A Baby's Citizenship
May 18, 2010 6:04am CST
I've got a friend who married a a Sri Lankan. They met in Japan and got married here in Philippines. After their wedding they went back to Japan for work. My friend got pregnant and born a baby girl there. I just really confused of the citizenship of the baby, Is it dual citizenship or she may become a Japanese citizen?
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19 May 10
The law applies that when a baby is born in the country, the baby will become a citizen in that country. However, applying for a dual citizenship could also make possible with the baby has a Filipino blood.
19 May 10
Well for I could only vouch for our laws. Here as long as one parent is a Filipino the baby will automatically inherit Filipino Citizenship. As for Japan and Sri Lankan laws I cannot say anything about that since they have their own laws in there. But definitely the baby is by default a Filipino Citizen already because of her parent being a Filipino.
18 May 10
we actually studied this in constitution class back in college. i forgot the terms since i wasn't paying attention. but as i remember, our prof told us that there are two types of citizenship: (1) by the citizenship of your parents and (2) by the country that you are born in. now, i'm confused as well :) because he explained to us that here in the philippines, we follow the first one. i know for sure that in the USA they follow the second one, which is why a lot of pregnant mothers want to give birth in the states. i hope this helps though. i have a friend who was born in israel with both filipino parents. her birth certificate is even in hebrew, but she's now a dual citizen. maybe, her parent get to choose. man, now i wish i listened more in consti class :)
18 May 10
The baby's citizenship is Japanese by virtue of the circumstances of her birth since she was born in Japan. My niece's case is a bit like that. Both my uncle and aunt were Filipino citizens and they were working in Japan when my niece was born there which automatically makes her a Japanese citizen.