Wide Window of Wait Times for CLN: One Month to 9 Months (or More?)

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The Certificate of Loss of Nationality (“CLN”) is a most crucial part of the steps and process for renouncing U.S. citizenship.  Certificate of Loss of Nationality of the United States, Form DS-4083 (CLN)

See, Why Section 7701(a)(50) is so important for those who “relinquished” citizenship years ago (without a CLN)

The formal acknowledgement/approval by the Department of State (DOS) is manifested by the issuance of a Certificate of Loss of Nationality of the United States, Form DS-4083 (CLN).  See sample form in this post.

For U.S. federal income tax purposes, the actual receipt of the CLN by the individual is necessary for numerous reasons too.  See, The Importance of a Certificate of Loss of Nationality (“CLN”) and FATCA – Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

See, also, Who makes the loss of US nationality determination? [Guest Post from Immigration Lawyer], Posted on May 19, 2014

You should be aware that the wait times to receive the CLN can vary wildly depending upon where (which Embassy or Consulate office) and when one goes to take the oath of renunciation.  I have seen some issued as soon as 30 days.  More commonly, 4 months is a fairly common time frame; but I have also seen cases where it took more than 9 months.

 

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