U.S. citizenship may be acquired either at birth or through naturalization after birth. Persons born outside of the U.S. may acquire U.S. citizenship under certain circumstances.
What Service Do You Require?
Apply for Citizenship
Renunciation of U.S. nationality is not a step to be taken lightly and should be undertaken only after serious thought, research, and reflection.
A U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization INA 301 (8 U.S.C. 1401), INA 310 (8 U.S.C. 1421) or a U.S. noncitizen national INA 308 (8 U.S.C. 1408), INA 101(29) (8 U.S.C. 1101(29)) will lose U.S. nationality (“expatriate”) her or himself by committing a statutory act of expatriation as defined in INA 349 (8 U.S.C. 1481), or predecessor statute, but only if the act is performed (1) voluntarily and (2) with the intention of relinquishing U.S. citizenship. The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken (Afroyim v. Rusk, 387 U.S. 253 (1967) and Vance v. Terrazas, 444 U.S. 252 (1980)): a person cannot lose U.S. nationality unless he or she voluntarily relinquishes that status.
- Renunciation of U.S. Nationality
- Renunciation of U.S. Nationality by Persons Claiming a Right of Residence in the U.S.
- Possible Loss of U.S. Nationality and Dual Nationality
- Possible Loss of U.S. Nationality and Foreign Military Service
- Possible Loss of U.S. Nationality and Seeking Public Office in a Foreign State
The renunciation process can be complicated and requires at least two in-person appointments to complete. Please schedule your first appointment through LimaACS@state.gov. During the initial interview, the officer will cover all the steps required to complete the process.