You're officially a non-American!

You're officially a non-American!

Step 4: Certificate of Loss Nationality (CLN)

After Step 3, you will be receiving the Certificate of Loss Nationality (CLN). You will still be a citizen of the USA until your receive this important document.

The embassy or consulate where you renounced will send all the paperwork to Washington to get the final stamp of approval; it should take anywhere from four to eight weeks. Only then is your expatriation officially approved. It is your right and completely legal to renounce, so there shouldn’t be any delays if you’ve been honest and cooperative.

After issuing the Certificate of Loss Nationality, the State Department will forward your name to the IRS. (If you hadn’t submitted Form 8854 previously, you will most certainly have to do so around this time). The IRS then publishes the Federal Register: a list of all individuals who have renounced their citizenship that quarter. Many renouncers stated that this is one last way to shame those who’ve left, giving it the nicknamed of the Shame List or even the Liberty List.

You are still an American until you receive the CLN

Once you have the CLN in your hand, you’re officially no longer a citizen of the United States of America. If your new country of residence allows visa free travel to the US, then you can visit anytime. Just be careful not to stay too long because you might start getting taxed again! (check out the substantial physical presence test to see how the IRS tax can still tax you even though you’re not an American citizen). If your new country does not allow visa free travel to the States, you’ll have to apply for a visa just like everyone else from your new country of residence does.

The basic rule to follow for life after America is this: you abide by the same rules and regulations as everyone else in your new country of residence follows. Generally, the US will not red flag you if you plan on visiting family or friends back in America, and you can still do business and make investments in the US.

However, famous renouncer Roger Ver, the angel investor of Bitcoin, was denied a visa to enter the USA in 2015. Cases like Ver’s are rare, and the fact that he’s a high profile individual probably played a role in the US’ decision, but just be aware that it is possible for the US to deny you a visa if you’re in need of one to visit the US. (Later, the US government ended up granting Ver a visa so that he could visit).

Lastly, remember that giving up US citizenship is irreversible. Once you renounce and receive the Certificate of Loss Nationality, there’s no going back.

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