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Great! I can now have the best of both worlds by having dual citizenship.

I was born and raised in the Philippines. In 2009, I ventured a new chapter of my life to study and live here in the UK. After so many years of living away from my home country, I considered the UK as my second home and eventually became a British citizen. Life in the UK is not easy as some people would think, I will probably tell you more about it in my next blog posts.

On my 30th birthday a few weeks ago, I marked this special occasion by sorting out another thing that matters to me — my Filipino citizenship. It took me a couple of years to finally move my ass and apply for citizenship. Since my husband and I didn’t have anything planned for the day, I’ve decided to still make this day memorable and productive.

You’re probably thinking how come I’m applying for my Filipino citizenship again.

Based on the Philippine Constitution, once a Filipino citizen acquired a new citizenship (naturalisation) from another country, you will automatically lose your Filipino citizenship and have to apply for the re-acquisition / retention to the nearest Philippine embassy or consulate.

How to apply for dual citizenship:

Benefits of having dual citizenship

I applied my re-acquisition / retention application in the Philippine Embassy – London. The application and requirements are pretty straight forward. My advice is to go to the embassy as early as 9 am, the queue is painstakingly long so every minute and hour counts.

Here are the requirements on how to apply for citizenship retention: 

  1. Two (2) completed Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition forms. I have attached the link to the application form;

    Note: This citizenship application form is from the Philippine Embassy in London.

  2. Original and two (2) photocopies of these documents:
    1. NSO copy of your Filipino birth certificate. For your minor dependent, NSO copy or UK birth certificate/ report of birth (this can also be done separately thru the embassy if the dependent is born outside the Philippines).
    2. NSO copy of your Marriage Certificate or the Report of Marriage if married abroad. The report of marriage can be applied thru the embassy as well.
    3. Your old Philippine passport and photocopies of the bio page. You will also need this for your minor dependent, if applicable.
    4. British Certificate of Naturalisation ( The certificate you received when you had your citizenship ceremony here in the UK. If naturalised in another country, make sure that the naturalisation certificate is translated into English). This is also applicable if your minor dependent is naturalised.
    5. Your foreign (UK) passport and photocopies of the bio page.  You will also need this for your minor dependent, if applicable.
  3. Five (5) recent passport size photos.  You will notice that the photo size written on the application form is different, ignore this. The passport size photos from the photo booths are fine to use. You will only need two (2) passport size photos of the minor dependent.
  4. The payment of £40 for the application and £20 for the minor dependent application — as of September 2016, check the embassy website just in case they will change the price. Make sure that you will have enough cash on you as they don’t accept card payments.

The Oath taking ceremonies are held in the Philippine Embassy from Monday to Friday, 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm. So if you manage to submit your documents early enough, you can have your oath taking by midday. Otherwise, you need to wait until 4 pm. You can also have the opportunity to submit a Philippine e-passport application for an additional £47.00, together with the other requirements required for passport application.

how to apply for citizenship retention in London

What are the benefits of re-acquiring my Filipino citizenship and having dual citizenship?

I can vote in the Philippine elections.

I can register again in the Philippine embassy for OFW absentee voting to practice my legal rights as a Filipino citizen. So I can have my say on any national issues in the Philippines.

I can stay in the Philippines indefinitely. 

Yes, there is no place like home. It’s a homecoming!

I can own land properties in the Philippines. 

Based on the Philippine Constitution, foreign nationals can’t own a land in the country. So having re-acquired my Filipino citizenship, this gives me back the opportunity to own land with no legal limits on residential or business use, of course, as long as I have the money!

I can own a business in the Philippines.

Having my Filipino citizenship back can now entitle me to own 100% of any business that I wish to build and venture on.

I can travel visa-free in the majority of the Asian and other countries, where applicable. 

Having a Filipino passport also has its perks.  It may not be the strongest passport in the world, but it can save you some hassle and money while travelling.  The majority of the countries in Asia wouldn’t require me to have a visa if I use my Filipino passport, but it would cost me a fortune if I use my British passport due to the extortionate visa prices!

Receiving my Filipino citizenship with the Consul General in London

On top of this all, I can still enjoy the perks and privileges as a British citizen. I’m sure there are other benefits of having dual citizenship; it’s definitely a win-win situation and having the best of both worlds.

Are you a Dual Citizen?

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