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Loss of Nationality

ATTENTION: Do NOT make an online appointment for a Loss of Nationality service, please follow the instructions below and we will schedule the service with you directly.

Renunciation of U.S. citizenship is a serious and irrevocable act which deserves your thoughtful consideration. It is imperative that you fully understand the nature of its consequences prior to requesting a Certificate of Loss of Nationality.

Before beginning this process you need to review the legal requirements as well as the consequences and ramifications of renouncing U.S. citizenship.

Once loss of U.S. nationality occurs, expatriates will no longer receive U.S. consular support abroad and will be subject to current visa requirements for future travel to the United States. Additionally, the act of renouncing or relinquishing U.S. citizenship will not allow persons to avoid repayment of financial obligations previously incurred in the United States or incurred as United States citizens abroad, i.e. U.S. taxes.

For questions related to possible tax implications, please contact the Internal Revenue Service and review the Joint Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) FAQ.

For questions related to Social Security or other federal benefits, please contact the Federal Benefits Unit in Rome, Italy, which provides service for Malta.

If you decide that this is the course of action you wish to pursue, there are several steps you need to take including an interview at the U.S. Embassy in Malta. At the in-person interview you must demonstrate to the Consular Officer that you fully understand the nature and consequences of the oath of renunciation, that you are not subject to duress or undue influence, and that you are voluntarily and intentionally seeking to renounce your U.S. citizenship.

Review Legal Requirements

If you wish to renounce your U.S. citizenship under Section 349(a)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality act by making a formal request, you may follow this process only if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have not committed a potential expatriating act;
  • Are not suffering from any mental illness; and
  • Meet all other requirements listed here.

Please read the information on legal requirements and possible expatriating acts before beginning this process. Loss of U.S. citizenship is irrevocable, and you should fully understand the consequences.

Submit Required Documents

To initiate the process, scan and submit the following documents to ACSMalta@state.gov (Subject: Renunciation – last name, first name) :

  • Evidence of U.S. citizenship: the bio-page of current U.S. passport, U.S. birth certificate or Report of Birth Abroad, and/or Certificate of Naturalization.
  • Evidence of any name change (if applicable): marriage or divorce certificates, court orders, or other legal documents regarding a change of name.
  • Evidence of foreign citizenships (if applicable): the bio-page of your most recent foreign passport(s).
  • Completed DS-4080 Oath/Affirmation of Renunciation of Nationality of United States (does not need to be signed).
  • Completed DS-4081 Statement of Understanding Concerning the Consequences and Ramifications of Relinquishment or Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship (does not need to be signed), plus a copy of any written statement you wish to provide.
  • Completed DS-4083 Certificate of Loss of Nationality of the United States (does not need to be signed).
  • Completed renunciation questionnaire.

Once we receive your completed documents, we will schedule a phone call with you. If you are still interested to renounce in Malta, please e-mail (ACSMalta@state.gov) us again to confirm and we will book your renunciation appointment. This time allows citizens to carefully review legal requirements and consequences of renunciation of U.S. citizenship.

Please note that this service can take many months to complete.

Attend Your Final Appointment and Pay the Application Fee

On the day of your appointment, you must bring all required original documents. Your U.S. passport, Report of Birth Abroad, and Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship will be retained by the U.S. Consulate during the entire renunciation process. You will be asked to reschedule if you do not have the required documents at the time of your appointment.

You must pay the non-refundable fee of $2,350.00. The fee is payable in cash (dollars or euros) or by credit card (credit card holder must be present). If you wish to pay with your credit card, please contact your credit card provider beforehand to make sure that your card can be charged (no PIN terminal) in U.S. dollars. If your card is rejected, you will need to reschedule your appointment.

You will meet with a Consular Officer and be given another opportunity to review the Statement of Understanding prior to taking the Oath of Renunciation.

Your completed packet will be sent to the Department of State in Washington, D.C. for review and approval. It is important to note that this process may take several months to complete.

If your loss of nationality is approved, you will receive the Certificate of Loss of Nationality. If you would like your certificate mailed to you instead of having to pick it up, please bring a self-addressed stamped envelope with correct postage. We do not post through Fed Ex or other courier services. Certificates of U.S. naturalization will not be returned, but forwarded to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.

The Certificate of Loss of Nationality is the sole legal document establishing your loss of nationality. Pending approval of the certificate, you remain a U.S. citizen and cannot travel to the United States on a foreign passport.

If you have any questions, please contact our office by email: ACSMalta@state.gov

Please refer to Section 349 of the Immigration and Nationality Act for comprehensive information regarding the possible loss of U.S. citizenship. Further information is also available at the following links: