Loss of U.S. Citizenship (i.e. Expatriation)

Legal Requirements

Review legal requirements and possible expatriating acts before beginning this processLoss of U.S. citizenship is a serious and irrevocable act which deserves your thoughtful consideration. It is imperative that you fully understand the nature of its consequences prior to requesting a Certificate of Loss of Nationality. Please note that the action you are taking is irrevocable. For questions related to possible tax implications, please contact the Internal Revenue Service. For questions related to Social Security or other federal benefits, please contact London Federal Benefits Unit.

Remember that expatriation can never be exercised by another person, including parents and/ or legal guardians.

If you wish to apply for Certificate of Loss of Nationality you will be required to attend an appointment with a consular officer. At the time of your appointment consular officer will interview you and, if necessary, administer the Oath of Renunciation and forward your application to the Department of State for review. This process may take several months to complete.

RENUNCIATION:

To apply for expatriation under Section 349 (a)(5) of Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), please submit the following:

Required 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. Bio-pages of 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 instance marriage or divorce certificates, court orders or deed polls)

RELINQUISHMENT:

In the event that you committed a potential Expatriation Act with the intent to lose U.S. citizenship as described in Sections 349 (a)(1)-(4) and (6)(7) of the INA, please submit the following:

Required 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. Bio-pages of 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 instance marriage or divorce certificates, court orders or deed polls)
  7. Completed form DS-4079 – download the form from the Department of State website: state.gov/Forms/ds4079.pdf

Fees

 Non-refundable fee of $2,350 or equivalent in British pounds payable in cash or major credit/ debit card at the time of the appointment.

When you are ready to request an appointment, send scanned copies of all required documents in pdf format to londonrenunciations@state.gov. Appointments are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Please request an appointment only if you are able to attend. Original documents, including your U.S. passport, must be presented at the final interview.

Your appointment will take place at the U.S. Embassy located at 33 Nine Elms, London SW11 7US.  Only applicants with confirmed appointments will be admitted into the Embassy. Family members, friends and other representatives will not be permitted to enter.

When you have all the required documents, and you are ready to request an appointment please email acsbelfast@state.gov for further information.

When you have all the required documents, and you are ready to request an appointment please email Edinburgh-Info@state.gov for further information. Note that we are unable to accept fees in cash at U.S. Consulate General Edinburgh.