HOW TO ACQUIRE CITIZENSHIP
Philippine Citizenship Law
There are three bases of Philippine Nationality
By Birth ( Jus Soli )
- you’re an automatic citizen if you were
born in the Philippines soil or territory.
By Blood ( Jus Sanguinis )
- You are a citizen if any of your parents is
a Filipino citizen on your birthdate according
to the Philippine Nationality Law.
- is an judicial act of adopting a foreigner
and clothing him with the privileges of a
• Be over 21 years of age on the day of the petition
• Have lived in the Philippines for at least a 10 year continuous
• Be of good moral character and support the Philippine constitution
• Have a minimum of P5,000 in real estate, money or have a
• Must be able to speak or read English, Spanish or one of the other
main languages of the country
• If the applicant has minor children they must have been enrolled in
a school recognized by the Bureau of Education .
There are several criteria required in order for a
foreign person to become naturalized as a Filipino
Citizen. If you weren’t born in the Philippines and
your parents are not Filipinos then you will have to
meet these certain criteria in order to apply for
1. The courts – if you are a foreigner who has married
a Filipino then a judicial process will allow you to
become a Filipino citizen .
2. The office of the Solicitor General – the OSG ha
the power to approve petitions for Naturalization.
The processing fee is around P40,000.
3. An at of congress – if you have made a significant
contribution to public life in the Philippines your
application to become naturalized can be
sponsored by a senator or congressman.
Depending on your situation there are three
main routes to becoming a Naturalized
Filipino citizen .