Home Buying Guide for Balikbayans
Former natural-born Filipinos who are
now naturalized citizens of another country can buy and register, under their
own name, land in the Philippines but limited in land area (see below). However,
those who avail of the Dual Citizenship Law can buy as much land as any other
Filipino citizen. A natural born Filipino is one who was born of at least one
Filipino parent at the time of birth.
Under Republic Act 9225 (Dual Citizenship Law of 2003), former Filipinos who
became naturalized citizens of foreign countries are deemed not to have lost
their Philippine citizenship, thus enabling them to enjoy all the rights and
privileges of a Filipino.
Steps to Gain Dual Citizenship:
If you are in the Philippines,
file a "Petition for Dual Citizenship and Issuance of Identification
Certificate (IC) pursuant to RA 9225” at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and
for the cancellation of your alien certificate of registration.
Those who are not BI registered
and overseas should file the petition at the nearest embassy or consulate.
Birth certificate authenticated by
the National Statistics Office (birth
certificate from the NSO can be requested online and mailed to you)
Accomplish and submit a “Petition for
Citizenship and Issuance of Identification Certificate (IC) pursuant to RA 9225”
to a Philippine embassy, consulate or the Bureau of Immigration.
Pay a $50.00 processing fee, schedule
and take an "Oath of Allegiance" before a consular officer.
The Bureau of Immigration in Manila
receives the petition from the embassy or consular office. The BI issues and
sends an Identification Certificate of citizenship to the embassy or consular
If a former Filipino who is now a naturalized citizen of a foreign country does
not want to avail of the Dual Citizen Law, he or she can still acquire land
based on BP (Batas Pambansa) 185 & RA (Republic Act) 8179 but limited to the
For Residential Use (BP 185 - enacted in March 1982):
For Business / Commercial Use (RA 8179 - amended the Foreign Investment act of 1991):