Today, Clifford left a comment with a question.
Here is Clifford’s comment:
Hi I am married to a woman living in Mindanao & I am wondering if I can become a Philippine citizen & gain a Philippine passport as well. I have some old police records that are old from when I was younger & full of youthful choices so to speak. Am I still eligible to gain the perks of my marriage & also reside there full time ? Thanks Bob
The quick and easy answer to your question is YES, you can become a Philippine Citizen. But, I don’t think you will want to do so.
Firstly, because as a foreigner, you can become naturalized as a Citizen of the Philippines, but you MUST renounce your other citizenship as a requirement. Filipinos can become dual citizens. The Philippines does not allow us foreigners dual citizenship, though. So, are you willing to give up your US citizenship to become a Philippine Citizen?
If you are willing to do that, the requirements are still stringent. Here are a few of the thing you will have to do:
1. You will have to live in the Philippines for a minimum of 5 years (10 years if you do not have a Philippine spouse) and never leave the country during that time. If you leave to take a vacation back to the States, or anywhere else, the clock starts over again.
2. You must be able to speak at least one of the Philippine Languages.
There are other requirements as well, but the language, required stay and renunciation of citizenship are the toughest.
Should you decide that Philippine citizenship is not for you, you can still live here! Since you have a Philippine spouse, you can get a 13 series resident visa, an SRRV or a Tourist Visa. All of those will allow you to stay for some length of time, up to permanent residency.
Good luck, Clifford.