On the day of your appointment, you will meet with a Consular Officer and be given another opportunity to review the Statement of Understanding prior to taking the Oath of Renunciation or signing the DS-4079 questionnaire.
You will be required to pay a non-refundable fee of $2,350. The fee is payable in dollars (dollar bills printed before 2006 will not be accepted), Swiss Francs (please note, the current rate is 1 USD:1 CHF), or by credit card (credit card holder must be present). If you wish to pay with your credit card, please contact your credit card provider 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.
Make sure all of the documents you bring with you are originals.
Your completed packet will be sent to the Department of State for review and approval. If approved, the date of expatriation will be determined based on individual circumstances. In straightforward renunciation cases the Certificate of Loss of Nationality will show the date on which the Oath of Renunciation was taken. It is important to note that this 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 Certificate, you remain a U.S. citizen. Your U.S. Passport will be retained by the U.S. Embassy in Bern during the entire Loss of Nationality process. While approval is pending, you should plan accordingly and only travel to the U.S., once you have received the original Certificate of Loss of Nationality.
At the time of your appointment, you must bring all original documents
Allowed Items: You may bring one modest-size bag into the waiting room area. The size of bags allowed is: 35 cm (length) x 30 cm (height) x 20 cm (width). Bags larger than this size will not be allowed.
You are not allowed to enter the U.S. Embassy with any of the following items:
- Electronic or battery-operated devices, including mobile phones, digital diaries, digital watches, pagers, cameras, audio/video cassettes, compact discs, MP3s, floppy disks, laptops, portable music players and e-Readers
- Food and liquid items
- Sealed envelopes or packages
- Cigarettes, cigars, match boxes, 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.