The Quarterly Publication of Individuals Who Have Chosen to Expatriate for Q3 2017 has just been placed on public inspection for publication in Thursday’s Federal Register, three days later than required by law. By my count, this list contains the names of 1,376 people who renounced or otherwise relinquished US citizenship under any paragraph of 8 USC § 1481(a), as compared to 1,004 people who renounced US citizenship (under 1481(a)(5) only) added to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in July, August, and September.
Following Q3 & Q4 2016, this is only the second time since 2011 that we’ve had two quarters in a row of Federal Register numbers being significantly higher than NICS numbers, the way they should be every quarter. Even then, the Federal Register list is far from complete: contrary to some media reports, it’s basically impossible that the list includes people who give up their green cards, and no one has ever identified a single green card abandoner in the list, despite the message at the top claiming that “long-term residents, as defined in section 877(e)(2), are treated as if they were citizens of the United States who lost citizenship”.
The people named in this list probably completed the State Department’s painfully slow and expensive formalities to apply for a Certificate of Loss of Nationality around mid-year at the latest, but that’s just a guess. I can confirm that one name in this quarter’s list belongs to a man known to have relinquished in April 2016 or earlier. For the US government, that’s positively speedy — last quarter’s list had relinquishers from 2013 and 2014.
As always, after the jump you can find discussion of recent media reports about relinquishers, as well as a table of past NICS and Federal Register statistics.