As reported by American Expat Financial News Journal, at least 6705 Americans renounced their U.S. citizenship in 2020 — according to U.S. Treasury.
— This, despite US consulates/embassies closed for this service during much of 2020.
2020 Quarterly Renunciations:
Some previous years:
Expatriation is a right that should not be made difficult.
US gov’t been under-reporting true-freedom forever.
I’m pushing my two children to renounce sooner than later. I missed the info about 18 yrs or I would have pressed then then. Damn.
Broken link to the press release in the AEFNJ piece. This is correct:
These Bambridge people are absolute idiots. It’s never about politics. Post-election I would foresee an uptick in renunciations from the wealthy given there’s a perceived risk of estate tax exemptions being lowered, or taxes going up in general.
“Expatriation is a right that should not be made difficult.” Expatriation is not an unfettered right. Countries are forbidden by international law to render people stateless; i.e., you can’t be allowed to expatriate if you don’t hold another citizenship. Does the US check this?
Renunciation resulting in statelessness is strongly discouraged but not forbidden. I’m aware of a few people who have opted for statelessness (two of them have posted here in previous years) but it’s a really uncommon choice.
From the State Department Manual:
The USA (like the majority of the world’s countries) has never acceded to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.
Its well known that the quarterly renunciation numbers posted in the Federal Register are wildly inaccurate and have been for many years. They’re basically meaningless and its silly to argue that they are an indicator of anything.
In other news, I was mildly amused to read that Neil Young was finally able to convince the USG that he wasn’t guilty of moral turpitude and has now been granted US citizenship, lol. My guess is that the money he spent on immigration and citizenship lawyers could have payed the fees for tens if not hundreds of renunciants.
Neil Young- just another wealthy AMERIcan Order of Canada recipient living in the sunny clims of the US.
Wow! I’m surprised anyone managed to renounce last year.
After March they didn’t. It’s mostly reporting backlog. There’s generally a huge delay between someone renouncing and turning up on the list (if at all).