“I'd rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.”
― Lucille Ball

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Re-acquisition Philippine Citizenship

Asawa in front of BI
Early this week I decided to call BI (Bureau of Immigration) to ask them if the "Certificate of Re-acquisition / Retention of Philippine Citizenship", as it is called officially, was processed already for pick-up.

I called them because after almost 3 weeks waiting, since we applied, see my previous blog post, we still had no letter received from BI that we could come to pick-up the certificate, as was promised.

We were pleased that the call had a positive result, so decided to go on Wednesday and if the pick-up procedure would not take a lot of time, then we could even go to the Department of Foreign Affairs to proceed with the passport renewal process. They said that a new appointment was not required.

We left as usually 3.00 AM and arrived at BI around 9.30 AM. The Manila north-south traffic was killing this day, it took 1 and a half hours in the morning and more than 2 hours when we left Manila around 3.30 PM.
Waiting in BI ground floor

The procedure was quite simple this day. After showing the payment slip xerox, we could proceed to counter 404 (4th floor) and we got the original application form and a form that gave the details of the approval. From both we had to make a xerox (ground floor) and return to the same counter.

It took a minute of 10 and then the lady gave us all the papers, being the certificate, her old invalid Filipino passport, made unusable, and the payment slip.

That's it and that's all. No fine for not having a visa since her last entry in March this year. It means that she is again the authorized owner of our property and has all the other rights of a Filipino.

By 10.30 AM we left BI and decided to go to DFA to try to continue the passport renewal procedure.


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