Renouncing U.S. Citizenship

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What Is Renunciation?

Renunciation is the process of giving up your U.S. citizenship. To renounce your U.S. citizenship you must be in a foreign nation and fill out the proper forms in front of a U.S. diplomat, usually at a U.S. embassy. This process relieves you of all the protections and duties of a U.S. citizen. This process is permanent.

Renouncing your citizenship does not get rid of any debts or obligations that you made while living in the U.S. as a citizen.

What If I Renounce My U.S. Citizenship without Being a Citizen of Another Country?

If you renounce your U.S. citizenship before acquiring citizenship of another country you will be considered state-less. People who are state-less have no government protection and often have difficulty traveling.

Why Would I Want to Renounce My U.S. Citizenship?

Some countries do not allow you to be a citizen of more than one country. If you want to become a citizen of such a country you will have to renounce your U.S. citizenship. Other countries allow dual citizenship, meaning you won't have to give up U.S. citizenship.

Should I Consult an Immigration Attorney?

Renouncing your U.S. citizenship has very serious consequences. An experienced immigration attorney can help you understand the impact of renouncing your U.S. citizenship. An immigration lawyer can also help you with the renunciation process.

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Last Modified: 03-27-2014 04:32 PM PDT

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