US Quadruples Expat Fee As Record Numbers Of Americans Renounce Citizenship

Rachel Stoltzfoos Staff Reporter
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The U.S. has more than quadrupled the fee to renounce citizenship as record numbers of citizens file to become expatriates.

The State Department increased the fee to renounce citizenship by 422 percent, from $450 to $2,350, Forbes reports, which is a rate more than twenty times the average rate in other high-income countries.

In 2013, the number of Americans who renounced U.S. citizenship increased by 221 percent, according Forbes, and Canadians with dual citizenships who want to renounce their U.S. citizenship have created a backlog at the consulate in Toronto stretching into 2015.

The State Department said in a memo the increase in fees is a response to the increased work of processing the expatriates, citing intensive interview processes to make sure they understand their decision and overseas coordination.

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