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Bureau of Immigration: No ID for dual citizens

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Sunday said it would no longer issue alien certificate of registration identity cards (ACR I-Card) to Filipinos holding dual or multiple citizenship.

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said this new policy was aimed  at preventing Filipinos from using the document to misrepresent or conceal vital citizenship information when they enter countries that do not recognize dual and multiple citizenship.

David said all ACR I-Card applicants will now be required to declare under oath that they do not hold more than one citizenship.

“State policy dictates that we should not condone deceit or misrepresentation on vital citizenship information,” David said. Jocelyn R. Uy


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  • isalexus

    Stupidity!! There are countries including CANADA where one has the option of not showing the place of birth in his/her passport for security reason. Why should one be forced to declare if he is a dual citizen or not?

    • DarkJustice

      Gusto lang rumaket ng mga taga-Immigration! Mga ulu yang mga yan eh!

  • Senippilihp

    I misplaced my old Philippines passport, no consulate in my adopted town, so I had to get my dual citizenship during one of my vacations in the Philippines thru a Bureau of Immigration office. The immigration officer asked for 85,000 pesos for my dual citizenship be issued, and I thought to myself this is not worth it. So I went to a local lawyer who happily rendered his services to me for the sum of 14,000 pesos including his fees, paper works and what nots. The funny thing is that the immigration officer who signed my papers in my  and my lawyer’s presence is the same person who asked for 85,000 pesos. I can’t help but give the immigration officer a scornful smile while this was happening.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aldin.rrt Al Calde

    Sec 1. COVERAGE. – These rules shall apply to former natural-born citizens of the Philippines , as defined by Philippine law and jurisprudence, who have lost their Philippine citizenship by reason of their naturalization as citizens of a foreign country.

    Sec 2. FORMER NATURAL-BORN PHILIPPINE CITIZEN ALREADY IN THE PHILIPPINES AND BI-REGISTERED ALIEN – A former natural-born citizen of the Philippines who is already in the Philippines and registered in the BI shall file a petition under oath to the Commissioner of Immigration for the cancellation of Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) and issuance of an Identification Certificate (IC), as the case may be, under R.A. No. 9225.

    Sec 3. FORMER NATURAL-BORN PHILIPPINE CITIZEN WHO IS ABROAD BUT A BI-REGISTERED ALIEN – A former natural-born citizen of the Philippines who is abroad but is a BI-registered alien shall file a petition under oath to the nearest Philippine Foreign Post for evaluation. Thereafter, it shall forward the entire records to the Commissioner of Immigration for the cancellation of Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) and issuance of an IC under R.A. No. 9225.

    Sec 4. FORMER NATURAL-BORN PHILIPPINE CITIZEN ALREADY IN THE PHILIPPINES AND NOT A BI-REGISTERED ALIEN – A former natural-born citizen of the Philippines who is already in the Philippines but has not registered with the BI within sixty (60) days from date of his arrival shall file a petition under oath to the Commissioner of Immigration for the issuance of an IC under R.A. No. 9225.

    Sec 5. FORMER NATURAL-BORN PHILIPPINE CITIZEN WHO IS ABROAD AND NOT A BI-REGISTERED ALIEN – A former natural born citizen of the Philippines who is abroad and not a BI-registered alien shall file a petition under oath to the nearest Philippine Foreign Post for the issuance of an IC under R.A. No. 9225.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aldin.rrt Al Calde

    Commission-ner your press release causes confusion rather than clarification… 

    Please make up your mind.. Were you trying to address the ACR or the IC..

    Please review your comments beforehand, ininterview ho ba kayo na kagigising lang?  

    were you sober?

  • joboni96

    To_Be_Continued badaffunggoy na

    inaalipusta pa mga mahihirap

    bisitahin mo din sila minsan
    ng gumanda modo mo



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