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State Trooper

Ive got a 15 yr old daughter who was born in the USA and has her US passport. When she was born I had her birth registered with the Philippine consulate in Chicago so now she has both a US passport and a Philippine passport.

 

She wants to return to the US to finish high school and would live with family there.

 

My question is could she simply get a ticket from Manila to the US and show her US passport to immigration wehn departing without issue??. We have not registered her as a dual citizen. We were told by BOI that it would be better to just get her PHL passport to show her PHL citizenship and her US passport for travel.

 

Alternatively she could leave the PHL bound for HongKong on a PHL passport, then leave HongKong on her US passport.

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Bill H

She will not need a Visa if she has a US passport, however children under 18 need both parents permission to travel outside the country, so she might need that parental permission form to get back in, best bet would be to contact the embassy in Manila.

 

Legally, she may have issues enrolling in school without parents signatures.  You might want to consider guardianship to whomever will be giving her a place to live in the States.  You might also want to contact the school she plans to attend and ask them what they will need to admit her.

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rfm010

just in regard to passport use:

 

she simply needs to use her philippine passport to leave the philippines (so no need to have a visa, something she would need if using the u.s. passport to leave).

 

to enter the u.s. she simply needs to present her u.s. passport.

 

the above is what we do with my daughter.

 

not sure about the rules for a minor travelling on her own, particularly from the philippine side.

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Headshot

If she has both US and Philippine passports, then she IS considered a dual citizen. You did that when you registered her birth with the Philippine Embassy. She should show both passports when she leaves here. If she only shows her Philippine passport, they might give her a hassle or even turn her away at the airport (as they often do young Filipinas without CFO certificates). If she only shows her US passport, they might want to know why she doesn't have visa stamps in her passport. You also need to check with the airlines on their policies for minors traveling alone. I would say she should also have a signed (and possibly notarized) document stating where she is going and why and authorizing her travel. It could knock down some walls along the way. When she enters the US, she should definitely ONLY show her US passport. It will fast track her through Immigration.

 

I think your idea of sending her to the US for high school (and I presume possibly to university) is great. We will actually move to the US for a while so my daughter can go to high school there. When she goes to university, we will (likely) return to the Philippines, and she can spend her summers here in the Philippines with us.

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She should show both passports when she leaves here. If she only shows her Philippine passport, they might give her a hassle or even turn her away at the airport (as they often do young Filipinas without CFO certificates). If she only shows her US passport, they might want to know why she doesn't have visa stamps in her passport.

Yes, but I would be careful who you show them to.  I would use the US passport at checkin and she'll be less likely to get hit up for the travel tax.  From then on use the PR passport unless there is a problem like where's your US visa or where's your CFO stamp.  Then she needs to whip out the US passport and say, no thanks, don't need one.  If she uses the US passport when she doesn't need to they might send her over to the BoI window to pay for an exit visa and then they'd see she doesn't have an entry stamp and cause problems there.  Of course, she doesn't need any of that but why raise problems.  Once she's on the first plane all she needs is the US passport and is legally required to use it for entry to (and departure from) the US.
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smokey

you need to go with her i had my daughter at 16 leave and i had to go to the second floor and sign some papers and they escorted her to the plane , i had to show her birth cert. and my custody papers

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wacobay

Ive got a 15 yr old daughter who was born in the USA and has her US passport. When she was born I had her birth registered with the Philippine consulate in Chicago so now she has both a US passport and a Philippine passport.

 

She wants to return to the US to finish high school and would live with family there.

 

My question is could she simply get a ticket from Manila to the US and show her US passport to immigration wehn departing without issue??. We have not registered her as a dual citizen. We were told by BOI that it would be better to just get her PHL passport to show her PHL citizenship and her US passport for travel.

 

Alternatively she could leave the PHL bound for HongKong on a PHL passport, then leave HongKong on her US passport.

State Trooper

 

      I was a guidance counselor in Texas before i retired. You probably have already taken care if this but when we registered a new student  whose parents did not live in our district they had to have papers signed by the parents giving guardianship to an adult living in our district. How many grades has your daughter completed in the Philippines? If she has only six years or was in the first year of high school, she could possibly be placed in junior high . I hope your daughter has a great experience 

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