Citizenship Services

Welcome to the American Citizens Services (ACS) Pakistan.  ACS provides services to thousands of United States citizens living and working in Pakistan.

In addition to routine passport and notary services, the ACS unit visits Americans in jail, assists families and friends following the death of a U.S. citizen loved one, offers help to U.S. children and families involved in abductions, checks on the welfare and whereabouts of U.S. citizens, and assists in repatriating Americans in need.  Additionally, we can help you register to vote in U.S. elections, and can provide you with information on safety and security in Pakistan.

Hours of Operation

We process appointment-based services on Monday through Friday (Operating hours vary by location) If you are late for your appointment, we may ask you to reschedule. We suggest you arrive at least 30 minutes early in order to clear security.

If you show up without an appointment, or with the incorrect type of appointment for the service you require, we will not be able to assist you. Please be sure you are correctly scheduling your appointment for the type of service you need.

For Islamabad: Applicants who arrive after 10:00 are considered late and may be asked to reschedule. Allow at least 1 hour before your appointment time to take the Diplomatic Shuttle from 3rd Ave to the Embassy. A small fee applies

We never require an appointment for emergency services.

American Citizen Services is closed to the public during U.S. and Pakistani holidays.

Passport & Report of Birth Abroad Pickup

You will receive an email when your passport or report of birth abroad is ready for pick up.  We are unable to send passports for delivery through the mail.  Please bring your previous passport and fee receipt to collect your passport / report of birth abroad (For collection days & times please read the e-mail carefully).  Applicants age 16 and over must collect their own passports.  For applicants under 16, either parent can collect the documents.

Overview of the Loss of Citizenship Process

Renunciation of U.S. citizenship is a lengthy, complex, irrevocable process that requires two interviews at an Embassy or Consulate abroad, filling out multiple forms, and a $2,350 processing fee.

An Overview of the Process Abroad

If you are planning to renounce your U.S. citizenship, you need to schedule an initial consultation. At this first appointment, a consular officer will also explain in detail the consequences of losing the rights and privileges of citizenship. If you wish to proceed, you will review the documents you need to renounce your U.S. citizenship.

For this interview, please bring in your naturalization certificate or U.S. birth certificate and U.S. passport. Be aware that if you do not bring these documents, it will delay the process.

At the end of the first interview, a consular officer will give you a packet of documents that you should review. We will then schedule a second interview on a different date for you. This second interview allows individuals to reflect on the very serious act of losing U.S. citizenship. This step is required by law and cannot be skipped, accelerated, or omitted.

During your second appointment, the consular officer will collect your fee of $2,350, review your documents, and administer an Oath of Renunciation. These documents will then be sent to Washington for a final adjudication.

Legal Determination of Loss of Citizenship

The Immigration and Nationality Act unequivocally confers upon the Department of State the power to adjudicate loss of nationality claims. Your loss of citizenship is not complete until you receive approval, in the form of a Certificate of Loss of Nationality, from the Department. Renunciation of citizenship is not self-executing, and a Certificate of Loss of Nationality must be approved before you can claim you are no longer a citizen. Surrendering your passport to the Embassy or a Consulate is not an expatriating act, and does not constitute loss of U.S. citizenship.

Tax and Military Obligations/No Escape from Prosecution

Also, persons who wish to renounce U.S. citizenship should also be aware that the fact that a person has renounced U.S. citizenship may have no effect whatsoever on his or her U.S. tax or military service obligations (contact the Internal Revenue Service or U.S. Selective Service for more information). In addition, the act of renouncing U.S. citizenship will not allow persons to avoid possible prosecution for crimes which they may have committed in the United States, or escape the repayment of financial obligations previously incurred in the United States or incurred as United States citizens abroad.

Renunciation for Minor Children

Parents cannot renounce U.S. citizenship on behalf of their minor children. Before an oath of renunciation will be administered under Section 349(a)(5) of the INA, a person under the age of eighteen must convince a U.S. diplomatic or consular officer that he/she fully understands the nature and consequences of the oath of renunciation, is not subject to duress or undue influence, and is voluntarily seeking to renounce his/her U.S. citizenship.

Irrevocability of Renunciation

Anyone contemplating a renunciation of U.S. citizenship should understand that the act is irrevocable, except as provided in section 351 of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1483) and cannot be canceled or set aside absent successful administrative or judicial appeal.

For More Information

Renunciation is the most unequivocal way in which a person can manifest an intention to relinquish U.S. citizenship. Please consider the effects of renouncing U.S. citizenship, described above, before taking this serious and irrevocable action.

For more information on the process, you can view the Department of State’s webpage on Advice About Possible Loss of U.S. Citizenship.

Child Citizenship Act of 2000 – Sections 320 and 322 of the Immigration and Nationality Act

The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (CCA) is codified at Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Sections 320 and 322.  INA Section 320 makes it possible for foreign-born children who did not acquire U.S. citizenship at birth through a U.S. citizen parent to acquire U.S. citizenship automatically upon fulfillment of certain conditions while under the age of 18.  INA 322 provides for expedited naturalization of foreign born children who meet certain requirements, also while under the age of 18.  The CCA applies to persons who were/are under the age of 18 on or after the effective date, February 27, 2001. If you are residing overseas and have questions you may visit your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

INA Section 320: Children Born Outside of the United States and Residing in the United States; Conditions under which Citizenship Automatically Acquired

A child born outside of the United States automatically becomes a citizen of the United States when all of the following conditions have been fulfilled:

  • At least one of the child’s parents is a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization;
  • The child is under 18 years of age;
  • The child is residing in or has resided in the United States in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent pursuant to a lawful admission for permanent residence.

INA Section 320 applies to a child adopted by a U.S. citizen parent if the child satisfies the requirements applicable to adopted children under INA Section 101(b)(1); e.g., generally a child adopted while under the age of 16 if the child has been in the legal custody of, and has resided with, the adopting parent for at least two years; or who is an orphan on whose behalf an immediate relative petition has been filed while under the age of 16. The adoption must be final for the child to acquire U.S citizenship.