30,000 former Pinoys reacquired citizenship

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MORE than 30,000 former Filipinos reacquired their Philippine citizenship last year under the dual citizenship law, the Bureau of Immigration said.

The bureau processed 30,362 applications for coverage by Republic Act 9225 or the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003.

The law allows natural-born Filipinos who became naturalized citizens of other countries to reacquire their Philippine citizenship by taking the oath of allegiance.

The bureau said 5,564 of the applicants filed their petitions at the BI main office in Manila while the rest applied in various Philippine consulates abroad.

It urged former Filipinos who wished to enjoy again their rights and privileges as Philippine citizens to avail of the benefits of the said law.

In 2011, there were only 19,328 petitions processed, 15,657 of these filed through Philippine consulates.

Alien Registration Division chief Roy Ledesma said since 2004, when RA 9225 came into force, no less than 150,000 former Filipinos worldwide may have become dual citizens.

“Americans topped the list of the applicants, followed by Britons and Canadians,” Ledesma said.

An applicant pays a fee of P3,000 and the petition is immediately processed once all documentary requirements are submitted.

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