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Does She Have to Renounce Her Philippine Citizenship?

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Today we got a comment and question from Mike Eslick.

Here is what Mike had to say:

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Hi Bob..

I am married to a Filipina and she’s been here for almost 3 years and all is well.. My Mother inlaw is also married to an American (retired Navy) and they are considering moving to the Philippines. My Mother inlaw is working on her US citizenship.. will she have to renounce her Philippine citizenship when she gets her US citizenship? My Father inlaw needs to get a dual citizenship. They live in Phoenix Az and I am wondering if someone can give me a idea on how long the process take for a US citizen and the monies involved and does he have to appear in person at the Philippines consulate?

Thank you for any advice

Mike

dual-citizenshipHi Mike,
If your father in law is a natural born American Citizen, as you seemingly indicate, he can not obtain dual citizenship, he does not qualify. That does not mean he can’t live in the Philippines, it just means that he cannot be a citizen. He can, after living here for 5 years become a Philippine citizen, but will have to renounce his US citizenship, as foreigners are not allowed to be dual citizens. That is reserved for former Philippine citizens only.

As for your Mother in law, part of the process of becoming a US citizen is renouncing your former citizenship, so she will indeed have to renounce her Philippine Citizenship, but she can apply for dual citizenship and reacquire her Philippine citizenship any time after she becomes a US citizen. It is very easy to do, inexpensive, and she will then be a citizen of both countries.

Thank you for visiting, Mike, and good luck.

Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur. Bob is an American who lived in Mindanao from 2000 until 2019. Bob has now relocated back to the USA.

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Ronald McCarthy
Ronald McCarthy
6 years ago

Sorry Bob, but US citizens certainly may be Naturalized Philippine citizens and doing so will NOT affect their US citizenship. While it is true that to take the oath of Naturalization to become a Philippine citizen, one must “renounce” their foreign citizenship, the US does NOT recognize the renunciation as being valid. The ONLY way that a US citizen may voluntarily renounce his citizenship is to go in person to a U.S. embassy or consulate and sign before a consular officer an oath or affirmation that he intends to renounce his citizenship. This will have no effect upon their Naturalized… Read more »

MindanaoBob
6 years ago

I am sorry Ron, but on this one you are incorrect. Philippine law specifically states that you must renounce your foreign citizenship. Yes, you are right, you can do a “fake” renounciation, but that would not be in compliance with Philippine law. Yes, it is possible to become a fake Philippine citizen by not following the law, but if you want to follow the law of the Philippines as your first act of being a citizen, then you must renounce your citizenship. If you renounce your US citizenship properly (not fake) then it is most certainly recognized by the US… Read more »

Paul Thompson
6 years ago

If a retired US Military member renounces US Citizenship (The Correct Way) they should not be surprised when the checks from their Uncle stop. For you must remain eligible for a recall to active duty at all times. (Medical reasons will be case by case)

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

That is so true, Paul. If a person a commitment like the military commitment of needing to be ready to go back if called, they really would not be right to pledge their allegiance to another country. The Philippines very specifically says that you must renounce your citizenship in order to be a citizen. That is a very specific act that is a serious thing, not just a game of “saying” that you renounce. A serious person should keep that in mind.

Great info, Paul, thanks for sharing.

DaveJoh
DaveJoh
6 years ago

Hi Bob A bit more info for Mike. What are the ways under Philippine law of losing Philippine citizenship? 1. By naturalization in a foreign country 2. Through express renunciation of Philippine citizenship 3. By taking an oath of allegiance to support the constitution of a foreign country 4. By enlisting and serving in the armed forces of a foreign country. The following refers to Australia but I would guess America would be similar Introduction note Dual citizenship is the status whereby a person is concurrently regarded as a citizen of two countries. Former natural-born Filipinos who have acquired citizenship… Read more »

DaveJoh
DaveJoh
6 years ago

Bob Mike also asked how his father in law can get citizenship. The following qualifications are set out in the Naturalization Act. First. He must be not less than twenty-one years of age on the day of the hearing of the petition; Second. He must have resided in the Philippines for a continuous period of not less than ten years; Third. He must be of good moral character and believes in the principles underlying the Philippine Constitution, and must have conducted himself in a proper and irreproachable manner during the entire period of his residence in the Philippines in his… Read more »

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  DaveJoh

Hi,

Mike’s father in law is a former Philippine Citizen, so naturalization int he Philippines does not apply. He was naturalized as a US citizen, so all he needs to do is apply for dual citizenship under RA9225 and he will instantly be a dual citizen.

Delaila
Delaila
6 years ago

Hi bob. Thank you for the information. I have a question please. I am was born to a filipino mother but left the Philippines when i was 2 years old and never renewed my filipino passport and was given my father’s nationality and i thought all the time that my filipino citizenship was renounced because dual citizenship is not allowed in my country, i am now 27 and i need a (certificate of no allegiance to the Philippines) or (proof of not being a filipino citizen) or a certificate that says i have PERMANENTLY lost my filipino citizen 20 years… Read more »

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  Delaila

I am sorry, I have never heard of any kind of document to prove that you are not a citizen. I wish I could help you out, but this is not something that I know anything about.

Hannah Abdullah
Hannah Abdullah
6 years ago

Hi Bob! I’m Hannah I’m a Filipino citizen,I’m married to an Indian man.. We’re here in Saudi at the moment.. Just gonna ask if do we need to go bck in Philippines to process the Temporary Residence Visa (TRV) Coz we try to process here and ask the people at the Embassy in Riyadh but the said they didn’t process the TRV.. Coz I’ve been searching in the Internet to whom we go to get through of this TRV..

Thanks and Regards,

Hannah

MindanaoBob
6 years ago

Sounds like the Embassy has already answered your question.

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