I want to share my first-hand experience on how to apply for dual citizenship in the Philippine Embassy. I have been asked a lot by my fellow Filipinos living abroad on how to do this process of re-acquiring Filipino citizenship again after being naturalised as a citizen of another country.
Let me help you and give you the details on how to apply for dual citizenship in the Philippine Embassy.
I processed this in the Philippine Embassy in London, United Kingdom. I know many of my kababayans (fellow Filipinos) are left in the limbo on what to do and what can they expect during the whole process of re-acquiring their Filipino citizenship.
How to apply for dual citizenship:
The Philippine Embassy in London made a new process to submit the required to documents first and they will send you an appointment for your Oath taking ceremony. The PH embassy might request additional documents if needed. The embassy’s document cut-off is every Wednesday, if your documents have been processed and verified before Wednesday, you can have your Oath Taking on Friday of the same week.
I applied for my re-acquisition / retention application at the Philippine Embassy – London. The application and requirements are pretty straightforward.
Requirements on how to apply for dual citizenship in the Philippine Embassy:
- 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. Applicants must sign their name as it appears on their foreign naturalization certificate or foreign passport. In case of a change of name, you must state the name appearing on your birth certificate or the old Philippine passport.
- Original and two (2) photocopies of these documents:
- PSA copy of your Filipino birth certificate. For your minor dependent, PSA 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).
- 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.
- Your old Philippine passport and photocopies of the bio page. You will also need this for your minor dependent, if applicable.
- 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.
- Your foreign (UK) passport and photocopies of the bio page. You will also need this for your minor dependent, if applicable.
- 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.
- The payment of £46 for the application and £23 for the minor dependent application — as of December 2020, check the embassy website just in case they will change the price. Payments must be paid via postal money order or bank draft (for Irish Applicants).
- Self-addressed, stamped, special delivery envelope with a tracking number. You can easily get this in any post office. Simply mention that you want to buy a special delivery envelope with pre-paid stamps. This is typically the silver Royal Mail plastic envelope.
Please send all these documents to:
6 Suffolk Street, London
Once your documents have been processed and validated in the embassy, they will send you the Oath Taking ceremony date. You can start making the necessary travel arrangements to visit the Philippine Embassy in London. The Oath taking ceremonies are held in the Philippine Embassy every Friday, at 11 am.
What to expect during my Filipino Citizenship Oath Taking?
On the day of your Oath taking as a Filipino Citizen in the Philippine Embassy, you will be asked to wait at the Waiting area. You will also be asked to check and sign all the relevant documents needed on the day.
They will ask you to proceed to the Consul’s office for a little briefing. They will discuss with you your gained rights and benefits as a dual citizen and as a Filipino.
After that, the Consul will start the program so you can pledge and take the Oath of Allegiance as a Filipino Citizen. The Consul will award you the certificate of your Filipino Citizenship Oath taking.
You can also have the opportunity to submit a Philippine e-passport application for an additional £55.00, together with the other requirements required for passport application. You MUST BOOK A SEPARATE APPOINTMENT TIME for the same day you will take your Oath Taking in the Philippine Embassy.
You can find most of the required application form from the Philippine Embassy website.
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What is Retention/Reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship?
The Republic Act No. 9225 or the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003 of the Philippine constitution is granting an opportunity to retain or re-acquire Filipino citizenship to the natural-born Filipino who lost their Philippine citizenship through naturalisation in a foreign country. Depending on your newly acquired foreign nationality, this retention/reacquisition will give you the privilege to become a dual citizen.
Do I have to renounce my Filipino Citizenship after getting new foreign citizenship?
No, it is not necessary to renounce Filipino citizenship while your current Philippine passport is still valid. However, once the Philippine passport has expired, you have to apply for the retention/reacquisition of Philippine citizenship in your nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate.
Can I renounce my Filipino dual citizenship?
Yes, you can renounce your Filipino dual citizenship. You need to submit all the necessary supporting documents including the completed Affidavit of Renunciation of Philippine Citizenship and the processing fee, and a self-addressed special delivery envelope.
Do you need dual citizenship to go to the Philippines?
No, you do not need to have dual citizenship to go to the Philippines. As a former Filipino, you can avail of the Balikbayan Visa to stay in the Philippines for a year visa-free.
I hope that this blog post will guide you on how to apply for dual citizenship in the Philippine Embassy wherever you might be in the world. I wrote another blog post about the Disadvantages of Dual Citizenship.