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

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William Thomas Worster

The Hague University of Applied Sciences - International Law; University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, Amsterdam Center for International Law

Date Written: April 26, 2012

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Worster, William Thomas, Renouncing US Citizenship Through Expatriation (April 26, 2012). Michael H. Davis, et al., eds., The Consular Practice Handbook (American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2012), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2429682

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