Can I lose my American Citizenship?

This is a reality to be aware of: although it’s a rare situation for an American Citizenship to be withdrawn, it doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to lose it, because US law determines that Denaturation can be established under certain circumstances.

Next, we are going to delve into this useful and interesting topic. Remember that knowledge is power.

In what cases can I lose Citizenship?

The United States Code establishes that a citizen can lose his status as an American if he voluntarily performs certain specific actions:

  • Pledge allegiance or oath to another country after reaching the age of 18.
  • Serve at any rank to a foreign army that has presented hostility to the United States.
  • Work for a foreign government after reaching the age of 18.
  • Serve as a soldier in an army not hostile to the United States.
  • Being convicted of attempting to overthrow the US
  • Obtain the nationality of another country voluntarily and by request after reaching the age of majority.
  • Serve as a commissioned or non-commissioned officer in the military of a country other than the United States.
  • Formally and voluntarily resign from Citizenship.
  • Have a conviction for treason against the United States.
  • Committing fraud in the Naturalization process or obtaining the Green Card.

Can there be exceptions if the job is related to another government and I want to keep my US Citizenship?

Yes, there may be exceptions, as long as the person who received the position demonstrates that they will not act against the interests of the United States Government and that they have no interest in ceasing to be a citizen of that country.

What happens if you renounce your American Citizenship?

You can voluntarily renounce your Citizenship, but by doing so, you also renounce all your rights, freedoms and privileges.

This process is known in English as “Relinquishment”. It’s covered and permitted by the United States Immigration and Nationality Act (INA, for its acronym in English).

From this moment on, you must apply for a visa to enter the United States. If you don’t have a second nationality, you automatically become stateless and will not be protected by any State.

What aspects should I take into account in reference to the loss of American Citizenship?

  • Renunciation of Citizenship is final and the measure can rarely be reversed.
  • Giving up Citizenship will not prevent you from being prosecuted for having previously committed crimes in the country.
  • Your financial obligations persist, as well as the payment of taxes for 10 more years.


In any case, we recommend that you contact an Immigration Lawyer, who will study your case more carefully and advise you, establishing the best strategy to follow to achieve satisfactory results for you.

At Tramites de Inmigración USA Corp we have an experienced team that will undoubtedly guide you through this extensive process to avoid wasting time and money.

Don’t wait more! Contact us by calling 1 (786) 776-7152 or 1 (786) 786-5088.

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