Are two passports really better than one?
Around this time three years ago, I started thinking about how to relocate to Asia. After some research about the various work visa regulations of countries in Asia, I decided to look into acquiring Filipino Citizenship.
Make no mistake, this is most definitely “the road less travelled”. After all, there’s a reason why many Filipinos migrated away from the Philippines and to the United States to start a new life. Most, if not all, American-born Filipinos don’t really look back to the homeland as a place to live or work. It’s just “the place mom and dad came from”, as well as the tropical paradise home to some of the world’s best beaches: El Nido, Siargao, and Boracay, just to name a few.
Fortunately for me, I saw an opportunity. Digging through the webpages of the Philippine Consulate of New York yielded some good news: the dual citizenship idea I had in the back of my mind since my college days was possible, and fairly simple too. Long story short, I managed to get Philippine citizenship as both my parents were still Philippine Citizens at the time of my birth. A few documents, completed forms, and $200 later, my application was approved and my freshly printed Philippine Passport was on its way to me, hot off the press in Manila.
And that’s where my adventure of living and working in Asia began, with a far-fetched idea to gain citizenship to a country I never considered to be anything more than a great place to spend my summer vacation as a kid. The rest as they say, is history (in the making).
Enough talk though! I shot a video outlining the acquisition process as well as some tips on how to use both passports when travelling! Hope you guys like it, and don’t forget to post a comment here or on YouTube if you have a specific question pertaining to Dual PH+US Citizenship!
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