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State Department announces $450 fee to renounce US citizenship

Postby greves1 » 28 Feb 2012, 12:29

http://www.newser.com/article/d9slfado0 ... nship.html

State Department jacks up passport fees, imposes $450 fee to renounce US citizenship
US boosts passport fees, sets value of citizenship

By MATTHEW LEE | ASSOCIATED PRESS | Feb 2, 2012 2:42 PM CST in


U.S. citizenship is priceless to some, worthless to others. But now the State Department has a dollar figure: U.S. citizenship is worth $450.

At least that's what it will cost you to renounce it.

Under new consular fees published Thursday in the Federal Register, the cost of processing a formal renunciation of U.S. citizenship skyrocketed from $0 to $450. The announcement locks in fee hikes that had been proposed in 2010 and instituted on an interim basis.

The State Department doesn't say how or why it calculated the cost. Citizenship is free for most Americans who are accorded the privilege at birth. The department says only that it "has decided that the renunciant should pay this fee at the visit during which he or she swears the oath of renunciation."

It's also getting more expensive if you want to keep your U.S. citizenship and need a passport to prove it. The application fee for a passport is jumping by 27 percent, from $55 to $70 with a 100 percent increase, from $20 to $40, in the passport security surcharge.

In addition to the increase in the application fee, the department will now charge $82 _ up from nothing _ to add new pages to a U.S. passport. It says the fee is needed to offset the cost of the pages, the time spent affixing the pages into the passport book, endorsing the passport and performing a quality-control check.

And, registering the overseas birth of an American child is going up as well. It will now cost $100 to apply for a report of a birth abroad, up from $65.

The cost of getting a document notarized at a U.S. embassy abroad is also going up. The new price is $50 for a single page, up from $30, according to the new fee schedule.


Maybe we can use this with MOFA somehow to claim that we aren't able to give it up? Thoughts?
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Re: State Department announces $450 fee to renounce US citizenship

Postby Satellite TV » 28 Feb 2012, 15:41

greves1 wrote:State Department jacks up passport fees, imposes $450 fee to renounce US citizenship US boosts passport fees, sets value of citizenship

Maybe we can use this with MOFA somehow to claim that we aren't able to give it up? Thoughts?


MOFA would just laugh in your face. What are you going to claim? You don't like paying application fees?
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Re: State Department announces $450 fee to renounce US citizenship

Postby tsukinodeynatsu » 28 Feb 2012, 21:35

US fees were always ridiculously cheap anyway. I paid $30 for a US passport, around $200 for an Australian and about $120 for a UK passport (issued in Aus). US passport was terrible quality though (get what you pay for?), and the Australian wasn't much better (Australian things always tend to be expensive and flimsy, but).

Now if they're going to be charging normal fees they should start making waiting rooms that don't look like something out of a 1960s movie.
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