Question: If a parent cannot relinquish U.S. citizenship on behalf of a minor, then why should a parent be able to bestow U.S. citizenship on a minor child who was born abroad?
Minors making major decisions – voluntarily relinquishing U.S. citizenship as a minor [No Tax Discussion]
This is a guest post from immigration lawyer Mr. Jan Bejar –
**Relinquishing U.S citizenship as a minor can be a major undertaking given the irrevocable and important nature of the act. Parents and guardians cannot relinquish the U.S. citizenship of their children. As the Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Manual states, “Expatriation, like marriage and voting, is a personal elective right that cannot be exercised by another.”
If a minor wants to renounce his or her U.S. citizenship, then the minor must appear in person before a U.S. consular or diplomatic officer in a foreign country (normally at a U.S. embassy or consulate) and sign an oath of renunciation. As with any voluntary renunciation of U.S. citizenship regardless of age, the consular officer must be convinced that the minor is renouncing voluntarily, with…
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