Citizenship Services

Most U.S. citizens acquire their citizenship by being born within the United States. Children born outside the United States to one or two U.S. citizen parents can also acquire U.S. citizenship at birth if certain conditions are met.  Other persons may acquire U.S. citizenship later in life due to naturalization (either intentional or automatic.)  Please choose the links below for details on these and other related issues.

For more information on Consular Report of Birth Abroad, please see this page.

Can My Child Be a Citizen of More Than One Country?

Each country determines who is and who is not a citizen of that country in accordance with its own laws.  Therefore, some persons may acquire citizenship under the laws of more than one country, either from the moment of their birth or upon taking certain actions.  It is important to recognize that some countries limit or prohibit their citizens from being citizens of another country, while others do not.

The United States does not legally prohibit dual nationality, but in  practice does not recognize the second nationality of a U.S. citizen. This is significant to U.S. citizens who also hold foreign passports in that they must always enter the United States as U.S. citizens (e.g.: using a U.S. passport). For example, a U.S. citizen who is also recognized by the Bahamian government as a Bahamian citizen cannot obtain a visa in his Bahamian passport nor can he enter the United States visa-exempt on his Bahamian passport and a police certificate. For advice about possible loss of U.S. and dual citizenship click here.

Detailed information on issues relating to dual nationality is available on the State Department’s website.

Loss of U.S. Citizenship (Renunciation, Relinquishment)

Legal Requirements

Review legal requirements and possible expatriating acts and dual nationality before beginning this processLoss 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 the action you are taking 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 the Federal Benefits Unit which is located at U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Remember that expatriation can never be exercised by another person, including parents and/ or legal guardians.

If you wish to apply for a Certificate of Loss of Nationality you will be required to attend two appointments with a consular officer.  At the time of your appointment the consular officer will interview you and, if necessary, administer the Oath of Renunciation and forward your application to the Department of State for review. This process may take months to complete.

RENUNCIATION:

To apply for expatriation under Section 349 (a)(5) of Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), please submit the following:

Required documents

  1. Evidence of U.S. Citizenship (such as your most recent U.S. passport or U.S. birth certificate, if you are not in possession of your U.S. passport)
  2. U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad, if applicable
  3. Bio-pages of all current foreign passports
  4. Certificates of Naturalization for any country, including the United States, if applicable
  5. Certificates of Citizenship for any country, including the United States, if applicable
  6. Evidence of any name changes, if applicable (for instance marriage or divorce certificates, court orders or deed polls)

RELINQUISHMENT:

In the event that you committed a potential Expatriation Act with the intent to lose U.S. citizenship as described in Sections 349 (a)(1)-(4) and (6)(7) of the INA, please submit the following:

Required documents

  1. Evidence of U.S. Citizenship (such as your most recent U.S. passport or U.S. birth certificate, if you are not in possession of your U.S. passport)
  2. U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad, if applicable
  3. Bio-pages of all current foreign passports
  4. Certificates of Naturalization for any country, including the United States, if applicable
  5. Certificates of Citizenship for any country, including the United States, if applicable
  6. Evidence of any name changes, if applicable (for instance marriage or divorce certificates, court orders or deed polls)
  7. Completed form DS-4079 – download the form from the Department of State website: state.gov/Forms/ds4079.pdf

Fees

Non-refundable fee of $2,350 payable in cash or major credit/ debit card at the time of the appointment.

Appointments

If you would like to be added to the existing waiting list for Loss of Nationality application appointments, please send an email to ACSNassau@state.gov.