I am looking for some feedback from long-term (with no foreseeable plans of returning) or permanent US expats with non-US partners who have or are expecting a child or children. Will you or did you declare/obtain US citizenship for your LO? Why or why not?
I have been an expat for over 15 years, and will not be returning to the US to live. My partner's citizenship, which LO will acquire at birth, is very desirable and gives access to many countries - including the US so he will be able to visit family - plus security in case of emergencies overseas. With the current situation of FACTA/FBAR laws and the increasingly burdensome laws of disclosure and taxation on non-resident US citizens, I am seriously considering not automatically declaring our LO as a US citizen and letting him decide when he is old enough. I love my country and it makes me sad that he may not be American (at least officially), but as Americans are becoming more blacklisted from certain services (banking, investing, even being hired as it could expose the company to IRS scrutiny, depending on the position), I am struggling to see the advantages that a US passport could have for my LO as he will not be living there.
Has anyone been or is anyone in this situation? If your LO is not American, have you had any trouble travelling alone to the US with him/her?