Your Rights After Renunciation

There are so many different and conflicting opinions about this online that it can be hard to know where to start. The key thing to note here is that once you renounce your US citizenship, you have exactly the same rights as anyone else from your country. The US cannot legally treat you differently in any way, and that extends to everything from your tax liabilities to your ability to travel on visa programs.

What Rights Do You Lose?

When you renounce US citizenship you will lose the following:

  • The right to live and work in the US
  • The right to vote in any US elections
  • The right to enjoy any US protection or consular support overseas
  • The right to enter and remain indefinitely
  • The right for any children born after your renunciation to receive US citizenship

Common Renunciation Myths Debunked

There are a whole host of scare stories and plenty of inaccurate information online about what can happen to expatriates. Here are the most common ones, and a quick explanation of why they’re wrong:

You will be barred from entering the US for life

This is not the case because you are entitled to exactly the same rights as any other citizen from your country.

The Attorney General can block your entry

This is highly unlikely and only becomes possible when the government judges that you have renounced your citizenship as a tax avoidance measure. This is known as The Reed Amendment and it is widely viewed as unworkable & unenforceable.

Your name will be permanently blacklisted

Whilst biometric data will be kept for the purposes of border security, you will not be blacklisted and will enjoy the same rights and freedoms as any other citizen from your country.

You can get your US citizenship back later on

Renunciation is permanent and irrevocable, which means that when you hand it back, you do so for the rest of your life.