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What can you get for free by happening to be born within some arbitrary boundaries, but must pay $450 to get rid of?
US citizenship, if the State Department’s recently-announced plan to raise consular services fees goes through.
From the Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP blog:
Documentation for Renunciation of Citizenship – The cost study found that documenting a U.S. citizen’s renunciation of citizenship is extremely costly, requiring American consular officers overseas to spend substantial amounts of time to accept, process, and adjudicate cases. A new fee of $450 will be established to help defray a small portion of the total cost to the government of documenting the renunciation of citizenship.