Renunciation of US Citizenship Is Not A Joke
While people are voting for their favorite candidates and / or parties and there are people who are attempting to enter the United States of America, there is a group of people who are leaving the United States of America and renouncing their US Citizenship. The reasons range from many issues such as not wanting to pay taxes, disagreement with the way the United States of America functions as a society, and double citizenship. There are others who are incarcerated in the USA such as Mamie Abu Jamal who renounced their United States Citizenship alleging that the citizenship of the United States was “forced” upon “them” by a society and an “illegitimate country founded on genocide, kidnapping, rape, theft, oppression and racism”. Many people in Hollywood have made comments about renouncing their US Citizenship if Mc Cain won in 2008 [compared to Bush in 2000, and 2004]. I also know of a professional who has said that she will renounce her US Citizenship if Obama is President. There are people who say this and it is talk and no action.
For those who are contemplating renunciation of their United States Citizenship, the ramifications can be big. The individual who is going to initiate the process to renounce their United States Citizenship should understand that once the process is finished, there is no going back. The individual must also make a trip outside of the United States of America to see if the country where he or she wants to become a citizen of will accept him or her and then go to the United States Embassy or Consulate in the country to present the act of renouncing one’s own citizenship and sign the paper renouncing his or her citizenship. This is in accordance with the United States Law that governs renouncing the US Citizenship called Section 349(a)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1481(a)(5)), the individual.
The Officials in the United States Embassy and/or Consulate in the country of choice of the individual will assess whether the person owes any taxes and demand payment of these taxes, and they will warn the person wanting to renounce about the ramifications of such an act including the fact that it is irreversible. The Officials of the United States Embassy and/ or Consulate will want to make sure that the person is aware of what he or she is doing and the fact that the person should not remain stateless. The same officials in the United States Embassy and/or Consulate also will warn the person initiating the process of renouncing his or her United States Citizenship that the person can be deported back to the United States in a Non Citizenship Status. If the person is deported back to the United States in a Non Citizenship Status, he or she will not be able to regain their citizenship or it may a difficult, long, and expensive process. The Embassy and/or Consulate of the United States will also tell the person resigning his or her citizenship that in case of any problems outside of the United States, they will not be able to take care of the interests of the person who resigned his or her citizenship.
The people who initiate such a process should also consult a lawyer who may be an expert on citizenship matters including renunciation of US Citizenship and of course there is a lot of money that should be saved by the individual so that he or she can perform the act of renunciation of US Citizenship.