The fee for processing renunciation of U.S. citizenship will increase to $2,350 on September 12, 2014. For further information on renouncing your U.S. citizenship please see our website here.
The following FAQs will help answer any questions that you may have concerning the fee increase.
Why is the fee for processing renunciation of U.S. citizenship now $2,350?
The Department of State derives the general authority to set the Administrative Processing of Formal Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship fee from the general user charges statute, 31 U.S.C. § 9701. See, e.g., 31 U.S.C. § 9701(b)(2)(A) (“The head of each agency . . . may prescribe regulations establishing the charge for a service or thing of value provided by the agency . . . based on . . . the costs to the government.”). The Fiscal Year 2012 Cost of Service Model update reflected that documenting a U.S. citizen’s renunciation of citizenship is extremely costly, requiring U.S. consular officers overseas to spend substantial amounts of time to accept, process, and adjudicate cases. For example, consular officers must confirm that the potential renunciant fully understands and intends the consequences of renunciation, including losing the right to reside in the United States without documentation as an alien. This fee was first introduced in 2010 and was initially set below true cost. The fee is now reflective of the true cost of providing this service.
I have already booked an interview appointment to take the Oath of Renunciation after September 12. Can I pay the lower fee?
U.S. embassies and consulates will charge renunciants the fee in effect on the day they provide the service. We are unable to accept pre-payment of fees before the day of your interview.
How can I comment on the new fee?
Members of the public who wish to comment on the proposed fees must submit their comments to the Department of State directly – not to U.S. embassies or consulates – in one of the following manners:
- Persons with access to the Internet may view the notice and submit comments by going to www.regulations.gov and searching for the rule by its Regulatory Information Number (RIN), 1400-AD47.
- Mail (paper, disk, or CD-ROM): U.S. Department of State, Office of the Comptroller, Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA/C), SA-17 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20522-1707.
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. You must include the RIN (1400-AD47) in the subject line of your message.
The new fee is a five-fold increase over the prior fee. Isn’t this another example of the federal government’s overreaching?
Federal law (31 U.S. Code 9701) authorizes the Department to charge a fee sufficient to recover the full costs to the federal government of providing a particular service or good to specific recipients. Further explanation of the authority is found in the preamble to the rule. The fee is a user fee, charged to the individual seeking to benefit from a service provided.
If it costs the Department of State $2,350 to process a renunciation, why is a Certificate of Loss of Nationality (CLN) free if you commit an expatriating act other than renunciation?
This fee change applies to the act of renunciation only.