I got a note today from my friend Dave.
Here is Dave’s question:
Bob, we have three children who have dual citizenship. The oldest two were born in the USA, and we obtained Philippine passports for them at the consulate in Chicago. They also have US passports of course. Our youngest was born here in the Philippines, so obviously he is a Philippine citizen, and we did the paperwork, and got him a US passport at the US embassy in Manila. He does NOT have a Philippine passport, it is incredibly difficult to get one in our area, and requires several 12 hour road trips to Zamboanga City, and carries the risk of attack by the Abu Sayef as well. We are planning on flying to the USA in a couple of months. Will there be a problem with our youngest flying out on his US passport? We can obtain a Philippine passport for him much easier at the consulate in Chicago if we decide to return to the Philippines. I would appreciate hearing any incite that you have on this matter. Thank You, Dave
Nice to hear from you. You have a good question there! Actually if you think about it, it really is not too difficult, though.
If you and your family are going to the USA, you will need to use your US passports for everybody, not your Philippine Passports, unless those with both have Visas to enter the USA on a Philippine Passport. Philippine Citizens are not allowed to enter the USA unless they have a visa to enter the country. Since everybody in your family, though, is a US citizen (and most also are Philippine Citizens), they can leave the Philippines on showing their US passports, and enter the US also with their US passport.
If you were to try to leave the Philippines and show your Philippine Passport, the first thing they would do is look in the passport for a visa issued by the US Embassy in Manila. If no Visa is present, then they would deny you permission to board the plane. But, if everybody shows their US passports, then you are all home free!
Yes, it is a good idea to apply for dual citizenship for your son and get his Philippine Passport for him.
Good luck, Dave!