US Citizenship

It's not always easy to be an American living overseas!

Complications may arise when you want to contact the Social Security Administration for help in obtaining a Social Security number, creating or managing a personal Social Security account, changing your information on file with the SSA, etc.

Two of the most common questions we receive about Social Security are how...

The following information comes to us from the Federal Benefits Unit London but pertains to beneficiaries in a number of countries without and outside of Europe:

If you have questions about Social Security – applications, benefits, etc. and live in the Benelux area, you must as of 1 October 2017, contact Dublin (Ireland) for these services. The Federal Benefits Unit...

The following is a summary of the Citizenship Update presented at the Rome Conference held in March 2015; in case there are questions/comments, please contact me at

The overlap of tax issues and citizenship issues is greater than ever before. The short answer is to become compliant with FBARs (at least the past six years) and other tax...

Dual citizens of the Gulf States (or countries where dual citizenship is not recognized) should be aware of the following  potential problems due to the enactment of the FATCA provisions.  Some of the Gulf States may rescind the nationality of its citizens and this adds further complications to these individuals. Read more in this article by Virginia La Torre Jeker, J.D., a US...

Consular Processing Fees Change on 6 September 2014

Consular processing fees are changing as of 6 September 2014! The greatest increase (there are a few fees that are being lowered) is the fee for applications for the Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship. The current fee is $450 but as of 6 September the fee skyrockets to $2350 (!), a 422% increase.

Currently citizens of thirty-seven (37) countries qualify for the Visa Waiver Program which allows after approval. The non-US Citizen applicant must be in possession if a machine readable passport that is valid for at least six (6) months after the date of departure.

The VWP countries are: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,

FAWCO urges its members who are considering renunciation of U.S. citizenship to become fully informed by contacting tax professionals and immigration attorneys so as to make the best choice for your individual circumstances.

Renunciation of United States citizenship is an extremely individual and particular personal choice. First and foremost, it is permanent and irrevocable. Further, some renunciation considerations are inheritance...

OAW is seeking the urgent passage of long-delayed legislation that would restore consular protections to Americans who are arrested abroad, and foreigners who are arrested in the U.S.A. Americans were stripped of this protection in 2008, when the United States Supreme Court ruled in Medellín v. Texas that international treaties are not binding under domestic law unless Congress has explicitly...

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Lucy Stensland Laederich
FAWCO US Liaison
Washington Update Bulletin
FAWCO is an original organizer of the annualOverseas Americans Week
in Washington

September 2012

FAWCO Washington Update 

Help build support for the Commission on Americans Living Abroad Act!

In February 2012, Representatives Carolyn Maloney ane Mike Honda introduced HR 597 to create a bipartisan Federal commission to study...

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