Philippine Citizenship for Foreigner with Filipino Parent

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Citizenship for a Foreign Child of a Filipino Parent

The Philippines adheres to the principle of Jus sanguinis (right of blood) which is the legal principle that, at birth, an individual acquires the nationality of his/her natural parent/s.

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A foreign national, who wishes to be acknowledged as a Filipino citizen, and who had a Filipino citizen parent at the time of the applicant’s birth, is able to apply for Philippine Citizenship.

This will normally be related to children born outside the Philippines, to a Filipino parent, ie: a citizen of the Philippines at the time of the child’s birth..

The Philippines recognises Dual Citizenship, so the child will also retain any other Citizenship that they hold.  This is especially relevant to children born in the Americas, who often gain Citizenship by place of birth in the Americas.

The method to apply is shown as:

  • Secure the Checklist of required documents from either at the Public Information and Assistance Unit (PIAU) at BI G/F Main Office or from the official BI Website.
  • Submit the documents for pre-screening to the Central Receiving Unit (CRU)
  • Get the Order of Payment Slip (OPS).
  • Pay the required fees.
  • Submit copy of Official Receipt.
  • Attend hearing. Please refer to the Official Receipt for the schedule and venue of the hearing.
  • If approved, claim Identification Certificate.

The relevant cost, currently shown on the BI website, is a total of PHP 12,550



Philippine Passport Costs

A Philippine Passport, issued to someone in the Philippines, currently costs either 950 or 1,200 pesos, and takes between 6 and 12 business days.

A Philippine Passport, issued in the Philippines, but to a Filipino outside the Philippines may cost a lot more, maybe 5 times as much.


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