State Department phasing out Form 4079 for renunciations of U.S. citizenship

On July 10, 2015 a I wrote about the “Major Updates To The Foreign Affairs Manual On U.S. Citizenship Renunciation Procedures“. That post included:

8. Form 4079 is NOT required for “renunciation cases” – but may be useful for the DOS…

While Form DS – 4079, Request for Determination of Possible Loss of United States Citizenship, is not standard or typically necessary for renunciation cases, where there is a question about intent it may prove useful.
Further, the DS -4079 may serve as a helpful tool for information gathering in appropriate cases regarding, for example, ties to the United States and the host country, or possible earlier commission of an expatriating act. In short, consular officers should not seek completion and signature of the DS – 4079 in renunciation cases as a matter of routine but only if pertinent as described above.

Hmmm…. It strikes me that renunciants should NOT seek to complete the form either. Clearly, nothing good can come from it. On the other hand, Form 4079 will continue to be vital for those claiming “relinquishments”. Clearly, the Department of State is beginning to separate “renunciations” from “relinquishments”.

An update …

At least the U.S. Consulates in Nassau and Paris have ceased using Form 4079. As of two weeks ago the Consulate in Bangkok  was still using it. It’s clear that the phaseout of Form 4079 for renunciations has begun. Form 4079 has been replaced with:


Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship Paris Information

Renunciation Questionnaire



Canada – Effective May 2016

Questionnaire from CanadaCLNInquiries