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AAA Brings Second Lawsuit Against State Department

By News Team
Published on October 5, 2021
www.americains-accidentels.fr

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The Association des Américains Accidentels (AAA) is seeking plaintiffs for an upcoming lawsuit that they are planning to bring against the State Department in the near future.

Fabien Lehagre, founder and president of the AAA, told The American that this lawsuit aims to oblige the State Department to make the waiver procedures possible again? He said that since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, most American embassies no longer give appointments, making it impossible to renounce American nationality. However, renouncing American nationality is a fundamental right. Therefore he is on the lookout for the following:

  • At least one individual who has started the [citizenship relinquishment] process – i.e., filled out forms and sent them to the embassy, and who lives in a country where the embassy has formally and explicitly suspended loss-of-citizenship services, such as France or Germany;
  • Fabien Lehagre Fabien Lehagre, the AAA's President, at a European Union hearing. PHOTO COURTESY AAA
  • At least one individual who wishes to renounce, but who has yet to formally commence the process, and who lives in a country in which the U.S. Embassy has formally and explicitly suspended loss-of-citizenship services, again, such as France or Germany;
  • At least one individual who has started the renunciation process, but who is still on a waiting list (the AAA would need information as to the length of time they have been on the list, and how long they're expected to remain there); and finally,
  • At least one individual who has not yet begun the renunciation process, and who lives in a country where the U.S. Embassy in question hasn't formally suspended loss-of-citizenship services, but where the waiting lists are prohibitively long.

(Renunciation is the process where a person takes an oath declaring that he no longer wishes to be U.S. citizen and Relinquishment refers to a U.S. citizen, for example, who naturalized as a French citizen with the intent to expatriate. No oath involved.)

The AAA was set up to represent French-American dual citizens who live outside the United States and defend them from the effects of US extraterritorial laws, particularly the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the principle of Citizenship-Based Taxation (CBT), but for this lawsuit they are interested in hearing from accidental Americans and expatriate Americans from the UK and other countries too.

If you meet these criteria and want to be involved in the AAA's campaign, email president@americains-accidentels.fr and tell M. Lehagre if you have initiated a renunciation or relinquishment process, or want to do so.

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