Messages for U.S. Citizens:

Other Announcements:

  • Affordable Care Act
    U.S. citizens living abroad are generally subject to the same individual shared responsibility provision as U.S. citizens living in the United States. Starting in 2014, the individual shared responsibility provision calls for each individual to have minimum essential coverage (MEC) for each month, qualify for an exemption, or make a payment when filing his or her federal income tax return. However, U.S. citizens or residents living abroad for at least 330 days within a 12 month period are treated as having MEC during those 12 months and thus will not owe a shared responsibility payment for any of those 12 months. Also, U.S. citizens who qualify as a bona fide resident of a foreign country for an entire taxable year are treated as having MEC for that year. Read more at Affordable Care Act.
  • The Department of State published an interim final rule (IFR) on August 28, 2014, to amend the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services.  The IFR lists fee changes, including for certain citizenship services fees.  While the Department will receive comments on the fee changes for 60 days, the new fees will become effective September 12, 2014.  As part of the published changes, the fee for “Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship” will increase from $450 to $2,350 effective September 12, 2014.  The renunciation fee is paid on the day you appear at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate and officially renounce your U.S. citizenship before a U.S. consular officer.  You will be required to pay the increased fee on or after September 12, 2014.This fee was first introduced in 2010 and was initially set below true cost.  The fee is now reflective of the true cost of providing this service.If you would like to comment on the IFR and the new fee change:Persons with access to the Internet may view the notice and submit comments by going to and searching for the rule by its Regulatory Information Number (RIN), 1400-AD47.Mail (paper, disk, or CD-ROM):  U.S. Department of State, Office of the Comptroller, Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA/C), SA-17 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20522-1707.E-mail: You must include the RIN (1400-AD47) in the subject line of your message.