Special Committee on Naturalization
The Special Committee on Naturalization
The Special Committee on Naturalization (SCN) has jurisdiction over petitions for acquisition of Philippine Citizenship by administrative proceedings in accordance with Republic Act No. 9139 (RA No. 9139), otherwise known as "The Administrative Naturalization Law of 2000."
A. Composition of the Special Committee on Naturalization
Pursuant to Section 6 of RA No. 9139, the SCN shall be composed of the following:
a. Solicitor General - SCN Chairman;
B. Powers of the Special Committee on Naturalization
1. Approve, deny or reject applications for naturalization;
2. Administer the oath of allegiance;
3. Issue the Certificate of Naturalization;
4. Cancel the Certificate of Naturalization; and
5. Promulgate rules and regulations for the proper implementation of RA No. 9139.
Functions of the SCN Secretariat
1. Receive all the papers filed with the SCN;
2. Cause the publication of matters required by law;
3. Receive processing and other administrative fees in connection with the application;
4. Records the proceeding of the SCN;
5. Keep and maintain all the books necessary for the recording of such papers and documents;
6. Communicate to the applicants matters relating to their application; and,
7. Perform such other function as may be required by the SCN.
VIDA G. SAN VICENTE
MA. FELINA C. B. YU
JULIE P. MERCURIO
JOSE V. COVARRUBIAS III
LEAH THERESA L. LABADAN
ROWENA F. MUTIA
IVAN M. BANDAL
CECILIA DOREEN V. SURIO
MARICAR A. TRINIDAD
MA. ANGELY SANTINA S. REYNO
Admin. Aide II
JAMES ROBERT O. JEREZ
Qualifications and Disqualifications of Applicants under RA No. 9139
An alien desiring to avail of the benefits of RA 9139 must possess the following qualifications as provided by Section 3 thereof:
1. Applicant must be born in the Philippines;
2. Residing in the Philippines since birth;
3. Must not be less than eighteen (18) years of age, at the time of filing of his/her petition;
4. Must be of good moral character;
5. Believes in the underlying principles of the Constitution;
6. Must have conducted himself/herself in a proper and irreproachable manner during his/her entire period of residence in the Philippines in his relation with the duly constituted government as well as with the community in which he/she is living;
7. Must have received his/her primary and secondary education in any public or private educational institution duly recognized by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports, where Philippine history, government and civics are taught and prescribed as part of the school curriculum and where enrollment is not limited to any race or nationality.
8. If the applicant has minor children, he/she must have enrolled them in similar schools;
9. Must have a known trade, business, profession or lawful occupation, from which he/she derives income sufficient for his/her support and if he/she is married and/or has dependents, also that of his/her family. This shall not apply to applicants who are college degree holders but are unable to practice their profession because they are disqualified to do so by reason of their citizenship;
10. Must be able to read, write and speak Filipino or any of the dialects of the Philippines; and,
11. Must have mingled with the Filipino and evince desire to learn and embrace the customs, traditions and ideals of the Filipino people.
An alien possessing any of the following grounds enumerated under Section 4 of RA No. 9139 is disqualified to be naturalized as Filipino citizen:
1. Those opposed to organized government or affiliated with any association or group of persons who uphold and teach doctrines opposing all organized governments;
2. Those defending or teaching the necessity of or propriety of violence and personal assault or assassination for the success or predominance of their ideas;
3. Polygamist or believers in the practice of polygamy;
4. Those convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude;
5. Those suffering from mental alienation or incurable contagious diseases;
6. Those who, during the period of their residence in the Philippines, have not mingled socially with the Filipinos, or who have not evince a sincere desire to learn and embrace the customs, traditions and ideas of the Filipinos; and
7. Citizens or subject of a foreign country whose laws do not grant Filipinos the right to be naturalized citizens or subject thereof.
A. Original Petition
1 Paid in Cash.
B. For Derivative Petition (Wife)
4 Paid in Cash.
C. For Derivative Petition (Children)
8 Paid via Manager's Check payable to the Office of the Solicitor General-SCN.
9 Paid via Manager's Check payable to the Office of the Solicitor General-SCN.
For Original Petition
1. Authenticated copy of Birth certificate of the Petitioner;
2. Certified true copy of petitioner's alien certificate of registration (ACR);
3. Certified true copy of petitioner's native-born certificate of residence (NBCR);
4. Authenticated copy of petitioner's marriage certificate, if married;
5. Authenticated Death certificate of his/her spouse, if widowed;
6. Certificate true copy of Court decree annulling his/her marriage or granting legal separation, if such was the fact;
7. Authenticated Birth certificate of petitioner's minor children;
8. Certified true copy of ACRs of petitioner's minor children;
9. Certified true copy of NBCRs of petitioner's minor children;
10. Duly notarized Affidavits of financial capacity by the petitioner, duly supported by the bank certifications, passbooks, stock certificates, or proof of ownership of other properties;
11. Duly notarized Affidavits of at least two (2) credible witnesses who must be Filipino citizens of good reputation in petitioner's place of residence;
12. Medical certificate from a government hospital stating that petitioner is not suffering from mental alienation or a user of prohibited drugs or otherwise a drug dependent and that he/she is not afflicted with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), or any incurable contagious disease. Please refer to the list of accredited government hospitals;
13. Certificate true copy with school zeal of diploma and transcript of records of the petitioner from school/s he or she attended in the Philippines;
14. Certified true copy with school zeal of diploma, transcript of records, certifications (from the school) stating that petitioner's minor children are enrolled in public schools or private educational institutions duly recognized by the DECS, where Philippines history, government and civics are taught and prescribed as part of the school curriculum and where enrollmentis not limited to any race of nationality;
15. Petitioner's income tax returns for the past three (3) years;
16. Petitioner's receipts of payment of income tax for the past three years.
For Derivative Petition (Wife)
1. Authenticated copy of Birth Certificate;
2. Authenticated copy of Marriage contract;
3. Certificate true copy of Latest alien certificate of registration (ACR);
4. Certificate true copy of Latest native-born certificate of residence (NBCR);
5. Immigrant certificate of residence (ICR);
6. Latest Passport;
7. Clearances from the following:
8. National Bureau of Investigation
9. Regional Trial Court in the place of residence
10. Police in the place of residence
11. Provincial or City Prosecutor in the place of residence;
12. Medical certificate issued by a government physician;
13. Authenticated copy of Birth certificate/s of applicant's minor children;
14. Other relevant documents that the applicant may desire to attach to her petition in support of the same.
For Derivative Petition (Children)
1. Authenticated copy of Birth certificate;
2. Certified true copy of Latest alien certificate of registration (ACR);
3. Certificate true copy of Latest native-born certificate of residence (NBCR);
4. Immigrant certificate of residence (ICR);
5. Latest Passport;
6. Medical certificate issued by a government physician;
7. Certified true copy of Diploma/Transcript of record with school zeal and certification (from the school) stating that petitioner's minor children are enrolled in public or private schools duly recognized by DepEd, where Philippine history, government and civics are taught and prescribed as part of the school curriculum and where enrollment is not limited to any race or nationality;Other relevant documents that petitioner may desire to attach to his petition in support of the same.