Renunciation applications can only be made by setting up an interview with a U.S. Consular Officer. Renunciation applicants are required to attend two mandatory interviews with a Consular Officer. The initial interview is followed by a period of reflection before the second interview will be scheduled. At the second mandatory interview, the Consular Officer will witness the citizen’s signatures to the pertinent forms and administer the Oath of Renunciation of U.S. nationality. It is during the second interview that a non-refundable fee must be paid. This fee was instituted by the Department of State on July 13, 2010.
Applicants should email KLACS@state.gov to schedule the initial interview appointment. Priority will be given to applicants who reside in Malaysia.
Renunciation of United States Citizenship
Renouncing U.S. citizenship is a voluntary act and not easily reversed. Those seeking renunciation must schedule an appointment for a renunciation interview, which is followed by a time of reflection, before the second mandatory interview. It is during this second interview that a one-time non-refundable renunciation fee of US$2,350 must be paid. We accept most major international credit cards, U.S. Dollars and Malaysian Ringgit. We do not accept debit cards.
During the initial interview, a Consular Officer will provide information about renunciation and its consequences. Items required for the interview include a U.S. passport(s), an original Naturalization Certificate (if applicable) and any other documents that establish U.S. citizenship. If you are a national of another country as well, please bring evidence of the foreign nationality, such as a passport.
During the second interview, the renunciation applicant will be asked to sign a Statement of Understanding and an Oath of Renunciation before a Consular Officer. These documents record that the applicant understands the serious nature and consequences of the renunciation and undertakes this action voluntarily.
After the second interview, the case will be forwarded to the Department of State for review and decision. Only when the Department of State approves the case is the renunciation considered complete. The length of time for Department of State approval may be several months. Our office will contact you when this process is complete.
In addition, after the second interview, the U.S. Embassy will retain the renunciation applicant’s U.S. passport, U.S. Naturalization Certificate and other applicable or requested documents until further notice. When the Department of State contacts our office to confirm approval of the case, we will notify the renunciation applicant. If the renunciation case is approved, the applicant’s U.S. passport will be canceled and returned to the applicant.
For further information on renunciation, please follow the attached links:
- Loss of U.S. Nationality and Dual Nationality
- Renunciation of U.S. Nationality
- Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship by Persons Claiming a Right of Residence in the U.S.
- Advice About Possible Loss of U.S. Citizenship and Dual Nationality
- Advice About Possible Loss of U.S. Citizenship and Seeking Public Office in a Foreign State
- Advice About Possible Loss of U.S. Citizenship and Foreign Military Service
- Expatriation Tax Guidance
- IRS Form 8854 – Initial and Annual Expatriation Information Statement(PDF 133.1KB)
- Instructions for IRS Form 8854
- IRS Notice 2009-85 – Guidance for Expatriates Under Section 877A