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Renouncing U.S. Citizenship

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Renunciation applications can only be made by setting up an interview with a U.S. consular officer.  Renunciation applicants are required to attend two mandatory interviews with a consular officer.  The initial interview is followed by a period of reflection before the second interview will be scheduled.  At the second mandatory interview, the consular officer will witness citizens' signatures to the pertinent forms and administer the Oath of Renunciation of U.S. nationality.  It is during the second interview that a non-refundable must be paid.  This fee was instituted by the Department of State to begin July 13, 2010.

Applicants should email SingaporeACS@state.gov to schedule the initial interview appointment.  Priority will be given to applicants who reside in Singapore.

Renunciation of United States Citizenship

Renouncing U.S. citizenship is a voluntary act and not easily reversed. Those seeking renunciation must schedule an appointment for a renunciation interview, which is followed by a time of reflection, before the second mandatory interview.   It is during this second interview that a one-time non-refundable renunciation fee of US$450 must be paid.  We accept most major international credit cards, U.S. equivalent in Singapore dollars or U.S. travelers' checks.  U.S. dollars, personal checks, debit cards or payment by NETS are NOT acceptable.

During the initial interview, a consular officer will provide information about renunciation and its consequences. Items required for the interview include a U.S. passport(s), an original Naturalization Certificate (if applicable) and any other documents that establish U.S. citizenship.  If you are a national of another country as well, please bring evidence of the foreign nationality, such as a passport.

During the second interview, the renunciation applicant will be asked to sign a Statement of Understanding and an Oath of Renunciation before a consular officer. These documents record that the applicant understands the serious nature and consequences of the renunciation and undertakes this action voluntarily. 

After the second interview, the case will be forwarded to the Department of State for review and decision. Only when the Department of State approves the case is the renunciation considered complete. The length of time for Department of State approval may be several months. Our office will contact you when this process is complete.

In addition, after the second interview, the U.S. Embassy will retain the renunciation applicant's U.S. passport, U.S. Naturalization Certificate and other applicable or requested documents until further notice. When the Department of State contacts our office to confirm approval of the case, we will notify the renunciation applicant. If the renunciation case is approved, the applicant's U.S. passport will be canceled and returned to the applicant.

For further information on renunciation, please follow the attached links:

Announcement

  • The Department of State published an interim final rule (IFR) on August 28, 2014, to amend the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services.  The IFR lists fee changes, including for certain citizenship services fees.  While the Department will receive comments on the fee changes for 60 days, the new fees will become effective September 12, 2014.  As part of the published changes, the fee for “Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship” will increase from $450 to $2,350 effective September 12, 2014.  The renunciation fee is paid on the day you appear at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate and officially renounce your U.S. citizenship before a U.S. consular officer.  You will be required to pay the increased fee on or after September 12, 2014.

    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.

    If you would like to comment on the IFR and the new fee change:

    • 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: fees@state.gov. You must include the RIN (1400-AD47) in the subject line of your message.

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