United States Country Profile

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  • Access to the World's GDP
  • Access to the World's Surface Area
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  • Access to the Unesco Sites
Citizenship and Naturalization
Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
  • Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
    Unrestricted: Any child born in the country automatically becomes a citizen. (Restrictions apply to people born in American Samoa.)
Naturalization - Standard Conditions
  • Minimum residency period
    5 years
    All 5 years must spend as Green Card holder - an equivalent of a permanent residency. Many residency types start with a Green Card right away.
  • Physical presence requirement
    On avergae, 6 months a year
  • Language test
    Yes, English
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
  • Can minor children naturalize?
  • Can naturalized parents pass citizenship to a child born abroad?
    US citizenship passes to a child born abroad in the following cases: - If both parents are US citizens: At least one of the parents has been a resident of the US before the child’s birth. (No specific period of residence is required.) - If only one parent is a US citizen: A US citizen parent has been physically present in the US for 5 years before a child’s birth. Additionally, the parent must have spent at least 2 of these 5 years in the US after turning 14.
  • Can you lose naturalization due to prolonged absence/ naturalization elsewhere?
    No / No
Naturalization - Your Spouse is a Citizen
  • Living IN the country: Residency/marriage requirement
    3 years / 3 years
    Must be both married and reside in the country for 3 years.
  • Living ABROAD: Marriage requirement
    Not allowed
  • Language test
    Yes, English
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
Naturalization - Other Beneficial Provisions
  • Your child is a citizen
    No provisions
  • Citizens of specific countries
    No provisions
"–": The provision has not been analysed.
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  • Taxation Type
A citizen of a country practicing CITIZENSHIP-BASED taxation generally pays taxes on their WORLDWIDE income, regardless of where they reside. The only way to get rid of a tax residency status in such a country is by renouncing citizenship.

American citizens living abroad continue to be taxed by the US government on their worldwide income. A limited tax relief is provided by the Foreign Earned income Exclusion (FEIE) and Foreign Housing Exclusion.
Schiff Sovereign's Take on United States
The US has been the world’s dominant economic and military power for the last century or so. And it shows in the quality of life Americans have enjoyed during this period. During this time, they lived peacefully and very comfortably.

It is a consumer’s paradise.

In any major US city, there are thousands of restaurants, dozens of tattoo parlors, steel fabricators, transport companies, mattress sellers, French bakeries – anything and everything you could ever want is available. Also, Amazon and Walmart will sell you millions of products cheaper (and deliver it quicker to your doorsteps) than anywhere else in the world.

If you have a regular day job in the US, you can enjoy a stress-free, comfortable life.

And if you are an entrepreneur and come up with a great new product or service, the US can still be a great location for you – the courts here are predictable, and corruption is largely in check.

The US is also a great place to be an investor. There are an absurd number of investment opportunities in the United States, and myriad ways to make money.

But generally speaking, the US is becoming an increasingly difficult place to be a producer. There’s not a whole lot you can get into, business-wise, that’s new and original. 

The US is also very lawsuit-happy. Frivolous litigation is a huge industry in the US, and can severely constrain productivity.

Then, there is the effect of myriad regulations and the expense of compliance. According to the IRS, it takes 13 hours for an average American to file their taxes. That's 13 hours wasted that could have been put to productive use.

And American politics is becoming increasingly woke and socialist. That spells trouble for future tax rates and freedom in general.

(There are striking differences between various states, with some still offering some relief in this regard. You can still escape the woke madness of California and New York in rural Texas or Florida, for example.)

Another downside that’s being felt by everyone – outside of Walmart and Amazon shelves, life in the US is becoming expensive. Take your pick: prices for health insurance, education, housing and, lately, food, have all gone through the roof. (Granted, many other countries around the world have the same issues.)

Supply chain issues caused by stupid government policies during Covid, combined with inflation, which has beeen largely engineered by Fed’s monetary policies, are to blame here.

The bottomline – we think that the US is still a great place for certain individuals, but it is increasingly becoming a place where if you're born rich, you will die rich; if you were born poor, you will die poor; and if you're born middle class, you'll likely die poorer.

And you should only consider naturalizing in the United States, and becoming an American, if you plan to live in the country. Otherwise, America’s rather unique citizenship-based tax system will mean that you will have to file – and pay applicable taxes – on your worldwide income, even if you don't set foot on American soil for decades.
Schiff Sovereign's Rolodex
Service Providers available in United States
  • Immigration (residency, citizenship)
  • Tax advice (attorneys and/or accountants)
  • Asset protection (specialized LLCs, trusts, etc)
  • Corporate services (company formation, etc.)
  • Opportunity Zones, IP attorney, US citizenship renunciations, retirement professionals, etc
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United States Overview
  • Region
    North and South America
  • Capital City
    Washington, D.C.
  • Largest City
    New York City
  • Currency
    United States dollar
  • Languages
    English, Spanish
  • Population
    331.9 million (3rd)
  • Life Expectancy
    78.6 years (66th)
  • GDP (Nominal)
    $25 trillion (1st)
  • GDP/Capita
    $75,431 (11th)
Useful Data
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Cost of Living
    Extreme (7/7)
  • Climate
    Comfortable (2/5)
  • Safety
    Safe (3/7)
  • Pollution
    Very clean (1/5)
  • English Proficiency

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