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Can a registered sex offender renounce US citizenship? What are the pros/cons?

Asked on Feb 06th, 2014 on Immigration - Illinois
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I'm a US Naturalized Citizen. I'm on the Registry for 25 years. After renouncing, can I re-enter the US on (visa)? Will my US Criminal Record/RSO follow me overseas?
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Answered on Feb 12th, 2014 at 4:31 AM
As a sex offender, you will be inadmissible from ever returning to the U.S. if you renounce your citizenship. Your criminal history will more than likely follow you wherever you go.

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Answered on Feb 12th, 2014 at 4:30 AM
Pronouncing US citizenship will be counterproductive. You will be indefinitely admissible based upon a crime that relates to the sexual abuse of a minor. Other sexual abuse crimes can also create inadmissibility issues should you decide to renounce your US citizenship. Strangely, these steps will not remove your name from the lists. You'll still be required to notify the government. These offenses may also affect your rights overseas in your home country. I strongly recommend an appointment with a competent and experienced immigration attorney. Decisions need to be made and a rash decision can result in permanent penalties and possible tax consequences, as well. The above is general Information, not legal advice, and does not create an attorney client relationship.

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