Frequently Asks Questions (FAQ)
I am a former natural-born Philippine citizen but have become a naturalized American citizen. Am I still allowed to own land in the Philippines?
Can I purchase several lots located in different cities and municipalities if the total area of all lots does not exceed 5,000 square meters of urban land or three hectares of rural land?
Is there a way for a former natural-born Philippine citizen to own more than 5,000 square meters of urban land or three hectares of rural land?
When my children were born, I was already an American citizen. Can they inherit my land in the Philippines?
My husband is a natural-born American citizen. Can he buy a condominium unit in the Philippines and have the title in his name?
Many Filipinos living abroad are usually confronted with the question of whether their children are considered Filipino citizens. The question is engendered in the minds of expatriate Filipinos because any of the following circumstances obtain:
- Their child was born outside of the Philippines;
- Their child was born with foreign parent and one Filipino parent; and
- Their child is already considered a citizen of the foreign country where they reside.
Information regarding citizenship relevant to Filipino expats with children born outside of the Philippines.
This is different from the US law that determines American citizenship by the country of birth (jus soli). Under US law, a child is considered an American citizen if he is born in the United States even if both parents are not American citizens.
Our son was born in the US at the time when my wife and I were still Filipino citizens. One week after our son’s birth, however, my wife and I took our oath as US citizens. Did our son lose his Philippine citizenship when we became American citizens?
My daughter was born in the US at the time when my wife and I were still Filipino citizens. My daughter has been using a US passport for 20 years. She has never visited the Philippines. Is my daughter considered a Philippine citizen even if she already is an American citizen?
If my child is born in the US at the time when my wife and I are still Filipino citizens, what should we do to document his Philippine citizenship?
If a child is born in the US at the time when his parents are still Filipino citizens, can he later on run for President of the Republic of the Philippines?
Yes, The child is a natural-born Filipino citizen. A natural-born Filipino citizen is one who does not have to do anything to acquire Philippine citizenship because he is a Filipino from birth. On the other hand, a naturalized Filipino citizen is one who has to undergo a naturalization proceeding to acquire Philippine citizenship. The distinction is important because only natural-born Filipino citizens can become President, Vice President, Senator, Congressman, Supreme Court Justice, and other propositions in constitutional bodies.