change this. Since the time that we have lived here, Philippine Republic Act 9225 was enacted. RA9225 is the Dual Citizenship law of the Philippines. Under this law, anybody who is a former Citizen of the Republic of the Philippines (like Feyma), but was naturalized in another country may file an application and become a Dual Citizen. When an adult becomes a Dual Citizen, their minor children also become Dual Citizens. So, by filing for Dual Citizenship under Republic Act 9225, Feyma would become a Dual Citizen (concurrently a Citizen of the Philippines and also of the USA), and all of our kids would also be Dual Citizens as well, including our youngest. Because of this, the Resident Visas of Feyma and all of the kids would no longer be necessary.
If you are interested in learning the requirements and procedure for obtaining Dual Citizenship in the Philippines, there is a website where you can find out all the official information.
Yes, this can be quite confusing, but if you take the time to sit down and think it all through you will figure it all out. The Citizenship issue is black and white, there is little gray area in there, so if you just follow the facts you will get it all straight for your family too!