This is funny. I am in the opposite situation. I paid $600 to renounce US citizenship, but State Dept refuses to acknowledge my renunciation. In fact, in all correspondence, they refuse to even use the legal term "renunciation", instead using "loss of citizenship", as if I was walking down the street and just dropped my US citizenship by mistake... Most recently, the US Consul in Jerusalem sent me a note that they may be willing to consider "relinquishment"... :)
I believe that in my case, the refusal to acknowledge renunciation is related to desire to somehow maintain jurisdiction over me. After all, the US is the only government that claims jurisdiction over citizens wherever they are.
In both cases, the principle is the same, treating citizenship in the medieval sense, the relationship between a sovreign and a serf.
P.S. You can't trust the numbers of State Dept regarding the number of renunciations in recent years either. Go to Isaac Brock Society web page, where there are discussions of such matters by Americans in various parts of the world, and you get the impression that it is an epidemic.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Occuyp Tle Aviv, July 14 - this Saturday night's demonstration is not over yet... many thousands of demonstrators, 100,000, may be more, you don't know whose numbers to trust.
7/13 @ 11:42 : Israel, IL
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7/13 @ 2:43 : Daraga, PH
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