Citizenship Services

Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship Abroad

A written renunciation of U.S. citizenship before a U.S. consular officer in the form prescribed by the Secretary of State is a very serious decision.  Potential renunciants are informed of the consequences of renunciation.  This is explained in Form DS-4079 (PDF – 80KB), Request for Determination of Possible Loss of United States Citizenship, and Form DS-4081(PDF – 31KB), Statement of Understanding Concerning the Consequences and Ramifications of Relinquishment or Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship.

The oath must be in the precise form currently prescribed by the Secretary of State:  Form DS-4080 (PDF – 22KB), Oath of Renunciation of the Nationality of the United States. Execution of the Oath of Renunciation usually is sufficient evidence of intent to lose U.S. nationality.

Under Federal regulations, an administrative processing fee applies to documenting renunciation of U.S. nationality.  The fee is $2,350 and should be collected after the individual has decided to proceed with the renunciation and has arrived at post to take the oath of renunciation.  The fee should be paid before conducting the ceremony and administering the oath.  If a renunciation is undertaken but not approved by the Department, the fee is not refundable.