Renouncing U.S. Citizenship

Section 349(a)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1481(a)(5)) is the section of law governing the right of a U.S. citizen to renounce his or her U.S. citizenship. This section of law provides for the loss of nationality by voluntarily “making a formal renunciation of nationality before a diplomatic or consular officer of the United States in a foreign state….” For further information about this section of the law, please follow this link.

Renunciation is a multi- step process. The three main steps are:

Step 1:

You will have to complete the form “Request for Determination of Possible Loss of U.S. Citizenship.” (PDF 28 KB) Please do not sign the form until prompted to do so at your interview.  If you have questions about completing the form, please contact us at

Step 2:

Attach the form to an email and send it to Please include a phone number at which we can reach you. Someone from the American Citizens Services Unit will contact you to arrange a first renunciation interview.  According to updated regulations, initial interviews can now be conducted by telephone. Nevertheless, if you still wish to appear in person for your first interview, please mention this in the email which you send us so we can schedule this first interview.

Step 3:

After the first interview is completed by phone or in person, you will be informed about the date of your second appointment. You must appear in person at the Consulate to sign your oath of renunciation in front of a Consular Officer. At this second interview you will have to pay the renunciation fee of $2,350.00 U.S. dollars in cash (NIS or U.S. dollars), certified bank check, or an American credit card. Please make sure you bring the original form you filled out online, in addition to your current U.S. passport, and your other proof of U.S. citizenship (U.S. birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Naturalization certificate or Certificate of Citizenship).

When your second interview is done, your application for a Certificate of Loss of Nationality (CLN) will be forwarded to the State Department for adjudication.  Final decisions on CLNs are made by the Department and could take up to several months to be processed.

Renunciations that do not meet the conditions described above have no legal effect. For more information about the renunciation of U.S. citizenship, please click here.