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Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship
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April 27, 2022

Loss of U.S. citizenship is a serious and irrevocable act which deserves your thoughtful consideration. It is imperative that you fully understand the nature of its consequences prior to requesting a Certificate of Loss of Nationality. Please note that this action is irrevocable. For questions related to possible tax implications, please contact the Internal Revenue Service. For questions related to Social Security or other federal benefits, please contact Frankfurt Federal Benefits Unit. 

A person wishing to renounce his or her U.S. citizenship must voluntarily and with intent to relinquish U.S. citizenship:

  1. appear in person before a U.S. consular or diplomatic officer,
  2. in a foreign country at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate; and
  3. sign an oath of renunciation 

Final action is taken by the Department of State. Once the application is approved, a Certificate of Loss of Nationality (CLN) will be issued. The CLN document verifies that you are no longer a citizen of the United States of America.  

 

Loss of Nationality – Application Process

The following information outlines specific steps you must follow EXACTLY to renounce your U.S. citizenship at U.S. Consulate Vienna, Austria.  

EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2022, ALL APPLICANTS MUST NOW APPEAR FOR TWO SEPARATE INTERVIEWS!  

WAIT TIMES: The current wait time to renounce your U.S. citizenship at U.S. Consulate Vienna is at least six months.  You will not be placed on the waitlist until you complete Steps 1 and 2 below. 

 

STEP 1: REVIEW THE INFORMATION BELOW

  • Legal Considerations

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/travel-legal-considerations/us-citizenship/Renunciation-US-Nationality-Abroad.html

  • Right of Residence in the United States

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 

  • Form DS-4081, Statement of Understanding Concerning the Consequences and Ramifications of Renunciation or Relinquishing of U.S. Nationality (Read, but do NOT complete)

https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/ds4081.pdf  

  • Form DS-4080, Oath/Affirmation of Renunciation of Nationality of United States (Read, but do NOT complete)

https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/ds4080.pdf   

 

 STEP 2:  SCHEDULE AND ATTEND YOUR FIRST INTERVIEW AT U.S. CONSULATE VIENNA

  • Go to the U.S. Embassy Austria’s website page for Notarials, click on “Schedule an Appointment,” and make an appointment for “Notarial and other services.” There is no fee for this first interview.
  • On the day of your appointment, please bring all ORIGINAL documents below, including:
    • Your most recent U.S. passport,
    • Your most recent U.S. passport card (if applicable),
    • U.S. birth certificate, if born in the United States,
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Certificate of U.S. Citizenship, or Certificate of U.S. Naturalization, if born abroad,
    • Valid Austrian or other second nationality passport.  If you do not have a valid Austrian passport please bring original evidence of your other (non-U.S.) citizenship, or grant of Austrian citizenship (Zusicherungsbescheid)
    • Evidence of name changes, if applicable (such as marriage certificates or official name change document). 
    • Your U.S. Social Security Card, if you have one. 
    • The address of your last residence in the United States.  
  • A checklist will be provided of any missing documents. Your case cannot proceed until all required original documentation is provided.
  • A Consular employee will review your documents for completeness, answer any questions you may have about the process, and confirm your understanding of renouncing your U.S. citizenship.
  • If your case is deemed complete and you confirm your intent to proceed, you will be placed on the waitlist for your second and final interview. Applicants are placed on the list in order of completing the first two steps. 

 

STEP 3: ATTEND YOUR FINAL INTERVIEW TO TAKE THE OATH OF RENUNCIATION OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP

  • Approximately 4 to 6 months after your first interview, you will be contacted by e-mail and provided with the day and time of your second and final interview.
  • On the day of your appointment, you must bring all the ORIGINAL documents you previously presented, and payment.  
  • Immediately prior to taking the Oath of Renunciation, you must pay the non-refundable fee of $2,350 for processing the request for Certificate of Loss of Nationality. This fee is not waivable, nor is it refundable if your case is denied. We accept credit cards (preferred), or cash (Euros or Dollars). We do NOT accept personal checks or bank debit, ATM or Bankomat cards. 
  • You will meet with a Consular Officer and given another opportunity to review your documents prior to taking the oath of renunciation.
  • Your U.S. passport, passport card, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Certificate of Naturalization will be retained by the Embassy during the remainder of the process, and later returned to you with your Certificate of Loss of Nationality. If you had a valid U.S. passport or passport card, they will also be cancelled and returned. 
  • Consulate Vienna will transfer your case to Department of State attorneys, who will review your case for final decision.  
  • If your request is approved (usually within three weeks of your final interview), the Certificate of Loss of Nationality will be mailed to your home address. 

 

Additional Information: 

In rare circumstances, a person may seek to relinquish their U.S. citizenship, instead of renouncing. To learn about the difference between relinquishment and renunciation, please visit: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal-considerations/us-citizenship-laws-policies/citizenship-and-dual-nationality.html. If you believe this pertains to your situation, you may wish to consult an attorney. 

While you may choose to seek legal advice in preparing your forms, attorneys are not permitted to accompany an applicant to the Consulate.

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  

Should you have any questions please e-mail ConsulateVienna@state.gov. Please provide name, telephone number and the best time for you to be reached by phone and a representative will contact you accordingly.  

Thank you again for contacting us.