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Republic of the Philippines
EMBASSY OF THE PHILIPPINES
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA
1 Moonah Place, Yarralumla, ACT 2600, Australia

Dual Citizenship

Download PDF Petition under Oath Re-Acquire/ Retain Philippine Citizenship under R.A. 9225

Former natural-born Filipinos who have lost their citizenship by foreign naturalization may re-acquire or retain their Philippine citizenship. Likewise, their qualified dependents may also be included as beneficiaries and acquire the Philippine citizenship.

Qualified dependents are those children of applicants, whether legitimate or illegitimate or adopted, who are below 18 years old. There is a corresponding fee per beneficiary that is included in the application.

A child who is already 18 years old and above and was born when either of the parent was still a Filipino needs to apply for retention of citizenship on his/her own behalf.

For dual citizenship application, the following must be submitted to the Philippine Embassy in Canberra personally or by postal service:

  1. Two original accomplished Petition for Dual Citizenship forms (www.philembassy.org.au)
  2. The original (will be returned to applicant during the oath taking) and two photocopies each of the following documents:

    a. Philippine Birth Certificate with Registry Number issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)

    • Note: PSA-issued Philippine birth certificates may be ordered online through the PSA website www.ecensus.com.ph (fee will apply). If the applicant was born outside of the Philippines, the Report of Birth issued by the Philippine Embassy or Philippine Consulate in the country where the applicant was born. Refer to the Civil Registry section of this website for information on making a Report of Birth.

    b. For married applicants:

    • If applicant was married in the Philippines, PSA-issued Philippine Marriage Certificate with Registry Number is required
    • If applicant was married in Australia while still a Filipino, Report of Marriage issued by the Philippine Embassy is required. If the Report of Marriage was reported to the Embassy six months ago, submit a PSA-issued Marriage Certificate. (go to www.psa.gov.ph to order on line (fee will apply).
    • If applicant is married in Australia when she was already an Australian citizen, Marriage Certificate is required.
  • If the applicant’s name in the Philippine birth certificate differs from the name in the Certificate of Naturalization or Australian Passport, the applicant must show an official document that bears the current name, and an Affidavit must be submitted to explain the change in name (fee will apply).
  • If the applicant is widowed, marriage certificate and death certificate of spouse (from PSA if Filipinos or from Australian government if Australians) are required
  • If the applicant had a previous marriage recorded in the Philippines, the PSA Marriage Certificate with annotation of nullity of marriage is required
  • If the applicant had a previous Australian marriage, the marriage certificate and final divorce decree issued by the Australian Court are required
  1. Two Certified True Copies of Data-page of Old Philippine passport
  2. Two Certified True Copies Australian Certificate of Naturalization (Citizenship)
  3. Two Certified True Copies of Data-page of Australian passport
  4. Four (4) passport-sized colored photos with white background, taken within the last three months.
  5. Payment of processing fee of A$90.00 by postal money order or bank cheque, payable to the ‘Philippine Embassy’ (This payment is non-refundable).
  6. Self-address stamped envelope.

The Consulate may require additional documents to verify certain circumstances of the petitioner (e.g., Proof of Election of Philippine citizenship issued by Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines) or inconsistencies in the records.

Reminders:
Please type or enter legibly all the information required into the appropriate spaces on the form.
If the information required is not applicable, please write “N/A”.
Do not leave any item blank.
The Philippine Embassy will not act on application forms that are incomplete and incorrectly accomplished.

APPLICATION/PETITION WITH DEPENDENTS

THE PETITIONER MAY INCLUDE IN THE APPLICATION CHILDREN OF MINOR AGE (I.E., LESS THAN 18 YEARS OLD) AS DEPENDENTS. THE PETITIONER MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:

  1. One accomplished Identification Certificate application form for each dependent
  2. Three (3) passport-sized colored photographs of each dependent (taken within the last three months) and have a white background.
  3. Original and two photocopies each of the following documents. The original documents must be shown to the Consulate for verification
    • If born in the Philippines, original PSA Birth certificate of each dependent (if the child was born within the last six (6) months in Australia, the Report of Birth issued by the Philippine Embassy or Philippine Consulate in Australia may be presented). Refer to the Civil Registry section of this website for information on making a Report of Birth.
  4. Two photocopies (Certify True Copy) of Data-page of Old Philippine passport
  5. Two photocopies (Certify True Copy) of Data-page of Australian passport
  6. Two photocopies (Certify true Copy) of Certificate of Australian Citizenship of each dependent child
  7. Payment of processing fee A$45.00 for each dependent (This payment is non-refundable).

The Embassy assumes no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage in the mail or while the documents are in custody of the courier service. The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

Please note that if the applicant is unable to provide the additional documetary requirement within 3 months upon notification by phone or by email, his/her dual citizenship application will be returned. The applicant may, however, resubmit his/her application.

Related links:
Authentication
Passport
Visa
Report of Birth
Report of Marriage
Schedule of Fees