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Hi folks I\'m new to the forum,
My husband relinquished his filipino citizenship some 20 years or so ago and I was just wondering how easy, or difficult, it is to get back?  We are planning to move to the P.I as soon as we sell the house. However, we are deliberating whether to visit the Philippine Embassy in London to do this or simply wait until we are there in the Philippines itself?

On a similar note, we are keen for our daughters, 4 and 3, to have dual citizenship, British and Filipino.  Do any members have experiences of this?  Again we have been thinking about completing this process in either London or the Philippines.

Any hints, tips and advice will be warmly received.  Thanks

Ashers  ;D

Well, hello Ashers and welcome to our forum.  May I bid you a good day here from across the pond in the colonies?   :D

My wife reacquired hers last year at the Consulate in San Francisco, California.   Simple procedure.  Cost was $50 US so I would imagine the equivalent in GBP.  File the forms and then take a simple oath.  Quick and easy.  Your husband can also add your children on at the same time so that all three will be dual citizens.  Then you will also qualify for permanent residence in the Philippines on the 13a visa since you will be the spouse of a Pinoy citizen.  Get both in London.  That is the reacquistion of citizenship for your husband and children and also your 13a.  Much easier to do abroad then in the RP.

Good luck!   ;D

Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am:
I just realized and confirmation from a retired Fil/Am friend/neighbor of ours, even though one was born in the Philippines, it doesn't mean one is eligible to reacquire one's Philippine citizenship due to certain circumstances.
One has to show proof of being a former citizen of the Philippines even though one was born here, for examples:
Went to school here, but still insufficient proof, because if one's birth was reported to the American Embassy by the U.S. citizen parent. it makes one a U.S. Citizen right off the bat! I assume that is what is meant by the latin term "Jus sanguinis"(right of blood), which sometimes doesn't relate to the law of nationality in the eyes of the host country and depending what current immigration laws are in effect! 
One had and used a Philippine passport upon leaving the Philippines for the first time, show proofs of having been a former Philippine Citizen.
Even though my friend went to school here until he was 17 yrs old, his father reported his birth to the American Embassy and he left the Philippines at age 17 using a U.S. passport, which makes him ineligible to reacquire his Philippine citizenship, which he never was upon his birth in the first place! Also plus the fact that his U.S. Citizenship Certificate has his date of birth on the certificate when he became a U.S. citizen!
Anyway, that's what I've read and heard as to the facts of reacquiring one's Dual Citizenship depending on one's circumstances!   

Hi everyone
I have some questions also about dual citizenship. I know there are a few advantages to dual citizenship but has anyone found any disadvantages to it? Has anyone had problems traveling with two passports? Do both passports need to be shown when you travel? Has anyone had problems with paper work at the embassy's? Has anyone had a problem with ownership of property if you have dual citizenship? Do children that also have dual citizenship have any problems with going to school? Has anyone had any problems with pentions or maybe bank accounts or life insurance? Has anyone had any problems at all with dual citizenship?

Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am:
Speaking for my wife, which I helped do the paperwork for her, "NO" there are no disadvantages or immigration problems for her reacquiring her Philippine Citizenship! Plenty of advantages though, which anyone knows who have reacquired their Philippines Citizenship!
1) no more visa runs, can stay in the RP as long as one wants or go anywhere at any time as long both their passporst are still valid
2) can own more property, as much as they can afford
3) they can vote again in their local and national elections and or run for office themselves
4) own a fire arm
5) work and or own a business
So, don't worry about anything, Dual Citizens have the best of both worlds and not just stuck in one country!
Others can chime in and add to what Dual Citizen's advantages are from their own experiences!       


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