Monday, January 03, 2022

Unable to Renounce Citizenship

The USA has more immigrants, refugees, and illegal aliens than ever, and we cannot even get rid of the ones who want to exit. The London Guardian reports:
or almost two years, since the pandemic struck in March 2020, most US consular missions around the world have suspended their expatriation services for those wishing to give up US citizenship. The US embassy in London, the largest of its sort in western Europe, announces on its website that it is “currently unable to accept appointments for loss of nationality applications” and is unable to say when services will resume.

The US state department says giving up citizenship requires a face-to-face interview with a government official, and that it is too risky given coronavirus.

Delays have led to a growing mountain of disgruntled citizens. By some calculations, there may be as many as 30,000 people among the 9 million US citizens living abroad who would like to begin the renunciation process but can’t.

Until they renounce, they have to file USA income tax returns.

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