Give Up Your U.S. Citizenship?
Considering renouncing your U.S. citizenship? …consider this:
First, it is important to be aware that one can only renounce their citizenship in person, by the person who wishes to renounce their citizenship and before a consular or another Secretary of State designated authority.
Things to consider when renouncing U.S. citizenship:
- Renouncing citizenship may have no affect on U.S. tax or military service obligations.
- Prosecution for crimes allegedly committed in the U.S. cannot be avoided.
- Financial obligations accrued in the U.S. or as a U.S. citizen cannot be avoided.
- Renunciation cannot be canceled and is permanent; you cannot become a U.S. citizen in the future.
- In order to return and live in the U.S. you must have proper documentation, such as an approved visa.
- If you have not successfully attained citizenship in a foreign country you will be considered stateless, and you will not be protected under any government.
Therefore, renouncing your U.S. citizenship has a lot of consequences. You need to think twice whether you really want or need to renounce your citizenship.