A post made from George’s comment on the promise of Canadian-born U.S. Senator Ted Cruz to renounce his birth country’s citizenship:
Last summer Senator Ted Cruz learned he was Canadian and made a pledge that he was going to shed his “clinging Canadian Citizenship.”
Months later he remains Canadian, but why?
“AUSTIN, Texas — Canada-born U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has yet to renounce his birth country’s citizenship as promised — but a spokeswoman said Saturday the tea party darling plans to have that finished soon.
Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for the junior senator from Texas, said lawyers are preparing the necessary paperwork.”
Remember that Senator Ted Cruz is a Harvard educated lawyer;
“After graduating from Princeton, Cruz attended Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1995 with a Juris Doctor.”
Wow, it must be pretty difficult to renounce Canadian Citizenship. So what exactly do you need to do to shed that clinging Canadian Citizenship? After all, a Harvard educated US lawyer graduating magna cum laude needs other lawyers “prepare the necessary paperwork.”
Well, first stop is Government of Canada website;
You fill out this four page form that asks nothing about social ties or connections;
Folks, you are probably thinking there will be at least one interview and that you will need to face the Flag of Canada one last time. Not at all, you put it in the post and mail it to;
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Case Processing Centre—Sydney
P.O. Box 10000
Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 7C1
But you are now thinking, this simple service must have large fees?
One hundred dollars Canadian, payable online or by cheque.
How long does this all take, after all its less than one hundred dollars?
“Eighty percent of applications, four months.”
OK, maybe Canada is unique in the world. What about your cousins across the pond who want to get rid of clinging British Citizenship?
The procedure is all online here;
Amazing, you fill out this form with no questions of social ties but only two pages;
Whats the penalty if you make a mistake?
“I understand that I may be liable for prosecution resulting in a penalty of up to 3 months imprisonment or a fine not exceeding £5,000 or both if I knowingly or recklessly make a false declaration.”
Then hold your breath, you simply put it in the post!!
Cost in the United Kingdom? £187 payable by credit card or cheque.
It looks like the United States has managed to impose the Expatriation Act of 1868 on the rest of the world except itself.
While we are fighting for residence based taxation maybe what we need from the USA is simple enforcement of the Expatriation Act of 1868 on its own shores. Maybe Senator Cruz could be an ally on this if someone could write him.
I am sure many Brockers would renounce or document their relinquishment if it was simple, low cost, efficient and without fear. How can they expect all of us who are not magna cum laude Harvard Law School graduates to navigate the US waters?
But remember, Congress is on record that a CLN is not required;
“There is no obligation for an individual to obtain a CLN.”