My sister-in-law is a sixty-five-year-old unmarried quadrapelegic (due to a lack of oxygen at birth). Her mind is fine, but she cannot write and is totally wheelchair bound, requiring personal body attention twenty-four hours a day. She was born in the United States, of United States citizens. When she was a child, she lived (with the rest of her family, including three siblings) in Australia, among other countries (her father was an expat oil executive working all over Asia). When she was a young adult, her parents became concerned about her long-term care and set up a trust for her (of which my wife is the trustee) that is adequate to support her needs throughout the rest of her life and from which her legal expenses are paid. Her parents, of adequate but not unlimited means, were intent on finding her the 24-hour care she required for the rest of her life at an affordable cost. The only solution they could find was with an Australian non-profit institute that provides care for severely handicapped people. However, in order to be a client, she had to be an Australian citizen. Her parents persuaded her to renounce her U.S. citizenship
(though she was reluctant to do so). Persuaded by her father that she had no other choice, she reluctantly agreed. She has, for all of these years, continued to pay U.S. taxes (as well as Australian taxes). Now, she wants to come home, back to the U.S., before she dies. We asked her Australian lawyer to contact the U.S. consulate
in Sydney about reinstating her citizenship. He received a very cursory reply that since she had voluntarily renounced her citizenship, she couldn't get her U.S. citizenship back, end of story. We are seeking an attorney to assist us in getting her citizenship back, through a private bill if necessary. Her Australian attorney has assured us that Australian law will be no impediment and that as far as Australia is concerned, she can maintain dual citizenship
. Can you help us, or recommend an attorney who can?