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immigration question for US citizens taking up BSN in the Philippines


hi everyone! I'll be applying for a US citizenship a few months from now.

When I become a US citizen i'm planning to study BSN in the Philippines.

Which of these three did you get upon coming to the Philippines?:

-student visa

-dual citizenship

-re-entry permit

And also could you include the steps that you took when you went back to the Philippines to study?

I've read through a lot of threads already but couldn't find the answer that I was looking for.

any comments will be appreciated. thanks!

I don't think I can really answer your question but I'll just share with you this: I had 2 groupmates who are US Citizens and studied and graduated here in the Philippines. I think they got tired of going back and forth (It was, I think, required for them to come home to the US at least once a year or every six months? I'm not really sure), and also of the expenses of travelling, so both of them eventually applied for dual citizenship by our 2nd or 3rd year. After that, they were basically free to do whatever they wanted. Hehe.

thanks invisible for your reply. :)

Thanks for your reply invisible. I've done some more research and is quite convinced that Dual citizenship is indeed the right choice.:up:

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Once you become a U.S. Citizen you don't need a re-entry permit to re-enter the U.S.A. Only U.S. Greencard holders need this if they plan to stay outside of the U.S.A. for more than 12 consecutive months.

As a naturalized U.S. Citizen you will then become an 'alien' in your own birth country; therefore, I think, you will need a student visa to study in the Philippines.

Once you become a U.S. Citizen, a dual citizenship is another option. This may make things more convenient for you as you will be staying in the Philippines for an extended period of time. As a dual citizen you don't have to obtain a Philippine student visa to study in the Philippines. Just use your U.S. passport when leaving and re-entering the U.S.A.


hi, i just want to ask if you guys can give me information ; Im also planning of going back to Phil, to study nursing. I have taken all the prerequisites here in US i want to know how long will it takes to get BSN in PI. Ive haerd about getting Dual Citizenship is better because you dont have to apply for student visa. For me that will not be a problem i can apply as dual citizen. Does anyone of you know somebody that went back to PI to study and came back here to US that didnt have problems of taking the Nclex?. I really want to go back and get my degree there. Im 29 turning 30 this January and i feel like im getting old thats why im rushing myself. Im on the waiting list here in US but i still have 2 years to wait. And this is only for ADN Associates degree in Nursing. so please anyone give me some info i would really appreciate it. thanks again...

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I am in the process of doing the same. Filipino(proud) and became U.S citizen. So dual citizenship is better than one to go back home and study?

Regardless you will still have to meet requirements for the state board where you plan to work as a RN. There are a great number of hoops you must jump. It's possible as some have studied abroad and have come to the US to work as a nurse. Since you will be a US citizen, you wont have problems re-entering as long as you do everything right that you're supposed to do. But as far as taking the NCLEX and applying for licensure that's where the hassle is going to come in. Good Luck

Im on the waiting list here in US but i still have 2 years to wait. And this is only for ADN Associates degree in Nursing. so please anyone give me some info i would really appreciate it. thanks again...

That just shows you that nursing in the US is very competitive at this moment. As you stated even "and this is only for the ADN" It's competitive at any level, nursing schools have standards that they must meet and if they're not meeting that standard and are underperforming then those said schools are put on probation, and if they continue to underperform, then they are shut down and can't reopen until they meet the requirements.

If you're on a wait list, then consider that a blessing, it sounds like you're considering a top notch nursing school in your state. I understand how you're feeling you're 29 and you're feeling getting old. The fact is that many nursing students are of all ages, and you're never too old to enter nursing school. I'm a lot older than 29 and going for my RN, but I'm not old by no stretch of the means. Most people who are in their 50's and that have gone back to school to become nurses are very successful at what they do. Try to give yourself a break, you're still young and have a whole life ahead of you in the field of nursing .

If you're going to go back home to do your BSN there make sure that you choose a reputable school because you want to make sure that you're getting the best education that you can get. Since there are no regulations and there are many schools that aren't up to par in nursing education, you want to make sure you stay away from those schools. You're going to have to prove yourself once you get back to work as a RN. It's no secret that the quality of nursing schools in the Philippines has definately decreased as a whole. It's those schools that are underperforming that are giving the once considered excellent schools in the Philippines a bad name. It's because of the reputation of the educational system as a whole is why you're going to be looked at with scruity. It's sad that the Philippines has let this happen because they once produced excellent nurses as a whole. There are still very good nursing schools in the Philippines, and those are the ones that you want to apply and go to. Good Luck.