Following up on KDH - see: Advice about Possible Loss of U.S. Citizenship and Dual Nationality
However, don't read it superficially - the italics in the first paragraph are very, very important - "if they perform certain specified
and with the intention to relinquish
U.S. citizenship. . ."
- - So long as you do not intend to relinquish your US citizenship, it is yours for life whether "born or naturalized."
- - As to the OP's series of questions, you can live the whole rest of your life outside the USA and still remain a citizen - but with a few qualifications.
- - First among the qualifications most prominently is US taxation obligations. You cannot escape the need to report your total income
and possible USA tax obligations unless you renounce your citizenship.
- - A subset of that tax obligation is the need to be "contactable" by taxing authorities. Basically, that means keeping a USA address somewhere with somebody who can view incoming mail and get the important stuff to you in a timely manner.
- - As an off subject quirk, it will interesting how the supposed or possible extinction of the U.S. Postal Service
this winter might affect that situation since all official communications
are sent through the US mail system.
- - But bottom line, so long as you maintain a physical address (by a relative or an outfit like St Brendan's Isle) and can and do respond to official communications
, I cannot see any reasons you cannot reside outside the USA indefinitely. There are probable close to a million or more (WAG) folks doing it.
- - These days with internet
access to banking and all sort of official and otherwise, information sources, it is very easy to reside outside the USA and still appear to be "in" the USA for most all practical official purposes. Even voting can be done via the internet access to absentee forms.
- - Living or visiting most all "foreign" countries requires a "visa." For a US citizen you normally can get a visitors (30 to 90 day) visa upon arrival in the foreign country avoiding having to get a "pre-approved visa."
- - For longer stays in a particular country it is normal that you must get either "renewals" of your visitor visa or get a "long term" or "resident alien" visa (similar to the USA "green card"). These are also limited in duration and revokable by the country if they don't like you for some reason. Some countries will allow a "permanent resident alien" status which is of much longer duration or indefinite duration so long as you don't get involved in any illegal activities.
- - So there are no insurmountable obstacles to living outside the USA for a US citizen. Just remember to be contactable and "keeping in touch" with any official requirements that are part of remaining a US citizen. There are huge amounts of US citizens retiring to live in Central America
, the Caribbean
and just about every other country in the world.