Mar 31, 2010

Publisher's Note:

 To have or not to have dual citizenship

"To become a dual citizenor not?" is a question besetting a lot of Filipinos living not only in the United States but also around the globe.
Several years ago, the Philippine government embarked into a landmark decision when President Arroyo signed Republic Act No. 9225, “Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act.”

Just like in any legislative process, there were two sides of the coin.
The major consideration of the act is that the Philippine Congress realized the tremendous impact on millions of Filipinos who immigrated to other countries and have been naturalized by their host country while maintaining their cohesive ties to the culture and heritage of the Filipino community. Having lost their Philippine citizenship, former Filipinos were not allowed to business, invest, and own real properties in the Philippines.

The Philippine government took a positive step in luring back Filipinos to reacquire their Philippine citizenship through this law. Coupled with all the rights and privileges and other incentives vested to a dual citizen, Filipinos are now embracing this idea more than ever.
My parents, when they decided to move to the Philippines for good,  applied for dual citizenship. It worked well for them.
Learn more about the productive possibilities and promises of this law by visiting the website of the Philippine Consulate General.

Then and only then you can make a wiser decision whether or not to become a dual citizen.
Aloha and Mabuhay!

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