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Loss of Nationality

General Information

Renunciation 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.

Before beginning this process you need to review the legal requirements as well as the consequences and ramifications of renouncing U.S. citizenship.

For questions related to possible tax implications, please contact the Internal Revenue Service and review the Joint Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) FAQ.

For questions related to Social Security or other federal benefits, please contact the regional Federal Benefits Unit in Athens, Greece.

If you decide that this is the course of action you wish to pursue, there are several steps you need to take including an interview at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb.  At the in-person interview you must demonstrate to the consular officer that you fully understand the nature and consequences of the oath of renunciation, that you are not subject to duress or undue influence, and that you are voluntarily and intentionally seeking to renounce your U.S. citizenship.

Remember that renunciation of U.S. citizenship can never be exercised by another person, including parents and/or legal guardians. 

Applicants should communicate personally with the U.S. Embassy regarding their renunciation in order to demonstrate from the beginning that they are not subject to duress or undue influence from another party, including parents. 

Requirements

To use this process to renounce your U.S. citizenship under Section 349(a)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • you are at least 18 years old,
  • you are able to read or speak English,
  • you do NOT have any developmental or intellectual disabilities, and
  • you do NOT have a legal guardian appointed to you.

If you do not meet all these requirements, or if you want to submit a request for a Certificate of Loss of Nationality (CLN) on the basis of a potentially expatriating act under INA 349(a)(1)-(4),please contact the American Citizens Services Unit through the: U.S. Citizens Services Navigator (Google Forms).

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment for our loss of nationality services, please contact the American Citizens Services Unit through the: U.S. Citizens Services Navigator (Google Forms).