Today we got a comment and question from Lesther.
Here is what Lesther had to say:
Hi Bob. I’m Lesther, currently here in US. I’m US citizen already. I’m gonna apply for my dual citizenship as soon as I get my US passport. That’s 6 weeks from now coz I just applied for a US passport yesterday. I’m gonna apply in LA to be exact. My question is how long does it take/process to get a dual citizenship?
If I’m a dual citizen already, I can go to abroad freely right? Like Italy or Hong Kong as a tourist. So in that case, what passport should I use?
And here is Bob’s response to Lesther:
Hi Lesther – Congratulations on obtaining your US Citizenship! You should be proud of that accomplishment. At each Embassy/Consulate it is a bit difference. I have heard that in some location the process only takes an hour or so and you receive your dual citizenship on the spot. At other locations it takes longer, though. My advice would be to give the LA Consulate a call and I am sure they will be happy to tell you what to expect at their location.
For most countries, they will not let you enter on a Philippine Passport, unless you have a Visa. Many countries will allow you to enter on a US Passport without a Visa, though. So, probably in most cases you will use your US passport, but it is really on a country by country basis. Just look at the rules and decide which passport gives you the most benefits. When entering the Philippines, I would always use the Philippine passport, though.
Good luck to you.
Thank you for dropping by, Lesther.