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Loss of Nationality Process in Mozambique
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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.

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 Lisbon.

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 Maputo.  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.

Remember that renunciation of U.S. citizenship can never be exercised by another person, including parents and/or legal guardians.  

Applicants should communicate personally with the U.S. Embassy regarding their renunciation in order to demonstrate from the beginning that they are not subject to duress or undue influence from another party, including parents. 

Requirements

To use this process to renounce your U.S. citizenship under Section 349(a)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • you are at least 18 years old,
  • you are able to read or speak English,
  • you do NOT have any developmental or intellectual disabilities, and
  • you do NOT have a legal guardian appointed to you.

If you do not meet all these requirements, or if you want to submit a request for a Certificate of Loss of Nationality (CLN) on the basis of a potentially expatriating act under INA 349(a)(1)-(4),please contact us at MaputoUSCitizens@state.gov

Required Documents

Please gather the following documents and scan them into 1 (one) PDF File. You need to bring the originals to your interview:

  • Evidence of U.S. Citizenship (such as your most recent U.S. passport or U.S. birth certificate, if you are not in possession of your U.S. passport)
  • U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad, if applicable
  • Bio-pages of all current foreign passports
  • Certificates of Naturalization for any country, including the United States, if applicable
  • Certificates of Citizenship for any country, including the United States, if applicable
  • Evidence of any name changes, if applicable (for instance marriage or divorce certificates, court orders or deed polls)

Request an Appointment

Applicants must demonstrate that they are not subject to duress or undue influence. Potential renunciants are therefore expected to submit their own documents and not have them submitted by someone else on their behalf, e.g. parents. For this same reason we cannot schedule appointments for family members on the same day. Additionally, the Privacy Act applies and the Embassy cannot communicate with anyone other than the applicant directly.

When you have all the required documents, and you are ready to request an appointment, you should send scanned copies of them in 1 (one) PDF File to:

MaputoUSCitizens@State.gov (Subject: CLN – LASTNAME, First name).

You will receive a reply with an assigned appointment date and time.

After the interview your application will be forwarded to the Department of State for review. This process may take several months to complete. If you have planned travel to the U.S. please wait to schedule your appointment until you return from your trip. Please request an appointment only once you are ready to proceed.

When you have all the required documents, and you are ready to request an appointment, you should send scanned copies of them in 1 (one) PDF File to:

MaputoUSCitizens@State.gov (Subject: CLN – LASTNAME, First name).

You will receive a reply with an assigned appointment date and time.

After the interview your application will be forwarded to the Department of State for review. This process may take several months to complete. If you have planned travel to the U.S. please wait to schedule your appointment until you return from your trip. Please request an appointment only once you are ready to proceed.

Please note:  There is no walk-in service for Loss of Nationality Services.
These services are by appointment only and CANNOT be scheduled through the Online Appointment System.

Final Appointment and Fee

On the day of your appointment, you first have to present all the original documents.

You then will be interviewed by a consular officer and must demonstrate 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. You will then review and once you agree sign Form DS-4081 and Form DS-4080 under oath.

After the interview your application is sent to the Department of State for review.  If approved, the date of expatriation is the date on which signed the oath in front of the consular officer. The final approval process may take several months to complete. The Certificate of Loss of Nationality is the sole legal document establishing your loss of nationality.

Pending approval of the application by the Department of State, you remain a U.S. citizen and cannot travel to the U.S. on a foreign passport. After the interview your U.S. passport will be retained by the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, however if you have emergency travel to the U.S. you can contact the Embassy to have your U.S. passport returned. Please plan accordingly and don’t schedule your renunciation interview if you have travel planned to the U.S.

Fee:

The fee of $2350 is payable in U.S. Dollars (dollar bills printed before 2006 cannot be accepted), Meticais, or by credit card (credit card holder must be present). Note that if your card is rejected the Embassy reserves the right to reschedule your appointment.

Make sure you have all the required documentation available before you schedule an appointment (No Walk-in Services available).
You will be asked to re-schedule if you do not have the documentation ready at the time of your appointment.

Please arrive at the time of your appointment. Please note that you won’t be admitted more than 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.