One year ago, I announced that I had applied for Canadian citizenship with intention of renouncing my American citizenship. I wrote that the US has tried to erect a Berlin Wall to keep American citizens from expatriating:
Since 2008, the US has placed particular restrictions on wealthy people who wish to expatriate. If I were to own 2 million in assets or if my average net income tax over the last five years were $139,000 , I would be a “covered expatriate” upon renouncing my citizenship. The law penalizes these individuals with exorbitant expatriation tax that boggles the mind. Why? To keep them in the USA. So it is a Berlin Wall designed to keep people from leaving the US.
Now the US government has piled another bunch of useless rubble against that Berlin Wall. I read in the US Consulate in Toronto’s website the following (emphasis mine):
Renunciation: We accept applications to renounce U.S. citizenship and forward them to Washington DC for a decision, which takes several months. This process CANNOT be expedited. You may contact us by mail, fax or email to request information and proper forms. Once you are ready to renounce, you must make a special appointment by emailing us … and proposing a date at least two weeks in advance. All renunciation appointments are at 10:30 a.m. We will respond and confirm the date and time of your appointment or propose a new date depending on staff and appointment availability. Note that there is now a US $450 fee to renounce U.S. citizenship, payable at the time the renunciant takes the Oath of Renunciation from the consular officer inside the Consulate.
Well, this is embarrassing isn’t it? The US prides itself in being the best country in the world, the one where everyone and his brother wants to live. But now they will just add one more insult to injury to their citizens living overseas: in order to escape the jurisdiction of the US, escaping citizens must pay $450. Well, from the standpoint of fleeing the greediest government in the world, that will soon become desperate for revenue because of hyperinflation, it’s probably a small price to pay.
In any case, my citizenship application to Canada was accepted, I took the citizenship test Wednesday February 16, and I have been invited to a citizenship ceremony next Monday, on February 28. I’ll be contacting the US Consulate in Toronto tomorrow. Au revoir.