Renouncing US Citizenship Through Expatriation
Michael H. Davis, et al., eds., The Consular Practice Handbook (American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2012)
12 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2014
Date Written: April 26, 2012
A U.S. citizen may freely renounce citizenship by voluntarily performing one of several statutory expatriating acts with the intention of relinquishing United States nationality. The most common of these acts is formally renouncing U.S. citizenship, either before a designated officer in the U.S. during wartime or a diplomatic or consular officer abroad anytime. Due to the administrative presumption against an intent to lose citizenship, formal renunciation before a consular officer is the most likely to result in an effective expatriation. Every year anywhere from 150 to over 1,500 U.S. citizens expatriate themselves by renouncing their US nationality. These numbers include many well-known individuals, such as Boris Johnson, Henry James, Terry Gilliam, Bobby Fischer, Juan Mari Brás, Kenneth Nichols O’Keefe, and Vince Cate, as well a number of wealthy business leaders. This chapter will give an overview of the process and consequences of the rare event of renunciation of citizenship.
Keywords: citizenship, nationality, renunciation, renounce, expatriation
JEL Classification: K00, K10, K19, K30, K39
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