Final Appointment and Fee

On the day of your appointment you first have to present all the original documents listed in step 3.

Next you pay the non-refundable fee of $2,350.

The fee is payable in U.S. Dollars (dollar bills printed before 2006 cannot be accepted), Swiss Francs, or by credit card (credit card holder must be present). If you wish to pay with your credit card, please contact your bank prior to your appointment to make sure that your card can be charged (no PIN terminal) in the aforesaid amount in U.S. Dollars. Note that if your card is rejected the Embassy reserves the right to reschedule your appointment.

Next you will be interviewed by a consular officer and must demonstrate that you fully understand the nature and consequences of the oath of renunciation, that you are not subject to duress or undue influence, and that you are voluntarily and intentionally seeking to renounce your U.S. citizenship. You will then review and once you agree sign Form DS-4081 and Form DS-4080 under oath.

After the interview your application is sent to the Department of State for review.  If approved, the date of expatriation is the date on which signed the oath in front of the consular officer. The final approval process may take several months to complete. The Certificate of Loss of Nationality is the sole legal document establishing your loss of nationality.

Pending approval of the application by the Department of State, you remain a U.S. citizen and cannot travel to the U.S. on a foreign passport. After the interview your U.S. passport will be retained by the U.S. Embassy in Bern, however if you have emergency travel to the U.S. you can contact the Embassy to have your U.S. passport returned. Please plan accordingly and don’t schedule your renunciation interview if you have travel planned to the U.S.

Make sure you have all required documentation available before you schedule an appointment (No Walk-IN Services available).
You will be asked to re-schedule, if you do not have the documentation ready at the time of your appointment.

Please arrive at the time of your appointment. Please note that you won’t be admitted more than 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.

Please review the Security Notice below: 

You may bring only one small (35cm x 30cm x 20cm) bag into the waiting room area.
Multiple/larger bags are not permitted. One (1) mobile phone may be stored with Security.

 

Security Notice

 

You are not allowed to enter the U.S. Embassy / Consular Agency with any of the following items:

  • Electronic or battery-operated devices, including mobile phones, digital diaries, digital  watches, pagers, cameras, compact discs, laptops, portable music players and e-Readers
  • Food and liquid items
  • Sealed envelopes or packages
  • Cigarettes, cigars, match boxes, e-cigarettes and lighters
  • Sharp objects such as scissors, pen knives or nail files
  • Weapons or explosive materials of any kind
Please note this list is not exhaustive.  Other items may be prohibited at the discretion of the security staff. There is no facility at the U.S Embassy to store prohibited items. You must make arrangements to store these items before entering.