Renunciation of US citizenship has evolved into a routine matter that is taken less and less seriously by the US Government. "Reflections Of An Expatriation Lawyer: From The Solemn Occasion of 1988 To The Non-event of 2021" https://t.co/l5Aq2moYJx via @expatriationlaw
— John Richardson – lawyer for "U.S. persons" abroad (@ExpatriationLaw) December 30, 2021
Guest Post by UK based New York lawyer Diane Gelon
Diane is a London, UK based New York lawyer who specializes in issues affecting Americans abroad including renunciation. What follows are her thoughts on how the renunciation process has evolved since 1988. The message is that in 1988 the renunciation of US citizenship was a serious and solemn event that was taken very seriously by the US government (it was also free of charge). By 2021 it had become a routine matter, of little concern to the US government (and cost $2350). This is one more reason why the State Department should process renunciations of US citizenship through video conferencing!
Over to Diane …