New instructions to book Canada appointments to relinquish or renounce US citizenship

 

 

It appears that the demand to renounce U.S. citizenship continues to grow.

For those who want to  book appointments to relinquish or renounce U.S. citizenship in Canada:

  1. These new instructions have recently taken effect.
  2. In order to book an appointment you email: CanadaCLNInquiries@state.gov
  3. You will receive a reply that includes (see below)
  4. Note that you are not permitted to have an “attorney” with you at the appointment
  5. You must also complete the questionnaire which is here:

Questionnaire

(Interestingly, at least for the moment, Canada seems to continue to require Form 4079 an issue that I have discussed here.)

You are now able to select any specific location in Canada or the next appointment in Canada.

Note: I have had clients renounce in locations outside of Canada.

A reminder: It’s extremely important that you NOT formally relinquish U.S. citizenship without considering whether you would be subject to the S. 877A Exit Tax.

The contents of the automated email reply AS OF THE DATE OF THIS POST ARE:

 

Thank you for contacting us regarding your interest in relinquishing/renouncing your U.S. citizenship.  Please do not reply to this email.  This inbox is not monitored.

The following information outlines very specific steps you need to follow in order to formally renounce or relinquish your U.S. citizenship.  Please read the email carefully.

Note:  If you are a United States Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) and would like to abandon your LPR status, please review the information at https://canada.usembassy.gov/visas/forms-and-programs/abandonment-of-lawful-permanent-resident-lpr-status.html

Renunciation of U.S. citizenship must 1) be taken in the presence of a diplomatic or consular officer; 2) be taken outside the United States; and 3) be in the precise form prescribed by the Secretary of State.  It is an irrevocable action that cannot be reversed.  Final action is taken by the Department of State.  Once the application is approved, a Certificate of Loss of Nationality (CLN) will be issued.  This document verifies that you are no longer a citizen of the United States.  Please be advised that the process may take up to several months to complete.

You must follow these steps:

·         Review the information on:

·         Legal Considerations  http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal-considerations/us-citizenship-laws-policies/renunciation-of-citizenship.html

·         Right of Residence in the U.S.  http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal-considerations/us-citizenship-laws-policies/renunciation-of-citizenship-right-of-residence.html

·         Possible Loss of U.S. Nationality and Dual Nationality  http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal-considerations/us-citizenship-laws-policies/citizenship-and-dual-nationality.html

·         Complete the following forms according to the instructions.  You will need to gather specific information in support of your application.  Please fill out forms completely online as a fillable FAR document. Please note that the FAR file format is a unique type of format that you may not be able to re-open or edit once they are saved on your computer, however it is necessary for us to receive it in this format.

·         Questionnaire (attached as a word document)

·         Form DS-4079:  https://eforms.state.gov/editdocument.aspx?documentid=240&from=2&categoryid=1&form_format=3&Width=1270

·         Form DS4080:   https://eforms.state.gov/editdocument.aspx?documentid=261&from=2&categoryid=1&form_format=3&Width=1270

·         Form DS4081:  https://eforms.state.gov/editdocument.aspx?documentid=55&from=2&categoryid=1&form_format=3&Width=1270

·         Scanned copies (preferably in PDF format) of the following items:

–          Your most recent U.S. passport and, if you have ever been issued one, your Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Certificate of U.S. Citizenship, or Certificate of U.S. Naturalization.

–          Your U.S. birth certificate as evidence of U.S. citizenship, if you do not have one of the citizenship documents listed above.

–          Valid Canadian passport.  If you do not have a valid Canadian passport please bring original evidence of your other (non-U.S.) citizenship.

–          Evidence of name changes, if applicable (usually marriage certificates or official name change document).

