Renounce U.S. Citizenship (Expatriate)

Due to COVID-19, renunciation services world-wide are suspended until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Renouncing U.S. citizenship is a serious and irrevocable act which deserves your thoughtful consideration.  It is imperative that you fully understand the irrevocable nature of its consequences prior to renouncing your citizenship. Expatriation is a personal right and can never be exercised on someone else’s behalf by another person (including parents and/or legal guardians).

The information below provides instructions for relinquishing U.S. citizenship by taking an oath of renunciation under INA 349(a)(5).  For information on relinquishment by voluntary commission of different potentially expatriating acts under INA 349(a)(1)-(4) with intent to lose U.S. nationality, please read  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/travel-legal-considerations/Advice-about-Possible-Loss-of-US-Nationality-Dual-Nationality.html and/or send an inquiry to renunciationparis@state.gov (for response from Paris) or citizeninfomarseille@state.gov (for response from Marseille).

Minors, individuals who do not read or write English, individuals with mental health / cognitive disability or impairment and/or guardianship are invited to contact the Consulate directly about the renunciation process at renunciationparis@state.gov 

 1 – Please gather all the required documents below:

 

  • A. ORIGINAL U.S. Birth Certificate (issued by your State of birth) or ORIGINAL Consular Report of Birth Abroad or ORIGINAL Naturalization Certificate
  • B. ORIGINAL most recent U.S. Passport
  • C. ORIGINAL most recent foreign valid Passport(s) or Government-issued ID Card(s) – If you possess multiple nationalities, bring Passport or Government-issued ID for all nationalities
  • D. ORIGINAL proof of any name change (marriage certificate, court order, divorce decree, etc.), if applicable
  • E. Completed DS-4080 Oath/Affirmation of Renunciation of Nationality of United States (PDF 32 KB) **Please complete but do NOT sign form DS-4080, you will sign in front of a consular officer**
  • F. Completed DS-4081 Statement of Understanding Concerning the Consequences and Ramifications of Relinquishment or Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship (PDF 1.34 MB) **Please complete but do NOT sign form DS-4081, you will sign in front of a consular officer**
  • G. Completed Loss of Citizenship Questionnaire

**In the body of your email, with the above documents attached, please also include your:

  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Middle Name(s)
  • Any other Names used
  • Date and Place of birth (Month/Day/Year + City/State, if applicable/Country)
  • Telephone number

2 – Please scan and submit your complete file to: renunciationparis@state.gov (for interview in Paris) or citizeninfomarseille@state.gov (for interview in Marseille) 

3 – You will receive a confirmation Email with further instructions (within two business days). 

Pay a non-refundable fee of $2,350 USD or the Euro equivalent (cash or credit cards accepted)

Please make the necessary arrangements with your bank as payments of this size often require pre-approval.

 

How many interviews are there?

There is an initial interview which most individuals may conduct electronically or by phone. A second, in-person interview will take place at the U.S. Embassy, Paris, France at the time of your appointment.

Can the fee be waived?

The current U.S. consular services fee for “Administrative Processing of Request for Certificate of Loss of Nationality” is $2,350. It cannot be waived.

Where can I find more information on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

Please see the joint FATCA frequently asked question on our website here.

How long will it take?

Your renunciation application will be sent to the U.S. Department of State for final determination.  This process may take several months.  If your renunciation application is approved, your Certificate of Loss of Nationality will reflect the effective date of expatriation as the date on which you took the Oath/Affirmation of Renunciation.

What happens to my U.S. Citizenship document(s)?

Pending approval of your application, you remain a U.S. citizen.  Your U.S. birth certificate (if applicable) will be returned to you on the day of your application.  However, your U.S. passport (if applicable) and other proof of U.S. citizenship (Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certificate of Naturalization/Citizenship, as applicable) will be retained by the U.S. Embassy in Paris while awaiting approval.

Upon approval of your application, the original Certificate of Naturalization/Citizenship (if applicable) will not be returned to you, but will be forwarded to the Department of Homeland Security upon the issuance of the Certificate of Loss of Nationality.  Your U.S. passport (if applicable) will be cancelled, annotated, and returned to you.  The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (if applicable) will be annotated and returned to you.

May I travel to the USA  while I am waiting for my Certificate of Loss of Nationality (CLN)?

Travel to the United States, before final approval of the Certificate of Loss of Nationality, is generally possible, but strongly discouraged.  If you have urgent travel/transit to/in the United States before receipt of the final certificate, please contact us via e-mail: RenunciationParis@state.gov.