Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship

An individual may exercise the right to formally relinquish U.S. citizenship through renunciation, in accordance with Section 349(a)(5) INA.

Renunciation of U.S. citizenship is a very serious and irrevocable exercise and should therefore only be undertaken after careful consideration of the consequences. You must demonstrate you are fully aware of the consequences before you receive an appointment. Please read all of the information below on both this website and the provided links.

In The Netherlands renunciation of U.S. citizenship can only be done, by appointment, at the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam.  There is currently a wait time of eight months up to one year for this service.

To receive an appointment for an application for a Certificate of Loss of Nationality (CLN) through renunciation/ relinquishment, send an e-mail to: amsterdamcln@state.gov.

For more information regarding renunciation and dual citizenship, please refer to the travel website of the State Department (Law and Policy).

Please note you will also be required to file IRS form 8854 directly with the Internal Revenue Service.  For additional details and to download the form, please see the IRS website.

N.B.:  Effective September 12, 2014, the fee for the “Administrative Processing of Formal Renunciation/Relinquishment of U. S Citizenship” is $2,350.00.  It will be collected at your appointment. Credit card payments are preferred, as the cashier is not authorized to accept 200 and 500 euro bills. Please see our fees page for further payment instructions.  No third party can be present during a renunciation interview.

More information on relinquishment can be found on travel.state.gov.

Effective November 9, 2015, the application/processing fee for relinquishment of U.S. citizenship is equal to the fee for renouncing U.S. citizenship: $2,350.

If you have requested a Certificate of Loss of Nationality but are no longer in  possession of this document, you may write to the Department of State.