The Consulate would like to take this time to inform you that the Philippine Consulate in Dublin does not deal with citizenship / the retention / re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship or dual citizenship related queries and all queries of this nature should be directed to the Philippine Embassy in London.
6-8 Suffolk Street,
Telephone: 00 44 20 7451 1780
Fax: 00 44 20 7930 9787
The Philippine Embassy in London conducts regular outreach programs in Dublin to facilitate the re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship and the renewing of Philippine passports. Details of the outreach schedule can be found on both the Philippine Consulate in Dublin website and the Philippine Embassy in London website.
Applications for slots in the Outreach’s are made directly to the Philippine Embassy in London and not the Philippine Consulate in Dublin.
Primer on the Retention or Reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship for Filipinos Naturalised as Citizens of the Republic of Ireland
Who are natural-born citizens of the Philippines?
Natural-born citizens of the Philippines are those who are citizens of the Philippines from birth without having to perform any act to acquire or perfect their Philippine citizenship. These are
- Those whose fathers or mothers are citizens of the Philippines at the time of their birth; and
- Those born before January 17, 1973, of Filipino mothers, who elected Philippine citizenship upon reaching the age of majority.
How can Philippine citizenship be lost?
Under Commonwealth Act No. 63, among several ways Philippine citizenship may be lost are as follows:
- By naturalization in a foreign country;
- By express renunciation of citizenship;
- By subscribing to an oath of allegiance to support the constitution or laws of a foreign country upon attaining twenty-one years of age or more.
What is the Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003?
Republic Act No. 9225 or the Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003 is a law passed on 29 August 2003 which grants natural-born Filipinos who have lost their Philippine citizenship through naturalization in a foreign country the opportunity to retain or re-acquire their Philippine citizenship.
With the passage of R.A. 9225, what happens to a natural-born Filipino who becomes naturalized in another country?
A natural-born Filipino who becomes a naturalized citizen of another country is deemed not to have lost his/her citizenship under the provisions of the said law and is therefore eligible to reacquire or retain his/her Philippine citizenship.
How does one re-acquire or retain Philippine citizenship?
A natural-born Filipino who lost his/her Philippine citizenship through naturalization in another country may re-acquire or retain Philippine citizenship by
- Submitting an application and supporting documents to the Philippine Embassy in London; and
- Personally appearing a consular officer of the Embassy to take the Oath of Allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines.
A child below 18 years old and unmarried who has been naturalised as Irish citizen may be included in the application for Philippine citizenship reacquisition and retention.
What is the wording of the Oath of Allegiance? Am I asked to renounce Irish citizenship?
The Oath of Allegiance does not require one to renounce Irish citizenship. The exact wording of the Oath is as follows:
Oath of Allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines
“I _____________________, solemnly swear (or affirm) that, I will support and defend the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines and obey the laws and legal orders promulgated by the duly constituted authorities of the Philippines; and I hereby declare that I recognize and accept the supreme authority of the Philippines and will maintain true faith and allegiance thereto; and that I impose this obligation upon myself voluntarily without mental reservation or purpose of evasion.”
What are the supporting documents required in applying for re-acquisition or retention of one’s Philippine citizenship?
- Two (2) completed Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Forms
- Original and two (2) photocopies of the following documents:
a) Birth Certificate authenticated by the National Statistics Office (NSO)
b) Marriage Certificate authenticated by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or Report of Marriage if married abroad (for married female applicants)
c) Data page of old Philippine passport
d) Irish Certificate of Naturalization or Registration (an English language translation must be attached if it is in Gaelic)
e) data page of foreign passport
- Five (5) recent passport size (4.5cm x 3.5 cm) photographs (front view) of the applicant
- Fee of GBP36.00
For each child included in the application:
- Original and two (2) photocopies of the following:
a) Minor’s birth certificate/Report of Birth if born outside the Philippines
b) Data page of old Philippine passport
c) Data page of the minor’s foreign passport
d) Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Registration
- Fee of GBP18.00
- One (1) passport size photograph of the child
What are the benefits of reacquiring or retaining Philippine citizenship?
Filipinos who re-acquire Philippine citizenship under this Act may once again enjoy full civil, economic and political rights under existing laws of the Philippines. Among these are:
- The right to hold a Philippine passport
- The right to own real property in the Philippines
- The right to engage in business or commerce as a Filipino
- The right to practice one’s profession in accordance with law
- The right to vote in Philippine elections under existing laws
- Other rights and privileges enjoyed by Filipino citizens
Does one who re-acquire Philippine citizenship need to reside in the Philippines?
Residency in the Philippines is not a requirement for those who re-acquire Philippine citizenship.
What is the effect of dual citizenship on the payment of income taxes?
Republic Act 8424 provides that only incomes derived from the Philippines are subject to taxation by the Philippine government.
Will my Irish citizenship be affected by my reacquisition or retention of Philippine citizenship?
No. The Irish Government allows its citizens to have dual citizenship.
As the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service states: “As far as Irish law is concerned, there is no difficulty about holding Irish citizenship and at the same time citizenship of another State.”
The website of the Irish Citizen’s Information Board also states: “If you are an Irish citizen, you may also hold dual citizenship, that is, citizenship of another country.”