I received my Certificate of Loss of Nationality via Canada post (regular mail). It came with an accompanying letter from the Toronto Consulate. It asks me to sign and return the letter acknowledging my receipt of the CLN. The envelope also included my cancelled US passport.
I have some notes:
- The Consulate seems to have made an error on the CLN: I lived in the United States from birth to August, 16, 1986, the day I left to study in Vancouver, Canada.
- The CLN states that my date of self-expatriation was 02-28-2011. The accompanying letter says that it was on April 7, 2011, the day I informed the Toronto Consulate. The letter is wrong. Section 349(a) (1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 says nothing about the date that I inform the consulate, but concerns itself with potentially expatriating acts such as taking on foreign citizenship with intent to relinquish. This shows the utter confusion of officials the United States government and how the United States puts its former citizens through several stages of neither a citizen nor a non-citizen. I have maintained that I am not a citizen of the United States since February 28, 2011. This CLN only confirms that the State Department also recognizes my expatriating act. The letter indicates that my “file” says I expatriated on April 7, 2011, but the CLN makes it clear that the expatriating act took place on February 28, 2011: “That: he thereby expatriated himself on 02-28-2011 under provisions of Section INA 349 (a) (1) … ” How could it be clearer?
- The stamp on the right hand corner of the CLN shows that the Department of State approved my CLN February 29, 2012 (as also confirmed by the letter). I assume this means that there is a huge backlog of cases, since it took them nearly 11 months to approve my case. Today, is 16 April. So the full process to receive a CLN took one year and nine days from the day I informed them of my expatriating act.
- Now that I am no longer a citizen, I do not understand how the IRS thinks that it can continue to harass me. Yet there is an expatriation for tax purposes according to them, which creates an impediment to a fundamental right. These exit tax laws, in my opinion, could not withstand a court challenge. US expatriation laws contain too many contradictions.