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Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship

Renouncing U.S. Citizenship

Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship

Renouncing your 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 signing a formal Oath of Renunciation.  If you decide that this is the course of action you wish to pursue, there are several steps you need to take including arranging an appointment to come into the Embassy to sign the Statement of Understanding and the Oath of Renunciation, in the presence of a Consular Officer.  Please note that the Statement of Understanding clearly states that the action you are taking is irrevocable.

Step One - Carefully review the renunciation process at the Embassy in London

Become familiar with renunciation legal requirements and possible expatriating acts before beginning this process. Make sure you read the Loss of Nationality package before you request your renunciation appointment.  You can download the packet here as a PDF (1Mb) Pay particular attention to your right to request an informal initial appointment to discuss your possible loss of citizenship with a Consular Officer over the phone or in-person prior to your final renunciation interview.  For questions related to expatriation tax and possible tax implications, please consider an appointment with the IRS office at Embassy London.

Step Two - Gather the required documents and request an appointment

You should gather the following documents:

  1. U.S. or foreign birth certificate.
  2. U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
  3. Bio-pages of your most recent U.S. passport
  4. Bio-pages of all current foreign passports.
  5. Certificates of Naturalization for any country, including the United States.
  6. Certificates of Citizenship for any country, including the United States.
  7. All marriage certificates and divorce decrees 
  8. Change of name documents.
  9. Completed form DS-4079 - download the form from the Department of State website here
  10. Completed Renunciation Questionnaire - download the form here as a PDF
  11. Completed Informal Renunciation Acknowledgement, which must be signed/dated and sent as a scanned document.  Download the document here as a PDF

When you have all the required documents, and you are ready to request an appointment, you should send scanned copies of them to londonrenunciations@state.gov.  Appointments are scheduled approximately one month in advance, on a first come, first served basis. 

Step Three - Attend a final appointment at the Embassy

On the day of your appointment, you will meet with a Consular Officer and 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. It is important to note that this process may take several months to complete.

Renunciation of Citizenship

  • American Citizens who wish to renounce their U.S. citizenship or have any questions concerning this should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate having jurisdiction over their place of residence.  

    American citizens resident in England or Wales should e-mail the Embassy at londonrenunciations@state.gov for further information. 

    American citizens resident in Scotland should email the Consulate General in Edinburgh at Edinburgh-Info@state.gov  for further information.

    American citizens resident in Northern Ireland, should email the Consulate General in Belfast at Consularbelfast@state.gov