Everlasting Tolentino wrote in today with a question concerning dual citizenship for her child.
Here is Everlasting’s letter:
I just want to ask, if I will apply dual citizenship for my daughter, Do I need to bring her father applying for this dual citizenship?
I believe that your question is not as clear cut as you think it is. It is my understanding that you may not apply for dual citizenship for your daughter, because she is a minor. Now, if you were applying for dual citizenship for yourself, your daughter can be included, but I do not believe that you can file a stand alone application for your child.
Now, since your daughter is not a Philippine Citizen, I would assume that she was born in another country, and her father is a foreigner, although you did not say so. What you need to do is simply file a report of birth abroad with the Philippine Embassy in the country where your daughter was born, and once that is approved by the Embassy, your daughter will automatically become a dual citizen at that time. It’s a different procedure from the Dual Citizenship Law, but the results are the same. The father does not need to be part of the application process.
Good luck to you and your daughter, Everlasting.