I got a note from Angela today with a question about becoming a Philippine Citizen.
Here is what Angela had to say:
I’ve been having a hard time finding information on this.
I am an American and next year I will be marrying my fiancée, who is Filipino. We were planning on me living in the Philippines with him. Would me marrying him, give me Philippine citizenship, or do I still need to get some kind of visa?
Thanks for writing. I’m sorry to say, but no, you may not become a Philippine Citizen by marring a Filipino. But, you can still live in the Philippines, no problem on that.
Here is what you should do:
- When you come to the Philippines to get married, just come on a tourist visa (will be issued to you upon your arrival). That will allow you to stay 30 days, but can be extended through renewals for up to 16 months.
- After you have married your fiancee, you then qualify for a permanent resident visa, a 13(a) Visa. After you get married and have an authenticated copy of your marriage certificate, just go to the Bureau of Immigration to apply for the permanent visa.
Should you wish to become a Philippine Citizen, you can do that once you meet a few requirements.
Good luck on your wedding, Angela! Enjoy live in the Philippines.