Pursuant to Republic Act No. 9225, also known as the Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003, a natural-born Filipino citizen who became a naturalized citizen of another country may apply for retention or reacquisition of Philippine citizenship.
NEW PROCEDURE ON SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION
Starting 07 September 2020, below is the new procedure for the filing of application for Reacquisition/Retention of Filipino Citizenship under RA 9225 (dual citizenship) at the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago.
STEP 1 - FILL-UP THE APPLICATION FORM
- Print and fill-up ALL the information in the the Application Form
For married women who are using their spouses’ name, make sure that all the names on items No. 1 (a,b,c) is your birth name (as written on the birth certificate). And all the names in items No. 2 (a,b,c,d,) is your married name.
- Attached (by paste/tape) the required photos (2 pieces, 2x2, white background, taken within 6 months) on the application form. Please make sure the photos are printed in appropriate photo paper. We do not accept photos printed in plain paper.
- For applicants who wish to include their minor child/ren (17 years old and below) in the application, please write their information on the second page of the application form and attach their required photos. Minor child/ren may only be included in the application of ONE parent.
- Applicants must affix their signature to both pages of the application form.
- Application form does not need to be notarized
STEP 2 - CHECK THE LIST OF REQUIREMENTS
Please click this link for the list of complete requirements: http://chicagopcg.com/forms/dualform.pdf
- Make sure that ALL of the original documents are on-hand prior to submission of application. The Consulate will only process applications with complete requirements.
STEP 3 - SEND THE APPLICATION FORMS AND DOCUMENTS BY E-MAIL
- The accomplished application form (pages 1 and 2) and supporting documents must be attached in one email as PDF format for immediate assessment. Please do not send the applications and documents on an installment basis (multiple emails), in zip file, jpeg, google shared file or icloud shared file. As the Consulate receives hundreds of emails for dual citizenship applications, your email will not arrive in consecutive order in our inbox.
The Consulate also refrains from downloading your document for your security. We only need to preview the document for assessment.
- If there are more than one adult applicant, the applications must be sent separately by email. DO NOT SEND multiple applications in one email. Too many attachments or applications also delays the preview of the documents. (One email per applicant.)
- Applicant/s are advised to use ONE email address where all correspondence will be sent concerning their application. The Consulate will not accept Third Party Intervention for applications in compliance with privacy regulations.
- Please refrain from attaching unnecessary documents (ex. list of requirements, baptismal certificate, Social Security ID, etc. ). These documents delay the preview of the essential documents that need to be assessed.
STEP 4 - PAYMENT
- A conditional approval will be given to applicants with complete requirements. They will be notified by email on how to submit their payment, and the date of the Oath-Taking at the Consulate. The final approvalof the application will be determined on the appointment date and upon presentation of the complete ORIGINAL documents.
(Note: Please do not submit applications if you do not have the original documents on hand)
FEE - $ 50/Principal applicant $25/ Derivative (Minor applicants
STEP 5 - OATH-TAKING
- All Oath-Taking ceremony will be held at the Consulate
- ONLY applicants with confirmed appointments will be allowed to enter the building
- Minor applicants do not need to attend the oath-taking
- While the Consulate will do its best to place the oath-taking of family members on the same date, should their applications be approved simultaneously, please understand that family member/s that will be approved subsequently or on a later date may be placed on a separate schedule/ date.
- The Consulate will no longer accommodate requests for rescheduling of oath taking to accommodate as many applications as possible. If you will not be available to take the oath in 2-4 months, please refrain from sending the application.
Note: Due to the pandemic, all consular outreach services are temporarily suspended until further notice. If you cannot come to the Consulate due to medical conditions or you are considered to be “high-risk” for covid-19, please defer your application until it is safe for you to travel.
HOW SOON DO WE GET THE DUAL CITIZENSHIP?
The turn-around time for dual citizenship application depends on the number of applications the Consulate receives. As the Consulate is currently experiencing a surge on applications due to the implemented restrictions on foreign travelers to the Philippines, the approximate time for the schedule of the oath taking is 2- 3 months.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND THE DOCUMENTS BY MAIL.
The Consulate will not act on documents that will be received by mail. If you have submitted a self-addressed return envelope in A4 size (with stamps and tracking number in ) together with your application, we will mail back your document. Otherwise, please send your self-addressed return envelope (with stamps and tracking number) so we can send back your documents.