Expatriation

There are many reasons why you may wish to renounce citizenship of a country. Our team of lawyers can guide you through the process, ensuring that renunciation of citizenship is as seamless as can be.

If you are looking to renounce citizenship in your country, our expatriation experts can help. Expatriation is a legal process whereby citizens leave the country and give up their nationality (and their rights as a national) and move to a new country.

Applying for renunciation of citizenship could be required for a number of reasons. You may not feel any connection to the country and would therefore like to renounce citizenship. An example of this would be ‘accidental Americans’ who are nationals of other countries who only became aware of their US status in adulthood. Another reason for expatriation is that you may feel obliged to do so for tax reporting, legal or political reasons. Or you may simply have moved on, and are ready to start a new life elsewhere.

Whatever your reason for moving on, our team of experienced and understanding lawyers will assist you through every stage of the process.

Renouncing US citizenship

One of our key focus areas is helping people through the application for renouncing US citizenship. This is a process suitable for those who are accidental Americans, which can be a problem with tax. The taxation of US citizens who are nationals of another country means that many are hit with unforeseen tax bills. And as all US citizens are required to file an annual tax return with the IRS on their global income, there may be heavy penalties.

As long as you are over the age of 18, our solicitors can help you renounce US citizenship to reduce your tax burden. We will give you complete support, guiding you through the process and providing all the necessary information so you can make a careful consideration of your options.

Empowering global citizens

As well as our expertise in the renunciation of US citizenship, we can also assist those across all jurisdictions. Whether you want to give up your nationality for political, personal or tax reasons, we have local attorneys based across every continent. At Withersworldwide, our lawyer network spans the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific. That means we can advise on expatriation and immigration, bringing our in-depth knowledge of local laws to ensure that we get the best possible outcome for you, your family and your future. Our strong reputation for representing private clients has led to us being asked to act in many cases of this kind. Not only that, but we’re also passionate about making a difference to the legal system and improving the lives of global citizens.

As an example of our groundbreaking work, Reaz Jafri and Theda Fisher, two lawyers from our New York office, recently lobbied the US government to change its policies on holding passports.

“The rule always was that when a person renounced his or her US citizenship, the State Department would take their passport and hold it until a decision was made. So if you were living abroad you couldn’t travel to the US because by law you have to travel here on your US passport. No one ever questioned it, until we raised the issue with the State Department, which ended up changing the law.” – Reaz Jafri, Partner, New York.

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