STEP 1: Educate yourself on renouncing citizenship via Travel.State.Gov
- Renunciation of U.S. Nationality
- Advice about Possible Loss of U.S. Nationality and Dual Nationality
STEP 2: Complete the following documents (DO NOT SIGN/DATE ANY DOCUMENT):
- DS-4081: Statement of Understanding Concerning the Consequences and Ramifications of Renunciation or Relinquishment of U.S. Nationality
- DS-4079: Request for Determination of Possible Loss of US Citizenship
- DS-4080: Oath/Affirmation of Renunciation of Nationality of United States
STEP 3: Notify the U.S. Embassy in San Jose to coordinate a consular Interview and renunciation ceremony (ACSSanJose@state.gov). Please use the subject line X44 – YOUR FULL NAME – RENUNCIATION.
STEP 4: Bring the following to your interview with the consular officer:
- DS-4081, DS-4079, and DS-4080 – completed but not signed or dated
- Original birth certificate
- U.S. passport
- Other foreign passport(s) (if applicable)
- Original Certificate of Naturalization (if applicable)
- Payment (U.S. dollars, colones or debit/credit card) for USD $2,350.00
STEP 5: All documentation will be sent to the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC for review.
- We cannot provide an estimate of how long the review will take.
- During this time, you will continue to be considered a U.S. national and can travel on your U.S. passport.
- Once the decision from Washington DC is received, the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica will contact you to schedule a final appointment.
- If your renunciation is approved, you will receive a final certificate of renunciation and your U.S. passport will be cancelled and returned to you. Only then will you officially be considered a non-U.S. national.