·         Return the completed forms and scanned documents listed above with a request for an appointment at a U.S. Consulate to CanadaCLNAppointments@state.gov<mailto:CanadaCLNAppointments@state.gov> . In your request, please include this text: “I have read the information provided and have filled out all your required forms and gathered all required supporting documentation”.  Indicate where you would like to have your interview by cutting and pasting one of the following into the email Subject line:

Request For LON Appointment: OTTAWA
Request For LON Appointment: TORONTO
Request For LON Appointment: MONTREAL
Request For LON Appointment: QUEBEC CITY
Request For LON Appointment: HALIFAX
Request For LON Appointment: CALGARY
Request For LON Appointment: VANCOUVER
Request For LON Appointment: Next Available Appointment Anywhere In Canada

You will be contacted to confirm an appointment date and time.

At the time of your appointment, you must appear in person at the specified U.S. Consulate or the U.S. Embassy.  A Consular Officer will administer an “Oath of Renunciation of the Nationality of the United States” and a “Statement of Understanding”.  If you arrive fully prepared for your appointment, the application may be completed in one interview. If you do not have the forms filled out or if you do not have all required original evidence, you may need to return for a second appointment.

Please be prepared to provide the following at your appointment:

·         Completed and unsigned Form DS4079

·         Printed copy of Form DS4080

·         Printed copy of Form DS4081

·         Your most recent U.S. passport and, if you have ever been issued one, your Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Certificate of U.S. Citizenship, or Certificate of U.S. Naturalization.

·         Your U.S. birth certificate as evidence of U.S. citizenship, if you do not have one of the citizenship documents listed above.  Please see the following website for requirements for U.S. birth certificates:  http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/first-time.html#step3

·         Valid Canadian passport.  If you do not have a valid Canadian passport please bring original evidence of your other (non-U.S.) citizenship.

·         Original evidence of name changes, if applicable (usually marriage certificates or official name change document).

·         Your NEXUS card, if you have been issued one.

·         Your U.S. Social Security Card, if you have one.

·         The address of your last residence in the United States.

·         Original evidence of your prior expatriating act if you are documenting a prior relinquishment of U.S. citizenship (usually a Canadian certificate of citizenship with the date you became a Canadian citizen).  This is not required if you are currently a U.S. citizen renouncing your U.S. citizenship. To learn about the difference between relinquishment and renunciation, please go to http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal-considerations/us-citizenship-laws-policies/citizenship-and-dual-nationality.html.

·         USD$2,350 (or Canadian dollar equivalent).  We accept cash and credit cards but do not accept debit or personal checks.  If you pay by credit card, the charge will be in U.S. dollars.

·         A National Canada Post Xpresspost envelope (241mm x 318mm) for return of the original documents and the Certificate of Loss of Nationality after it is approved.  Documents will be mailed from the U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver so please purchase a NATIONAL (Canada-wide) mailing envelope.  British Columbia residents may purchase a Regional Xpresspost envelope.  For more information on Xpresspost services, see the Canada Post website (http://www.canadapost.ca<http://www.canadapost.ca/>).

You may refer to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website for information on U.S. federal tax form 8854 “Initial and Annual Expatriation Information Statement.” https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/International-Taxpayers/Expatriation-Tax

While you may choose to seek legal advice in preparing your forms, attorneys are not permitted to accompany an applicant to the Consulate.  Please plan to spend up to two hours at your appointment.

Thank you again for contacting us.

John Richardson

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “New instructions to book Canada appointments to relinquish or renounce US citizenship

  1. Tiffany

    When sending back the completed forms, do we need to have it signed too? As it is in a FAR file format, how does one go about doing so? Or just fill the documents as much as possible online, and sign it in person at the appointment?

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  2. Pacifica

    Hi Tiffany,

    Unless the instructions specified they wanted signed copies of the Dept of State forms e-mailed to them, I’d just leave the signature blank. There doesn’t seem to be a general need for pre-signed forms, as the DoS forms must be signed in the presence of the consular officer at your appointment, who then attests on the forms to having witnessed you do so.

    I think they want copies of the forms and supporting docs sent in in advance now just as a way to speed things up at the appointment (a few years ago, at some consulates, some people were filling out their forms at their renunciation/relinquishment appointments) and so the consulate can review the file prior to the appointment, eg, in case something is missing, they can let the person know in advance of the meeting.

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