Renunciation

Renunciation of U.S. citizenship must

1) be taken in the presence of a diplomatic or consular officer;

2) be taken outside the United States; and

3) be in the precise form prescribed by the Secretary of State. It is an irrevocable action that cannot be reversed.

Should you choose to pursue renunciation of your U.S. citizenship, you must provide all requested information and come in person to the U.S. Embassy to sign an “Oath of Renunciation of the Nationality of the United States” and a “Statement of Understanding.”  These documents form the basis for the U.S. Department of State’s decision regarding the U.S. citizen’s request to renounce or relinquish citizenship and can be reviewed by you beforehand at the links below.

Oath of Renunciation of the Nationality of the United States

Statement of Understanding Concerning the Consequences and Ramifications of Relinquishment or Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship

Please read closely these additional documents before scheduling an appointment:

Renunciation of U.S. Nationality;

Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship by Person Claiming a Right of Residence in the United States; and

Advice About Possible Loss of U.S. Nationality and Dual Nationality.

Please see the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) information on U.S. federal tax Form 8854 “Initial and Annual Expatriation Information Statement.” You are responsible for fully informing yourself of, and complying with, the federal tax consequences of relinquishing United States citizenship.

You should gather the following documents:

  1. Evidence of U.S. citizenship (such as your most recent U.S. passport or U.S. birth certificate, if you are not in possession of your U.S. passport);
  2. U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad, if applicable;
  3. All current foreign passports;
  4. Certificates of Naturalization for any country, including the United States, if applicable;
  5. Certificates of Citizenship for any country, including the United States, if applicable;
  6. Evidence of any name changes, if applicable (for example marriage or divorce certificates, personbevis);
  7. Completed Loss of Citizenship Questionnaire – download the form here as a PDF; and
  8. Completed Informal Loss of Citizenship Acknowledgement, which must be signed/dated and sent as a scanned document. Download the document here as a PDF .
  9. Signed statement explaining why you wish to renounce your U.S. citizenship (voluntary)

Fees

The Department of State has implemented a fee of $2350 for administrative processing of a request for a Certificate of Loss of Nationality.  This fee is payable by credit card. We do not accept personal checks. The fee will be paid on the day of your appointment to take the oath of renunciation. The $2350 fee is NOT refundable if the Certificate of Loss of Nationality is not approved by the Department.

Obtain and Appointment

Once you have all of the required documents gathered, please schedule a first appointment for renunciation by making a notarial appointment on our website.

First Interview: The first interview will be an introductory interview to review consequences of renunciation and is an opportunity for you to ask questions. You can decide not to proceed with the renunciation process after this interview. This interview should be conducted in person.

You must bring the original copies of each required document to your appointment.

Second Interview: On the day of your appointment, you will meet with a Consular Officer and be given another opportunity to review the Statement of Understanding prior to taking the Oath of Renunciation. Your completed packet will be returned to the Department of State for review and approval. If approved, the date of expatriation will be determined based on individual circumstances. In straightforward renunciation cases the date of expatriation will be retroactive to the date that the Oath of Renunciation was administered. It is important to note that this process may take several months to complete.