What Service Do You Require?
To renounce your U.S. citizenship under Section 349(a)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), you must:
- be at least 18 years old;
- read or speak English, or provide an interpreter;
- not have been found mentally incompetent by a court; and,
- not have a legal guardian appointed to you.
If you do not meet all of these requirements, or if you would like to submit a request for a Certificate of Loss of Nationality (CLN) on the basis of a potentially expatriating act under Section 349(a)(1)-(4) of the INA, please contact the Consular Section using our ACS Navigator.
Please gather the following documents and scan them into a single PDF file. You will need to bring the original copies with you on the day of your final appointment:
- proof of U.S. Citizenship (e.g. birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Certificate of Naturalization);
- your most recent U.S. passport (scan the biodata page only);
- all current foreign passports (scan the biodata pages only);
- your U.S. Social Security Card, if you have one, or your social security number;
- proof of last residence and address in the U.S.;
- if applicable, evidence of any name changes (e.g. marriage or divorce certificates, or court orders); and,
- Forms DS-4080 and DS-4081 completed and unsigned.
Request an Initial Appointment
Once your documents are in order, you should send scanned copies of them in one PDF file to ConsularLuanda@state.gov. Please make the subject line: “LON – LAST NAME, First Name.”
Our office will respond to you within three business days with the date and time of your appointment.
Please note that due to the serious consequences related to renouncing U.S. citizenship, applicants must demonstrate that they are not subject to duress or undue influence during this process. Our office will only accept documents and appointment requests that come directly from the potential renunciant. For this same reason, we will not schedule appointments for multiple family members on the same day. The Privacy Act applies to Loss of Nationality cases, so we will not communicate with anyone other than the applicant directly, unless they have signed a Privacy Act Waiver.
Two in-person appointments are required to renounce your U.S. citizenship. At your first interview, the Consular Officer will discuss with you the renunciation process and ensure that you are eligible for renunciation and that you are mentally competent. If the Consular Officer determines that you are eligible to proceed, you will be scheduled for a second and final appointment.
Final Appointment and Fee
On the day of your final appointment, you will be required to present original copies of the documents listed above.
You then will be interviewed by a consular officer and must demonstrate that you fully understand the nature and consequences of the Oath of Renunciation, that you are not subject to duress or undue influence, and that you are voluntarily and intentionally seeking to renounce your U.S. citizenship. You will then review and sign Form DS-4080 and Form DS-4081 under oath.
After the interview, your application is sent to the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. for review. If approved, the date of expatriation is the date on which you signed the oath in front of the consular officer. The final approval process may take several months to complete. The Certificate of Loss of Nationality is the sole legal document establishing your loss of nationality.
Pending approval of the application by the Department of State, you remain a U.S. citizen and cannot travel to the U.S. on a foreign passport. After the interview and prior to the final decision, your U.S. passport will be retained by the U.S. Embassy (however, if you have emergency travel to the U.S., you can contact the Embassy to have your U.S. passport returned). Please plan accordingly and do not schedule your renunciation interview if you have travel planned to the U.S.
The fee of $2,350.00 USD is payable in U.S. Dollars (dollar bills printed before 2006 cannot be accepted), Angolan kwanzas, or by a Visa or MasterCard credit card (credit card holder must be present) on the day of your final appointment.